China Scenic

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from £2548

Discovery China’s contrasting areas of the North, South and West. It will take you on an memorable journey starting in the illustrious capital, Beijing, taking in all the must-do sights including the Great Wall. See the Terracotta Warriors in Xian then  explore the stunning landscape and natural beauty of the Southern province Guangxi.  After spending several days seeing the Giant Pandas and the magnificent Leshan Buddha in Chengdu, take your direct flight home.

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2017 – 19

Day 1  London Heathrow to Beijing

Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow to Beijing.

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 harvest 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, 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 will begin with a visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall which offers all round stunning views and a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the 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 to the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens and palaces where you can expect lovely views and walks. Afterwards, you will have a chance to enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. This will be followed by a stop at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the 2008 Olympics. Following an opportunity for photographs, the final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can expect a more personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Finally, you will catch 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, will explore China’s unique architecture style. Visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community.  Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

Day 8  Li River cruise  and Cormorant Fishing Show (BLD)

You will be transferred 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, children playing in the river and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshuo. In the evening, you will see the fascinating 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 Chengdu (BLD)

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 panoramic views. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Chengdu.

Day 11  Leshan Buddha (BLD)

A full day excursion to the magnificent Leshan Buddha a 233-foot tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. The Buddha is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers near the city of Leshan, and it is the largest stone Buddha in the world. You will also visit the ancient town of Huanglongxi.

Day 12  Giant Pandas and city tour (BLD)

After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, just 6 miles from downtown Chengdu. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour to visit Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Lane, to see local people’s life.

Day 13  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
Chengdu: Yinhe Dynasty 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.

Chengdu: Yinhe Dynasty Hotel 4★

Located in the heart of Chengdu, the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Tianfu Square.  All guestrooms have modern comforts including seating area, minibar, cable TV and en-suite bathroom with toiletries.  There is a gym and outdoor swimming pool and the Wangchao Restaurant serves a selection of Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.

Tour Name: China Scenic

Tour Code: CS13
Duration:
 13 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
22/03 – 03/04/17  £2548 11/10 – 23/10/17 £2698 09/08 – 20/08/18 £2,798
05/04 – 17/04/17  £2648 18/10 – 30/10/17 £2698 06/09 – 17/09/18  £2,698
12/04 – 24/04/17  £2648 25/10 – 06/11/17 £2648 13/09 – 24/09/18  £2,698
19/04 – 01/05/17  £2648 08/11 – 20/11/17 £2448 20/09 – 01/10/18  £2,698
10/05 – 22/05/17  £2648 21/03 – 02/04/18 £2548 11/10 –  22/10/18  £2,698
17/05 – 29/05/17 £2648 04/04 – 16/04/18 £2648 18/10 – 29/10/18  £2,698
24/05 – 05/06/17 £2648 11/04 – 23/04/18 £2648 25/10 – 05/11/18   £2,648
07/06 – 19/06/17 £2548 18/04 – 30/04/18 £2648  21/03 – 01/04/19  £2,548
26/07 – 07/08/17 £2798 09/05 – 21/05/18 £2648  04/04 – 15/04/19  £2,648
09/08 – 21/08/17 £2798 16/05 – 28/05/18 £2648 11/04 – 22/04/19   £2,648
06/09 – 18/09/17 £2698 23/05 – 04/06/18 £2648 09/05 – 20/05/19  £2,648
13/09 – 25/09/17 £2698 06/06 – 18/06/18 £2548 16/05 – 27/05/19  £2,648
20/09 – 02/10/17 £2698 26/07 – 06/08/18  £2,798 06/06 – 17/06/19  £2,548

Single supplement from £338

Land only from £1798

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