The Best Historical Tours in China

Delve into China's History: Explore Iconic Sites and Hidden Gems

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Are you ready to satisfy your wanderlust and ignite your curiosity for the past? These top rated historical and cultural tours to China offer a unique blend of exploration, education, and relaxation. With meticulous analysis of a wide array of tours based on service, price, comfort, guest ratings, and activities, we've handpicked the most captivating experiences to help you plan your next trip. From immersive guided tours to off-the-beaten-path excursions, these fantastic and well-planned guided tours are designed to provide a perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. Get ready to embark on a journey that will leave you with lifelong memories and a deeper appreciation for the heritage that has shaped our world.


The Top 3:

  • 4 Days, $612.00

  • 16 Days, $3410.00

  • 10 Days, $2699.00

What are the historical tour options in China?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 10 trip options analyzed
  • $278 average price per day (USD)
  • 4 to 16 days in length
  • 4.68 of 5 average rating
  • 51 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of historical tours? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.68 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 51 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 4 days, while the longest is 16 days. When it comes to physical activity, tour options are organized as easy and moderate, with a majority being easy tours. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 10 historical tours, you can rest assured that China has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best Historical Tours in China
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
by TUI China



4 Days Start/End in Guangzhou 1 Destinations 25 People at Most Ages 10 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Check out this incredible trip that has received a 4 out of 5 rating from previous guests. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. With a duration of 4 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 25 people, and is good for travelers aged 10 or older. Guangzhou will be the beginning and end of your trip. This fantastic option, organized by TUI China, presents an unbeatable value at just $153 per day.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
  • Family
$612
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Manakamana Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.



16 Days Start/End in Kathmandu 7 Destinations through Nepal, China, Bhutan 10 People at Most Ages 16 to 75 Guest Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Spanning over 16 days, this journey, visiting Nepal, China, and Bhutan, has a maximum size of 10 individuals. Welcoming travelers aged 16 to 75 years old, it is organized by Manakamana Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd., a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Immerse yourself in a travel experience that includes 7 destinations, featuring Pokhara, Sarangkot, Lhasa, and Paro. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Kathmandu. Available at an unbeatable price of only $213 per day, this option also has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
$3,410
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Female Guide Holiday



10 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu 7 Destinations through China, Nepal 200 People at Most Ages 10 to 90 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional journey, visiting China and Nepal, that has garnered a 5 out of 5 rating. Guests on this trip get to partake in hiking and sightseeing. With a duration of 10 days, this jouney will have 200 participants, and it warmly welcomes travelers aged 10 to 90 years old. Expertly organized by Female Guide Holiday, this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $270 per day.

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Historical
  • Family
$2,699
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by TravelChinaGuide Tours



8 Days Beijing to Shanghai 3 Destinations 4 People at Most Ages 1 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This memorable voyage is offered by TravelChinaGuide Tours which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $271 per day. Beijing marks the starting point, while Shanghai stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities. The maximum group size is 4 people, welcoming people of any age.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
  • Family
$2,169
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by TravelChinaGuide Tours



11 Days Beijing to Shanghai 4 Destinations 18 People at Most Ages 1 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 4.8 out of 5 stars by previous guests. With a duration of 11 days, this journey offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 18 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to people of any age. This trip visits 4 destinations, including Xi'an and Chengdu along the way. Beginning in beautiful Beijing, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Shanghai. Brought to you by TravelChinaGuide Tours, this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $226 per day.

  • Historical
  • Family
$2,489
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by TravelChinaGuide Tours



10 Days Beijing to Shanghai 4 Destinations 4 People at Most Ages 1 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

With this option you can experience an unparalleled trip for 10 unforgettable days. It ensures an intimate group setting with 4 participants at most. Experience a trip that takes you to 4 remarkable destinations, including Xi'an and Chengdu. Beijing will mark the start of your journey, while Shanghai will serve as its final destination. TravelChinaGuide Tours, the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests people of any age. With an emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $299 per day.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
  • Family
$2,989
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Female Guide Holiday



8 Days Start/End in Kathmandu 7 Destinations through Nepal, China 200 People at Most Ages 10 to 85 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This fantastic voyage has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, visiting Nepal and China. You'll create amazing memories while experiencing hiking and sightseeing. Explore 7 incredible locations on this trip, including Gyantse, Shigatse, Xegar, and Everest Base Camp. Your adventure starts and ends in Kathmandu. Lasting 8 days, the maximum group size is 200 people, and it's good for travelers aged 10 to 85 years old. Organized by Female Guide Holiday, this is a great deal because it's only $312 per day.

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Historical
  • Family
$2,499
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by G Adventures



16 Days Beijing to Tokyo 9 Destinations through China, Japan 15 People at Most Ages 12 to 90 Guest Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

With a stellar 4.8 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary journey, visiting China and Japan, is the perfect choice. Discover a journey that spans 9 destinations, with notable stops in Shanghai, Osaka, Koya-san, and Hiroshima. Beginning in beautiful Beijing, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Tokyo. Spanning across 16 days, the journey accommodates 15 individuals, and is suitable for travelers aged 12 to 90 years old. Offered by G Adventures, this remarkable journey is priced at just $312 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
$4,999
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for historical tours.
by Bavaria Fernreisen



12 Days Chengdu to Beijing 7 Destinations through China, Nepal 18 People at Most Ages 1 to 100 Guest Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This exceptional trip offering by Bavaria Fernreisen has received a 3.5 out of 5 rating. On this 12-day journey, visiting China and Nepal, you can unwind while also making new memories. This trip takes you on an adventure to 7 destinations, including Shigatse, Xining, Lhasa, and Gyantse. Chengdu will mark the start of your journey, while Beijing will serve as its final destination. With a group size of 18 people, it's suitable for travelers aged 1 to 100 years old. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $228 per day.

  • Train & Rail
  • Historical
  • Family
$2,737
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Tweet World Travel



9 Days Start/End in Beijing 6 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 30 to 79 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Check out this journey that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 5 out of 5 rating. With 6 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Xi'an, Chongqing, Three Gorges, and Qutang Gorge, and more. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Beijing. Spanning across 9 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 16 participants, and it's great for travelers aged 30 to 79 years old. Brought to you by the renowned Tweet World Travel, this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $492 per day - an unbeatable value.

  • Sightseeing
  • Historical
$4,428
TourRadar

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Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Chengdu, The Best 3-Day Tours from Xi'an, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Chengdu, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, The Best 10-Day Tours from Beijing, The Best 10-Day Tours from Shanghai, The Best 10-Day Tours from Lhasa, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best 2-Week Tours from Shanghai, The Best 2-Week Tours from Lhasa, or The Best 2-Week Tours from Chengdu for more package tour options.

How much do historical tours in China cost?

Average Daily Price Historical Tours
$278

Visitors will find a large range of terrific options for historical tours when planning a visit to China. The price of these specific trips can vary according to length, destinations, and travel style. The average price of historical tours in China based on data from 10 options is an affordable $278 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in China.

And for more information on China, see China Travel Costs and China Hotel Costs.


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