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China Dreams

Small Group Tour

China Dreams

Blend city and naturein this all-encompassingtour around China

This 13 day tour strikes the perfect balance between China’s breathtaking countryside, striking history and bustling cities. Spend time in the illustrious capital of Beijing, followed by the ancient city of Xian. Guilin, Yangshuo and Zhujiajiao provide a glimpse of China’s remarkable and dramatic landscapes such as the picturesque Li River in Guilin. Finally, the bustling and vibrant city of Shanghai will bring you to China’s present.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is the capital city of China and is the nation’s political and cultural centre.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Xian, the eastern starting point of the Silk Road, capital of Shaanxi province and one of China’s ...

    2 Days

  • Li River guilin china

    Guilin & Yangshuo, China

    Home to the Li River, this area is spectacularly beautiful

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    A vibrant financial city where tradition meets innovation

    3 Days


China Dreams

13 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Beijing

Catch your scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what is best to do. In the early evening you will be taken to dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year to come. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, before continuing on to the Forbidden City, which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of the city’s traditional Beijing people.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Great Wall

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was constructed in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be identified in its uniquely preserved building. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a tasty Peking Duck feast, a must for all visitors to the city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Bullet Train to Xian

This morning visit the Summer Palace, a magnificent complex of lakes, gardens, palaces and remarkable views, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes), where you will check into your hotel for a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport:
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors are today’s first stop. A breathtaking collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago. This will be followed, in the afternoon, by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian, which is best explored on foot or by bike. It is the most complete city wall still surviving in China, and is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. In the evening you will try a dumpling dinner while being entertained by the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which has 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 uncover China’s unique architectural style and will be followed by a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin for an overnight stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 8 Li River Cruise

A morning transfer takes you to Zhujiang quay for a four hour boat cruise on the stunning Li River towards Yangshuo, where you can see tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival will be at around 14:00 in Yangshuo. In the evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Boat
DAY 9 Yangshuo, Guilin

With a morning free at leisure to explore this beautiful area independently, maybe walk or cycle through the surrounding countryside, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. Return to Guilin, for an overnight stay and in the evening, be amazed by a cormorant fishing show.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 Reed Flute Caves and to Shanghai

Your day starts with breakfast, followed by a visit to the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards your guide will take you to Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill for uninterrupted panoramic views, before transferring you to the airport for a flight to the bustling city of Shanghai, and a three night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 11 Shanghai City Tour

Today’s itinerary starts at the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens are home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowering plants. The Jade Buddha Temple is home to two exquisite white jade, porcelain sculptures of Buddha. After a trip to the Shanghai Museum, there will be an opportunity to visit the modern waterfront buildings of the Bund. Later, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city from the top of the Shanghai world financial centre.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Zhujiajiao

The ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, is today’s first stop. Known as the Pearl Stream, and with a history dating back over 1,700 years, you can expect to see Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13 Shanghai to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

Sample Accommodation

Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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Bravo Hotel, Guilin

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Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

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Greenland Jiulong Hotel, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart09/05/2019 Return21/05/2019 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart16/05/2019 Return28/05/2019 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart06/06/2019 Return18/06/2019 Day13 Depart£2,447 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart25/07/2019 Return06/08/2019 Day13 Depart£2,847 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart08/08/2019 Return20/08/2019 Day13 Depart£2,847 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart05/09/2019 Return17/09/2019 Day13 Depart£2,647 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart12/09/2019 Return24/09/2019 Day13 Depart£2,647 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart19/09/2019 Return01/10/2019 Day13 Depart£2,647 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/10/2019 Return22/10/2019 Day13 Depart£2,747 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart17/10/2019 Return29/10/2019 Day13 Depart£2,747 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart24/10/2019 Return05/11/2019 Day13 DepartSAVE £150, NOW £2,697 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart19/03/2020 Return31/03/2020 Day13 Depart£2,447 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart02/04/2020 Return14/04/2020 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/04/2020 Return21/04/2020 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/05/2020 Return19/05/2020 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/05/2020 Return26/05/2020 Day13 Depart£2,547 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/06/2020 Return16/06/2020 Day13 Depart£2,447 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £368.

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.

This itinerary is also available as a Private Tour. Please ask for details.

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow with British Airways. Regional departures and flight upgrades are available on request
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips: RMB480 (approx £56) per person
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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