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Great China

Small Group Tour

Great China

China's most iconic sights and experiences together in one tour

This 18 day tour offers unforgettable experiences of China, from the incredible landscapes and beautiful countryside, to its modern and vibrant cities. Enjoy a 5* cruise along the scenic Yangtze River, and spend time admiring the iconic Giant Pandas, in Chengdu. In addition to this, the classic sights of imperial Beijing, historic Xian and cosmopolitan Shanghai will round off this once in a lifetime holiday.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beijing with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Xian with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Li River guilin china

    Guilin & Yangshuo, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Guilin & Yangshuo with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Chengdu with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • 3 Gorges yangtze china

    The Yangtze River, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for the Yangtze River with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Shanghai with this handy destination guide.

    4 Days

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Great China

18 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Beijing

Take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing. We can also arrange departures from your local airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax after your flight, or explore the locality, as you wish. This evening your guide will escort you to dinner with your fellow travellers.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

The Beijing City Tour starts after breakfast at the Temple of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and continues to the Forbidden City, which for centuries served as the grand imperial palace. The final stop of the day is the Hutongs, a labyrinthine area of alleyways and traditional Beijing houses.

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

When most people think of China, they imagine the Great Wall, and the post at Mutianyu is today’s first stop. One of the best preserved sections, and with breathtaking views, it is the ideal way to start the day. More photo opportunities are available on return to Beijing, on a visit to the unique Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. In the evening, sit down to a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner.

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

After breakfast, your tour continues to the Summer Palace, a magnificent collection of lakes, gardens and palaces, followed by an enjoyable boat ride on the stunning Kunming Lake. Later on, catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes), and check-in at your hotel for a two night stay

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

Your guide will take you to see the Terracotta Warriors, an awe-inspiring collection of 10,000 life size statues, over 2,000 years old. Returning to Xian, for the chance to explore the ancient city wall in Xian, either on foot or by bike. This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling dinner and accompanying Tang Dynasty Show.

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

Check out of your hotel before admiring some of the many exhibits on display at the Shaanxi  Museum, gazing in wonder at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, and witnessing local life in progress in the Muslim Quarter. 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

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 and the towering karst mountain peaks. This evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

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

With a morning free at leisure, why not explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. On return to Guilin, you will be taken to see the colourful Reed Flute Caves. In the evening, maybe treat yourself to a fascinating Cormorant Fishing Show, which is bookable locally and subject to availability.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 Guilin to Chengdu

Depart Guilin after breakfast on a flight to Chengdu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 11 Giant Pandas and Yangtze River Cruise

Today is when you spend time at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, where you can observe Giant Pandas in a naturalistic habitat. Afterwards, catch a bullet train to Chongqing and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your Yangtze River Cruise

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

Relax as the ship meanders along the Yangtze, allowing you to enjoy the scenic views. There is an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 13 Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy a beautiful journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream while marveling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 14 Yangtze River Cruise and to Shanghai

Before disembarking, discover The Three Gorges Dam, a modern engineering marvel. On arrival at Yichang, our guide will escort you to the station for a bullet train to Shanghai, and a four night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Cruise, Bullet train
DAY 15 Shanghai City Tour

Start the day with a hotel breakfast before setting off on your Shanghai City Tour. The first attractions of the day will be the Yu Yuan Gardens, filled with beautiful pavilions, walkways and streams, followed by the impressive Jade Buddha Temple. After the Shanghai museum, there will be an opportunity to stroll along the riverside at the Bund, and later, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city from the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 16 Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history dating back over 1,700 years, is home to Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, ancient and historic buildings and the Ma Family Garden. Following your tour, return to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 17 Shanghai

Day at leisure. Maybe join an optional tour to Hangzhou, exploring the West Lake on a cruise, visiting the Buddhist Monastery of Ling Yin Temple, a tea plantation and experiencing some vibrant local markets. Tour cost £195 per person (based on 2 people). Bookable in advance, request at time of booking.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 18 Fly 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.

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    China: Kung Fu Show in Beijing

    A dynamic kung-fu show in Beijing

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  • cycling yangshou china
    China

    China: Cycling in Yangshuo

    Explore the countryside, cycling in Yangshuo

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  • yangshuo cooking school china
    China

    China: Cookery Classes in Yangshuo

    Learn to cook traditional dishes in Yangshuo

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  • tea performer china
    China

    China: Tea Tasting

    Appreciate the varying blends of Chinese tea at a tasting

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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4★ Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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4★ Bravo Hotel, Guilin

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5★ Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

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4★ Yinhe Dynasty Hotel, Chengdu

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5★ Victoria Cruises, Yanngtze River

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4★ Greenland Jiulong Hotel, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2020 / 21
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart19/03/2020 Return05/04/2020 Day18 Depart£3,298 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart02/04/2020 Return19/04/2020 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/04/2020 Return26/04/2020 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/05/2020 Return24/05/2020 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart14/05/2020 Return31/05/2020 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart04/06/2020 Return21/06/2020 Day18 Depart£3,298 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart23/07/2020 Return09/08/2020 Day18 Depart£3,848 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/08/2020 Return23/08/2020 Day18 Depart£3,848 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/09/2020 Return20/09/2020 Day18 Depart£3,648 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/09/2020 Return27/09/2020 Day18 Depart£3,648 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart17/09/2020 Return04/10/2020 Day18 Depart£3,648 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/10/2020 Return25/10/2020 Day18 Depart£3,748 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart15/10/2020 Return01/11/2020 Day18 Depart£3,748 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart22/10/2020 Return08/11/2020 Day18 Depart£3,698 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart18/03/2021 Return04/04/2021 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/04/2021 Return18/04/2021 Day18 Depart£3,548 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/04/2021 Return25/04/2021 Day18 Depart£3,548 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/05/2021 Return23/05/2021 Day18 Depart£3,498 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart13/05/2021 Return30/05/2021 Day18 Depart£3,498 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/06/2021 Return20/06/2021 Day18 Depart£3,398 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £628
Land only from £2,598
(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

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

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow with British Airways
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★ accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips: RMB610 (approx. £71) per person
  • RMB150 (approx £18 ) per person tips aboard the Yangtze Cruise
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa and fees

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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