Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
China Luxury Travel
Poised for superpowerdom, China’s time is now—blessed with a booming economy and bursting with more people than any other country on Earth, the favourite joke among the Chinese is that their national bird is the construction crane. In modern Beijing, you can join the world’s largest peloton—two million strong, plus Norman, our expert guide—and ride past hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. China’s time is also long, long ago: remote Naxi villages, karst formations along the Li River and champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall will bring the past to the present. Later, ample time to reflect over extended stays at secluded and splendid hotels. Time waits for no one, but in China, it slows down for us.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
11 Days / 10 Nights
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Day by Day
Experience Beijing as a local, cycling through the heart of China’s capital, past Tiananmen Square, and followed by a meander through the city’s few remaining hutongs.
Walk along a rarely-visited section of the Great Wall to an unforgettable and quiet picnic lunch set up, surrounded by pristine and impressive scenery.
Explore Beijing’s vibrant art scene at the 798 Art Zone, the home for up-and-coming artists and the host of pieces from Ai Wei Wei to Xu Bing. In the afternoon, head to the Summer Palace to take part in a calligraphy lesson and try your hand at an ancient technique.
Take part in a privately guided tour through the old market and the unique wooden architecture of UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Lijiang.
Set off by bike to explore a small and remote Naxi village for an extraordinary peek into the traditional lifestyle, mud-brick houses and local shops of the Tibetan nomad descendents.
Today we'll take one of the best bike rides of the trip, descending into the Yangtze Valley along the mighty Yangtze River. Pedal past working farmers, waving kids, and heaps of harvested vegetables. Dinner tonight is in the old town in a traditional Naxi restaurant.
Take a flight to Hangzhou and venture to the city’s most renowned temple, Lingyin Si, home to the largest wooden Buddhist statue in China. Explore Hangzhou’s bustling streets before dining in one of our favorite spots in China, Lou Wai Lou.
Venture out to see UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake at its finest – at sunrise before any of the locals or tourists make their visits. Take part in a guided tour of the National Tea Museum followed by a very special private tea ceremony.
Spend the morning exploring some of the park near the hotel to witness Tai Chi and ballroom dancing with some of the masters of the craft. Then, head south to China's newest cosmopolitan niche, Shanghai.
Explore the history of Shanghai on foot with a local guide who will lead you through the French Concession as well as the Jewish Quarter. Lunch is in a local noodle shop, followed by a walk through Yu Garden.
This morning we will make our way to the airport for your outbound flight home and say zaijian in extraordinary Shanghai.
The Peninsula, Beijing
Steps away from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the famed Wangfujiang street, when combined with the quality of the staff and design of the rooms, it’s the perfect place from which to explore the urban jungle that is Beijing. Close to the best shopping, dining, touring, biking and walking Beijing has to offer, and boasting a very classy, modern design. View hotel website »
Banyan Tree Lijiang, Lijiang
From the moment you open the gate to your private garden villa, you will sense the magic of Lijiang and the beautifully designed Banyan Tree. The warm rustic colours and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflected in your personal outdoor jet pool make your villa the perfect retreat after a glorious day of biking at the foothills of the Himalayas. View hotel website »
Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou
Set on West Lake, this property is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of urban China, and central to exploring the tea fields and ancient feel of Hangzhou. With the Four Seasons staff helping make it feel more like home, it will provide a restful couple of days before we head to modern Hong Kong! View hotel website »
The Peninsula, Shanghai
Synonymous with the centre of Shanghai, the “bund” is a Hindi word that means levee, or edge, and this is the edge of the mighty middle kingdom. Looking across to the Pudong region, the new skyscrapers, it provides the best view in town and the best place from which to explore this international city. View hotel website »
This itinerary includes a few of our best bike rides from the region, but these can be easily replaced with walks or cultural experiences. The rides are between 20 and 40 km in cities and over gentle rolling rural terrain. We bike as a group with Chinese and B&R guides escorting you, with the opportunity to stop along the way. The traffic can be unnerving at the beginning, but in this country of 1.3 billion people and seemingly as many bicycles, drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists. Rural areas such as Yangshuo and Lijiang offer far more wide open spaces and relatively few vehicles sharing the roads.
- Hotel accommodation as indicated
- All breakfasts, most lunches and most dinners
- All drinks with included meals (including beer, wine and cocktails with dinner, but excluding premium wine & spirits)
- Services of a B&R local guide
- All special events, tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off and all baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions, bikes and other equipment
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Our guides were fantastic – informative, enjoyable, accommodating, fun and eager to show us an insider's view of China. We enjoyed lots of great Chinese food, local farmers’ markets, a tea plantation, Buddhist temples and stunning historic sites. We would highly recommend B&R!”
— Barbara Marxer, Bespoke China 2013
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10 Days / 9 Nights
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