Exceptional value for a high speed rail journey from the pandas and Terracotta Warriors to the Great Wall and Forbidden City, now featuring a direct flight to Chengdu
Flight - 1 night
Chengdu - 2 nights
Xian - 2 nights
Beijing - 3 nights
This tour encompasses the essential sounds, sights and atmosphere of China. This country of variety with stunning natural beauty and rich culture is as unique as it is unpredictable; vibrant, confusing, noisy and colourful. Be prepared for the unexpected, the unusual, the amazing and for an experience that will be truly unforgettable.
The imprint of Emperors remains indelibly stamped on each corner of China despite the onrush of modernity. Thoughts of ancient dynasties are inevitably inspired by exploration of the stately halls and warren-like living quarters of the former Imperial Palace and the Summer Palace at Beijing or gazing at the world’s most colossal construction, the Great Wall.
In visiting Xian, the ancient capital, the visitor is transported to the origins of Chinese history. In 1974, the chance discovery by local farmers digging a well revealed one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. This army of life-sized soldier warriors stand in military formation in infantry battle order with no two faces alike.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Chengdu.
Day 2 Transfer to 5-star Tibet Hotel for two nights.
Day 3 Visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, home to 50 pandas. At the base the pandas live in large enclosures designed to resemble their natural habitat. Walk along Jinli Street. Optional Sichuan Opera (£35). (B, L)
Day 4 Travel by high-speed train to Xian (4 hrs), the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals and transfer to 5-star Grand Noble Hotel for two nights. Visit Hanyang Tombs, the mausoleum complex of Emperor Liu Qi. (B)
Day 5 Visit the Terracotta Warriors, the subterranean life-size army of China’s First Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum and walk the ramparts of the ancient city wall. (B, L)
Day 6 Travel by high-speed train to the capital Beijing (6 hrs) for three nights at the Chinese 5-star Hotel Sunworld Dynasty. (B, D)
Day 7 Explore the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming architecture, and the impressive Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best preserved sections. Travel by gondola up and down to the level of the wall for breathtaking views is included. (B, L)
Day 8 Visit Tian An Men Square, the largest city square in the world, the Forbidden City, an ancient palatial structure with yellow roofs followed by the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscaped garden design and rather expensive dream of the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi. Optional Kung fu show at the Red Theatre (£35). (B, L)
Day 9 Return flight direct from Beijing to London Heathrow. (B)
Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
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).
This 5-star hotel features a Tibetan theme with modern art decor and it is a 15-minute walk from Chengdu train station. Restaurants, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 275 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, 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 Chinese 5-star hotel is in the heart of the Wangfujing Area, a 10-minute drive from Tian An Men Square. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 395 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Air China from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room
Air China from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2022: Nov 8
2023: Apr 4 / Nov 7
Single supplement £315 (Nov 2022 £285; 2023 £325; Nov £295)
Air China Business Class from £1645
Sichuan Opera £35
Kung fu show at the Red Theatre £35
Extra Nights - Chengdu
Tibet Hotel (per night) £45
Single supplement £45
Extra Nights - Beijing
Hotel Sunworld Dynasty (per night) £60
Single supplement £60
Add £495 per person
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £25
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 1 dinner, 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, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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