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A China Experience

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Price per person
from £2,013

Price based on
London Heathrow
24th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • China

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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!

At a glance

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

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Hong Kong extension

  • 6 days: Mongolia extension

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

What's included

  • 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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Customer Reviews

Good value for money. Excellent hotels. Excellent tour guides. Visited all...

27th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Good value for money. Excellent hotels. Excellent tour guides. Visited all the places I wanted to, extremely enjoyable.

full itinerary very busy holiday, be warned there is a...

30th April 2018
Trusted Customer

full itinerary very busy holiday, be warned there is a lot of walking but even if your a little slow the group went to that pace. We visited a lot of place and overall had a fantastic time. Only a couple of issues. Firstly the food very repetitive, you have to accept this when trying to cater for a large group. Optional extras - there are a few, it would have been nice before we left to be told what these 'might' include. I appreciate these may change depending on the time of year / day of week and so on, but be aware there are quite a few. if you don't have enough money with you there are cash conversion machines in most of the hotels. I think this is a very well thought out holiday, have returned home exhausted but loved the whole experience. Our Guides, Sean, Grace, Sally and Lee were brilliant.

Our national guide Ivan was 5star. Massive asset to your...

11th November 2017
Mr Craig Heighway

Our national guide Ivan was 5star. Massive asset to your company, couldn't have done more for us and so passionate about his country and the history it holds. Other two guides Christy and Dave were very good and friendly, however Kathleen in Beijing was quite hard to understand, we also felt very rushed by her guidance.

The whole programme was completely packed with a balanced range...

16th September 2017
Mr Michael Dowding

The whole programme was completely packed with a balanced range of sight seeing, culture, historic and action activities giving a good representation of China

Real value for money, excellent hotels and professional guides and...

17th June 2017
Mr David Barker

Real value for money, excellent hotels and professional guides and tour manager.

It was such a fabulous experience...

28th May 2017
Mrs Carol Baker

It was such a fabulous experience

Overall an excellent, informative tour which has left us with...

9th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Overall an excellent, informative tour which has left us with many stories to tell and memories to treasure. - Tour Guides: Our National Guide, Amy, was fantastic. She was very informative and was happy to share her experiences of her home country with us. Prior to the tour, we had heard that you could toboggan down the Great Wall, something which we wanted to have a go at but were worried would not be able to due to tour restrictions, Amy made arrangements for the group to have this option so we were able to fulfil our ambitions. She is a real asset to your company! The other "Local Guides" on the tour, particularly Annie in Shanghai, were very good as well. - Hotels: Accommodation was of a good standard, rooms were clean and comfortable with free WiFi and bottled water replenished on a daily basis - great for a full day out exploring. - Pace: The tour was quite fast paced, which was great for us as we wanted to see as much as we possibly could during our nine days in China, we definitely accomplished this! - Optional Excursions: We were unaware when we arrived in China that there were optional excursions available, there was no mention of these in our booking documents, hence we did not bring sufficient money and needed to withdraw extra whilst abroad. In future it would be useful to be made aware of any optional excursions in advance so that we can plan for them. Perhaps communication between Cosmos and the tour provider could be strengthened? - Food: It seemed that the included food was provided on a budget, with cheaper vegetable meals favoured and dishes often repeated. We only realised this on the last day when we returned to the previous night's restaurant, separately from the group, and had a much more varied meal with generous portions.

Overview

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!

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Beijing, China

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

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

Beijing

Day
3

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
4

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
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xi'an

Day
6

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
7

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
8

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
9

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 - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport today for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

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Extend your tour and see even more

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

Shanghai - Hong Kong

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hong Kong

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

Enjoy free time for independent exploration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hong Kong

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

Beijing

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

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Beijing - Novotel Xin Qiao

Located in the heart of the city means that you can explore both the modern metropolis of Beijing and its rich cultural history on foot. In a short walking distance is Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City plus the highly popular shopping strips of Wang Fujing, with the Pearl and Silk markets close by.

  • Location

    1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie Beijing, China

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Xi'an - Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel beautifully balances the ancient and the new. With world-class facilities and services designed to please even the most seasoned world travellers, the hotel captures the spirit of Xi'an.

  • Location

    172 Lian Hu Road Xian, China

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Shanghai - Golden Tulip New Bund Asia

The Golden Tulip Bund New Asia merges the concepts of work and leisure with a playful, trend-led design concept. With this in mind, you'll find all the modern facilities one would expect from a 4-star hotel in Shanghai, from a state-of-the-art gym to after hours cocktails.

  • Location

    Hongkou District 422 Tiantong Road Shanghai, China

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

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