12 day escorted tour itinerary

Magnificent China Tour

An unforgettable journey

This extensive tour is an unforgettable journey, combining the historical and cultural sites with the modern and contemporary China. The tour begins in Beijing, and visits an array of cities, including a cruise along the mighty Yangzte River, before finishing in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

Before returning home, why not enhance your Chinese holiday experience with with a few days in bustling Hong Kong.

Selected departure dates are available between March and November for the Group Tour.           

Not available Dec 2018 - Feb 2019                

Not available Dec 2019 - Feb 2020

Private tours also depart on the dates above due to departure of the Yangtze River Cruise.

Itineraries for departures after the dates shown above are subject to change, please call for more details. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Temples and palaces of Beijing
  • Awe-inspiring Great Wall of China
  • Extraordinary Terracotta Warriors
  • See the Giant Pandas at Chengdu Panda Base
  • Cruising down the mighty Yangtze
  • Shanghai and Hong Kong skyline

Sample Itinerary Summary

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

Duration
12 days
Guide Price
£3,679 per person
Price based on
Based on 15 September 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) followed by 3 nights room only in a Superior Room (Hong Kong) including transfers.
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

  • beijing

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 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.

Book our private tour and make this experience a once in a lifetime with a Forest Picnic or Champagne on The Great Wall. 

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 today visit 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 train station for the high speed train to Chengdu (approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival in Chengdu transfer to your hotel. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Xinliang Hotel or similar

After breakfast depart for the Giant Panda Research Base, where you will spend some time learning about the conservation of this amazing species, and of course getting to watch the pandas at close range. After lunch at a local restaurant transfer to the train station for the high speed train to Chongqing (approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival in Chongqing, transfer to the port and board the cruise boat for your three night stay.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Yangtze River Cruise or similar

Journey along China's longest waterway, stops will be made en route to visit historical sites, including the Ghost City Fengdu (optional) and Pagoda Shibaozhai. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by the crew. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Yangtze River Cruise or similar

Today you will explore Passage of the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, before lunch on board the ship. Later, board a smaller boat and discover the Shennong River. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by the crew.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the Yangtze River Cruise or similar

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam and Passage of the Xiling Gorge. Later, transfer to the train station for the high-speed train to Shanghai (approximately 8 hours). Upon arrival in Shanghai, 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 the airport for your flight home, or why not add on a stay in vibrant Hong Kong. 

  • Beijing

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk along the Great Wall of China
    • See 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
    • Tour the Wild Goose Pagoda
    • See a Tang Dynasty show
  • Chengdu

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See the Giant Pandas at Chengdu Panda Base
    • Visit the first public park in Chengdu - People's Park
  • Yangtze River

    Itinerary Highlights

    • The third longest river in the world
    • Panoramic scenery
    • See the Three Gorges Dam
  • Shanghai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See Shanghai's most famous monastery - Jade Buddha Temple
    • Hit the shops on Nanjing Road
    • Visit the waterfront area, the Bund