Gourmet Tour to China Combines Taste and Luxury

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IIn November, a bespoke tour to Shanghai and Beijing explores China's diverse cuisines while travelling in style.

We created this tour for discerning gourmet travellers looking for a genuine experience but not at the expense of the luxury they usually enjoy when they travel

Just The Planet, the luxury online travel magazine, has announced the dates of their new gourmet tour to China. Partnering with Luxury Concierge China they have tailored a bespoke journey, taking in the gourmet highlights of Shanghai and Beijing as well as several off-the-beaten-track experiences known only to locals.

The tour is an exclusive 10-day trip designed for just 10 people, who will be accompanied by a dedicated guide and translator and will enjoy the luxury of carefully chosen boutique hotels and personal service.

"We created this tour for discerning gourmet travellers looking for a genuine experience but not at the expense of the luxury they usually enjoy when they travel," said Michelle Snaddon, editor of Just The Planet. "By choosing to partner with a local, multilingual concierge service that specialises in luxury travel, we have been able to put together the ideal combination of sophisticated city chic and hidden gems that give you a taste of the real China."

The tour includes a rich selection of taste sensations: a dim sum cookery course at the sophisticated Whampoa Club, degustation menus, top restaurants such as Jade on 36, private tea ceremonies, visits to exotic markets and forays to the countryside to experience traditional cuisine in a rural setting of canals, tea houses and gardens. Fusion Chinese, Cantonese, Sichuanese and northern Chinese cuisine are just a part of the taste experiences offered, ending up in style with a lunch at the Great Wall of China.

Just The Planet’s Gourmet China tour is designed to give plenty of time to take in the art and culture of China's cosmopolitan cities, with experts in each field on hand to guide at appropriate moments. There is also time for pampering with spa treatments and optional visits to a fabric market and an expert tailor.

The insider knowledge provided by expert concierge service Luxury Concierge China makes sure that China's best kept secrets and hidden gems are included in the itinerary to give a thorough overview of China's diverse attractions while showcasing the whole range of its cuisine from top-notch restaurants to excellent home-cooking. Accommodation is in boutique hotels, hand-picked for their sophisticated and comfortable interiors, genuine hospitality and personalised service.

"Our custom-made tours are designed to include only the best that each country has to offer," added Michelle. "We take the uncertainty and stress out of your holiday planning, and surround you with luxury so that you can truly relax and unwind, returning home refreshed and stimulated by a wealth of new experiences."

The tour runs 8-18th November 2008 starting in Shanghai. Bookings close 15th September, so those who want to experience China's rich culinary heritage should e-mail Michelle Snaddon now to ensure a place or call her on +27 83 463 4435. For a detailed itinerary and more details on the boutique hotels and restaurant highlights go to the Gourmet China tour itinerary.

About Just The Planet
Just The Planet is an online luxury travel magazine for independent travellers and provides exceptional travel writing and photography. It is aimed at the discerning traveller who is looking for honest reviews, trusted travel tips and bespoke travel experiences around the world with like-minded travellers. They partner with experienced concierge services to provide the very best travel experiences for their readers.

Michelle Snaddon, Editor- in-Chief
Just The Planet
Mobile +27 83 463 4435
Email michelle(at)justtheplanet.com


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