8 day escorted tour

Discover China Tour

Terracotta warriors and Tiananmen Square

This tour is the perfect introduction to China, covering the must-see sights in China's most interesting cities including the Great Wall of China at Badaling, near Beijing, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the bright lights of The Bund in Shanghai. Start discovering this fast-changing country with an itinerary less demanding than the longer tour durations available. 

Selected departure dates are available between January and December for the Group Tour.

Private tour departs daily on request.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xian
  • See the bright lights of The Bund in Shanghai

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
8 days
Guide Price
£1,689 per person
Price based on
Based on 13 January 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights.
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Internal flights and train journeys as detailed.
  • Air conditioned transportation.
  • Meals included as detailed. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • A local English-speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
Not included
  • Tips for driver/guide
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.

Itinerary Breakdown

Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel for three nights.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a walk through Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world, where you can see the Great Hall of the people and other historical monuments. You will also visit The Forbidden City, located directly behind the Tiananmen tower gate, where the Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and Empresses lived and ruled from 1420 to 1924. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Summer Palace with an optional boat ride via the famous Empress Cixi Water Way to appreciate the beautiful scenery on both sides of the River.

 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing including the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be able to walk, climb or travel by cable car (price not included). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Presidential or similar

After breakfast visit the Temple of Heaven where the Emperors worshipped and prayed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties for a good harvest. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the train station for the high-speed train to Xi'an (approximately 5.5 hours). Upon arrival in Xi'an transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Tianyu Gloria or similar

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then see the Terracotta Warriors and their chariots, and the Emporer Qinshihuang Mausoleum. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Banpo Neolithic Village, in Xian.  On the way back to your hotel, stop off at the Terra-Cotta Replication factory.


Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Tianyu Gloria or similar

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for two nights. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador or similar

After breakfast, visit Mandarin Yu Garden, an extensive Chinese garden and the bazaar. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit The Shanghai Mansion and take a stroll through the old French Concession. Tianzifang is a trendy new destination where the traditional architectural style Lilong meets modern art galleries and small design shops. 

If you book our group tour you will also enjoy a 45 minute stop at a Pearl Factory after visiting The Bund. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ambassador or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai for your onward flight

  • Beijing

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk along the Great Wall of China
    • Discover the most holy imperial temple - the Temple of Heaven
    • Visit the Summer Palace
    • Explore the Forbidden City
    • See the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium
  • Xian

    Itinerary Highlights

    • One of the oldest cities in China
    • Home to the striking Terracotta Army
    • Explore Banpo Neolithic Village in Xian
  • Shanghai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit the new trendy area of the city - Tianzifang
    • Hit the shops on Nanjing Road
    • Visit the waterfront area, the Bund

Tailor your itinerary

Whilst this itinerary is varied and exciting - here are a few extras that we think would be perfect to make it even more memorable. 

The below extras are only available to add on to private tours. 

Private Talk with archaeologist at Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors is a must-see attraction in Xi'an.

Meet with archaeologist Mrs Tianjing who will teach you all about the history of Xi'an and discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. Mrs Tianjing has been a guide for many celebrities, including Mr & Mrs Clinton

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Excursion

Champagne Forest Picnic on The Great Wall

With a personal guide, climb up through chestnut orchards into a pine forest.

Arrive at the ridge top clearing where you will be handed a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne and find a white linen laid with a picnic. Enjoy the spectacular views of The Great Wall from your forest refuge. 

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Excursion

Champagne on The Great Wall

What a better way to enjoy the Great Wall, than with bubbles? 

After walking half way to the highest watching towers, take a seat at your table, enjoy seasonal fruits, fine snacks and sip Moët & Chandon champagne. 

Make your visit to The Great Wall of China a magical moment that will be engraved in your memory forever. 

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