A Taste of India's Ancient and Modern History
You will not only explore the iconic golden triangle but also extend your tour to the sacred Sikhism city of Amritsar and the picturesque Shimla. Discover it all on a 10-day enlightening adventure, and it could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in perfect balance between body and spirit.
from US$1,734 p/p
Oct. to Mar.
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Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!More
Betty A, Feb 2024
Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Explore49612084715, Feb 2024
We traveled to Shanghai in Jan/Feb 2024 with China Highlights. Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Lydia, Feb 2024
Shanghai trip for Mihail
Me and my wife had a trip to China and part of it we spent in Shanghai. Our private tour guide was Kris Lee and I have to say he was very much up for the task. His knowledge of China's history was quite comprehensive and more than I could have expected. If only I could have that kind of memory. His level of English exceeded my expectations and that of course served us very well not only in understanding the Chinese culture, traditions, way of life, etc, but also allowed us to order meals, drinks, make purchases, ask whatever questions coming to mind, making us comfortable to experience the place without the inherent language issues we could have had otherwise. All in all Kris Lee is certainly an asset for any travel agency from ChinaMore
Mihail D, Feb 2024
Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!
Daisy was our guide for 3 days in Dali. She was the best guide we have had in China. She was very warm. Just like a close friend. She was extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. She took many pictures of us even without our asking her to.Her English was excellent!More
David, Feb 2024
Daisy was an amazing guide
Daisy was an amazing guide. She took us to the old town, on a boat ride, and to Sha xi. She was very warm. She explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. She made us feel very welcome.More
文 文, Feb 2024
1 Day in Beijing
Nice views, Not too much people, Jessi (guide ) so friendly and she have a great service & she knows the answer of all your questionsMore
Fernando J, Feb 2024
Zhangjiajie/ Spectacular scenery and great taste of local culture.
Zhangjiajie immediately went to the top of our list of natural attractions in the world. The landscapes are fascinating and unique. We really valued the guidance by China Highlights. Roger was good accommodating to our needs during the planning phase. In the actual trip Linda provided us with knowledgeable and passionate guidance. She was very personable and respectful at the same time. Her advice was critical to be able to see so much - as in every park or area there are multiple buses to move around. She showed us the best spots at the best time.Local restaurant selection was good. One piece of advice- make sure to specify how much spice you enjoy in your food. Local food can be quite spicy.More
Raul C Mexico city, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needsMore
Iriana Iriana, Jan 2024
An excellent day with Linda
Linda (Ling ling)is a great tour guide,provide a lot of knowledge and history of the great wall,and took us to taste very delicious food too,we had a very good time with her!highly recommend her!More
Angeline Lim, Jan 2024
Great time in Beijing with Bruce
We stayed in Beijing for three days altogether. We went to the summer palace. the Tian'an'men square, the Forbidden City,the Temple of heaven and the Great Wall. Our tour guide Bruce is very friendly and speaks English fluently. He explained every scenic spot to us patiently and humorously. my family are very satisfied with his service.More
Mayra C, Jan 2024
Profesional and detail oriented
My last stop was Shanghai. I was greeted by Martin. It is pretty much a 1 day itinerary there. Martin took me to all the stops and introduced me to a cool tea house not on the agenda. With the extra time we had we also stopped Starbuck’s Reserve which is the largest in the world. Martin also helped me make reservations at the Old Jazz Club at the Fairmont Hotel.More
Megan Sandbothe, Jan 2024
We recently spent 4 days with Alvin hosting us throughout Huangshan, Tunxi and Hongcun. The scenery was spectacular, hotels quirky, food excellent and knowledge and passion from Alvin was so invaluable and also fun! Would highly recommend.More
Joanne, Jan 2024
Great couple days in Shanghai. Thanks to my guide Martin for showing me best of Shanghai. Great work by China team - trip very well organised.More
Steve P, Jan 2024
Amazing experience !!!
Great tour! Very flexible and our tour guide Chris was so amazing that he adjusted to our last time request there! I totally recommend this tour !!More
Victor A, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needs. We had great 3 days in Beijing.We also visited Luoyang. Our travel advisor arranged a Business class seat for our high speed train to Luoyang. We were picked up at the station by our guide in Luoyang, Lisa. We then visited Dengfeng to see Songyang academy, shaolin temple, Luoyang grottoes. She also took care of us very well and very knowledgeable about the history.More
, Jan 2024
2 days in the mountains
Alvin was attentive and good company. He went to the extra effort to show us things we were interested in viewing and provided detailed information.More
Robert Fleming, Jan 2024
Amazing trip in China
Guides were Mark in Beijing, Jenny in Xi’an, Frank in Guilin/Yangshuo and Kris and Peter in Shanghai. I can’t say enough how wonderful each of them were to us. They worked very hard to give us a five star tour. The drivers were five star as well. Our hotels were very clean and wonderful with a great breakfast buffet each morning. Our guides would take us to a great locals place for lunch each day and then dinner we were on our own, but each guide would give us fantastic places to go. I know without a doubt our trip was exceptional due to booking with Liberman at China Highlights Tour Company.More
Mary Ann Brady, Jan 2024
China Highlights is Excellent
Jenny was the tour guide in Xian, showed us the terracota warriors found in 1974 by a farmer behind a mountain masoleum, with projected ongoing excavations for next 100 years. Made clay model terracota warriors.Jenny is very enthusiastic and bubbly, helped us all the way, from picking up us from train station to dropping us off at the airport.More
Brahma P, Jan 2024
Datong, China's best kept secret!
