Treasures of Sichuan

9 Daysjiuzhaigou1

from £2398

The southern province of Sichuan is well known as the home of the iconic Giant Panda and for its spicy Sichuan Hotpot, but there is so much more to experience here.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 London Heathrow to Chengdutreasures of sichuan
You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Chengdu.

Day 2 Arrive Chengdu (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 2 night stay. You will have a chance to relax before your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet and greet your fellow group members.

Day 3 Chengdu City tour (BLD)
After breakfast depart for the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Arrive at the base after a 30 minute drive. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. After lunch at the panda base, continue to explore the city of Chengdu by visiting the People’s Park, an interesting area popular for its tea houses where the locals like to congregate. Watch the locals as they practice Tai Chi and ballroom dancing and play Mahjong. Continue to Wide and Narrow Alley, two rows of traditional courtyard buildings that have been turned into restaurants, shops and places to stay.

Day 4 Chengdu to Mt. Emei (BLD)
Depart the hotel for Leshan city, an interesting drive of around 2 hours. See the magnificent Giant Buddha, a 233-foot tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. The Buddha is carved out of the cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, and is said to guard the boatmen on the treacherous waters below. Transfer to the foot of Mt. Emei. Visit Fuhu Monastery at the foot of the mountain, a well-preserved temple sunken into the forest.

Day 5 Mt.Emei to Chengdu (BLD)
After breakfast depart the hotel for your ascent of Mount Emei. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, and is said to be the place where the first Buddhist Temple in China was built in the first century AD. The combination of bus and cable car services will take you to the summit from where you can admire the stunning panoramas as well as the Golden Temple. Descend to the foot of the mountain and transfer back to Chengdu.

Day 6 Fly to Jiuzhaigou (BLD)
Transfer to the airport and take a 30 minute short flight to Jiuzhaigou. Continue to Huanglong scenic area, famous for its virgin forests, sweeping valleys, colourful lakes and intriguing calcite pools cascading down the riverbed. After visiting Huanglong, transfer to your hotel near Jiuzhaigou National Park, a scenic drive of around 3 hours. The Jiuzhaigou Valley and Scenic Area first opened to visitors in 1984 and people have been attracted to the region ever since to see some of China’s most beautiful scenic places. With some of the most beautiful and inspiring scenery on earth, some of the reserves and scenic spots are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang people.

Day 7 Jiuzhaigou (BLD)
Enjoy a full day visit at Jiuzhaigou National Park which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Admire the stunning valley and sparkling bright blue lakes where kingfishers and mandarin ducks can often be seen. Several thousand plant species can be found here as well as many endangered varieties including orchids and rhododendrons. The Jiuzhaigou Valley is home to more than 220 bird species as well as over 300 species of wildlife including the endangered Giant Panda and Sichuan Golden Monkey. The valley is 35km long and is filled with diverse natural beauty. You can walk around the attractions or take the optional eco-friendly buses. Highlights include the Multi-Coloured Lake and the Nourilang Waterfalls.

Day 8 Jiuzhaigou fly back to Chengdu (B)
Depart for Jiuzhaigou airport and take a short flight to Chengdu. Afternoon free at leisure to relax or explore this fascinating city at your own pace.

Day 9 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
Chengdu: Yinhe Dynasty Hotel
Mt Emei: Century Sunshine Hotel
Jiuzhaigou: New Jiuzhai Hotel

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.

Mount Emei: Century Sunshine Hotel

Located in downtown Emeishan, the hotel has a Chinese Restaurant specialising in Sichuan cuisine.  The comfortable guestrooms have all modern amenities and there is a fitness centre and swimming pool.

Jiuzhaigou: New Jiuzhai Hotel

Offering a spa, wellness centre and a garden, New Jiuzhai Hotel is merely 8 minutes’ stroll away from Jiuzhai Songcheng Tourism Zone. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the entire hotel.

Tour Name: Treasures of Sichuan

Tour Code: TS9

Duration: 9 Days

Departure Date            Return Date             Price
22/10/17                       30/10/17                £2698
20/05/18                       28/05/18              £2548

Single supplement from £298

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
  • 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
  • Visa Fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance