From the history of the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors to modern and cosmopolitan Shanghai, take in the beauty of Guilin with a cruise on the Li River, the dramatic Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and the adorable Giant Pandas in Chongqing.
This exclusive itinerary is the ideal introduction to China, and visits the country's essential cultural and natural wonders.
Days 1-2: Fly to Beijing.
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Day 3: Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, which has the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Day 4: Great Wall & Summer Palace
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace and see a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening.
Exclusive– Champagne moment at the Great Wall
Celebrate your conquest with a champagne toast on the wall itself – a truly unique experience
Day 5: Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls and stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets.
Day 7: Fly to Wuhan
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Days 8-10: Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Over the next three days, we will take a side-trip to the striking Shennong Stream or visit the Lesser Three Gorges. We also enjoy various shore excursions along the way, including the 'Ghost City' of Fengdu with its captivating temples.
Day 11: Fly to Guilin
Disembark from the cruise vessel and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.
Days 12-13: Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of beautiful limestone hills, tranquil fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The next day, return to Guilin and visit the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Caves.
Day 14: Fly to Shanghai
Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. See the superb antiques and fine arts of the Shanghai Museum, and wander around neighbouring People’s Square and in the evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 15: Discover Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town and a walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. We also visit the modern Pudong area and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.
Day 16: Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Terms and Conditions:
Price is based on twin share. Single room supplement is £490. Deposit is £350 per person. Exclusions: Compulsory tipping amount of US$95 per person (subject to change) paid at the beginning of the tour to the National Guide. Personal expenses during travelling including camera/video fees at monuments and all beverages. Any other services which are not mentioned in the above tour inclusions