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Grand Tour of China

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Great Wall of China Terracotta Warriors Pandas UNESCO World Heritage
Great Wall of China Terracotta Warriors Pandas UNESCO World Heritage

UK - Beijing - Overnight Train (1N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (1N) Dali (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Suzhou (2N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

26 days from £

1705

To get the most from your visit to China, look no further than the Grand Tour. This comprehensive itinerary includes all the main sights as well as time for relaxation. Visit the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors; enjoy a four night cruise on the Yangtze River and relax in delightful Dali.


 

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Included in the price

  • all international airfares and current taxes
  • all domestic transportation
  • all accommodation
  • all meals
  • touring with guides and entrance fees
  • visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Dates and Prices

Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Special Offer Save  

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures

  • Regional departures available
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Ask us about direct, non-stop flights with British Airways
  • Land only from £2,490pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
  • Single supplement from £740 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
  • Tipping payable locally US$100pp and RMB150p
    Medium Paced Tour

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.

Days 3-4: Beijing and the Great Wall

Visit Tiannamen Square and explore the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck. The next 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 its sheer magnificence. 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. Finally savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 5: Temple of Heaven

Browse the bustling markets and soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Board an overnight train to Xian.

Days 6-7: Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Arrive in Xian and enjoy a delightful visit to the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Museum before wandering around the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarter.Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, view the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.

Day 8: Fly to Wuhan

Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.

Days 9-11: Yangtze River Cruise

The Three Gorges Dam may be animpressive feat of engineering but as youcruise upstream nature takes over, revealingsome of world’s most dramatic sceneryincluding the Three Gorges themselves.Over the next three days prepare for onebreathtaking 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.

Day 12: Drive to Chengdu

Disembark and explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu.

Day 13: Panda Conservation Centre

Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Centre to see these celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Fly to the pleasant city of Kunming and tuck in to the local Across the Bridge noodles for dinner.

Day 14: Stone Forest

Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.

Day 15-16: Enchanting Dali

Dali offers a peek of the China of times-gone-by. On your first day visit the Three Pagodas, whilst the next day explore the old quarter and pop over to Xizhou village to browse around the local market. There will also be a cruise on Erhai Lake.

Day 17: Fly to Guilin

Transfer back to Kunming and fly to the attractive city of Guilin.

Day 18-19: Li River & Yangshuo

Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming 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 itself sits amongst paddy fields and dramatic karsts – spend the morning exploring. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking if you wish. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.

Day 20: Fly to Hangzhou

Drive back to Guilin and enjoy a visit to the Reed Flute Cave where you can admire colourful stalactites and stalagmites. Fly to Hangzhou.

Day 21-22: Imperial Hangzhou

Spend a morning wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda before cruising on West Lake, admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores. The next day wander around a local market and visit a tea plantation before transferring to Suzhou.

Day 23: Suzhou Historical Town

Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its gardens, visit two of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden, both typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal and visit a local silk mill.

Day 24: Explore Shanghai

Travel to Shanghai. Discover the1920s architectural styling of Xintiandi before enjoying a dinner of delicious Shanghai cuisine.

Day 25: Shanghai

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 traditional Yu Gardens and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund before enjoying the1920s architectural styling of the Xintiandi area. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.

Day 26: Fly Shanghai to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Dates and Prices

Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Special Offer Save  

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures

  • Regional departures available
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Ask us about direct, non-stop flights with British Airways
  • Land only from £2,490pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
  • Single supplement from £740 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
  • Tipping payable locally US$100pp and RMB150p
    Medium Paced Tour

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Dubai
    You will be met at Dubai Airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Days 2-3: Dubai
    Two full days to relax on the beaches of Dubai, go shopping in the opulent malls, explore the city’s architectural wonders, or take an optional day tour. (B)

    Day 4: Depart Dubai
    Transfer from your hotel to Dubai Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    Marco Polo Hotel 3* from £240pp
    Traders Hotel 4* from £390pp
    Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers 5* from £440pp

    Price from £ 260pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Optional Day Tours

    Add an extra dimension to Days 2 or 3 of your Dubai experience with one of our additional packages:

    Dubai Tour from £50
    A city tour of Dubai introducing the unique combination of traditional and ultramodern that makes this city so special. (B)

    Desert Trip to Hatta from £95
    Experience the magic of the Desert on a trip to the ancient fortress village of Hatta. (B,L)

    Traditional Dhow Cruise from £50
    Enjoy a romantic dinner aboard a traditional Arabic Dhow that glides silently along the creek of Dubai under a starry and moonlit sky. (D)

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £180
    Sole passenger price from £420
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

    Day 1: Arrive Dubai
    You will be met at Dubai Airport and transferred to your hotel.�

