Captivating China

Offer

Most popular

Price per person
from £2,499

Price based on
London Gatwick
20th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

Book any 2018 worldwide tour or cruise and pay just £99 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 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

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

UK

Day
1

Depart the UK.

No meals included

Beijing

Day
2

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:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
3

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; and the glorious Summer Palace, a park of lakeside pagodas and ornate pavilions set among beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding Kunming Lake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
4

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, before enjoying the remainder of your day at leisure. 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 Xi'an. Upon arrival in Xi'an, the remainder of your day is free to enjoy one of the greatest ancient capitals of China.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian

Day
6

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 - Chengdu

Day
7

Fly to Chengdu and then journey to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date back to 713 AD. Return to Chengdu in the afternoon. Chengdu is known as the "Heavenly State" and is the natural habitat of China's giant pandas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chengdu

Day
8

Today, you are sure to enjoy a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, home to giant pandas, red pandas, golden monkeys, and other wild or endangered species. Here, you will have a chance to learn about the wonderful giant pandas while viewing them up close. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River

Day
9

Transfer to the train station where you will board a train to Chongqing. Upon arrival in Chongqing, visit the old town area before boarding your ship for an exciting 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
10

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of on-board activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck, take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a walking tour of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a Cliffside. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship's crew. NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

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 a 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 garden famed for its green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production. After lunch, take a walk on the Ancient Street of Hefang and visit a traditional Chinese Pharmacy. Then, visit the former residence of Mr. Hu Xueyan, the founder of traditional Chinese medicine in Hangzhou. Return to Shanghai in the early evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

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

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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