Beautiful China


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Overview

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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.

Highlights

  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Garden of the Master of Nets
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Reed Flute Caves

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Arrive Shanghai

Day
1

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

Shanghai

Day
2

Once dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient', cosmopolitan and exhilarating Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Your included sightseeing tour features the famous Yu Yuan Garden, the atmospheric old town and the stunning Jade Buddha Temple. The afternoon is at leisure to explore 'The Bund' riverside boulevard and Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou

Day
3

This morning visit the splendid Shanghai Museum, which houses thousands of exquisite Chinese archaeological and artistic exhibits. After lunch, drive to Tongli and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Suzhou. This evening, musicians with classical Chinese instruments, folk singers and dancers will entertain you in Suzhou's scenic Garden of the Master of the Nets.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Suzhou - Beijing

Day
4

Suzhou is famed for its silk industry and was dubbed the Venice of the East because of its many ancient canals and bridges. Your memorable time here begins with a visit to Tiger Hill, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan; and the Lingering Garden, before a short cruise along the Grand Canal. After lunch visit a silk factory to see the intricate silk-making process and have the opportunity to purchase some silk products, followed by a rickshaw ride along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
5

Beijing holds many wonders for the visitor, from the historic to the enigmatic and stirring. Highlights include the legendary, vast Tiananmen Square, home to the imposing city museum, and the magnificent Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to successive Emperors for over 500 years. Afterwards, continue to the glorious Summer Palace, with its exquisite gardens and landscapes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing and Great Wall of China

Day
6

An unforgettable day travelling to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which criss-crosses forested mountain tops (return cable-car rides are included). 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 can buy pieces of this precious stone. Your day ends with a traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River

Day
7

After a morning visit to Beijing's Temple of Heaven, fly to Yichang where you will board your Victoria Cruises ship for an exciting four night Yangtze River cruise journey upstream.

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

Enjoy a free day on your Yangtze cruise - or choose to take an optional shore excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River - Chongqing - Xian

Day
11

Disembark from your cruise ship this morning and fly to Xian for a two night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xian and Terracotta Warriors

Day
12

Yet another highlight of your tour, the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, built in around 250 BC to guard an Imperial Tomb and comprising thousands of full-size, hand-carved clay soldiers, chariots and horses. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. Next, stroll along the city's ancient walls. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the Tang Era music and dance show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian - Guilin

Day
13

After a morning visit to Xian's Wild Goose Pagoda, a revered Buddhist pagoda built around 600 AD, fly to Guilin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Li River & Yangshou

Day
14

Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangshuo

Day
15

Discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. Return to Guilin in the evening and see the cormorant fishermen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guilin - Shanghai - UK

Day
16

Visit the Reed Flute Caves - a vast cavern pitted with stalagmites and stalactites, named after the nearby reeds that were used to make flutes. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai to connect to your flight to the UK, or perhaps extend your stay for three nights in Hong Kong

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners

Beijing

Day
1

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
2

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
3

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
4

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
5

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
6

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
7

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
8

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
9

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
10

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and fly to Guilin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Guilin – Yangshuo

Day
11

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
12

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
13

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
14

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
15

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

Day
16

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Porterage

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