5* China Highlights Tour

3-gorges17 Days

from £4449

This deluxe private 17 day tour to China includes a cruise along the famous Yangtze River aboard the 5 star Century Sky. Staying in superb hotels in great locations, you will have the opportunity to visit the historical cities of China including Beijing, the modern and vibrant city of Shanghai and the historical city of Xian, along with discovering the picturesque landscapes surrounding Guilin.

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2016 – 17

Day 1 Fly to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour (BL)
In the morning after breakfast, you will have a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. You will also visit the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Afternoon is free for leisure.

Day 4 Beijing (BL)
In the morning 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. Afterwards visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. 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.

Day 5 Great Wall (BL)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu and enjoy a cable car ride. Mutianyu is a more remote post along the wall offering breathtaking views.. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction.

Day 6 Fly to Xian (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later you will visit the Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarter. In the evening you will enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show, a colorful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7 Terracotta Warriors (BL)
In the morning 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. In the afternoon visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time at the ancient city wall in Xian, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China.

Day 8 Fly to Guilin (B)
After breakfast, you will visit Hanyang Tomb. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This will be followed by a visit to Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill.

Day 9 Li River (BL)
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Zhujiang quay for your four hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo. On the Li River, there are opportunities to enjoy the tranquil rural scene of buffalo farming the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Afternoon is free for leisure.

Day 10 Yangshuo (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy the stunning scenery and landscapes in Yangshuo.

Day 11 Fly to Chongqing – Cruise (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be met and visit the People’s Square, Three Gorges Museum and the local market. Later you will be transferred to the pier to board your cruise.

Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Early in the morning take a Tai Chi class. Take a fascinating shore excursion to Shibaozhai Temple, and later in the evening enjoy a buffet dinner.

Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Scenic cruising passing through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and an excursion to Shennong Stream. Disembarkation briefing and later enjoy a buffet dinner and Captain’s farewell party.

Day 14 Fly to Shanghai (BL)
A shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site and a scenic cruising passing through Xiling Gorge. Disembark in Yichang. You will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 15 Shanghai (BD)
The first attraction will be the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Old Town. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. In the evening enjoy the Acrobatic Show.

Day 16 Shanghai (B)
Today after breakfast you will be met by the guide who will take you on a tour around the bund area, this is a special tour of the Jewish Culture in Shanghai. You will see The Bund, Former HSBC building, Historic Peace Hotel, Huoshan Park, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Later in the afternoon you will go on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 17 Fly to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

This group tour will typically use 5 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 5★ Hotels
Beijing: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Xian: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
Guilin: Shangri-la Hotel
Yangshuo: Green Lotus, River View Hotel
Yangtze River Cruise: Century Sky
Shanghai: Hyatt on the Bund

Beijing: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Located near the Panjiayaun Antique market, this property offers excellent facilities including heated indoor swimming pool and free internet access throughout the hotel.  Guestrooms are elegantly styled, featuring warm décor and modern furnishings.  Experience local delicacies at the hotel’s Nalan Restaurant. Unwind with a drink at the lobby bar after a long day.  Chynna is a contemporary gourmet restaurant delighting guests with unique décor and modern interpretations of Chinese cuisine such as the featured Healthy Roast Beijing Duck.

Xian:  Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square

Located a 10-minute walk from the Bell Tower and Drum Tower and Muslim Street, Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square features an indoor heated pool and luxurious spa. It offers 4 restaurants and 3 bars. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.  Elegant rooms are fitted with cable TV channels and tea/coffee making facilities.  Dining options include the 24-hour Mediterranean All Day Dining restaurant and a Japanese restaurant. The Muslim Restaurant specialises in Halal cuisine while Le Chinois features the best of Cantonese dishes.

Guilin: Shangri-la Hotel 

Overlooking the picturesque Li River. It offers luxurious rooms with king-size beds and free internet. It also features 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. The elegant rooms of Guilin Shangri-La Hotel are well-equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and a choice of pillows. Rooms also provide bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities and work desks. Guests have a choice of restaurants and bars. The Signature Shang Palace features a variety of Cantonese, Hunanese, Huaiyang and Guilin cuisine. Li Cafe offers Western cuisine.

Yangshuo: Green Lotus, River View Hotel

Within walking distance from the West Street, the Green Lotus Hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with air conditioning, modern interiors, personal safe, tea/coffee making facilities and flat-screen TV. There is an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna room.  There is a bar and 3 dining options serving Western and Chinese cuisine.

Yangtze River Cruise: Century Sky

One of the biggest, newest and luxury cruises on the Yangtze River. The whole ship has elegant fitments and a delicate design: a five-story grand rotating style hall, pure quality tableware and kitchen wares , convenient bathing facilities, comfortable guest rooms in a European style, and a private balcony with a panoramic view. The meals on the cruise are mainly of a Western buffet style, supplemented by American style Chinese food, which not only meets the tastes of Western guests, but also provides some classical flavours of Chinese food. Morning coffee and late-night eating options are offered.

Shanghai: Hyatt on the Bund 

Strategically located at the northern end of the Bund, the 5-star gorgeous Hyatt on the Bund is a 3-minute stroll from Waibaidu Bridge. Offering spectacular views of the Bund and Huangpu River. Guests can indulge in a calming spa treatment at Yuan Spa, try out the state-of-the-art equipments at the fitness centre, take a dip in the indoor pool, or participate in Tai Chi classes.  Occupying the top 4 floors of the hotel, Vue Restaurant serves classic European dishes with a 270-degree view over the historical Bund. The authentic Chinese regional cuisine is provided at Xindalu. Hearty international buffet spreads are available at Aroma.

Tour Name: 5* China Highlights Tour

Tour Code: CHT17
 17 Day

Prices from £4449

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 with British Airways
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Transfers and transport in China
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English speaking private guides
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Chinese visa


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