Captivating China

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Captivating China

Visit China's most impressive and unique natural sights, whilst allowing the engineering feats of this ancient civilisation to leave you truly inspired.

17 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 20/09/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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  • Chengdu, Panda Chengdu, Panda
  • Beijing, China Beijing, China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing, China Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Great Wall of China, Beijing, China Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
  • Xian, China Xian, China
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China
  • Xian, China Xian, China
  • Xian, China Xian, China
  • Chengdu Panda Base Research Centre, China Chengdu Panda Base Research Centre, China
  • Chengdu, China Chengdu, China
  • Leshan Buddha, China Leshan Buddha, China
  • Chengdu Panda Base Research Centre, China Chengdu Panda Base Research Centre, China
  • Yangtze River, China Yangtze River, China
  • Yangtze River, China Yangtze River, China
  • Shanghai city scene, China Shanghai city scene, China
  • Yu yu Garden, Shanghai, China Yu yu Garden, Shanghai, China
  • Yu yu Garden, Shanghai, China Yu yu Garden, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai, China Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai, China Shanghai, China

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Beijing.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to begin exploring this vibrant city, glorified by 13th century Mongol leader Kublai Khan as the capital of his empire. Includes Dinner

DAY 3 : Beijing.

After breakfast, visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Later, explore the Summer Palace and its ornate pavilions. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 : Beijing.

Travel to the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu section. Stretching approximately 4,000 miles and dating back to the Ming period, this startling edifice will stay etched in your memory forever. Visit the Jade Museum where you can buy pieces of this precious stone. In the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Beijing - Xian.

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven before your flight to Xian. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 : Xian.

Today, enjoy one of the highlights of your trip on a visit to the first emperor's funeral vault to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots and horses. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. Later visit the ancient city wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city. In the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty show, which includes dinner at the Tang Dynasty Palace Theatre & Restaurant. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Xian - Chengdu.

This morning, fly to Chengdu and journey through the beautiful scenery to Leshan, to see the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date to the Tang Emperor, Tang Xuanzong (713 AD). Return to Chengdu for dinner and a well deserved rest. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Chengdu.

This morning will surely be one of the highlights of your tour, a visit to the Panda Base Research Centre. You will have a chance to learn about these wonderful animals, as well as view them up close. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 : Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River.

After breakfast, transfer to the station for your morning train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, visit the old town area before boarding your Victoria ship, for an exciting three night Yangtze River cruise. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Yangtze River.

Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : Yangtze River.

Another unforgettable day, with a shore visit to Shennong Stream. Also pass through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and the west section of Xiling Gorge. Your cruise ship will then glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai.

Today visit the Three Gorges Dam project, before sailing through the east section of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will disembark your cruise at Yichang and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai, where you will spend the next three nights. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 : Shanghai.

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai and tour the surreal Yu Yuan Garden, with its Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes, the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. Visit a Silk Factory to see the intricate silk-making process and have the opportunity to purchase some silk products. After dinner, enjoy an extraordinary acrobatics show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 : Shanghai - Hangzhou - Shanghai.

Board the bullet train for a day trip to Hangzhou. Set amid verdant greenery alongside West Lake, this 2,000 year-old city was the seat of China's Song emperors and brims with historic relics and natural beauty. Begin with a cruise on West Lake before visiting a tea plantation in the Meijiawu Valley, famed for its Dragon-Well green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production process. In the evening, return to Shanghai. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15 : Shanghai - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong or Macau. Includes Breakfast

DAY 16 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Shanghai:Riverview Hotel
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Beijing:Grand Gongda Jianguo
  • Xian:Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
  • Chengdu:Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is an expected element in China's tourism industry. Customarily every passenger pays on arrival to the guide and then it is distributed appropriately between the local guides and drivers. As a guideline we recommend 5- 7 USD per person per day.

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Services of a local guide
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges & the Yangtze River Cruise Levy excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable.

Holiday Highlights

  • Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda Base Research Centre
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Yu Yuan Garden

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 95% (19 reviews)

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would of put excellent as the tour was amazing and the guides were fantastic especially Edward couldn't of asked for a better tour manager only disappointment was the river cruise as told five star but would only rate as 3 star very disappointing


Our Tour director could have been a bit more thoughtful, We arrived 1am in Beijeng picked up at 8am for tour of city,they told us on the bus about a Kungfu Show as an add on,which we declined, then told they might not have time to take us back to hot...


trip to the big budda 2.5 hours drive both ways wasted time. <br/>boat ride on lake no use, as there is nothing to see due to poor air quality, time better spent in botinical gardens. tea plantation just a hard sell very poor


Saw 5 of the top ten tourist attractions in the whole of China in 1 trip. the tour manager and the local guides were all excellent. My only small reservation would be to say that the food in the restaurants was all very repetitive.


Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China. Saw everything we wanted to see, and more. Our guide on the trip, Michelle, was very good and looked after us all really well. A really wonderful experience and wouldn' hesitate to recommend this trip to friends.


*We were quite shocked by the toilets while out and about, but most rest rooms did have one 'Western style' toilet rather than their customary 'hole'. (The bathrooms in the hotels were all super!)<br/><br/>*Money matters - on this tour it wasn't real...


Very interesting tour but very tiring.


A trip that is not for the faint-hearted but well worth the effort! Every day max'd, down time limited as a consequence but one can rest once home. A well-planned and executed overview of China in all its historic and unique splendour, definitely a...


Excellently organised tour. Very busy with lots of walking so requires stamina and may not suit some people.


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Excellent organization of tour, accommodation and transport.<br/>On the topic of transport, by the nature of the size of the country and distances involved, you do spend quite a lot of time in (nice comfortable) coaches, around 4 hours per day on ave...


This holiday is quite arduous but that is what was expected. Superb national guide in Mr Link Lee he really went out of his way to make things as good as they could be.<br/>Hotels en route really quite a good standard with one exception.The River vie...


Very enjoyable in the main, long day to visit largest buddha for 40 minutes and in my opinion not worth the 4 hour total drive there and back, Shanghai disappointing as so much building work, didn't help it was raining either.


Most disappointed that there was not flexibility on food, all meals were Chinese banquet. At least 4 people struggled to eat this everyday. Guide did the best he could. this should be changed or noted in the info when booking


Disappointed didn't have more time at Panda Reserve.




Great itinerary, hotels and service.


Saw and did all the things I expected/wanted to do, but would suggest that you choose local tour guides who speak English, NOT American, as a lot is lost in translation with a Chinese accent.

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