From  £2975
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Ideal for the first time visitor to China
  • Explore the Hutongs by rickshaw
  • Take an overnight train to Xian
  • Wander the magnificent Forbidden City
  • Cruise down the magnificent Yagtze
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Essential China

15 Day Tour, from £2975 per person

From the Great Wall to Xian’s Terracotta Army, discover the country's greatest sights on this private China tour travelling by road, rail and riverboat. Beijing captivates with its clash of ancient and modern, while the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River provides a tranquil contrast to city life. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BEIJING
FLY TO BEIJING
Take an overnight flight to Beijing.
DAY 2
BEIJING
BEIJING
Arrive in China’s capital and transfer to the hotel for three nights. Spend a free afternoon relaxing or exploring Beijing at leisure.
DAY 3
BEIJING
BEIJING
Discover Beijing’s highlights on a full day tour. Visit Tiananmen Square, the biggest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City - imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the afternoon visit the beautiful Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal park in China. (B,L)
DAY 4
GREAT WALL
GREAT WALL
Take an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the most representative sections of the wall, built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty. Walk along the wall and take in the breathtaking views. Also included is a visit to the Ming Tombs, where thirteen Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried. (B,L)
DAY 5
BEIJING TO XIAN
BEIJING TO XIAN
Enjoy a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s hutongs - narrow lanes and alleyways lined with traditional courtyard residences where little appears to have changed for hundreds of years. After lunch, visit the masterpiece of architecture that is the Temple of Heaven, before transferring to the railway station for the overnight train to Xian in 4-berth soft sleeper compartments. (B,L)
DAY 6
XIAN
XIAN
Arrive into Xian early in the morning and enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit the ancient City Walls and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, symbol of the city and a Buddhist holy place. After lunch visit the Shaanxi Museum which houses a comprehensive collection of relics from various dynasties. (B,L)
DAY 7
XIAN
XIAN
Discover the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors, buried with the first Emperor of China over 2,000 years ago. More than 8,000 soldiers are estimated to be in the funerary pits. After lunch, visit the Banpo Neolithic Village and Huaqing Hot Springs, a favourite retreat of emperors and their concubines during the Tang Dynasty. (B,L)
DAY 8
XIAN TO CHONGQING
XIAN TO CHONGQING
Enjoy a day at leisure in Xian - why not hire a bicycle and head out to explore the City walls. This afternoon, transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Chongqing (four berth, soft sleeper compartment). (B)
DAY 9
CHONGQING
CHONGQING
Arrive into Chongqing and embark on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Eling Park, one of the oldest private gardens in the city, and the impressive Great Hall of the People whose auditorium can hold over 4,000 people. Transfer to the Yangtze cruise boat for three nights. (B)
DAY 10
YANGTZE CRUISE
YANGTZE CRUISE
Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Relax and admire the spectacular backdrop as the boat travels through a dramatic landscape of grand canyons, verdant cliffs and crystal clear waterfalls. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
YANGTZE CRUISE
YANGTZE CRUISE
Continue to enjoy the majestic scenery of the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Relax and admire the spectacular backdrop as the boat travels through a dramatic landscape of grand canyons, verdant cliffs and crystal clear waterfalls. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
YICHANG TO SHANGHAI
YICHANG TO SHANGHAI
Arrive in Yichang and transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Shanghai. (B)
DAY 13
SHANGHAI
SHANGHAI
Embark on a sightseeing tour of China’s largest city including the futuristic Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Gardens and Yuyuan Market. In the afternoon, visit the Old Town and stroll along Shanghai’s famous waterside promenade - The Bund. (B,L)
DAY 14
SHANGHAI
SHANGHAI
Enjoy a free day for some last minute shopping or perhaps take a boat trip on the Huangpu River, the dividing line between the colonial architecture of the western shore and glass skyscrapers of the east. (B)
DAY 15
SHANGHAI TO UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £2975 per person

Price Includes

  • Return economy flights with British Airways direct from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in four-star hotels 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide 
  • Cruise on board the Century Cruises luxury river cruiser
  • 2 overnight trains in shared 4-berth soft sleeper compartments
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing tours

Price Excludes

  • Chinese Visa

  • Travel Insurance


  • Tips and gratuities


  • Any meals not mentioned 

Price Notes

Century Cruises offers regular Yangtze departures. Please speak to a Regent China Specialist to check specific dates





Tour Route Map


  1. China, Beijing
  2. China, Xian
  3. China, Chongqing
  4. China, Yangtze River Three Gorges
  5. China, Yichang
  6. China, Shanghai

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