Captivating China

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Price per person
from £2,649

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Jul 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • China

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. Stand beside Great Wall guard towers and a 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army in Xi'an; cruise down the epic Yangtze River and explore exciting multicultural Shanghai.

At a glance


  • Great Wall of China Walk the watchtowers of the lushly-forested Mutianyu section.
  • Tiananmen Square The largest public square in the world and scene of the 1989 student demonstrations.
  • Terracotta Warriors Enter the first emperor's funeral vault to see these remarkable 2,000 year-old figurines.
  • Chengdu Panda Base Meet the centre's baby pandas and find out more about their conservation.
  • Yangtze River Cruise Glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam five stage ship lock.
  • Yu Yuan Garden Explore these surreal Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes
Captivating China 2016

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Customer Reviews

Good standard of hotels which were conveniently located and a...

24th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Good standard of hotels which were conveniently located and a very well organised tour.

All the highlights in one trip, long days but well...

23rd October 2017
Mr Alistair Brace

All the highlights in one trip, long days but well worth it

Trip of a life time. Busy but enjoyable holiday....

22nd October 2017
Trusted Customer

Trip of a life time. Busy but enjoyable holiday.

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22nd October 2017
Trusted Customer

Amazing, exciting, informative and exhausting....

10th October 2017
Mrs Barbara Cowlard

Amazing, exciting, informative and exhausting.

All purchases were very good...

8th October 2017
Mrs Lesley Skinner

All purchases were very good

Overall excellent value taking into account international flights, internal flights,...

25th June 2017
Chris

Overall excellent value taking into account international flights, internal flights, bullet trains, entrance fees, guides etc. Hotel accommodation and meals were of a good standard. V.I.P pickup was a lovely start to the holiday. Addison ( our tour guide throughout) was excellent

The guide, hotels and travel arrangements were excellent....

14th June 2017
Trusted Customer

The guide, hotels and travel arrangements were excellent.

It was a very busy holiday, lots of travelling &...

11th June 2017
Trusted Customer

It was a very busy holiday, lots of travelling & limited time spent visiting all the sites, very little free time

Overview

Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. Stand beside Great Wall guard towers and a 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army in Beijing; cruise down the epic Yangtze River and explore exciting multicultural Shanghai.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

No meals included

Arrive Beijing

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to begin exploring this vibrant city, glorified by 13th century Mongol leader Kublai Khan as the capital of his empire.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
3

After breakfast, visiting 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

Travel to the 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 the Jade Museum where you can buy pieces of this precious stone. 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 Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors 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 - Chengdu

Day
7

This morning, fly to Chengdu and journey through the beautiful scenery to Leshan, to see the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date to the Tang Emperor, Tang Xuanzong (713 AD). Return to Chengdu.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chengdu

Day
8

This morning will surely be one of the highlights of your tour, a visit to the Panda Base Research Centre. You will have a chance to learn about these wonderful animals, as well as view them up close. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River

Day
9

After breakfast, transfer to the station for your morning train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, visit the old town area before boarding your Victoria ship, for an exciting three night Yangtze River cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
10

Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda or the Fengdu Relocation Village.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
11

Another unforgettable day, with a shore visit to Shennong Stream. Also pass through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and the west section of Xiling Gorge. Your cruise ship will then glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai

Day
12

Today visit the Three Gorges Dam project, before sailing through the east section of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will disembark your cruise at Yichang and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai, where you will spend the next three nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
13

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai and tour the surreal Yu Yuan Garden, with its Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes, the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. Visit a Silk Factory to see the intricate silk-making process and have the opportunity to purchase some silk products. After dinner, enjoy an extraordinary acrobatics show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - Hangzhou - Shanghai

Day
14

Board the bullet train for a day trip to Hangzhou. Set amid verdant greenery alongside West Lake, this 2,000 year-old city was the seat of China's Song emperors and brims with historic relics and natural beauty. Begin with a cruise on West Lake before visiting a tea plantation in the Meijiawu Valley, famed for its Dragon-Well green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production process. After lunch, stroll on the ancient street of Hefang, visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy and visit the former residence of Hu Xueyan - a fine example of Qing Dynasty architecture. In the evening, return to Shanghai.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

No meals included

Things to note

Accommodation 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.

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
  • Chengdu: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
  • Shanghai: Riverview Hotel

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