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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.
An enthralling experience of buzzing Shanghai boulevards, Beijing rickshaw rides and the historic landmarks of imperial dynasties. Stand on the Great Wall of China, peer down at the Terracotta Army of the first emperor and glimpse sedate rural life on the Longji Rice Terraces.
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.
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On arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Welcome to Shanghai, China's largest city and centre of trade.
Sightseeing today starts with a walking tour of the French Concession. Next, visit beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquillity in this bustling city followed by a stroll along the Bund. You will also visit a Silk Museum. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face to face.
Visit the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang and take a leisurely stroll to soak up the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Return to Shanghai by Bullet Train and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Today, fly to Guilin. On arrival, visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves, home to multi-coloured stalagmites and stalactites. Next, take a walk up Moon Hills for views of Guilin's stunning scenery before visiting a Pearl Museum to learn about the South China Sea pearling industry.
Take a full-day excursion to the scenic Longji Rice Terraces. The terraces are also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’ due to the terraced rice fields resembling the scales of a dragon’s back. Take a walk through these delightful fields, passing local people and villages to glimpse China’s rural life. Return to Guilin this late afternoon.
Take a half-day cruise down the picturesque Li River which snakes through limestone pinnacles and rice fields. Spend some free time in Yangshuo before returning to Guilin.
Today, fly to Xi'an, the former ancient capital. This evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal, followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
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. Later, visit a ceramic and lacquerware and take a walking tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets.
Today, visit the ancient city wall before boarding your bullet train to Beijing, capital of China.
Start your morning at the Lama Temple, the second largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China, to learn about the importance of Buddhism in China's history. Next, take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before enjoying a calligraphy lesson. Have lunch with a local family to learn more about the traditional life of the Beijing locals. This afternoon and evening, enjoy free time in the Houhai district, also known as the "Back Lake," home to a myriad of restaurants and bars.
The Great Wall of China once stretched 6,000 kilometres across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a unique section of the wall that sits on the banks of a resevoir. Take a small boat ride and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Stop at a Jade Museum before returning to Beijing to tour the exquisite Summer Palace, which was constructed as a place of rest and relaxation for ancient royal families, and today serves the same purpose for locals and tourists alike. Tonight, enjoy an amazing Chinese acrobat show.
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. Also, visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Your evening meal features the local delicacy: Peking duck.
Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.
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.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. On China tour, you’ll start in Shanghai, end in Beijing, and overnight along the way in Wuhan, Xi’an, and four nights aboard your cruise ship on the mighty Yangtze River.
Explore multicultural Shanghai, see pandas in Chongqing, and explore the riverside town of Wuhan. During your 4-night cruise on the epic Yangtze River, relax as you sail past dramatically beautiful gorges known for their greenery and mountains, get a glimpse of rural Chinese life during your excursion to Shibaozhai, and visit the Three Gorges Dam project site.
Of course, you’ll also visit the expansive Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in the world. Stand beside the guard towers and feel the overpowering history of the site. In Xi’an, marvel at the 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army created to accompany the first emperor into the afterlife.
This is the perfect tour of China for those seeking a great value!
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Price based on May 25, 2019 - June 9, 2019
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Walk the ramparts of the 4,000-mile Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the stone bridges, narrow cobblestone streets and wooden waterside homes of an ancient water town before discovering the cultural riches of cosmopolitan Shanghai. Gaze down at Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors, discover the city's Muslim heritage and be enthralled at an acrobat show on this China experience of epic scale and fascination.
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Price based on June 5, 2019 - June 16, 2019
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