Overview

Flight - 1 night
Beijing - 3 nights
Xian - 2 nights
Luoyang - 2 nights
Qufu - 2 nights
Suzhou - 1 night
Shanghai 3 nights
Hong Kong - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

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CHINA ON TRACK

An enthralling rail adventure across China and a lifetime of treasured memories

A memorable 18-day journey through ancient and modern China
by high-speed trains

China is a mesmerising and enigmatic country with one of the largest, fastest, safest and most modern rail networks in the world. Traversing this vast nation by high-speed rail is a unique experience; there is no better or more comfortable way to see the infinite landscapes and raw natural beauty, from mist-shrouded mountain ranges to lush green paddy fields. Visit world famous landmarks of the Middle Kingdom; the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, just a few of the iconic sights that await you. End your journey in vibrant and cosmopolitan Hong Kong, an international melting pot where Chinese traditions mix with a myriad of cultures. Take the 120-year-old funicular railway to Victoria Peak for stunning sweeping vistas of skyscrapers, and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

Key Features

First Class Tickets on High-Speed Rail
Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
First Class Hotels
China Visa
Experienced Tour Manager
Expert Local Guides
Group Size: 10 - 20
Price Guarantee

 

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Beijing.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing. Transfer to the Regent Hotel for a three night stay. The remainder of day is at lesiure. (D)

Day 3 Explore Beijing; visit Tiananmen Square which until the mid-1970’s was used for massive rallies and parades. The yellow roofs of the Forbidden City dominate the centre of Beijing, once the residence of the Emperor and the Imperial Family, focal point of the empire and the centre of the Middle Kingdom; and the Temple of Heaven, built as the setting for important rituals designed to perpetuate the rule of the Ming Dynasty. Join a Taichi Master and learn the theory behind the skills. (B, L)

Day 4 Visit Mutianyu Great Wall, with 23 original-style watchtowers. Take the cable car to the top for breathtaking views. China’s traditional defensive line against the people of the north stretches some 3700 miles from the Gulf of Bohai to the west in Gansu Province. It has been rebuilt and renovated many times and is one of the true wonders of the world. Enjoy a Peking duck dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 See the Summer Palace with its huge lake and hilltop views, a wonderful, if rather expensive dream of the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi. As in every classical Chinese garden, water and mountains (or rocks) determine the landscape. Take the high-speed train to Xian for a two night stay at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy by taking a class at the Tangbo Art Museum. Visit the Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern times. This subterranean life-size army of thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China’s first unifier for more than two millennia. Stroll the ramparts of the City Walls. Dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian’s most famous Tang Dynasty landmark; this seven-storey tower was erected at the request of the pilgrim monk Xuan Zang as a fireproof silo for Buddhist sutras. Take the high-speed train to Luoyang for a two night stay at the Hyatt Place Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit Shaolin Temple the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Martial Arts. Shaolin monks have been practicing Kung Fu for over 1,500 years. The system was invented by Dharma who taught the monks basic methods to improve their health and defend themselves. A Martial Arts performance shows the true Chinese Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit the Longmen Grottoes containing the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties. These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving. Take the high speed train to Qufu, hometown of Confucius. Two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit Confucius Temple and Mansion; this most famous and largest temple of its kind has had an enduring and profound effect on Chinese culture. Though less splendid than the Forbidden City, the Mansion boasts luxurious furnishings, exquisite decorations and precious cultural relics which are a valuable resource for research on ancient Chinese history and culture. Join a lecture on Confucius philosophy, the social values, institutions, and transcendent ideals of traditional Chinese society. (B, L, D) 

Day 11 High-speed train to Suzhou known as ‘Venice of the Orient,’ an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history where unique characteristics of the past are still retained today. The city is connected by a spider’s web of canals which come together to form the famous local waterway known as the Grand Canal, believed to be the largest internal waterway in the world. Overnight at the Renaissance Hotel. Evening folklore performance in the famous Garden of Master’s Net. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit the Garden of the Humble Administrator, eulogised as one of the Four Most Famous Gardens of China. The garden is celebrated by its exquisite layout of pools, rockeries, islets, bamboo groves, pines, pavilions and corridors and hailed as the “mother of Chinese gardens”. Enjoy a boat trip on the canal then visit the Silk Spinning Factory. Take the high-speed train to Shanghai for a three night stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit Shanghai Museum with galleries devoted to bronzes and stone sculptures, paintings, calligraphy and artefacts that span all the major dynasties back to the New Stone Age. Explore the old Chinese quarter of Shanghai, Yu Yuan Garden which dates from the Ming Dynasty; a delightfully serene spot combining the grace of water, the wonder of stone and the beauty of plants. Adjacent is the Huxinting teahouse, which perches in the centre of a small lake. Then visit the Jade Buddha Temple which derives its name from two fine milk white jade Buddha’s brought to China from Burma in the 19th century. Evening acrobatic show. (B, L, D)

Day 14 The last day in Shanghai is taken at your own pace for independent exploration or to enjoy the hotel facilities. Evening Huangpu River cruise with dinner. (B, D)

Day 15 High speed train to Hong Kong. A light meal can be taken on board the train. Transfer to the Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel for a two night stay in a harbour view room with club benefits including afternoon tea and evening refreshments. (B)

Day 16 With its crowded streets, plethora of restaurants, elegant shopping plazas and a cityscape of towering high-rises set between mountain and sea, Hong Kong is an exciting and vivid metropolis. Take a tour of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon including the historic Victoria Peak funicular, a sampan ride, a crossing by star ferry and a tram ride. (B, L)

Day 17 Overnight British Airways flight to London. (B)

Day 18 Arrive at London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes
Please consider when packing that some stations do not have porters and it will be necessary for you to carry your luggage up and down stairs. All passengers and luggage are required to pass through security checks at station entrances. You will be required to present your train ticket and passport. Keep your passport and train ticket at hand as there may be further checks before you board the train. Please ensure that you pack liquids, aerosols and gels/lotions (not exceeding 120ml limit) in your hand luggage. The train companies have implemented a policy which does not allow passengers to carry magnetised material, knives, scissors or any sharp implements. Bag checks are conducted randomly and any of these items may be confiscated at the security check points or on board the train.

 

China on Track: Distances
London > Beijing ............ 8136 km
Beijing > Xian ................ 1084 km
Xian > Luoyang ............... 328 km
Luoyang > Qufu ............... 470 km
Qufu > Suzhou ................. 676 km
Suzhou > Shanghai ........... 107 km
Shanghai > Hong Kong ..... 226 km
Hong Kong > London ...... 9617 km

2020

Fridays 
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
May 15 £5995
October 9 £6195
Great Journeys

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1590

Flight Options

World Traveller Plus from £995
Club World from £2995

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 15 nights’ accommodation in first class or best available hotels, meals as indicated, first class tickets on China high-speed rail, experienced tour manager and expert local guides, China Visa. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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