China Highlights 18-19

15 Days

from £3098

See the country’s most scenic and spectacular locations, from the illustrious capital of Beijing to the historic city of Xian, giving you China’s rich and unique culture. The Yangtze River cruise will take you along Asia’s longest river. Guilin, located in southern China, offers an insight into China’s remarkable countryside. The vibrant city of Shanghai will bring you to China’s present.

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2018 – 19

Day 1  UK 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, 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   Xian city tour and to Guilin (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, explore China’s unique architecture style. Visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

Day 8  Li River cruise (BLD)
Morning transfer to Zhujiang quay for a four hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo. On the Li River, there are opportunities to enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshuo. This evening optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

Day 9  Yangshuo, Guilin (BD)
This morning is free at leisure. Explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class or take a walk or cycle ride to explore the countryside. Return to Guilin. Visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. In the evening, you will enjoy the cormorant fishing show.

Day 10  Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Fly to Chongqing. Enjoy a city tour and visit the ancient town market called Ciqou. In the evening you will board your 5 star ship for the start of your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.

Days 11-12  Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders through the Yangtze, enjoying its scenic views. Today’s excursion will be Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. The final excursion of the last day will be an enjoyable journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.

Day 13  To Shanghai (BL)
You have nearly arrived at the end of your cruise. Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station site. Disembark at Yichang at noon and our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai.

Day 14  Shanghai city tour (BLD)
First stop Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers.At the Jade Buddha Temple you can expect both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, there will be an opportunity to visit the 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.

Day 15  Shanghai to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back 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★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Guilin: Bravo
Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria
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.

Guilin: Bravo Hotel 4★

Only a 10 minutes walk from the city center and night market. The rooms have a European feel and the Skylight Lobby Bar is the perfect spot to relax. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool.

Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel 4★

Located within walking distance of West Street, the hotel also enjoys scenic views. There are comfortable guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre as well as Western and Chinese dining options.

Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria

Used on all our group tours, boasting the largest five-star fleet on the Yangtze River. All cabins have modern amenities featuring private bathrooms and balconies. You also have the option to upgrade to Executive Deck for only £99 (3 night cruise). Restaurants serve delicious onboard meals. Spectacular views of the scenery can be gain from every stateroom and public area.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel 4★

The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities and there is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: China Highlights

Tour Code: CH15
Duration:
 15 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
26/07 09/08/18  £3,398 25/10 08/11/18  £3,298
09/08 23/08/18  £3,398 21/03 04/04/19  £3,098
06/09 20/09/18  £3,298 04/04 18/04/19  £3,198
13/09 27/09/18  £3,298 11/04 25/04/19  £3,198
20/09 04/10/18  £3,298 09/05 23/05/19  £3,198
11/10 25/10/18  £3,298 16/05 30/05/19  £3,198
18/10 01/11/18  £3,298 06/06 20/06/19  £3,098

Single supplement from £558

Land only from £2,248

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