Day 1 London Heathrow to Beijing
Fly with British Airways 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)
This 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 harvest for the year. Here, you can observe the tradition of practicing Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, one of the largest city squares in the world. Finally, a visit to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.
Day 4 The Great Wall (BLD)
Today starts with a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall which offers all round stunning views and a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. In the evening there will be a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy in Beijing.
Day 5 Beijing city tour and to Xian (BLD)
In the morning visit The Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens and palaces. Afterwards, you will enjoy relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, followed by a stop at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics. The final stop is be at the Hutongs, offering a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Before catching a flight to Xian.
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 and Cormorant Fishing Show (BLD)
Morning transfer to Zhujiang quay for a 4 hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo. Enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming and the towering Karst mountain peaks, arriving around 14:00 in Yangshuo. In the evening, you can enjoy the cormorant fishing show.
Day 9 Yangshuo and Yulong River (BD)
Today is free at leisure. Explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class this morning. In the afternoon, there is an optional walk or cycle ride to explore the countryside. This evening optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.
Day 10 Reed Flute Caves and to Chongqing (BLD)
This morning visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards your guide will take you to Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill, where you can enjoy the panoramic countryside views. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Chongqing.
Day 11 Transfer to Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
In the morning visit the panda’s at the local zoo an important base for the protection and research of the immigrant wild animals and in the afternoon 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 12-13 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 14 To Shanghai (BLD)
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 15 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 16 Fly back to London (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to 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
Guilin: Bravo Hotel
Yangshuo: Days Inn Frontier
Chongqing: DLT 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: Days Inn Frontier 4★
Located close to Yangshuo West Street and Impression Liu Sanjie. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include views of the mountains or river. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.
Chongqing: DLT Hotel
Located in the heart of Chongqing, this hotel is within 1 mile of Datianwan Stadium and Great Hall of the People. Three Gorges Museum and Goose Neck Park are 2 miles away.
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.
Tour Name: China Highlights
Tour Code: CH16
Duration: 16 Day
|Depart – Return from|
|18/04 – 03/05/18 £3198|
|09/05 – 24/05/18 £3198|
|16/05 – 31/05/18 £3198|
|23/05 – 07/06/18 £3198|
|06/06 – 21/06/18 £3098|
Single supplement from £528
Land only from £2248
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.|
|For 2018 – 19 tour departure dates and prices, click here|
- 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
- Personal Spending
- Travel Insurance