Overview

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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DISCOVER CHINA

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.

Day 1 Fly overnight from 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 followed by 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 car 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 HoliDay Inn Big Wild Goose Pagoda 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. 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. (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 train to Chongqing (2 ½ 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 Wuhan or Yichang and fly to Shanghai. Stay three nights at the 4-star Regal International East Asia Hotel. (B, L)

Day 15 Visit Yu Yuan Garden, the old town area, the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum. Acrobatic show. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Free day. Optional day excursion by rail to Suzhou (£85). (B)

Day 17 Return flight via Beijing. (B)

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

Notes

Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

TRAVEL IN CHINA

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.

2020

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

Date Price
April 15 £3095
May 6 £3195
July 22 £3395
September 9 £3345
October 7 £3195
October 14 £3195

2021

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

Date Price
April 14 £3195
May 5 £3245

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £925
(Apr 15 £895; Jul £845)

Flight Options

British Airways from £50
Air China Business Class from £1695

Extension Options

Extension - Wuyaun (May-Nov only)
3 nights - £585
Single supplement £235

Beijing Extra Nights
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel
(per night) £75
Single supplement £70

Shanghai Extra Nights
Regal International East Asia Hotel
(per night)
 £65
Single supplement £60

Optional Excursions

Suzhou by Rail £85

Privately Guided

Add £695 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Arrival transfer add £50
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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