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Flavours of China & the Yangtze

Offer

New for 2019

Price per person
from £3,152

Price based on
London Heathrow
11th Jun 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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  • 16 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 has everything you could want in a China holiday: visits to ancient sites, thrilling experiences, opportunities to learn about the culture, authentic cuisine, and more. Start in Beijing, end in Shanghai, and overnight along the way in Xi'an, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and aboard a 3-night Yangtze River cruise.

As you walk along the Great Wall, marvel at its expansiveness. Also impressive are the Terracotta Warriors, built 2,000 years ago to protect the first emperor in his afterlife. You'll stand in awe as you take in the life-size soldiers, chariots, and horses.

On your 3-night Yangtze River cruise, enjoy the spectacular beauty and tiny villages as you cruise through the Three Gorges. Take a walking tour of Shibaozhai and its 400-year-old pagoda built high on the cliffside. In Hangzhou, more scenic beauty awaits on your cruise on West Lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides and known for its picturesque landscape and collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces. Also visit Fei Lai Feng, a limestone mountain with over 300 stone statues dating from the 10th to the 14th centuries, and Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat), one of China's most famous Buddhist temples dating back 1,700 years.

Globus has included out-of-the-ordinary experiences, like a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s hutongs (ancient alleys) and a xiaolongbao lunch in Shanghai. Other thrilling experiences include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base, a ride on the bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing, a calligraphy class, sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more.

From the serene and picturesque landscapes to the vibrant cities and from the many historic sites to the modern accomplishments, this China tour is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday opportunity!

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
  • Chengdu Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Giant Panda Research Base
  • Chengdu - Chongqing Travel by bullet train 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
  • HangzhouSightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Lingyin Temple and Fei Lai Feng; walking tour along Hefang Street; cruise on West Lake 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 has everything you could want in a China holiday: visits to ancient sites, thrilling experiences, opportunities to learn about the culture, authentic cuisine, and more. Start in Beijing, end in Shanghai, and overnight along the way in Xi'an, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and aboard a 3-night Yangtze River cruise.

As you walk along the Great Wall, marvel at its expansiveness. Also impressive are the Terracotta Warriors, built 2,000 years ago to protect the first emperor in his afterlife. You'll stand in awe as you take in the life-size soldiers, chariots, and horses.

On your 3-night Yangtze River cruise, enjoy the spectacular beauty and tiny villages as you cruise through the Three Gorges. Take a walking tour of Shibaozhai and its 400-year-old pagoda built high on the cliffside. In Hangzhou, more scenic beauty awaits on your cruise on West Lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides and known for its picturesque landscape and collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces. Also visit Fei Lai Feng, a limestone mountain with over 300 stone statues dating from the 10th to the 14th centuries, and Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat), one of China's most famous Buddhist temples dating back 1,700 years.

Globus has included out-of-the-ordinary experiences, like a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s hutongs (ancient alleys) and a xiaolongbao lunch in Shanghai. Other thrilling experiences include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base, a ride on the bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing, a calligraphy class, sightseeing with Local Guides, and much more.

From the serene and picturesque landscapes to the vibrant cities and from the many historic sites to the modern accomplishments, this China tour is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday opportunity!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

UK

Day
1

Beijing

Day
2

On arrival you will be transferred 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- Xian

Day
5

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s [LF] HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighbourhood 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

Xian- Chengdu

Day
7

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and attend a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. You may see some local residents practicing morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and known for its flavourful food.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Chengdu- Chongqing (Embarkation) - Yangtze River Cruise

Day
8

Start your day with a visit to the GIANT PANDA RESEARCH BASE and marvel at these beautiful animals. After lunch, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board your ship for a 3-night cruise through the breath-taking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Shibaozhai

Day
9

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
10

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- Hangzhou

Day
11

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. After lunch in Yichang, board your flight to Hangzhou.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hangzhou

Day
12

Enjoy a full day tour of Hangzhou, one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Start with a visit to LINGYIN TEMPLE followed by FEI LAI FENG, a unique mountain famous for a cluster of caves with hundreds of unique stone buddha statues. After lunch, be transported back in time during a WALKING TOUR along Hefang Street. End the day with a CRUISE on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its collection of ancient bridges, causeways, temples, and palaces.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hangzhou- Shanghai

Day
13

Transfer to Shanghai, where you will start your sightseeing 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. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch featuring [LF] 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
14

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
15

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

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

Chengdu - Holiday Inn Oriental Plaza

The hotel is 5 minutes’ drive to Yan Shi Kou commercial centre and Chun Xi Lu shopping street. Commute easily to city’s famous scenic spots, like the temple of Marquis Wu, Wide and Narrow Alley and Du Fu Thatched Cottage. The main pub area like Lai Kwai Fong and Jiu Yan Qiao only are 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

All rooms feature 42-inch TV with satellite channels, wireless and wired broadband Internet access, voice mail system, mini-bar, and iPod alarm clock. All rooms are exclusively equipped with double-glazed windows and selections of pillows that assure you a sweet sleep even in the dynamic city centre. 

  • Location

    231 Zhiquanduan, East Avenue,Jinjiang District

  • Facilities

    • Restaurants Wifi available Room service available Swimming pool Fitness Center Porter/Bellman

Hangzhou - Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center

Holiday Inn Hangzhou City Center is a luxurious 4-star hotel conveniently located only 4.1km (2.6mi) from the centre of Hangzhou. Local tourist attractions such as Broken Bridge, Baochu Pagoda and Yellow Dragon Sports Center are not far from the hotel. Also within easy reach is Zhejiang University. The hotel offers 319 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned guestrooms. Room facilities include climate control, coffee/tea maker, direct-dial phone, free local calls, in-room safe and voice mail. Iron/ironing boards are supplied in the rooms.

  • Location

    289 North Jiangou Rd, Hangzhou, 310003, China

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and a Cafeteria Lounge/Bar Swimming pool Fitness Center Concierge Dry cleaning service Gift Shop Laundry ATM/banking

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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