Private Tour - Beautiful China


  • China

Tour : BC-P

Overview

Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical private tour, taking in Shanghai, Guilin, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze and the legendary Terracotta Warriors.

Highlights

  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Garden of the Master of Nets
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Reed Flute Caves
Private Tour - Beautiful China map

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 10 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Arrive Beijing

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
3

Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Later, explore the Summer Palace and its ornate pavilions. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing

Day
4

An included full day tour of the legendary Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu section. Stretching approximately 4,000 miles and dating back to the Ming period, this startling edifice will stay etched in your memory forever. Visit a Jade Factory where you can buy pieces of this intricate gem and in the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing – Xian

Day
5

This morning visit the Temple of Heaven before your flight to Xian.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Xian and the Terracotta Warriors

Day
6

Today, enjoy one of the highlights of your trip on a visit to the first emperor's funeral vault to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots and horses. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic centre where you can see real-life terracotta warrior models being made. Later visit the ancient city wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city. In the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty show, which includes dinner at the Tang Dynasty Palace Theatre & Restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian – Yangtze River Cruise

Day
7

This morning, visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Wuhan. On arrival, transfer by superfast bullet train to Yichang where you will board your Yangtze River Cruise for a four-night upstream cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Days
8 - 9

Set sail this morning and watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest. After a shore excursion to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest, you'll then sail through the Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
9

Today experience the swift, crystal waters of the Shennong Stream - a Yangtze tributary. Travel through mystical, fairytale landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Later you will pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise

Day
10

Today, visit Shibaozhai or Fengdu Relocation Village.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River Cruise – Guilin

Day
11

On arrival into Chongqing, disembark your cruise ship and fly to the beautiful southern city of Guilin. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a one-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Guilin – Yangshuo

Day
12

Take a half-day cruise down the languid LI River as you admire the karst limestone scenery iconic to the area. See cormorant fishermen and water buffalo as you relax on this spectacular cruise. On arrival into Yangshuo, browse the local wares at the markets. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Yangshuo -Guilin

Day
13

This morning, enjoy some time at leisure to further enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Yangshuo. Afterwards, return to Guilin and visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves. This evening, watch a spectacular Cormorant Fisherman show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guilin – Suzhou

Day
14

After check out, fly to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer directly to Suzhou, one of China’s most beautiful garden cities. This evening, watch the colourful Master of the Nets show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Suzhou

Day
15

Start your touring today at Tiger Hill before visiting the Lingering Garden, a classic example of Chinese garden style. Take a short cruise on the Grand Canal, the longest canal system in the world before visiting a silk factory to learn about the silk-making process. Visit Tongli Water town, a beautiful canal town where you can glimpse local rural life. Afterwards, transfer to Shanghai for a two-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
16

Start your touring at the Yu Garden and the bustling old town before learning about Shanghai’s Buddhist history at the Jade Buddha Temple. Next take a stroll on the colonial Bund before visiting the ancient artefacts of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell Shanghainese meal and watch a thrilling acrobatic show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - UK

Day
17

After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or alternative of a similar standard.

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.

Victoria Cruise Ship will vary depending on departure date.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Arrive Shanghai

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Shanghai

Day
3

Once dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient', cosmopolitan and exhilarating Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Your included sightseeing tour features the famous Yu Yuan Garden, the atmospheric old town and the stunning Jade Buddha Temple. The afternoon is at leisure to explore 'The Bund' riverside boulevard and Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou

Day
4

This morning visit the splendid Shanghai Museum, which houses thousands of exquisite Chinese archaeological and artistic exhibits. After lunch, drive to Tongli and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Suzhou. This evening, musicians with classical Chinese instruments, folk singers and dancers will entertain you in Suzhou's scenic Garden of the Master of the Nets.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Suzhou - Beijing

Day
5

Suzhou is famed for its silk industry and was dubbed the Venice of the East because of its many ancient canals and bridges. Your memorable time here begins with a visit to Tiger Hill, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan; and the Lingering Garden, before a short cruise along the Grand Canal. After lunch visit a silk factory, followed by a rickshaw ride along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing

Day
6

Beijing holds many wonders for the visitor, from the historic to the enigmatic and stirring. Highlights include the legendary, vast Tiananmen Square, home to the imposing city museum, and the magnificent Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to successive Emperors for over 500 years. Afterwards, we continue to the glorious Summer Palace, with its exquisite gardens and landscapes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Beijing and Great Wall of China

Day
7

An unforgettable day travelling to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which criss-crosses forested mountain tops (return cable-car rides are included). One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Wall stretches approximately 4,000 miles and is a spectacular sight you'll be sure never to forget. Your day ends with a traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River.

Day
8

After a morning visit to Beijing's Temple of Heaven, fly to Yichang where you will board your ship, for an exciting four night Yangtze River cruise journey upstream.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
9

Set sail this morning and watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest. After a shore excursion to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest, you'll then sail through the Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
10

Today experience the swift, crystal waters of the Shennong Stream - a Yangtze tributary. Travel through mystical, fairytale landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Later you will pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River

Day
11

Enjoy a free day on your Yangtze cruise - or choose to take an optional shore excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Yangtze River - Chongqing - Xian

Day
12

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and enjoy a short city tour and a visit to the city zoo, which is home to some of China's famous giant pandas. Later, continue to the airport for your flight to Xian for a two night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Xian and the Terracotta Warriors

Day
13

Yet another highlight of your tour, the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, built in around 250 BC to guard an Imperial Tomb and comprising thousands of full-size, hand-carved clay soldiers, chariots and horses. Next, stroll along the city's ancient walls. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the Tang Era music and dance show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Xian - Guilin

Day
14

After a morning visit to Xian's Wild Goose Pagoda, a revered Buddhist pagoda built around 600 AD, fly to Guilin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Guilin & Li River

Days
15 - 16

Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The following morning discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. Return to Guilin in the afternoon and visit the Reed Flute Caves. In the evening, see the cormorant fishermen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guilin - Shanghai - UK

Day
17

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai to connect to your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or alternative of a similar standard.

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.

Victoria Cruise Ship will vary depending on departure date.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Services of a local representative
  • All airport taxes/service charges
  • 37 meals

Tour with flights

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

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Services of a local representative
  • All airport taxes/service charges
  • Transfers
  • 37 meals

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