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Beautiful China

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • China

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical holiday taking in Shanghai, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze, the legendary Terracotta Warriors and Guilin.

At a glance

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

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Porterage
Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical holiday taking in Shanghai, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze, the legendary Terracotta Warriors and Guilin.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Arrive Shanghai

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Beijing, China's second largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Join your Tour Director and travelling companions for dinner this evening..

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Suzhou - Beijing

Day
5

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 to see the intricate silk-making process and have the opportunity to purchase some silk products, followed by a rickshaw ride along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
6

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, continue to the glorious Summer Palace, with its exquisite gardens and landscapes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing and Great Wall of China

Day
7

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. Visit the Jade Museum where you can buy pieces of this precious stone. Your day ends with a traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
10

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
11

Enjoy a free day on your Yangtze cruise - or choose to take an optional shore excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River - Chongqing - Xian

Day
12

Disembark from your cruise ship this morning and fly to Xian for a two night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xian and Terracotta Warriors

Day
13

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. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. Next, stroll along the city's ancient walls. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the Tang Era music and dance show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian - Guilin

Day
14

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Li River & Yangshou

Day
15

Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangshuo

Day
16

Discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. Return to Guilin in the evening and see the cormorant fishermen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guilin - Shanghai - UK

Day
17

Visit the Reed Flute Caves - a vast cavern pitted with stalagmites and stalactites, named after the nearby reeds that were used to make flutes. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai to connect to your flight to the UK, or perhaps extend your stay for three nights in Hong Kong

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

UK

Day
18

After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Home landing in the UK

Day
19

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

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.

Victoria Cruise ship will vary depending on departure date

Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day If you do not wish to take part in a shore excursion but you still wish to disembark the cruise ship, there is a mandatory port tax which must be paid by each customer. The port tax amount is approx. USD20-USD30 dollars per person however this amount can vary and for security reasons, it is not always possible to disembark at all ports of call.

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguo;
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel;
  • Guilin: Bravo Hotel;
  • Yangshuo: Elite Garden Hotel;
  • Suzhou: Aster Hotel;
  • Shanghai: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel. 

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