Beautiful China

  • 18 Days

  • China

  • On the go pace

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

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

of 18 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 04th October 2018

Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners

Overview

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

At a glance

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

Extensions

  • 2 nights Duabi available pre tour
  • 3 nights in Hong Kong available post tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Beijing

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Beijing

After breakfast, visit 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Beijing

An included full day tour of the legendary 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 a Jade Factory where you can buy pieces of this intricate gem and in the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Beijing – Xian

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven before your flight to Xian.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 centre where you can see real-life terracotta warrior models 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Xian - Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Wuhan. On arrival, transfer by superfast bullet train to Yichang where you will board your Yangtze River Cruise for a four-night upstream cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Yangtze River Cruise

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

Day 9

Yangtze River Cruise

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

Day 10

Yangtze River Cruise

Today, visit Shibaozhai or Fengdu Relocation VIllage.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Yangtze River Cruise – Guilin

On arrival into Chongqing, disembark your cruise ship and fly to the beautiful southern city of Guilin. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a one-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Guilin – Yangshuo

Take a half-day cruise down the languid Li River as you admire the karst limestone scenery iconic to the area. See cormorant fishermen and water buffalo as you relax on this spectacular cruise. On arrival into Yangshuo, browse the local wares at the markets. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Yangshuo - Guilin

This morning, enjoy some time at leisure to further enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Yangshuo. Afterwards, return to Guilin and visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves. This evening, watch a spectacular Cormorant Fisherman show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Guilin – Suzhou

After check out, fly to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer directly to Suzhou, one of China’s most beautiful garden cities. This evening, watch the colourful Master of the Nets show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Suzhou

Start your touring today at Tiger Hill before visiting the Lingering Garden, a classic example of Chinese garden style. Take a short cruise on the Grand Canal, the longest canal system in the world before visiting a silk factory to learn about the silk-making process. Visit Tongli Water town, a beautiful canal town where you can glimpse local rural life. Afterwards, transfer to Shanghai for a two-night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Shanghai

Start your touring at the Yu Garden and the bustling old town before learning about Shanghai’s Buddhist history at the Jade Buddha Temple. Next take a stroll on the colonial Bund before visiting the ancient artefacts of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell Shanghainese meal and watch a thrilling acrobatic show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Shanghai - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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. 

Notes

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

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.

 

Latest customer reviews

01/10/2016

A really good tour of China. The tour guide was excellent and the city guides were also very good. The only area that could be improved upon was the time lost visiting "shopping opportunities". These seemed to waste time that would be better spent at the attraction. Especially so at the Terracotta Army where you need all the time available to see all the exhibits. Also the Yangtze cruise optional excursions were not advertised until on the cruise making it difficult to plan the trip.

30/09/2016

The trip was good, we had an excellent guide the only thing i did not like was the stops to the shops and markets and some of the hotels were not as clean as expected.

29/09/2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, but too much time was spent in taking us to places to shop, and therefore not enough at the places of interest.I also was not happy with the final transfer arrangements which I will address with you separately

15/06/2016

One thing I did not put in the e-mail previously sent was that for my wifes birthday I organised a cake through the tour guide for which I paid her 350RMB. I later found out the cakes were priced at 100-150RMB. So I feel I had been taken advantage by her. As this was on the last night it spoilt the evening for me.

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