Day 1 UK to Beijing
Take your scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing. Regional departures are available on request.
Day 2 Arrive Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. With the afternoon at leisure, you can relax at the hotel, or take a stroll around the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what best to do. This evening is your opportunity to meet your fellow travellers over dinner.
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, and where you can witness Tai Chi being practised in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, and a trip to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of Beijing’s traditional citizens.
Day 4 Great Wall (BLD)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, with accessible watchtowers, was built in the mid-6th century. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, two of the venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics. In the evening, you will be treated to a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner.
Day 5 Bullet Train to Xian (BL)
Following breakfast in the hotel, visit the Summer Palace, a magnificent complex of lakes, gardens, palaces and wonderful vistas. 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), where you will check into your hotel for a two night stay.
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, an enthralling collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese military, dating back over 2,000 years. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to Xian’s ancient city wall. It is the most complete city wall in China, and is best explored on foot or by bike. This evening you will be entertained by a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance, accompanied by a delicious selection of tasty dumplings.
Day 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin (BL)
Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you will discover China’s unique architecture style, is followed by a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin and a one night stay.
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 on the rice terraces and the
towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshuo. This evening there will be an optional ‘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 enjoy a leisurely stroll or cycle ride to explore the countryside. Return to Guilin, and visit the Reed Flute Caves, a collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, and in the evening, be amazed by a cormorant fishing show.
Day 10 Chengdu (B)
Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival, remainder of the day at leisure to discover Chengdu independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.
Day 11 Giant Pandas and City Tour (BLD)
After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding the lovable pandas. In the afternoon, your city tour will take you to Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Lane, uncovering the life of the local people.
Day 12 Chengdu 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 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 Hotel 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 WestStreet, the hotel also enjoys scenic views. There are comfortable guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre as well as Western and Chinese dining options.
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: CS12
Duration: 12 Days
Single supplement from £338
Land only from £1,798
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.|
- International flights in economy class, departing from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request.
- Domestic flights in economy class
- Bullet train in first class
- 4★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
- Visa fees
- Local tips: RMB450 (approx £52) per person
- Personal spending
- Travel insurance