Land Only Price from £2899
Single supplement from £1148
This private itinerary of China explores all of the country’s main sights and highlights, whilst staying in the comfort of deluxe 5-star accommodation. The hotels have all been selected for their facilities, convenient locations and excellent service standards. Enjoy a cruise along the Yangtze River on one of the excellent Century Cruises vessels, all have comfortable cabins with modern amenities, first class cuisine and high quality facilities. They offer one of the most modern fleet on the Yangtze River, with one of the largest cabin sizes and the only fleet with private balconies in all cabins. Enjoy China at its best, starting in Beijing and visiting iconic sights such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Travel to Xian by high speed bullet train and see the formidable Terracotta Warriors. In Guilin, enjoy a cruise on the scenic Li River and explore Yangshuo’s stunning limestone karst scenery. Experience a cruise along the longest river in Asia, the Yangtze, and admire the magnificence of the Three Gorges. The tour ends in Shanghai where ancient and modern China come together making for a fitting finale to your tour.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Beijing City tour (B)
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. Finally, there will be a visit to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.
Day 3 Great Wall (B)
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best preserved parts of the Great Wall. It used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. Mutianyu is an area of the Great Wall with much fewer tourists and offers stunning views. It was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. Continue to 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 and see the Marble Boat, a lakeside pavilion, moored at the edge of the lake.
Day 4 Bullet train to Xian (B)
There will be an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. Continue to the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Take a first class bullet train to Xian.
Day 5 Terracotta Warriors (B)
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, and one of the largest military defensive systems in the world.
Day 6 Fly to Guilin (B)
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, with the day ending on a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin, in the Guanxi province,
situated in southern China.
Day 7 Li River Cruise (BL)
Following breakfast, 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. This beautiful and picturesque
scenery has long been the subject of Chinese art and poetry. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshou. This evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show. Different from other shows that take place in an enclosed space, this one is actually staged in the Li River itself!
Day 8 Yangshuo, Guilin (B)
Morning free for leisure and relaxation. Take the opportunity to explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class or take a walk or cycle ride along the Yulong River to explore the
countryside. Later in the afternoon return to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves. In the evening, you will see the fascinating Cormorant Fishing Show.
Day 9 Fly to Chongqing (B)
Today you will fly to Chongqing. Transfer to the quay to board your 5-star ship for the start of your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.
Day 10-11 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders throughout the Yangtze, allowing you to enjoy its scenic views. Take an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda perched precariously on the cliff face, 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 Shennong Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water. You will also sail through the Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.
Day 12 Fly to Shanghai (B)
Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station site. Sail through Xiling Gorge. Disembark at Yichang and transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai.
Day 13 Shanghai City Tour (B)
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 14 Depart Shanghai (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Accommodation on this private group tour are at unique, boutique style properties with charm and character.
Your Boutique Accommodation
Beijing: Regent Hotel
Xian: Shangri La Xian
Guilin: Shangri La Guilin
Yangshuo: Yangshuo Resort
Yangtze: Century River Cruises
Shanghai: Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
Tour Name: China In Style Tour
Duration: 14 Day
Land Only from £2899, single supplement £1148
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
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- Domestic Flights
- 5* hotel accommodation based on twin share
- English Speaking Guides
- Transfer and transportation
- Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Airport Taxes
- Personal Spending
- Travel Insurance
International flights can be arranged, further details and prices on request.