I've had multiple guides for different locations with China highlights but Joy was exceptional. She was easy to talk to, super knowledgeable and also amazingly organised. When visiting the Yungang grottoes not only did I get wonderful explanations of the symbolism of the cave carvings and history of the art styles but Joy even prepared a notepad for the commemorative stamps available there so that I had a souvenir to tax home with me.More
Kris, Jan 2024
The itinerary below is for your reference. Talk to your travel advisor to tailor-make a unique journey for you.
Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall and transfer you to your hotel. They will be happy to assist with the hotel check-in. Enjoy your free time to explore your surroundings or adjust to the jet lag!
After breakfast, explore the old Delhi. Your first stop is the Red Fort. It is the landmark which has witnessed changes in Delhi over centuries. Then a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk market will introduce you to the local lifestyle.
After lunch, appreciate the spectacular Qutub Minar, the highest brick minaret in the world. Afterward, step into the remarkable tomb of Humayun, which was the first garden tomb in India. It's said that the Taj Mahal was inspired by it. Follow your guide to explore the peaceful Mughal buildings, and enjoy the exquisite artifacts and vivid stories.
After breakfast, you will leave for Agra by a private car, which will take about 4–5 hours.
Pay a visit to Agra Fort after lunch. The imposing red sandstone walls have guarded the royal palaces for centuries. Walking through courtyard after courtyard, you will learn its history through the considerable changes in appearance, and enjoy the lovely views of the Taj Mahal.
You will explore Mehtab Bagh, the best place from which to view the Taj Mahal. Sitting across the river from the Taj, you can see the Taj Mahal changing colors during sunset.
Start your tour with the Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Known as one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces, the Taj Mahal reflects different colors of light at different times of the day. When you get close, your guide will uncover more secrets about it for you.
Then move to Itmad-ud-Daula's tomb. Named as the Baby Taj, it dazzles with marble lattice screens and fine carvings. This incredible structure inspired many other marble buildings, such as the Taj Mahal.
In the late afternoon, depart from Agra and arrive in Jaipur after a 5-hour drive.
After breakfast, visit the stunning Amber Fort. Specially built from pale yellow and pink-yellow sandstone, it looks like a magic castle in a fairyland. The Sheesh Mahal (the Palace of Mirrors) is a beautiful palace that you must not miss. The panoramic views from atop the palace are breathtaking./p>
Afterward, step into City Palace, admire the elegant decorations, and listen to stories of a glorious era full of richness, aura, and wonder. In the late afternoon, go to Jantar Mantar. Gain insight into the practice of astronomy in ancient India. The set of 14 astronomical instruments is testament to ancient Indian brilliance in architecture as well.
In the morning, you will explore Nahargarh Fort, one of the magnificent forts in Jaipur. Originally built for defense purposes, it was never attacked by enemies. Serving as a summer resort for the royal family, this palace was a blend of Indian and European architectures, such as western toilets and rectangular windows. Twelve identical suites were used by 12 queens. They were magically built so that the king could pay a visit to any queen without the other queens knowing about his arrival.
Popular as a film-shooting location, it is a feast for the eyes to visit this majestic palace which overlooks the city of Jaipur.
After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Amritsar.
In the morning, visit the Harmandir Sahib (also known as The Golden Temple). Sitting on the Lake of Nectar, this complex is the holiest shrine in Sikhism, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. You will see the biggest free kitchen in the world that prepares food for hundreds of people on a daily basis, open 24/7. Please kindly remove your shoes and cover your heads with a hat/scarf before entering the temple.
Then walk to the Jallianwala Bagh. The brutal 1919 massacre that played a vital role in India's independence took place here. Some visible bullet holes are the exhibitions telling stories of victims.
After lunch, head out to Wagah Border, the India–Pakistan border, to witness the daily flag ceremony before sunset. You will see a blustering parade by the soldiers from both sides.
You will leave for Shimla via Chandigarh. Firstly, you will take a 4½-hour express train to Chandigarh and enjoy the scenery along the railway. On arrival in Chandigarh, you will then take a private car to Shimla. During this 3-hour drive, you will make a stop at the Pinjore Garden. Relax and enjoy a leisurely walk in this garden, which is full of trees, flowers, and fountains.
In the morning, visit the Jakhu Temple on the highest peak in Shimla. It is dedicated to the monkey God, Hanuman, and is also home to a large number of monkeys. You can have a stunning view of the Shivalik ranges from the top.
After lunch, explore the town's faded colonial charm in Shimla's Mall Road. Walking through the Mall Road, you will listen to the history and stories behind the most typical buildings, such as Christ Church, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theater, and the Town Hall.
After breakfast, enjoy a toy train ride to Kandaghat. You can appreciate the scenery in the mountains of Himachal during the 2-hour ride. Your guide and driver will meet you at Kandaghat train station and transfer you to Chandigarh airport, where you will take your flight back to Delhi.
Price from: $1,734 (Tour code: gh-ah-in-80)
About the Car Transfers Between Cities
We will arrange private car transfers from Delhi to Agra and from Agra to Jaipur. Your guide will not be with you during the transfers. You will have different guides in different cities. Your driver will be able to speak basic English so there will be no problems with basic conversation during the transfers.
About the Train from Amritsar to Chandigarh
You will take the Amritsar–Chandigarh Superfast Express for this train ride. We will arrange for you to have AC chair car seating on the train.
About the Meals
Many hotels offer buffets with a variety of cuisines from Indian to Italian and Asian. People who are looking to taste authentic local cuisine can try the restaurants specializing in barbecued tandoori kebabs and Indian naan bread. We also recommend trying out one of the many great restaurants that serve modern Indian fusion food. Let us know your food preferences and we'll take care of the rest. Make sure to inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements in advance.
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