Flight - 1 night
Beijing - 3 nights
Xian - 2 nights
Guilin - 2 nights
Chengdu - 2 nights
Cruise - 3 nights
Shanghai - 3 nights

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A comprehensive tour including China’s cultural and scenic highlights from the Great Wall to the Yangtze Gorges

The improvement and integration of air and rail services in China has enabled this arrangement, combining in just two weeks the great cities (Beijing, Xian and Shanghai) with cruises through the dramatic Yangtze Gorges and the stunning scenery of the Li River. Home to the 'Last Emperor' and the nation's capital, Beijing's greatest treasures are revealed at the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. The Great Wall was initiated by the first Emperor and revived during the Ming Dynasty against the invading Mongols.

In Xian, the life-size Terracotta Warriors stand in formation, with no two faces alike. Sheer cliffs and steep rugged mountains rise on either side of the turbulent, misty Yangtze, creating one of nature's most marvellous sights. The river scenes are enlivened by stories and legends and encapsulated by poets and painters, immortalised in particular by the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai who wrote”... day dawns and we leave White Emperor City towering in the mist, one whole day to reach Yichang, as my frail craft scuds past soaring mountains...”.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Yangtze Gorges Cruise
High Speed Train Incl.
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 - 25

Special Events

Chinese Entertainment

Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner in Beijing; dumpling dinner in Xian; acrobatic show in Shanghai and a Sichuan Opera in Chengdu.

An amazing tour! We saw so much and more.

Diane Moses -
Discover China

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Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Beijing.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel for a three-night stay. (D)

Day 3 Visit the Forbidden City and Tian An Men Square, then the Summer Palace with a short lake cruise. (B, L)

Day 4 Visit the Temple of Heaven and the iconic Great Wall at Mutianyu. Travel by cable cars up and down to the level of the wall is included. Peking Duck dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel by high-speed train to Xian (5 hrs), the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, for two nights at the 4-star Titan Times Hotel. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit the Terracotta Warriors, the ancient city wall and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and the Great Mosque. Fly to Guilin for two nights at the 4-star Bravo Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8 A half-day cruise on the Li River. Visit Yangshuo. (B, L) 

Day 9 Visit Reed Flute Cave and fly to Chengdu for two nights at the 5-star Tibet Hotel or Minshan Hotel (Oct 2019). (B) 

Day 10 Visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre and walk along ancient Jinli Street. Sichuan Opera. (B, L, D) 

Day 11 Travel by high-speed to Chongqing (2½ hrs). Tour of the city at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. Embark on the MV Century Legend for a three-night cruise. (B, L, D) 

Day 12 An excursion to Shibaozhai. (B, L, D) 

Day 13 Sail through Qutang and Wu gorges. An excursion to the Shennv Stream or Lesser Gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Disembark in Maoping and visit the Three Gorges Dam site. Transfer to Yichang or Wuhan and fly to Shanghai. Stay three nights at the 5-star Pullman Jing’an Hotel. (B, L)

Day 15 Visit the charming Former French Concession, the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum. Acrobatic show. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Free day. Optional day excursion by rail to Suzhou (£75). (B) 

Day 17 Return flight via Beijing. (B)

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


Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains and some uneven surfaces and inclines.


Hotel facilities include restaurant/s, English speaking reception, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, complimentary mineral water, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. Included meals, often around large tables, are in the hotel or local restaurants, generally with a selection of Chinese dishes with a drink. Local expert guides accompany tours (except flights and rail journeys). Yangtze cruises may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels and congestion at sites.


per person in a twin room/cabin
Air China from Heathrow

Date Price
October 9 £3275
October 16 £3275


2020 departures

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £865
(Sep/Oct £925)

Flight Options

Air China Business Class from £1695

Extension Options

Extension - Wuyaun (Jun-Nov only)
3 nights - £445
Single supplement £245

Hong Kong Extension
Hotel Cityview - 2 nights £795
(Jul/Oct 745; Sep 795; Nov £1225)
Single supplement £165 
(Jul/Sep £145)

Beijing Extra Nights
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel
(per night) £70
Single supplement £65

Shanghai Extra Nights
Pullman jing'an
(per night)
Single supplement £70

Optional Excursions

Suzhou by Rail £75

Privately Guided

Add £695 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 15 nights' hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 9 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

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

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