A China Experience

  • 11 Days

  • China

Walk Great Wall ramparts, explore an ancient water town, gaze upon mysterious terracotta warriors and uncover the legacy of royal dynasties. This is a China experience of epic scale and fascination.

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Highlights

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

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 29th October 2017

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

Overview

Walk Great Wall ramparts, explore an ancient water town, gaze upon mysterious terracotta warriors and uncover the legacy of royal dynasties. This is a China experience of epic scale and fascination.

At a glance

  • Wuzhen An ancient water town built around a series of canals over 1300 years ago.
  • Shanghai Museum Browse its superb antiquities and fine arts.
  • Terracotta Warriors Enter the first emperor's funeral vault to see these remarkable sculptures.
  • Tiananmen Square Stand in the largest public square in the world.
  • Forbidden City The imperial palace residence for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
  • Great Wall of China Walk a section of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Extensions

  • 2 night Dubai stay - pre tour
  • 3 night Hong kong extension - 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 Shanghai

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Shanghai including Wuzhen Canal Town

Visit the ancient canal town of Wuzhen and take a leisurely stroll to absorb the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Home to an intricate system of canals, old wooden waterside houses, arch stone bridges, narrow cobblestone streets and an abundance of local handicrafts, Wuzhen is renowned for its old-world charm and picturesque setting. Return to Shanghai and enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Shanghai

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to see the superb antiquities and fine arts of the Shanghai Museum. Afterwards, walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920's style Shikumen buildings. Visit a Silk Museum where you can see the silk-making process and have an opportunity to purchase some items. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Shanghai - Xian

Today fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Xian

This morning visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created 2,000 years ago to accompany Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. Next visit the Xian Arts & Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made – you can even purchase one! We also walk along the Ancient City Walls.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Xian - Beijing

Today visit the renowned Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics and walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Beijing

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, which is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and houses over 8,000 rooms. Also visit the unique Temple of Heaven and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobat show in the evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Beijing

An unforgettable day travelling to the Great Wall of China 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 will have the opportunity to purchase bits of this precious stone. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace. Your evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Beijing - UK

Transfer to the airport today for your flight back to the UK or extend your trip in Hong Kong or Macau.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Shanghai: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel;
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel;
  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguol. 

Notes

Accommodation will be 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.

Latest customer reviews

29th May 2017

Because everything was finely tuned & went to plan

8th May 2017

Could have done without the silk and jade shops, however the terracotta warriors shop was very good

7th May 2017

excellent value for money saw everything we wanted to see

7th May 2017

Absolutely amazing - would have liked to have spent more time in Xi'an than Shanghai. They were long days but our tour guide (Amy) made sure we saw everything there was to see, at a reasonable pace.

19th October 2016

Fantastic holiday well worth the price. Wouldn't have managed to see everything if did this independently. National guide link was very professional and thoughtful . It would have been nice to have more free time at French concession . Possibly give silk factory and jade factory a miss. But I would definitely recommend archers and trip to anyone in fact I have x

18th October 2016

very good holiday lots of information and little free time to kill

15th October 2016

I was rather apprehensive about travelling to China for our holiday this year, but my wife wanted to go and so it was to be. How glad I am that I agreed to go on the China Experience as this was most definitely one of the best holidays I have ever been on. From the first day until the last our time was filled with non stop captivating experiences that I will never forget and all this was down to our both our main and local guides who were incredibly knowledgeable and dealt successfully with all our needs in a most friendly and professional manner consistently and we would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to Jason our main guide who quite simply made our holiday the amazing experience that it was. We couldn't thank him enough ... he is indeed an asset to the company and all in the 'Jason Family' were in agreement about that. Thank you Archers so much for a terrific holiday and we will definitely see you again next time. Steve and Cathy Yarworth

23rd September 2016

Beautiful country and certainly different to what I was expecting.

17th September 2016

A fantastic holiday but spoiled somewhat by being taken to the airport at Beiging 8 hours before our flight home!

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