Discover the distinctive and incomparable aspects of ancient and modern China, the world’s oldest civilisation, from its exotic culture to spectacular scenery and fascinating cities
Save up to £450
(all 2021 dates)
Flight - 1 night
Beijing - 3 nights
Pingyao - 2 nights
Xian - 2 nights
Chengdu - 1 night
Cruise - 3 nights
Shanghai - 3 nights
Hangzhou - 2 nights
Guilin - 2 nights
Hong Kong - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
This complete itinerary visits China’s four corners offering rewarding opportunities for those who wish to involve themselves with the history, culture, diversity and striking landscapes of this vast country. The peaceful gardens and ancient monuments contrast with the modernity of the skyscrapers and the admittedly convenient high speed train.
The imposing grandeur of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, and the mystical symmetry of the Temple of Heaven remain untouched by modernity. Whilst Shanghai’s racy image stems from the 1930s and 40s, the impressive buildings of the Bund are now expanding at an astounding pace.
A feature of the tour is a Yangtze River cruise on the prestigious MV Century Paragon and the lesser-known gem, Pingyao, encircled by 14th century walls with a wealth of historic courtyard houses, shops and temples.
The West Lake of Hangzhou, with its landscaped island, tea plantations, temples and pavilions is one of China’s best known beauty spots. Former colonial Hong Kong reveals a confusion of towering skyscrapers, enigmatic temples and sweeping bays.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
8 UNESCO Heritage Sites
3-night Yangtze Cruise
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 25
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Beijing.
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel for three nights. (D)
Day 3 Visit the Forbidden City, an ancient palatial structure and Tian An Men Square, the largest city square in the world followed by the Summer Palace with a short lake cruise. (B, L)
Day 4 Visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture and the impressive Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best preserved sections. 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 Pingyao (4 hrs). Visit Shuanglin Temple. Spend two nights at the historic special-category Yunjincheng Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 Tour of Pingyao, one of China’s best preserved ancient cities, lined with Ming and Qing dynasty houses, temples and towers and encircled by 14th century walls. (B, L)
Day 7 Travel by train to Xian (3 hrs). Visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, built during the Tang Dynasty in 652. Two nights at the 5-star Grand Noble Hotel. (B)
Day 8 Visit to the Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang and the ancient city wall. Dumpling dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu (4 hrs). Walk along Jinli Street. Overnight at the 5-star Minshan Hotel. (B)
Day 10 Visit the Panda Breading and Research Centre, home to 50 pandas. Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing (2 hrs) and transfer to MV Century Paragon for a three-night cruise. (B, L, D)
Day 11 An excursion to Shibaozhai, climb up to the nine-story red pavilion. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Sail through Qutang and Wu gorges. An excursion to the Shennv Stream or Lesser Gorges. (B, L, D)
Day 13 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 14 Visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund and Nanjing Road. Evening acrobatic show. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Free day. Optional excursion by rail to Suzhou including the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets, Lingering Garden, a short canal cruise, a walk along the ancient Pingjiang street and lunch (£85). (B)
Day 16 Visit Yu Yuan Garden and old town area. Take high-speed train to Hangzhou (1 hr) and transfer to the Chinese 5-star Lakeview Hotel for two nights. (B)
Day 17 Tour Hangzhou, southern end of the Grand Canal, including West Lake, Hu Xueyan’s residence, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Meijiawu Tea Garden. (B, L)
Day 18 Flight to Guilin and transfer to 5-star Sheraton Guilin for two nights. (B)
Day 19 A half-day cruise on the scenic Li River to Yangshou. (B, L)
Day 20 Visit Reed Flute Caves. Travel by high-speed train to Hong Kong (3½ hrs – packed lunch), the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ . Two nights at the 4-star Cityview Hotel or upgrade to 5-star Harbour Grand Kowloon. (B, L)
Day 21 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. Dim sum lunch. (B, L)
Day 22 Evening overnight return flight. (B)
Day 23 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Whilst the vessel (Days 10-13) carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
TRAVEL IN CHINA
Hotel facilities include restaurant/s, bar, coffee shop, English speaking reception staff, WiFi (mostly 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 of 8, are at either the hotel or in local restaurants and generally offer a selection of Chinese dishes with a drink. Transportation is in private air-conditioned vehicles with local guides accompanying all tours (except on flights and rail journeys). Yangtze cruises may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels and congestion at certain sites.
A modern 4-star hotel, close to Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Square. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 216 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This hotel is in traditional Chinese-style with Oriental decor and a 10 minutes' walk to Mingqing Street. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 63 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This Chinese 5-star hotel is centrally located, a five-minute walk from Bell and Drum Tower. Restaurants, bar, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 428 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This modern 5-star hotel is a 10 minutes' walk from Chengdu's Tianfu Square. Restaurants, bar, gym, outdoor pool, spa and WiFi (free). 305 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Modern 5-star hotel close to Shanghai Railway station. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 287 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Modern Chinese 5-star hotel, a 15 minutes’ walk to West Lake and Broken Bridge. Restaurants, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 350 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 5-star hotel in the centre of Guilin and close to the banks of the Li River. Restaurants, bar, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 408 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern, central 4-star hotel close to Nathan Road and Yau Ma Tei MTR station. Restaurants, bar, gym, WiFi (free). 422 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 5-star deluxe hotel on the Kowloon waterfront, overlooking Victoria Harbour and close to a MTR station. Restaurants, bars gym, pool, spa, sauna and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Built in 2013 and part of the Century Cruises fleet, this elegant ship boasts a seven-storey atrium, restaurant, bars, indoor pool, lounge, fitness and beauty centre, shops, library, cinema and sundeck with loungers. Lectures, entertainment and other activities are offered on board. 199 outside cabins, over six decks, with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and balcony.
per person in a twin room/cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Save up to £450
(all 2021 dates)
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1265
Harbour Grand Kowloon
(per night) £125
Single supplement £115
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £445
British Airways Club World from £1695
Extra Nights - Beijing
Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel
(per night) £75
Single supplement £70
Extra Nights - Hong Kong
(per night) £85
Single supplement £85
Harbour Grand Kowloon
(per night) £125
Single supplement £105
Suzhou by train £85
Add £1195 per person
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £75
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 20 nights' hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 13 lunches and 8 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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