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China Highlights

Small Group Tour

China Highlights

View all aspects of China's spectacular heritage, from stunning views to thebreathtaking culture

See the country’s most scenic and spectacular locations, from the illustrious capital, Beijing, to the historic city of Xian, showing you China’s rich and unique culture. The Yangtze River cruise will take you along Asia’s longest river, and Guilin, located in southern China, offers a glimpse of China’s remarkable landscapes, whilst the vibrant city of Shanghai will bring you to China’s present.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Temple of Heaven Beijing China

    Beijing

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

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian

    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

    Guilin is one of the best-known tourist destinations in China.

    2 Days

  • 3 Gorges yangtze china

    Yangtze River

    Winding about 3,964 miles, Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the world ...

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

China Highlights

15 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

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.

  • 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 you can do. In the early evening you will have your first dinner with your fellow group members.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

In the morning, visit the Temple of Heaven – where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests, here you can observe the tradition of practising Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, continuing to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, to see the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

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

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall with breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its well-preserved construction. 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 sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a local delicacy and a culinary must.

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

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, an impressive complex of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) for a two night stay.

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

Your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a magnificent collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago, and almost perfectly preserved. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian, which is best enjoyed on foot or by bike. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, and is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will be treated to a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance and a delicious dumpling dinner.

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

You will visit to the Shaanxi Museum, home to over a quarter of a million artefacts, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, offers an insight into China’s unique architecture style, followed by a trip to the Muslim Quarter to see local community life. Finally, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and an overnight stay.

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

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 on the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. Arrival in Yangshuo will be at around 14:00. This 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

This morning is free at leisure to explore this beautiful area independently, by taking a walk or cycle ride through the countryside, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. Return to Guilin for a visit to the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, and in the evening, enjoy a cormorant fishing show

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise

Fly to Chongqing and on arrival take a city tour which will include the ancient market town of Ciqikou. In the evening you will board your 5* ship for the start of your cruise on the majestic Yangtze River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Airplane, Boat
DAY 11 Yangtze River Cruise

On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders along the Yangtze, enjoying the scenic views. There will be an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Yangtze River Cruise

The final excursion of the last day will be an enthralling journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marvelling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising from the water.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 To Shanghai

Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station. Disembark at Yichang, where our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai, and a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 14 Shanghai City Tour

Your itinerary starts at the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens is home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, streams, courtyards and flowers, and the Jade Buddha Temple is dedicated to two impressive sculptures of Buddha. After a trip to the Shanghai Museum, there will be an opportunity to visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Shanghai world financial centre.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15 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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Victoria Cruises, Yanngtze River

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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
Depart21/03/2019 Return04/04/2019 Day15 Depart£2,947 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/04/2019 Return18/04/2019 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/04/2019 Return25/04/2019 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/05/2019 Return23/05/2019 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart16/05/2019 Return30/05/2019 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/06/2019 Return20/06/2019 Day15 Depart£2,947 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart25/07/2019 Return08/08/2019 Day15 Depart£3,247 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/08/2019 Return22/08/2019 Day15 Depart£3,247 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/09/2019 Return19/09/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart12/09/2019 Return26/09/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart19/09/2019 Return03/10/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/10/2019 Return24/10/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart17/10/2019 Return31/10/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart24/10/2019 Return07/11/2019 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart19/03/2020 Return02/04/2020 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart02/04/2020 Return16/04/2020 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/04/2020 Return23/04/2020 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/05/2020 Return21/05/2020 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/05/2020 Return28/05/2020 Day15 Depart£3,147 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/06/2020 Return18/06/2020 Day15 Depart£3,047 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £558

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.

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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
  • RMB150 (approx £18) per person tips aboard the Yangtze Cruise
  • 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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