Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners
Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. Stand beside Great Wall guard towers and a 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army in Beijing; cruise down the epic Yangtze River and explore exciting multicultural Shanghai.
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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.
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.
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.
This morning visit the Temple of Heaven before your flight to 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.
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.
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. The rest of the day is at leisure.
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.
Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda or the Fengdu Relocation Village.
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.
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.
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.
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. After lunch, stroll on the ancient street of Hefang, visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy and visit the former residence of Hu Xueyan - a fine example of Qing Dynasty architecture. In the evening, return to Shanghai.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.
Accommodation as stated or similar.
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.
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 hotel and we may have to wait on the bus, luckily the tour needed 2 buses and 1 was used to transfer us back to hotel along with other tired travellers. Paid for an extra night tour of Xian which we thought included a meal, no we were dropped at a shopping complex that had some restaurants, we were last off the bus and by the time we got to the escalator one couple was visible at the top, got to the top no one, Tour Director ? We ended up lost, went outside but couldn't find anyone, ended up with no dinner and very alone. Told Ryan (Tour Director) when he arrived back with the other tourists and was told the hotel would maybe be able to provide a dinner, was not impressed with his lack of concern.
trip to the big budda 2.5 hours drive both ways wasted time. 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!) *Money matters - on this tour it wasn't really easy to pay for anything by credit card and using ATMs wasn't exactly easy. * Exchange rates for sterling were far, far better in the hotels we stopped in than here in England. *This tour was extremely full on. I felt that the Tour Director took us for early evening meals rather than letting us go back to the hotel and have a shower and change clothes - which would have been really nice after a full on day in humid weather. *I think most people on the tour were disappointed by the Giant Buddha. It took 2+ hours coachtrip there and then 2+ hours return - really not worth it! * Travellers need to be aware - no Google in China. All in all though we had a super time.
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 taster for future visits.
Excellently organised tour. Very busy with lots of walking so requires stamina and may not suit some people.
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