Beautiful China

  • 18 Days

  • China

  • On the go pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Gratuities on cruise
  • 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

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

of 18 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 04th October 2018

Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Overview

Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical holiday taking in Shanghai, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze, the legendary Terracotta Warriors and Guilin. This itinerary is for 2017 departures only.

At a glance

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

Extensions

  • 2 nights Duabi available pre tour
  • 3 nights in Hong Kong available 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. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Shanghai

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

Day 4

Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou

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

Day 5

Suzhou - Beijing

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

Day 6

Beijing

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
  • Dinner

Day 7

Beijing and Great Wall of China

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

Day 8

Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River

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

Day 9

Yangtze River Cruise

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

Day 10

Yangtze River Cruise

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

Day 11

Yangtze River Cruise

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Yangtze River - Chongqing - Xian

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Xian and Terracotta Warriors

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

Day 14

Xian - Guilin

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
  • Dinner

Day 15

Li River & Yangshou

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Yangshuo

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Guilin - Shanghai - UK

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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. 

Notes

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.

Your ship

Adonia

The modern 704-passenger Adonia, your home for the seven days of your journey, is a small adventure in itself. In addition to nourishing your hunger to make a difference, your voyage will also nourish your body with thoughtfully prepared, Dominican-inspired meals that include a variety of vegetarian options. There’s a pool, a gym, even a full-sized library. And, of course, there’s the infinite mystery of the wide, wide sea around you. So your spirit gets a bit of extra nourishment too.

But, beyond its built-in amenities, what matters most about the Adonia is its size. It’s small enough to let you get genuinely acquainted with your fellow travelers: the people who share your commitment to deeper, more meaningful travel. And, for the Fathom voyager, that’s the most important amenity of all.

Amenities
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  • none
  • small
  • some
  • classic
Ship facts
  • Number of crew: 385
  • Number of cabins: 385
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 20
  • Capacity: 704
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: USD
  • Number of decks: 8
  • Gross tonnage: 30300
  • Length (m): 180.45
  • Width (m): 25.46
  • Speed in knots: 18
  • Launch year: 2001
  • Refit year: 2011
Available cabins on this cruise
Suites

Add a little extra luxury to your journey.

Air-conditioned suites have two lower beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed. In addition to a shower, sink and toilet, bathrooms have a whirlpool bath and include bathrobes and slippers for use during your cruise.

A separate lounge area has a sofa, chairs, table, writing desk, mini-stereo, TV, radio, telephone, refrigerator, and tea/coffee-making facilities. There are also a safe and a hair dryer. Suites feature magazine and newspaper selection, a fruit bowl, mineral water, flowers, daily canapés, and a special Fathom welcome gift on arriva

Details

  • 449-753 square feet
  • Sleeps up to 4

Balcony Cabins

Don’t just look out at the view; step into it, on your own private balcony.

Air-conditioned balcony cabins have two lower beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to a balcony with recliner chairs and table.

Bathrooms have a shower, sink and toilet. Every cabin has a sofa or chair, table, writing desk, TV, radio, telephone, refrigerator, tea/coffee-making facilities, a hair dryer, and a safe.

Details

  • 178-237 square feet (including balcony)
  • Sleeps up to 3

Outside Cabins

These roomy cabins are the perfect balance between comfort and economy.

Air-conditioned outside cabins have two lower beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed. Bathrooms have a shower, sink and toilet. There are also a writing desk, TV, radio, telephone, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, hair dryer, and ample wardrobe and drawer space. All outside cabins have either a window or a porthole.

Details

  • 137-181 square feet
  • Sleeps 1-3

Inside Cabin

Economise in style, with a cozy and beautifully designed space to rest your head.

Air-conditioned, mirrored inside cabins have two lower beds that can be converted to a queen-size bed. Bathrooms have a shower, sink and toilet. There are also a writing desk, TV, radio, telephone, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, hair dryer, and ample wardrobe and drawer space.

Details

  • 137-181 square feet
  • Sleeps 1-2

Life onboard

Pioneered by Fathom, impact travel is a whole new category of travel: it’s travel with purpose. Travel that transforms lives. Sometimes including your own. Impact travel with Fathom provides the opportunity to build community with like-minded travelers, become immersed in another culture, and work alongside its people to create enduring social impact.

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