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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • China

  • On the go pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

Well organised, friendly guides, lovely hotels....

18th June 2018
Mrs June Barkley

Well organised, friendly guides, lovely hotels.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Beijing

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

Beijing

Day
3

Enjoy the iconic sights of China's vibrant capital city today, including Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world; the magnificent Forbidden City, a palace complex that housed successive emperors for over 500 years; also visit the unique Temple of Heaven.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing

Day
4

This morning, drive to Mutianyu to visit the legendary Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China once stretched 6,000 kilometres across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi desert. Walk along a well-preserved section of the wall for sweeping views of this huge fortress. Return to Beijing after lunch for a visit to the Jade Museum, a park of lakeside pagodas and ornate pavilions set among beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding Kunming Lake. In the evening, enjoy a Peking duck dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Beijing – Xian

Day
5

This morning, fly to Xi’an. Upon arrival visit Little Wild Goose Pagoda; the remainder of your day is free to enjoy one of the greatest ancient capitals of China.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Xian

Day
6

Today, enjoy 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. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city; then visit the Xi'an Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition Centre. This evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal, followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty Dancing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise

Day
7

This morning, fly to Yichang, where you will visit Yichang Museum, which houses more than 17,000 relics from the area. After lunch, stroll through the picturesque Binjiang Perk, before boarding your 4-night Cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
8

Start your day with a visit to the Three Gorges Dam site. Afterwards, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest river.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
9

Today, disembark for a boat excursion down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges-Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge. NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
10

Today, take a walking tour of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a Cliffside. NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise – Guilin

Day
11

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and fly to Guilin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Guilin – Yangshuo

Day
12

Take a half day cruise down the picturesque Li River which snakes through limestone pinnacles and rice fields to Yangshuo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Yangshuo - Guilin

Day
13

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Yangshuo before returning to Guilin, where you will visit the reed Flute Cave and witness traditional cormorant fishing

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guilin – Suzhou

Day
14

Today, fly to Shanghai and transfer to Suzhou. Tonight, dancers, folk singers, and musicians with classical Chinese instruments will entertain you in Suzhou's Garden of The Master of The Nets.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Suzhou

Day
15

Suzhou is famed for its ancient canals and bridges which earned it the nickname "Venice of the East." Your exploration of Suzhou begins with a visit to Tiger Hill, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan. Visit the Lingering Garden before taking a short cruise along the Grand Canal. After lunch, visit a Silk Factory, then drive to Tongli, a 1000-year-old "water town," and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Shanghai.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
16

Once dubbed the "Paris of the Orient," Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Today's sightseeing tour features the famous Yu Yuan Gardens, the atmospheric Old Town and the stunning Jade Buddha Temple. Stroll along the colonial Bund before visiting the Shanghai Museum. Later this evening, enjoy a spectacular Acrobatic Show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - UK

Day
17

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

Print itinerary

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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