15 Day Tour, from £3395 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.
Take an overnight flight to Beijing.
Arrive in China’s capital and transfer to the hotel for three nights. Spend a free afternoon relaxing or exploring Beijing at leisure.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Arrive in Yichang and transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Shanghai. (B)
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)
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)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
15 day tour, from £3395 per person
- 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 Yangzi Explorer Ananda Sanctuary
- Entrance fees and sightseeing tours
- Chinese Visa
Tips and gratuities
Any meals not mentioned
Sanctuary M.S Yangzi Explorer
The Sanctuary M.S Yangzi Explorer is a new luxurious option for cruising along the famous Yangtze River. Offering just 62 cabins and suites and with a capacity of just 124 passengers, the Yangzi Explorer has the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river at 1:1 making for a relaxed river experience. All of the cabins are large and spacious and come complete with private balconies from which you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The restaurant offers superb cuisine from a range of Chinese and western dishes created by internationally trained chefs and benefits from a well-stocked wine cellar. Meal preferences are catered for and the chef is always on hand to discuss any requirements.
Shore excursions throughout the cruise include exploration of Fengdu and the Relocated Village, the 'Ghost Temple' where the Chinese believe the souls of the dead gather and enjoy a traditional longboat experience poled by a Tujia boatman. Onboard activities include tai chi lessons and Chinese cooking classes plus live entertainment is available in the evenings.
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Tour Route Map
- China, Beijing
- China, Xian
- China, Chongqing
- China, Yangtze River Three Gorges
- China, Yichang
- China, Shanghai
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