A China Experience


  • 9 days

  • China

  • Active pace

Tour : ACE

£49pp deposit

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From

£1,430 pp

Tour only

Based on 24th Oct 2019

From

£2,057 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

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On this tour through China, you'll explore some of China's most famous sites and learn about its ancient and current culture. You'll spend two nights in Xi’an between three night stays in both Beijing and Shanghai.

No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in the world. Imagine how you'll feel when you're standing on this famous site! In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors. These well-preserved, life-size figures of thousands of warriors, horses, and chariots were created in the 3rd century BC to accompany China's first emperor into the afterlife. They are nothing short of spectacular! Other highlights include visits to the Shanghai Museum, with a collection of 140,000 relics, some dating back 6,000 years; Beijing’s Forbidden City, the home of China's emperors from 1420 to 1912; and a Peking Duck dinner at a famous local restaurant.

For the value-minded traveller, this China tour has it all!

Highlights

Beijing Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall; Peking Duck welcome dinner

Xi’an Sightseeing with Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors, city wall, and a lacquerware factory; walking tour through the Muslim quarter

Shanghai Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, and a silk factory

Book now, pay £49pp upfront

Book any 2019 departure on this tour between 5 February and 31 March and you’ll pay just £49pp deposit.

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Beijing, China

Day
1

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Beijing

Day
2

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled FORBIDDEN CITY, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the centre of politics. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
3

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing - Xi'an

Day
4

Today, fly to Xi’an, the former ancient capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xi'an

Day
5

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. We also walk along the ANCIENT CITY WALL of Xi’an and visit a CERAMIC and LACQUERWARE factory.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Xi'an - Shanghai

Day
6

This morning, take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Shanghai, China’s largest city and centre of trade.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Shanghai

Day
7

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. You will also visit a SILK MUSEUM to learn about the silk-making process. This evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Shanghai

Day
8

Explore Shanghai at leisure. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the historic water town of Wuzhen, renowned for its Old World charm and picturesque setting. Tonight, join your travelling companions for dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
9

Your tour ends 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.

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.

Post tour

+4 days Hong Kong extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Hong Kong

Day
1

Fly to Hong Kong, Asia’s vibrant commercial capital.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hong Kong

Day
2

Your sightseeing tour begins with a ride on the popular STAR FERRY from Kowloon Island to Hong Kong Island. On arrival, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas. Then, explore the old Sheung Wan neighbourhood and visit the DRIED SEAFOOD MARKET. Savour a DIM SUM feast for lunch before traversing the Central District aboard the historic DOUBLE-DECKER TRAM, commonly referred to as the “Ding Ding” due to the sound of its bell. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hong Kong

Day
3

Enjoy free time for independent exploration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hong Kong

Day
4

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+6 days Mongolia extension

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Beijing

Day
1

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Day
2

Today, fly to Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. After some time in the hotel, enjoy a city tour that includes Sukhbaatar Square and the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM with a rich collection of exhibits covering the history and people of Mongolia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ulaanbaatar - Gobi Desert

Day
3

Early this morning, fly to the Gobi Desert. Covering most of southern Mongolia, the Gobi is the world’s fourth largest desert. Visit EAGLE VALLEY and marvel at stunning mountain scenery and the Gobi Glacier. The Gobi supports more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna and several endangered species, including the Snow Leopard and the Bactrian Camel.

Accommodations in the Gobi Desert.

You will be staying in a traditional ger, a round dwelling with a wooden frame. Your ger is comfortably furnished with twin beds and furniture. A natural ventilation system helps it stay cool in the heat of the day, and a stove provides heat at night. Please note – shared bathroom and shower facilities are located in a separate building.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gobi Desert

Day
4

This morning, stop at the largest SAND DUNES in the region en route to Bayan Zag. Here, explore the CEMETERY OF DINOSAURS, where the world’s best-preserved dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs were excavated. Then, visit a CAMEL BREEDERS CAMP to learn about the nomadic lifestyle and culture, and to try some traditional food.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gobi Desert - Ulaanbaatar

Day
5

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Upon arrival, visit the BOGD KHAN WINTER PALACE, the GANDAN MONASTERY, and Zaisan Hill, offering sweeping views of the city. This evening, enjoy a MONGOLIAN FOLKLORE PERFORMANCE featuring traditional musical instruments, throat singing, and dances.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ulaanbaatar - Beijing

Day
6

Today, return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,430 pp

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
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,057 pp

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

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

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