Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity—climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this 3-week tour of China's cultural and natural highlights.
Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity—climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this 3-week tour of China's cultural and natural highlights. Rest your gaze on the giant Buddha of Leshan and explore ancient mountainside monasteries at Emei Shan, then float down the world-famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before stepping out to experience the vibrant rural life and stunning scenery of Yangshuo. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 2 nights aboard a sleep train
- 13 nights hotel accomodation
- 2 nights in a monastery
- 3 nights onboard a Yangtze boat
- 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
- Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
- Shanghai Museum entrance
- Xi'an orientation walk
- Terracotta Warriors excursion and tour
- Emei Shan entrance
- Tea plantation visit (Emei Shan)
- Overnight stay in a monastery
- Leshan Giant Buddha visit
- Panda Breeding Center excursion (Chengdu)
- Yangtze River boat trip through the Three Gorges with tributary excursion
- Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day)
- Border crossing and language support
- English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Day 1 - Beijing
Arrive at any time. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
Day 2 - Beijing
Head out to discover the wonders of the Great Wall of China. Travel north to the Great Wall. One of the most iconic sights in all of China, spend the better part of the day exploring and taking photos, soaking in the atmopshere.
Day 3 - Beijing
Visit the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City before free time to explore. Explore the vast expanses of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use free time to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city, take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city or visit the Tibetan Monastery.
Day 4 - Beijing to Shanghai
Enjoy a free morning before a bullet train ride to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai.
Day 5 - Shanghai
Take a walk along the bund before a visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum. Opt to take in a breathtaking Chinese acrobat performance. Take an orientation walk down one of the city's most famous streets, Nanjing Road, ending at the Shanghai Museum, one of the best in the country.
Day 6 - Shanghai
Enjoy free time before boarding an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 7 - Xi'an
Opt to cycle the ancient city walls or visit the Great Mosque. Arrive in Xi'an in the early morning and, after checking into the hotel, opt to visit one of Xi'an's most fascinating areas - the Muslim Quarter. Tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque, a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, bargain at souvenir stalls and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.
Day 8 - Xi'am
Full day exploration in Xi'an.
Day 9 - Xi'an to Chengdu
Enjoy a free morning to explore in and around Xi'an. Later, board an bullet train to Chengdu and enjoy a Hotpot dinner this evening. (D)
Day 10 - Chengdu
See the famous giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Centre. Enjoy a free afternoon then opt to catch a performance at the Sichuan Opera.
Day 11 - Chengdu to Emei Shan
Enjoy the morning free before catching the train to Emei Shan. Continue to the monastery, home for the next 2 nights.
Day 12 - Emei Shan
Spend a full day exploring the monasteries, and hiking around the stunning sites of Mt Emei – one of China's sacred Buddhist peaks.
Day 13 - Emei Shan to Yangtze River
Visit the Giant Buddha in the morning. Take the bullet train from Leshan to Chongqing. In the evening embark on the Chinese-style boat to cruise down the mighty Yangtze River through the Three Gorges.
Days 14 & 15 - Yangtze River
Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunning tributaries and to historic sites. Spend two days on board a basic boat traversing through the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Along the way take the opportunity to visit some of the many attractions and towns. There is the opportunity to leave the boat to take an early morning trip down a tributary of the Yangtze River.
Day 16 - Yangtze River to Liujiang
Disembark in the morning and transfer to Yichang Train Station for an overnight train to Liujiang.
Day 17 - Liujiang to Yangshuo
Arrive in Liujiang and transfer to Yangshuo.
Day 18 - Yangshuo
Arrive in the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Here, there are so many activities to choose from— bamboo rafting, rock climbing, hiking, acupuncture and traditional massage, the Light and Sound Show, calligraphy lessons, tai chi, or a countryside cooking class. (L)
Day 19 - Yangshuo
Enjoy free time for more activities and to explore this beautiful area.
Day 20 - Yangshuo to Hong Kong
Travel back to Guilin for the fast train to West Kowloon, then cross the border into Hong Kong. Enjoy some free time to explore the city. Arrive by train to West Kowloon, cross the border and catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong, arriving late afternoon.
Day 21 - Hong Kong
Depart at any time.
*While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
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: Departs 25th August 2019 from £1,937 - Please call for availability 1st September 2019 (£1,937), 8th September 2019 (£2,279), 22nd September 2019 (£2,279), 6th October 2019 (£2,399), 13th October 2019 (£2,099), 18th October 2019 (£2,099), 20th October 2019 (£2,099), 27th October 2019 (£2,099), 3rd November 2019 (£2,099), 10th November 2019 (£2,099), 15th December 2019 (£2,099), 12th January 2020 (£2,099), 2nd February 2020 (£2,099), 1st March 2020 (£2,099), 15th March 2020 (£2,099), 29th March 2020 (£2,099), 5th April 2020 (£2,099), 12th April 2020 (£2,099), 19th April 2020 (£2,099), 26th April 2020 (£2,399), 3rd May 2020 (£2,399), 17th May 2020 (£2,279), 31st May 2020 (£2,279), 7th June 2020 (£2,279), 21st June 2020 (£2,279), 28th June 2020 (£2,279), 5th July 2020 (£2,279), 12th July 2020 (£2,279), 19th July 2020 (£2,279), 26th July 2020 (£2,279), 2nd August 2020 (£2,279), 16th August 2020 (£2,279), 30th August 2020 (£2,279), 6th September 2020 (£2,279), 11th October 2020 (£2,099), 16th October 2020 (£2,099), 18th October 2020 (£2,099), 23rd October 2020 (£2,099), 25th October 2020 (£2,099), 8th November 2020 (£2,099), 29th November 2020 (£2,099), 20th December 2020 (£2,099), 27th December 2020 (£2,099)
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