Private Tour - Captivating China

  • 16 Days

  • China

  • Active pace

Discover China's most impressive and unique natural sights, whilst allowing the engineering feats of this ancient civilisation to leave you truly inspired on a uniquely private tour.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 31st October 2017

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners

Overview

Discover China's most impressive and unique natural sights, whilst allowing the engineering feats of this ancient civilisation to leave you truly inspired on a uniquely private tour.

At a glance

  • Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda Base Research Centre
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Yu Yuan Garden

Extensions

  • 2 night Dubai stay - pre tour
  • 3 night Hong Kong City break - post tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Beijing

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to begin exploring this vibrant city, glorified by 13th century Mongol leader Kublai Khan as the capital of his empire.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Beijing

After breakfast, visiting 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
  • Dinner

Day 4

Beijing

Travel to the 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 the Jade Museum where you can buy pieces of this precious stone. In the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Beijing - Xian

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Xian

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. 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

Day 7

Xian - Chengdu

This morning, fly to Chengdu and journey through the beautiful scenery to Leshan, to see the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date to the Tang Emperor, Tang Xuanzong (713 AD). Return to Chengdu for dinner and a well deserved rest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Chengdu

This morning will surely be one of the highlights of your tour, a visit to the Panda Base Research Centre. You will have a chance to learn about these wonderful animals, as well as view them up close. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River

After breakfast, transfer to the station for your morning train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, visit the old town area before boarding one the Victoria Cruise Ships, for an exciting three night Yangtze River cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Yangtze River

Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Yangtze River

Another unforgettable day, with a shore visit to Shennong Stream. Also pass through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and the west section of Xiling Gorge. Your cruise ship will then glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai

Today visit the Three Gorges Dam project, before sailing through the east section of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will disembark your cruise at Yichang and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai, where you will spend the next three nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Shanghai

Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai and tour the surreal Yu Yuan Garden, with its Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes, the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. After dinner, enjoy an extraordinary acrobatics show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Shanghai - Hangzhou - Shanghai

Board the bullet train for a day trip to Hangzhou. Set amid verdant greenery alongside West Lake, this 2,000 year-old city was the seat of China's Song emperors and brims with historic relics and natural beauty. Begin with a cruise on West Lake before visiting a tea plantation in the Meijiawu Valley, famed for its Dragon-Well green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production process. After lunch, stroll on the ancient street of Hefang, visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy and visit the former residence of Hu Xueyan - a fine example of Qing Dynasty architecture. In the evening, return to Shanghai.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Shanghai - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Beijing: Grand Gongda Jianguo;
  • Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel;
  • Chengdu: Tianfu Sunshine Hotel;
  • Shanghai: Riverview Hotel. 

Notes

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

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.

Why book with Cosmos?