Ancient and Cosmopolitan

9 Days

from £2248

Explore the contrasting and diverse cities (and their cultures) of Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong. Your journey starts in the ancient city of Beijing visiting all the historic attractions including Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and the Great Wall. You then fly to the ancient city of Xian where you will visit one of the most significant and extremely impressive archaeological finds, The Terracotta Warriors. Your final stop will be 2 nights in the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Hong Kong. A half day island tour will include a ride on the famous Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, offering a spectacular perspective of the city. You will also be taken to the must-go places of Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen. The rest of the day and following day is at your leisure to explore Hong Kong at your own pace or simply relax by the stunning rooftop swimming pool.

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2018 – 19

Day 1  UK to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing with British Airways. Regional departures available on request.

Day 2  Arrive Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. In the afternoon you will have time to relax or take a walk in the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise on what you can do at your leisure. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

Day 3  Beijing city tour (BLD)
In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, where you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall  (BLD)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Bullet train to Xian (BL)
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes).

Day 6  Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian in the afternoon, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, it is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7  To Hong Kong  (B)
In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel, rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 8  Hong Kong city tour (B)
Start your day with a half day island tour. Highlights include Victoria Peak with the must do tram ride up, Stanley Market, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen. The afternoon is free for you to explore or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Day 9  Hong Kong to UK (B)
You will have most of the day at leisure. In the evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ and 5★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi Hotel
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Hong Kong: Harbour Grand Kowloon

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Hong Kong: Harbour Grand Kowloon 5★

Discover Harbour side luxury, just steps away from Victoria Harbour. This stunning waterside location in the Hung Hom district of Kowloon. Experience the spectacular swimming pool on floor 21.

Tour Name: Ancient and Cosmopolitan

Tour Code: AC9
Duration:
 9 Day

Depart – Return  from Depart – Return  from
26/07 03/08/18 £2648 25/10 02/11/18 £2498
09/08 17/08/18 £2648 21/03 29/03/19 £2298
06/09 14/09/18 £2398 04/04 12/04/19  £2348
 13/09 21/09/18 £2398 11/04 19/04/19 £2348
 20/09 28/09/18 £2398 09/05 17/05/19 £2348
 11/10 19/10/18 £2498 16/05 24/05/19 £2348
 18/10 26/10/18 £2498 06/06 14/06/19 £2248

Single supplement from £348

Land only from £1498

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International Flights in economy class
  • Transfers and Transport in China
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to the sites listed
  • Airport Taxes
  • 2 year multiple entry visa for 90 days each stay

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance