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Classic China & the Yangtze River

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New for 2019

Price per person
from £2,952

Price based on
London Heathrow
29th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book before 31 October and secure your 2019 Long Haul holiday for just £99pp. 

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  • 14 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

This tour through China, including a Yangtze River cruise, offers you opportunities to see some of China's most historic sites, learn about the local culture, and witness spectacular scenery. You'll stay three nights each in Beijing and Shanghai, two nights in Xi'an, and three nights aboard your Yangtze River cruise ship.

Some of the fascinating historic sites you’ll visit on this China tour include Tian’anmen Square; the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors; the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420; Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD; and Shibaozhai, a 12-story pagoda built high on the cliffside in the 18th century. No China tour would be complete without visiting the Great Wall, and you'll walk along the wall to see how expansive it is. In Xi'an, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses constructed in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor into the afterlife!

Relax as you cruise down the Yangtze River, the world's third-largest river, and enjoy spectacular scenery and majestic peaks. Get a glimpse of rural Chinese life and see tiny villages clinging to the hillsides. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest electricity-producing plant. To make sure your vacation is unique, Globus has also arranged special experiences, such as a lunch featuring xiaolongbao, dumplings that are Shanghai's most famous dish, and a rickshaw ride through Beijing's hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys.

This is just a sampling of the historic sites, fun cultural experiences, and stunning scenery you’ll experience on this awe-inspiring tour through China!

At a glance

  • Beijing Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; hutong tour by rickshaw; Peking Duck welcome dinner
  • Xi'an Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show; calligraphy class
  • Yangtze River Three-night cruise through the Three Gorges including a walking tour in Shibaozhai, a boat excursion on Goddess Stream, and a tour of the Three Gorges dam site
  • Shanghai Sightseeing with a Local Guide including headsets; visit Yu Yuan Gardens and a silk factory; xiaolongbao lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; farewell dinner

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Hong Kong 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
  • 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.

Overview

This tour through China, including a Yangtze River cruise, offers you opportunities to see some of China's most historic sites, learn about the local culture, and witness spectacular scenery. You'll stay three nights each in Beijing and Shanghai, two nights in Xi'an, and three nights aboard your Yangtze River cruise ship.

Some of the fascinating historic sites you’ll visit on this China tour include Tian’anmen Square; the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors; the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420; Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD; and Shibaozhai, a 12-story pagoda built high on the cliffside in the 18th century. No China tour would be complete without visiting the Great Wall, and you'll walk along the wall to see how expansive it is. In Xi'an, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses constructed in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor into the afterlife!

Relax as you cruise down the Yangtze River, the world's third-largest river, and enjoy spectacular scenery and majestic peaks. Get a glimpse of rural Chinese life and see tiny villages clinging to the hillsides. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest electricity-producing plant. To make sure your vacation is unique, Globus has also arranged special experiences, such as a lunch featuring xiaolongbao, dumplings that are Shanghai's most famous dish, and a rickshaw ride through Beijing's hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys.

This is just a sampling of the historic sites, fun cultural experiences, and stunning scenery you’ll experience on this awe-inspiring tour through China!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Beijing

Day
2

On arrival in Beijing you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Beijing

Day
3

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the FORBIDDEN CITY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artefacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savour a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing. Great Wall Excursion

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. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theatre, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing–Xi’an

Day
5

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing's HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi’an.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Xian

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. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colourful assemblage of classical performances.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xi’an–Chongqing (Embarkation)

Day
7

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and attend a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. You may also see some local residents practicing morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Here, board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruising: Shibaozhai

Day
8

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. You may choose to start your day with a tai chi session on the Sun Deck 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 cliff side. 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

Cruising: Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Goddess Stream

Day
9

Again, enjoy the morning at your leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Fengdu, known by many Chinese as the “Ghost City,” to visit the mountaintop shrines. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. You can nearly touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills.

NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: (Disembarkation) Three Gorges Dam Site–Yichang–Shanghai

Day
10

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and centre of trade and industry.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Shanghai

Day
11

Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, stop at a local restaurant featuring XIAOLONGBAO, Shanghai’s most famous dish. These tasty soup dumplings are handmade with at least 18 intricate folds to close the top. The broth is the star so, to avoid wasting a single drop, gently pick up the dumpling, dip in sauce, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Next, make a small hole to release the steam and allow the broth to cool. After it cools, sip up the broth and then swallow the dumpling. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Shanghai

Day
12

This morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Shanghai - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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

A free day to explore this exciting city. You may take an optional excursion to learn about Hong Kong’s history, view the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island, or take a full-day outing to historic Macau.

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.

Things to note

Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travellers on our Small-Group Discovery holiday, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

Hotels

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

Beijing - Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town is perfectly located in the Central Business District, adjacent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy areas, Sanlitun Bar Street and The Silk Market. The hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Chaoyangmen Subway Station and just 30 minutes drive from Beijing Capital International Airport.  

The hotel’s 360 well-designed guest rooms are well soundproofed, luxurious & comfortable. Located on the 18th-20th floors, ourCrowne Plaza Club Floors offer tailor-made services in an executive style, with exceptionally high levels of comfort.

  • Location

    No. 3 Sanfeng North Area, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100020

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar Wifi available Room service available Swimming pool Fitness centre ATM/Cash Machine Laundry service

Xi’an - Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Xi'an is located in the tallest building in Xi'an - Shaanxi Xinxi Tower, which is an upscale choice for both the business and leisure travelers. The hotel has easy access to the CBD area and is centrally located on the south second ring road which is in between the High - Tech Zone (Gaoxin) and the City Wall including accessibility to interesting historical sites in Xi'an.

  • Location

    No. 1 Zhu Que Zhong Road, Xi'an, SA, 710061, Mainland China

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar Wifi available Room service available Lobby Lounge Swimming pool Fitness centre

Shanghai - Grand Central Hotel

InterContinental Shanghai Jing'An is ideally located in Shanghai downtown, only 10 minutes to West Nanjing Road, People’s Square and Jing An Temple.

  • Location

    No. 500 Heng Feng Road, Jing An District, Shanghai, SH ,200070, Mainland China

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar Wifi available Room service available Spa centre

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