5* China Highlights Tour

3-gorges15 Days

4★ from £4,015     5★ from £4,599

This deluxe private 17 day tour to China includes a cruise along the famous Yangtze River aboard the Victoria Cruises. 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.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International Flights
  • 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
  • Visa fees
  • Airport Taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

 

 

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2018 – 19

Day 1  UK to Beijing
You will take a scheduled flight 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 harvests 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, the biggest square in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.  Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall  (BLD)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. 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. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 5 Bullet train to Xian (BL) 
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. 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).

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 (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 the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshuo. This evening optional spectacular ‘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 take a walk or cycle ride to explore the countryside. Return to Guilin. Visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. In the evening, you will enjoy the cormorant fishing show.

Day 10  Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Fly to Chongqing. Enjoy a city tour and 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 11-12  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 13  To Shanghai (BL)
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 14  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 15  Shanghai to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

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 4★ Hotels
Beijing: Guangxi
Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture
Guilin: Bravo Hotel
Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria
Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel


Beijing: Guangxi


Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture


Guilin: Bravo Hotel


Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel


Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria


Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel

Your 5★ Hotels
Beijing: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Xian: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square
Guilin: Sheraton Hotel
Yangshuo: Green Lotus, River View Hotel
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria
Shanghai: Grand Central


Beijing: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing


Xian: Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square


Guilin: Sheraton Hotel


Yangshuo: Green Lotus Hotel, River View


Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria


Shanghai: Grand Central

Tour Name: 5* China Highlights Tour

Tour Code: CHT15
Duration:
 15 Day

4★ from £4015     5★ from £4599

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 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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance