Magnificent China Tour

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. 

Duration
12 days

Guide Price

£3,679 pp
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • 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

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

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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 Museum 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. 

Suggested 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. 

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.