China Essential

10 Days

from £2048

 

Visit the illustrious capital, Beijing, the vibrant city of Shanghai and the historical city of Xian, giving you a wonderful taster of China’s most historic attractions. There is also an opportunity to visit the charming canal town of Zhujiajiao, offering an insight into traditional China, which will ensure the trip is complete with picturesque views of China’s scenic countryside. This tour is ideal for those looking for a taste of China.

 

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2018 – 19

Day 1  London Heathrow to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

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 and 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  Xian city tour and to Shanghai (BLD)
Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, will explore China’s unique architecture style. The last stop you will visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community.  Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 8  Shanghai city tour (BLD)
The first attraction of the day your guide will take you to will be the Yu Yuan Gardens, first   conceived in1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan. The Yu Yuan Gardens occupies an area of 5 acres and is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, rockeries, streams, ponds, courtyards and flowers. Perfect for the horticulturist. At the Jade Buddha Temple, you can view impressive temples, both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha.The porcelain artworks of the two precious Jade Buddhas are rare relics. Afterwards you will spend time at the Shanghai Museum, followed by the opportunity to visit the impressive waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city. The optional recommended night cruise on the Bund can be booked with your local tour guide in Shanghai.

Day 9  Zhujiajiao (BL)
Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years known as the Pearl Stream.You can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings and the Ma family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 10  Shanghai to London Heathrow (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight backto London Heathrow.

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★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi Hotel
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

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.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel 4★

Located around a mile from the Oriental Pearl Tower and 1.2 miles from Superbrand Shopping Mall.  The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities including flat-screen TV and kettle.  There is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: China Essential

Tour Code: CE10
Duration:
 10 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
06/09 – 15/09/17  £2348 18/04  27/04/18  £2198 11/10  20/10/18 £2,398
13/09 – 22/09/17  £2348 09/05  18/05/18  £2198 18/10  27/10/18  £2,398
20/09 – 29/09/17  £2348 16/05  25/05/18  £2198 25/10  03/11/18  £2,348
11/10 – 20/10/17  £2398 23/05  01/06/18  £2198 21/03  30/03/19  £2,098
18/10 – 27/10/17  £2398 06/06  15/06/18  £2198 04/04  13/04/19  £2,198
25/10 – 03/11/17  £2298 26/07  04/08/18  £2,498 11/04  20/04/19  £2,198
 08/11 – 17/11/17 £2048 09/08  18/08/18  £2,498 09/05  18/05/19  £2,198
21/03 – 30/03/18 £2098 06/09  15/09/18  £2,348 16/05  25/05/19  £2,198
04/04 – 13/04/18 £2198 13/09  22/09/18  £2,348 06/06  15/06/19  £2,198
11/04 – 20/04/18 £2198 20/09  29/09/18  £2,348

Single supplement from £248

Land only from £1398

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 with British Airways
  • 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