China Essentials - Beijing - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Embark on an in-depth & diverse tour of China, visiting iconic cities and sights, as well as lesser-known rural landscapes.
  • Travel from Beijing to Shanghai and discover world-renowned sites including the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven.
  • Our members can choose from 4* or 5* hotels throughout to suit your budget, with the option to upgrade to a Half Board Stay,

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Your Destinations

Home to the Great Wall, the Yellow Mountains, and the Forbidden City, China boasts some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. On this unforgettable itinerary, you will experience rice paddies, Buddhist temples, forward-thinking cities, and mountaintop villages.

Also known as the Middle Kingdom, China is the third largest nation in the world bordering 14 countries that include Russia, Mongolia, and Vietnam. Due to its size, this country boasts a diverse landscape ranging from snow-capped mountains to enchanting deserts. With a long history that dates back to around 1250BC, China is also full of fascinating artefacts, making it a thrilling destination with a little something for everyone.

Our Offer

8-night China Essentials Tour in 4* accommodation
8-night China Essentials Tour in 5* accommodation

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Beijing
Day 2: The Forbidden City
Day 3: Great Wall of China
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an (Overnight Train)
Day 5: Xi'an 
Day 6: Xi'an - Shanghai (2 Hour Flight)
Day 7: Shanghai
Day 8: Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou - Shanghai
Day 9: Departure

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing
The first stop on this itinerary is the capital city of Beijing. Upon arrival, your guide will collect you from the airport and transport you to the hotel. The first trip on the itinerary will be Tiananmen Square, a huge public square in the centre of the city.

You will then head to the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), where Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests as a tribute to the sky. In the afternoon, hop in a rickshaw or take a bike ride along the majestic Shichahai Lake (Houhai), and explore the charming hutongs of Beijing. 
Day 2: The Forbidden City
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Forbidden City, which was the imperial residence for over 400 years. Home to 24 different emperors, this remarkable landmark will take at least half a day to explore. Notable sights within the Forbidden City include the halls of Supreme Harmony, Perfect Harmony and Preserved Harmony, the room of the cultivated spirit, the concubine halls, and many treasures. 

Then climb the Coal Hill for panoramic views of the old city. The tour will then visit the Lama Temple and the Confucius Temple. The Lama temple is one of the most important and best preserved Buddhist temples in the capital, forming part of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. You will then have some time to rest in a tea house before taking part in an authentic tea ceremony.

Optional Tour: Legend of Kung-fu (payable locally).
Day 3: Great Wall of China
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit the Great Wall of China, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Wall is 6700 km long and it was constructed to protect the Middle Kingdom from invasions. This tour will take you to the Mutianyu section where you will ascend to the wall by foot.

Good walking shoes are required for this hike. There is an additional fee for those who wish to take the cable car up and a toboggan ride down. Those who wish to discover a wilder section of the wall can choose to replace the Mutianyu section with Huanghuacheng Wall at no extra cost.

After exploring the Great Wall, we will then visit the Changling Tomb which is one of the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Emperors. We will reach the site by following the Path of the Spirits lined with 36 statues.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an (Overnight Train)
In the morning you will enjoy a trip to the Beijing Zoo to observe the giant pandas. The next trip will be to the Summer Palace, an imperial garden where it is possible to climb up to the Pavilion of the Buddha. In the afternoon you can enjoy a quick photo stop at the former 2008 Olympic site before visiting the antique market of Liulichang and Dashalan shopping district.

In the evening you will take an overnight train to Xi'an in a soft bunk (a cabin for 4 people).
Day 5: Xi'an 
Arrival in Xi'an & transfer to the hotel for breakfast. The first trip in Xi’an is the incredible excavation site of the Terracotta Army.  This site was discovered in 1974 and consists of an army of 6000 life-size terracotta statues complete with horses and tanks. 

Return to town & stop en-route at Great Wild Goose Pagoda Square which will give you a pleasing view of the city.

Optional Dinner with a traditional show with dances & music from the Tang Dynasty (payable locally).
Day 6: Xi'an - Shanghai (2 Hour Flight)
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is located in a peaceful park where locals practice morning Tai Chi, Qigong, and folk dances. You will then visit the Shaanxi History Museum which documents the discovery of China’s jade stone (closed on Mondays).

In the afternoon take a stroll through the old town which boasts spectacular architectural sites including the Great Mosque. 

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport.
Day 7: Shanghai
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will uncover this diverse city which combines ancient customs and a bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere. This tour includes a ferry ride along the Huangpu River to the futuristic Lujiazui district where we will climb to the 100th floor of the International Financial Center to enjoy panoramic views of Shanghai.

Your guide will then take you to the old town of Shanghai for a walking tour of its winding alleyways and 16th Century buildings. End the day with a walk through the former French Concession including the Xintiandi district and the Fuxing Park.

Optional excursion: Shanghai Circus (payable locally).
Day 8: Shanghai - Tongli - Suzhou - Shanghai
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will depart Shanghai and head to Tongli, a beautiful village with crisscrossing canals that flow beneath charming stone bridges. In order to fully enjoy the tranquillity of this village, visit the famous meditation garden of SanQiao.

The next stop on this day trip will be Suzhou which is home to the preserved area of Pingjian Road. Return to Shanghai at the end of the day.

Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

Your Hotels

Our members will stay at the following accommodation (or similar) with this offer.

4* Category Hotels

If opting for the 4* category, you will stay at the below hotels (or similar) in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast board basis. You may choose to upgrade to a half board stay at the next stage of the booking process (breakfast & lunch or evening meal served in the main restaurant - drinks excluded).

Beijing: 3 nights at Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
Xi'an: 1 night at Sunda Gentleman International Hotel 
Shanghai: 3 nights at The Bund Hotel

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

5* Category Hotels

If opting for the 5* category, you will stay at the below hotels (or similar) in a Standard Room on a Bed & Breakfast board basis. You may choose to upgrade to a half board stay at the next stage of the booking process (breakfast & lunch or evening meal served in the main restaurant - drinks excluded).

Beijing: 3 nights at Prime Hotel 
Xi'an: 1 night at Grand Noble 
Shanghai: 3 nights at Radisson Blu New World 

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Please note: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Private transfers from Beijing airport to the hotel, returning from the hotel to Shanghai airport are included.


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Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information click here.

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

Visa Information


British nationals need a visa to enter mainland China. For mainland China, you must get a visa prior to arrival, including for Hainan Island. For details of entry requirements to China contact the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate in good time before your proposed trip. 

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application.  It is advisable to obtain your visa no later than 1 month prior to departure.

Please visit the following websites for information on the visa application process, visa application and any other expected costs and further details relating to visa requirements.

Location Information

The address of Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao: China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 崇文门西大街1号
The address of Prime Hotel Beijing: 2 Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006

Distance from Beijing Airport to Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao: 29 km / 40 mins
Distance from Beijing Airport to Prime Hotel Beijing: 27 km / 38 min

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

These properties and tour are not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 10 am

Our price doesn’t include a city/accommodation/tourism tax payable locally (this price is a guideline and is subject to change without prior notification).

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels, based on a shared double/twin room
  • Breakfast
  • Private car with driver for visits and excursions, according to the program
  • Entrance fees for the sites and activities indicated in the program
  • The assistance of local professional guide
  • Beijing to Xi'an night train in a soft berth
  • Xi'an to Shanghai flight in economy class

Not Included

  • Tips to guide and driver (100 RMB / day / group to guide, 50RMB to driver, 1 USD = 6.8 RMB)
  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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