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Asia & The Far East
Cosmos escorted tours
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.
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!
4 days: Hong Kong extension
6 days: Mongolia extension
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
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.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
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.
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Exicting and varied tour
Good experiences and a real adventure
Everything well arranged, slick and all of the group were looked after what ever their needs were. Our main tour guide Jason Gao was excellent in every way, he was attentive, caring, funny and has masses of knowledge. The guides for the locations we went to were in the same caliber as Jason with excellent English, funny and we covered more than expected. Great wall visit the steps are steep, I took a walking stick. Our luggage we hardly saw between hotels/location, Jason looked after that. You do not get overloaded with details until you need it i.e. what are we doing tomorrow scenario, all that info comes to you at the end of your day before you go to your room, too much info too soon created confusion. If you are thinking of going to China then do it, it is a fantastic country to visit, it is clean, people friendly and so much history. Get a Chinese translator on your smart phone, very helpful. WHAT A HOLIDAY. Thank you Cosmos and thank you Jason, you are a star.
Fantastic from start to finish
Good standard of hotels which were conveniently located and a very well organised tour.
All the highlights in one trip, long days but well worth it
Trip of a life time. Busy but enjoyable holiday.
Amazing, exciting, informative and exhausting.
All purchases were very good
Overall excellent value taking into account international flights, internal flights, bullet trains, entrance fees, guides etc.
Hotel accommodation and meals were of a good standard.
V.I.P pickup was a lovely start to the holiday.
Addison ( our tour guide throughout) was excellent
Total meals included:
Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and centre of trade. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDENS, a place of peace and tranquility in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore Nanjing Road, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.
Enjoy your morning at leisure before flying to the port city of Wuhan, one of China’s oldest metropolitan cities, located on the mighty Yangtze.
This morning visit picturesque EAST LAKE, before time at the HUBEI PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. The well-known museum contains over 200,000 cultural relics, including pottery, jades, lacquerwares, and ancient calligraphy, paintings, and coins. Hear musicians perform beautiful music using a replica of the ancient bronze chime bells. This afternoon, board a BULLET TRAIN for Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze.
Start your day with a visit to the THREE GORGES DAM site. Afterward, watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze’s longest.
Today, 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. Later, sail through two of the three gorges—Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge.
NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.
Today, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side.
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing, where you will visit a local ZOO to see pandas. Enjoy time at leisure in the old town area of Cikikou before your flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, the evening is free to enjoy one of the great ancient capitals of China.
Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor’s funeral vault to see the amazing TERRCACOTTA 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 city, then visit the XI’AN ART, CERAMICS AND LACQUER EXHIBITION CENTRE.
Take a WALKING TOUR through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country’s political, social, and historical hub.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit 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.
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. This evening your dinner features the local delicacy, PEKING DUCK.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
Hong Kong extension
Welcome to Hong Kong! Your hotel room is available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
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.
Enjoy free time for independent exploration.
Fly to Shanghai and join day 1 of your China tour.
Today, fly to Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia. After some time in the hotel, enjoy a city tour that includes Sukhbaatar Square and the NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM with a rich collection of exhibits covering the history and people of Mongolia.
Early this morning, fly to the Gobi Desert. Covering most of southern Mongolia, the Gobi is the world’s fourth largest desert. Visit EAGLE VALLEY and marvel at stunning mountain scenery and the Gobi Glacier. The Gobi supports more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna and several endangered species, including the Snow Leopard and the Bactrian Camel.
Accommodations in the Gobi Desert.
You will be staying in a traditional ger, a round dwelling with a wooden frame. Your ger is comfortably furnished with twin beds and furniture. A natural ventilation system helps it stay cool in the heat of the day, and a stove provides heat at night. Please note – shared bathroom and shower facilities are located in a separate building.
This morning, stop at the largest SAND DUNES in the region en route to Bayan Zag. Here, explore the CEMETERY OF DINOSAURS, where the world’s best-preserved dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs were excavated. Then, visit a CAMEL BREEDERS CAMP to learn about the nomadic lifestyle and culture, and to try some traditional food.
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Upon arrival, visit the BOGD KHAN WINTER PALACE, the GANDAN MONASTERY, and Zaisan Hill, offering sweeping views of the city. This evening, enjoy a MONGOLIAN FOLKLORE PERFORMANCE featuring traditional musical instruments, throat singing, and dances.
Today, return to Beijing and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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.
Victoria Cruise ship will vary depending on departure date.
Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day. If you do not wish to take part in a shore excursion but you still wish to disembark the cruise ship, there is a mandatory port tax which must be paid by each customer. The port tax amount is approx. USD20-USD30 dollars per person however this amount can vary and for security reasons, it is not always possible to disembark at all ports of call.
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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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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