Captivating China

  • 16 Days

  • China

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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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 20th September 2017

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners

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.

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

Extensions

  • 3 night Hong Kong City break 

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Beijing

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

Day 3

Beijing

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

Day 4

Beijing

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

Day 5

Beijing - Xian

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Xian

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

Day 7

Xian - Chengdu

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 for dinner and a well deserved rest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Chengdu

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. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River

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

Day 10

Yangtze River

Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Yangtze River

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

Day 12

Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai

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

Day 13

Shanghai

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

Day 14

Shanghai - Hangzhou - Shanghai

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

Day 15

Shanghai - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguo
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
  • Chengdu: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
  • Shanghai: Riverview Hotel

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar.

Victoria Cruise ship will vary depending on departure date.

Latest customer reviews

25/09/2016

Fantastic tour - loads to see and do. Very well organised. Excellent national guide and local guide. Only downside is that many of the trips included a heavy sell of products (tea, jade, silk, paintings, artifacts) and the trip to the jade factory took about 5 hours in total - would have much preferred more time at the actual sights.

02/09/2016

An excellent but tiring tour. The tour went smoothly, although there were seven flights, three train journeys and a cruise. This was due mainly by the organisation of our excellent Chinese National Guide, Gary Gao. He was excellent, friendly, caring with an ability to keep thirty people from Britain, Australia and New Zealand together. He had a good sense of humour too. Hotels in the main were excellent. The Beiijing hotel room had a very strong smell of cigarette smoke, a bit off putting for non smokers.this was commented by others too. The regional tour guides were excellent and very enthusiastic about their cities, giving us a lot of information, which tended to be information overload. The first day was hard, lots of walking around Beijing for people with jet lag, not acclimatised to the temperature and humidity. No breaks for drinks were added into the timetable, we had to grab what we could in the short period of 'free time' allowed to have a quick look round the Forbidden City. One lady collapsed. The tour was busy but we saw a lot of China. The extra trips need to be made clear in the brochure. We went to a number of shows which were an excellent way of experiencing Chinese culture. Some of these were extra, but cost around 580 yuen for two people. The cruise down the Yangtze River on the Victoria Katerina was excellent. The cabins were comfortable, we were able to upgrade to a junior suite. The extra talks and trips were good, entertainment provided by a talented crew was also excellent. I think the one down side was Shanghai, comments made by a few people was that it was where we caught the flight home, so a bit of a let down really. The trip to Hangzhou was excellent. The local tour guide 'Stephen' was the worse guide we had. He didn't like the British, strange for a guide for English speaking people. He should have taken us to the airport but left us in the car of the coach driver, to be met by 'Judy' at the airport who was with her young son. Who didn't know her way round the airport to the check in desk. At least she was able to ask. The hotel in Shanghai was well placed but it had no bar/ lounge area, nowhere to sit with our new 'friends' on any evening including the last before we all went our separate ways. The restaurant closed before we arrived back at the hotel, with no dinner arranged or that evening and no local restaurants, Starbucks was suggested as an option. A hotel with better facilities is needed for that last leg of the tour. All in all an excellent tour. People need to be aware that there is a lot of walking and there isn't time to return to the hotel before going out for a lot of the evening events. Full days 7am to 10pm.

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