We Love —
- This great value, fully inclusive tour of China visits the destinations’ most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
- Visit world-famous landmarks such as Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors in this rich and diverse two-week tour
- Cruise along the Yangtze River and the Li River and discover rural villages for a truly authentic experience
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Your Destination —
China’s civilization is the oldest in the world and has a history dating back over 5,000 years. With 56 ethnic groups, 22 provinces and 8 major dialects, China has a rich and varied culture and way of life and is home to a wealth of tourist sights and cultural relics which entice their guests to return again and again to this exciting destination.
China continues to amaze, fascinate and thrill even the most discerning travellers. With a history that spans thousands of years, this truly is an exceptional country to visit for its abundance of landmarks, nature and culture throughout its vast land.
Your Itinerary —
Days 1-2: Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. With its unequalled wealth of history, Beijing served as the centre for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. The ancient monuments, the stories of days gone by as well as the dynamic and modern city Beijing has become today, make it a destination not to be missed.
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches.
Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before soaking up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese – at the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish.
Savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Day 5: Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian. This evening enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the fascinating, enigmatic ranks of all 8,000 life-sized warriors.
Stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. The wall’s ideal spot and layout gives visitors a bird’s eye view over this fantastic city. Follow the locals’ example and take a bike to get an ever more spectacular experience.
Day 7: Fly to Wuhan
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel. One of the world’s great and legendary waterways, this 6,300km river has its origins high up in the snow-covered mountain of Tanggula in the south western Qinghai Tibet Plateau and runs into the ocean in Shanghai. It is estimated that the banks of this river are home to almost a third of China’s population.
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves.
Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
Please note the Yangtze River cruise section of your itinerary will not be confirmed by the cruise operators until after you commence your tour as it is subject to local river conditions and water levels.
Disembarking from the cruise vessel, visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Fly to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Cave.
Guilin is one of China’s most stunning and panoramic cities and was founded during the reign of the first Chinese empire, the Qin Dynasty. It is renowned for the unique beauty of the mountains that fringe it.
Day 12: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the country side before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 14: Fly to Shanghai
Fly to the exuberant city of Shanghai. Spend the afternoon admiring the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and strolling around People's Square. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today's explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens; and the atmospheric alleys of the old town.
Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund before enjoying the 1920s architectural styling of the Xintiandi area. This evening enjoy some tasty, traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 16: Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Your Hotels —
This offer is based on a stay in Standard Rooms on a full board basis throughout.
Please note: Your accommodation will be confirmed with your final documents and is selected for convenience of location, comfort and character.
Jiangxi Grand Hotel Beijing is located a 15-minute walk from Liujiayao Subway Station (Line 5). The 4-star property offers a well-appointed fitness centre, 2 dining options and accommodation with free wired internet access. Tastefully decorated, each guestroom is fitted with a TV with satellite and cable channels, a minibar with a refrigerator and a safety deposit box. The attached bathroom has a shower and a bathtub.
The 5-star Shangri-La Golden Flower offers elegant interior and design rooms that combine modern furniture and classic works of art. Each room has a minibar, a comfortable sofa and soft carpeted flooring. Bathrooms include a bathtub, bathrobes and free toiletries.
Situated along Lijiang river, Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Guilin is right beside busy Zhengyang Pedestrian Street. Boasting stunning views of Shanhu Lake or the city, 5-star accommodation comes with cable TV and spacious bathrooms with bathtubs. Ironing facilities and a safe are provided. For leisure, guests can take a dip in the indoor pool or exercise in the fitness centre. Alternatively, there is a full-service spa with steam baths and a sauna.
An outdoor pool and karaoke facilities are featured at Jasper International Hotel, a 4-star gorgeous hotel located in the scenic Yangshuo Town. Bathed in warm light, all rooms come with a cosy seating area, soft carpeted flooring and a cable TV.
Mingde Grand Hotel Shanghai is located in Zhabei district, 2 subway stops from People’s Square. It has restaurants, a bar, spa and swimming pool. The on-site restaurants serve both local and western dishes. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, LCD televisions and en-suite bathrooms. 24-hour room service is also available.
Your Journey —
Flights: Your flights are an important part of your tour experience. Although we cannot specify which flight times you will be allocated until the time of booking, our supplier will always endeavour to place Voyage Privé members on the best possible flight combinations. These flights will be on airlines with the best reputation for service, reliability and punctuality. Reputable domestic airlines for internal routes. Flight times can vary and are selected on availability.
Transfers: Shared transfers are included throughout.