Beautiful China

Price per person
from £3,084

Price based on
London Gatwick
17th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 18 days

  • China

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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
Beautiful China map

What's included

  • VIP 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.

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

No meals included

Arrive Beijing

Day
2

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

Beijing

Day
3

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

Beijing

Day
4

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

Beijing – Xian

Day
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian

Day
6

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

Xian - Yangtze River Cruise

Day
7

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

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
8

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

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
9

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

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
10

Today, visit Shibaozhai or Fengdu Relocation VIllage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise – Guilin

Day
11

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

Guilin – Yangshuo

Day
12

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

Yangshuo - Guilin

Day
13

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

Guilin – Suzhou

Day
14

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

Suzhou

Day
15

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

Shanghai

Day
16

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

Shanghai - UK

Day
17

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

No meals included

Things to note

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.

 

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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