Essential Plus Panda

page 4 Map Sichuan -12 Days

from £2348

The perfect 12 day for the first time traveller to China wanting to observe and spend time with China’s most recognised and adorable animal, The Giant Panda. As well as travelling to the historical cities of China.  These include the illustrious capital, Beijing, the modern and vibrant of Shanghai and the historical city of Xian. There is also an opportunity to visit Suzhou, known as “Venice of the East”.

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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)

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. 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, there will be 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 to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It is 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 and a culinary must in Beijing!

Day 5  Beijing city tour and to Xian (BLD)

After breakfast, there will be a 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, followed by a stop at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics. Following an opportunity for photographs, the final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, offering a 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  To Chengdu (BLD)

Today, you will visit 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, then 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 Chengdu.

Day 8  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 9 Giant Pandas and to Shanghai (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 the adorable pandas. Afterwards transfer to the airport for a flight to the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai.

Day 10  Shanghai city tour (BLD)

The first attraction of the day will be the 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, perfect for the horticulturist. At the Jade Buddha Temple, one can expect impressive temples, 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 11  Suzhou day trip (BLD)

Today will feature an excursion to the scenic city of Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Its attractive gardens are renowned
for their remarkable history and skilled horticulturalists, an example being the Master of the Nets Garden. After, enjoy a cruise on the striking Grand Canal, a local silk mill still in operation, still only using traditional methods. Finally, there will be a chance to visit the Panmen Gate before returning to Shanghai.

Day 12  Fly back to London Heathrow (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
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Chengdu: Yinhe Dynasty Hotel
Shanghai: Northern 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.

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.

Shanghai: Northern Hotel 4★

Situated in Shanghai Shibei Hi-Tech Park, Northern Hotel Shanghai features free WiFi covered in all guestrooms and free parking space. Fully fitted with an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, this hotel also provides leisure facilities, including a spa and wellness centre and massage service.

Tour Name: Essential Plus Panda

Tour Code: EPP12

Duration: 12 Day

Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from Depart – Return    from
22/03 – 02/04/17  £2348 09/08 – 20/08/17 £2648 04/04 – 15/04/18 £2498
05/04 – 16/04/17  £2448 06/09 – 17/09/17 £2548 11/04 – 22/04/18 £2498
12/04 – 23/04/17  £2448 13/09 – 24/09/17 £2548 18/04 – 29/04/18 £2498
19/04 – 30/04/17  £2448 20/09 – 01/10/17 £2548 09/05 – 20/05/18 £2498
10/05 – 21/05/17  £2448 11/10 – 22/10/17 £2598 16/05 – 27/05/18 £2498
17/05 – 28/05/17 £2448 18/10 – 29/10/17 £2598 23/05 – 03/06/18 £2498
24/05 – 04/06/17 £2448 25/10 – 05/11/17 £2598 06/06 – 17/06/18 £2398
07/06 – 18/06/17 £2348 08/11 – 19/11/17 £2548
26/07 – 06/08/17 £2648 21/03 – 01/04/18 £2398

Single supplement from £308

Land only from £1698

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