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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: China tour, Shanghai to Beijing

Environment:
The list of ways we help the local environment:
- Providing all travelers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste
- Encouraging use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!) so as not to purchase multiple plastic bottles. Safe drinking water available in all our accommodation and transport. Any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income
- All suppliers issued with RT recommendations in their local language and leaders and groups act as “ambassadors” for spreading the RT message beyond just our travelers but also trying to involve the local tourism industry.
- Wherever possible we take local transport in China. This can mean anything from public bus, trolley bus, tram or subway. We also have the opportunity to explore on bikes and on foot and travel overland on all our basix trips.

Community:
The list of ways we help the local community:
- Food left over after group meals is collected and boxed up to be left where homeless/street people might easily find it and take it without them having to go through garbage for a meal
- Include informal local language lessons to give our travelers a head start into understanding the culture and communicating with the people we meet along the way
- When taking trains we travel 2nd or 3rd class (hard sleeper) which is the way the majority of locals travel - this gives us maximum chance to meet and share stories, food, games and the journey with local travelers
- At the end of out journey we encourage our travelers to donate unwanted clothes, toiletries or other goods which we then distribute to local organisations - Our tour leaders are all Chinese locals.

Join your leader for a walking tour through Old Beijing along the ancient network of alleyways and lanes known as hutong to see how important it is to protect cultural heritage in the face of rapid development.

After the closure of the Simatai section of the wall last year we needed to look for a new route. This has meant that we are now able to stay in a family run guesthouse in a nearby village rather than in a YHA hostel. The facilities are basic (expect simple shared showers and squat toilets outside of the rooms) but we can be assured of great local hospitality and a welcome night sleeping out in the fresh countryside air! Most travelers will choose to eat dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse (not included) to sample great local produce and delicious home style cooking.

On the way back from the Terracotta Warriors, there is a chance to stop in for lunch with a village family.

Also in Xi’an we can meet with our friends at Xi'an Huiling (meaning "wise spirit") - a special supported project for people with intellectual disabilities.

Reviews of China tour, Shanghai to Beijing

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The best part of my vacation came unexpectedly on the last day, when I found myself gazing at the roofs of the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Temple.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


When packing for your night train trips, make sure to bring your own toilet paper!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think our vacation benefited local people as our guide was always keen to recommend local shops and restaurants for us to try and we always followed her advice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a great experience and it made me want to go and explore more of the Asian continent.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I feel that every part of the journey is memorable - I enjoyed it throughout. It is very difficult to pick a few highlights, as I feel this trip includes most of China's highlights. The Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors were just stunning and definitely a highlight, while Forbidden City was somewhat disappointing due to the absence of exhibits and antiques (which have been shipped to Taiwan). Yanshuo offers one of the most picturesque scenery's on earth. Vibrant Shanghai provides the perfect contrast to previously visited historical sites. Even though I was sceptical at first, but the 'cooking lesson' turned out to be another highlight of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


- Be open minded and don't expect 'Western Standards'
- Pack for all kinds of weather (don't forget your rain coat and umbrella)
- Bring lots of tissues or toilet paper
- Have room in your suitcase - it's a shopper's paradise
- Learn a few phrases of Mandarin - the majority does not speak English at all

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Having used local tour guides, restaurants and hotels I feel we economically contributed to local people. We also visited Hui Ling, a local initiative to support disabled children. When it comes to the environmental impact, unfortunately I did not feel that this trip made a difference at all - instead of being able to use my own water bottle that I brought, I had to buy bottled water for the most part as the tab water was not recommended for drinking and re-fill options were scarce to none existent (the only place that offered drinking water tabs was at the Shanghai Expo). Also, a lot of local restaurants wrapped their dishes (plates & cutlery) in plastic - I guess to demonstrate its cleanliness. Moreover, even though in every hotel there was a sign in the bathroom that only towels on the floor or in the basket will be replaced, my towels were replaced on a daily basis even though I did not request for it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a great vacation - a lot of interesting sights, fascinating history and great people. It was very well organized - however at times the schedule was a bit tight so that all of us felt a bit tired towards the end of it. As we enjoyed the programme so much, we recommend not taking anything out, but maybe extending the trip by 2 - 4 days in order to allow more 'down time' in between.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Climbing the Great Wall of China.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do not take a jumper if you go the same time of year as I did!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The local markets were certainly benefited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I have been on quite a few trips around the world but this has certainly been the best, largely due to the unrelenting quality of the tour leader.

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