Private Tour - Beautiful China

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Private Tour - Beautiful China

Starting in Shanghai, dubbed the ‘Paris of the Orient’, your guide will show you the different faces of the city where traditional sites such as the beautiful Yu Yuan Garden sit against the backdrop of modern high-rise blocks. Discover some of the awe-inspiring sites that make China famous, from the spectacular Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors to the magnificent Forbidden City and the vast Tiananmen Square. Enjoy a cruise down the Yangtze River passing through the iconic Three Gorges Dam and fairy-tale landscapes unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Visit the beautiful Guilin and the Li River where the fishermen use cormorant birds to catch their fish, and explore the Reed Flute Cave. Experience the beauty of China with this amazing tour.

19 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 19/09/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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  • Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai
  • Shanghai Shanghai
  • Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai
  • Shanghai Shanghai
  • Suzhou Suzhou
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing Tiananmen Square, Beijing
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Great Wall of China, Beijing Great Wall of China, Beijing
  • Yangtze River Yangtze River
  • Yangtze River Yangtze River
  • Three Gorges, Yangtze River Three Gorges, Yangtze River
  • Xian Xian
  • Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xian Terracotta Warriors, Xian
  • Guilin Guilin
  • Reed Flute Caves, Guilin Reed Flute Caves, Guilin
  • Reed Flute Caves, Guilin Reed Flute Caves, Guilin
  • Cormorant fisherman, Guilin Cormorant fisherman, Guilin
  • Hong Kong Skyline Hong Kong Skyline
  • Hong Kong Harbour Hong Kong Harbour

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arriva Shanghai.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Includes Dinner

DAY 3 : Shanghai.

Once dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient', cosmopolitan and exhilarating Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Your included sightseeing tour features the famous Yu Yuan Garden, the atmospheric old town and the stunning Jade Buddha Temple. The afternoon is at leisure to explore 'The Bund' riverside boulevard and Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou.

This morning visit the splendid Shanghai Museum, which houses thousands of exquisite Chinese archaeological and artistic exhibits. After lunch, drive to Tongli and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Suzhou. This evening, musicians with classical Chinese instruments, folk singers and dancers will entertain you in Suzhou's scenic Garden of the Master of the Nets. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Suzhou - Beijing.

Suzhou is famed for its silk industry and was dubbed the Venice of the East because of its many ancient canals and bridges. Your memorable time here begins with a visit to Tiger Hill, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan; and the Lingering Garden, before a short cruise along the Grand Canal. After lunch visit a silk factory, followed by a rickshaw ride along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Beijing.

Beijing holds many wonders for the visitor, from the historic to the enigmatic and stirring. Highlights include the legendary, vast Tiananmen Square, home to the imposing city museum, and the magnificent Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to successive Emperors for over 500 years. Afterwards, we continue to the glorious Summer Palace, with its exquisite gardens and landscapes. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 : Beijing and Great Wall of China.

An unforgettable day travelling to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which criss-crosses forested mountain tops (return cable-car rides are included). One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Wall stretches approximately 4,000 miles and is a spectacular sight you'll be sure never to forget. Your day ends with a traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River.

After a morning visit to Beijing's Temple of Heaven, fly to Yichang where you will board your ship, for an exciting four night Yangtze River cruise journey upstream. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Yangtze River.

Set sail this morning and watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest. After a shore excursion to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest, you'll then sail through the Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Yangtze River.

Today experience the swift, crystal waters of the Shennong Stream - a Yangtze tributary. Travel through mystical, fairytale landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Later you will pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : Yangtze River.

Enjoy a free day on your Yangtze cruise - or choose to take an optional shore excursion. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Yangtze River - Chongqing - Xian.

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and enjoy a short city tour and a visit to the city zoo, which is home to some of China's famous giant pandas. Later, continue to the airport for your flight to Xian for a two night stay. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 : Xian and the Terracotta Warriors.

Yet another highlight of your tour, the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, built in around 250 BC to guard an Imperial Tomb and comprising thousands of full-size, hand-carved clay soldiers, chariots and horses. Next, stroll along the city's ancient walls. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the Tang Era music and dance show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 : Xian - Guilin.

After a morning visit to Xian's Wild Goose Pagoda, a revered Buddhist pagoda built around 600 AD, fly to Guilin. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15 to 16 : Guilin & Li River.

Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The following morning discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. Return to Guilin in the afternoon and visit the Reed Flute Caves. In the evening, see the cormorant fishermen. Includes Breakfast

DAY 17 : Guilin - Shanghai - UK.

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

DAY 18 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Xian:Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
  • Guilin:Bravo Hotel
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard. Victoria Cruise Ship will vary depending on departure date
  • Shanghai:Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
  • Suzhou:Aster Hotel
  • Beijing:Grand Gongda Jianguo

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

It is traditional in China to tip the guide for the tour upon arrival. It is customary to tip approximately US$5 per person per day and RMB150 for the cruise.

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 - 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Services of a local guide
  • Porterage
  • Private Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges including the Yangtze River Cruise Levy, excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Garden of the Master of Nets
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Reed Flute Caves

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
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  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
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