Days 1 & 2 - Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’.
Day 3 - Wuzhen Canal Town
Visit the ancient canal town of Wuzhen and take a leisurely stroll to absorb the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Home to an intricate system of canals, old wooden waterside houses, arch stone bridges, narrow cobblestone streets and an abundance of local handicrafts, Wuzhen is renowned for its old-world charm and picturesque setting. Return to Shanghai and enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 4 - Discover Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to see the superb antiquities and fine arts of the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. Later we indulge in some shopping along Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.
Day 5 - Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, sample 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 2,000 years ago to accompany Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls.
Day 7 - Fly to Beijing
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the renowned Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. We also walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.
Day 8 - 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 is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and houses over 8,000 rooms. Also visit the unique Temple of Heaven and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening.
Day 9 - Great Wall & Summer Palace
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance and admire 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. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Day 10 - Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.