Captivating China

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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 Xi'an; cruise down the epic Yangtze River and explore exciting multicultural Shanghai.

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VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • 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

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 11th May 2018

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners

Overview

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.

At a glance

  • Great Wall of China Walk the watchtowers of the lushly-forested Mutianyu section.
  • Tiananmen Square The largest public square in the world and scene of the 1989 student demonstrations.
  • Terracotta Warriors Enter the first emperor's funeral vault to see these remarkable 2,000 year-old figurines.
  • Chengdu Panda Base Meet the centre's baby pandas and find out more about their conservation.
  • Yangtze River Cruise Glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam five stage ship lock.
  • Yu Yuan Garden Explore these surreal Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes

Extensions

  • 2 night Dubai stay - pre tour
  • 3 night Hong Kong City break - 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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

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 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Yangtze River

Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda or the Fengdu Relocation Village.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • 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. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Shanghai - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguo
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
  • Chengdu: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
  • Shanghai: Riverview Hotel

Notes

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.

Latest customer reviews

11th September 2017

An absolutely brilliant trip. Saw so much, were well looked after. Great value. Very happy indeed!

24th July 2017

As above - too exhausting and did not have any down time.

2nd July 2017

Yes. The hotels were all first class, beautiful and clean. Breakfast was good and the boat exceptional value

2nd July 2017

all the plces ,we wanted to see

12th June 2017

Good tour to many interesting places. However, travelling between these places was a bit tiresome, either early starts or late arrivals & one occasion it was early start, late arrival then early start following day.

24th October 2016

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

24th October 2016

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.

23rd October 2016

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

23rd October 2016

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.

14th October 2016

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.

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