    Day 2: Dubai
    On a half day tour, visit Beach Road, drive along the Dubai Creek, stroll through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya area, visit the Dubai Museum and explore Dubai’s traditional souks. (B)

    Day 3: Explore Sharjah
    The Emirate of Sharjah is regarded as the cultural centre of the Middle East. Visit the Natural History Museum, the corniche with the golden Al Majara Souk, Al Naboodah House, the Al Arsa Souk and the Central Souk, famous for its carpets and curios. Later, return to Dubai. (B)

    Day 4: Visit Abu Dhabi
    Capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan metropolis rising out of the sand. Visit the beautiful corniche, Dhow building yards, stunning palaces and the Petroleum Museum for an insight into the industry that has transformed the UAE. Later, return to Dubai. (B)

    Day 5: Depart Dubai
    Transfer from your hotel to Dubai Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    Marco Polo Hotel 3*+ from £430pp
    Traders Hotel 4* from £620pp
    Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers 5* from £690pp

    Price from £ 460pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £230
    Sole passenger price from £660
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

    Day 1: Arrive Sanya
    Transfer from Sanya Airport to the five-star Huayu Resort & Spa at Yalong Bay. Hainan Island is located off the southern coast of China and lying at a similar latitude to Hawaii. The island enjoys a year-round tropical climate with an average temperature of between 22-26 ºC.(B)

    Days 2-5: Sanya
    Spend the next four days at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, stroll along the beautiful beach or further explore Hainan Island. Visit the Tropical Wildlife Park which is home to the Macaque monkey, experience the many watersports on offer such as snorkelling, water-skiing and parasailing or play a round of golf. All activities are optional and paid locally. (B)

    Day 6: Depart Sanya
    Transfer from your hotel to Sanya Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Price from £ 340pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £260
    Sole passenger price from £590
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

    Please contact us for connecting flight costs as needed.� Sanya flights from £350pp, subject to airline and seasonality

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Hong Kong
    Enjoy the day at leisure to further explore Hong Kong. (B)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3*+ star from £290pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £340pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £520pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5*from £540pp

    Price from £ 260pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Optional Day Tours

    Add an extra dimension to Day 3 of your Hong Kong experience with one of our additional packages:

    Lantau from £90
    Combine Hong Kong with Lantau, the largest island in Hong Kong. Visit beautiful Cheung Sha Beach and Tai O Fishing Village, and travel to Ngong Ping Plateau to see the Giant Buddha. Also explore Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village and ride aboard the Skyrail Cable Car. (B,L)

    Macau from £120
    Travel by hydrofoil to Macau. Visit the ruins of St. Pauls Church, Ama Temple, Macau Museum (closed Mondays) and a local casino (minimum age 18). Return by hydrofoil to Hong Kong. (B,L)

    Shopping from £160
    A classic Hong Kong shopping experience including a Chinese Dim Sum lunch. Visit Horizon Plaza, Aberdeen, Porcelain and Jewellery factories, Stanley Market, Jade Market and the Ladies’ Market. (B,L)

    Cooking Class from £90
    Select the freshest local ingredients in local markets and learn traditional Chinese cooking techniques from a top chef. (B,L)

    Hiking from £110
    Take a relaxing hike along the Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail through bamboo groves and open hills with breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and distant island. Walking distance 5km, medium pace. (B)

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £190
    Sole passenger price from £480
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from Hong Kong Airport to your hotel.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Lantau Island
    Travel by ferry across the Victoria Harbour to Silvermine Bay and visit beautiful Cheung Sha beach. This is followed by Tai O Fishing Village, where many homes are built on stilts. Then travel to Ngong Ping Plateau to see the Giant Buddha and explore Po Lin Monastery where you will enjoy a vegetarian lunch. Later, visit the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village before ending the day with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car. (B,L) If the cable car is cancelled due to poor weather or any other reason, alternative transportation will be arranged.

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer from your hotel to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £360pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £390pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £520pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £560pp

    Price from £ 360pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £160
    Sole passenger price from £520
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance feels, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Macau
    Transfer to the port for a hydrofoil ride across the Pearl River Estuary to Macau. Visit the sights of this former Portuguese colony including the ruins of the St. Paul Church, Ama Temple and Macau Museum (closed Mondays). There will also be the opportunity to visit one of the local casinos for which Macau is famous (minimum age 18). Return by hydrofoil to Hong Kong. (B,L)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £380pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £410pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £540pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £580pp

    Price from £ 380pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £160
    Sole passenger price from £540
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, guides, entrance fees and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Days 2-3: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a two day shopping tour (5 hours per day) including Chinese Dim Sum lunches at local restaurants. During the two days, visit the Horizon Plaza, Aberdeen Fishing Market, Porcelain and Jewellery factories, Stanley Market, Jade Market and the Ladies’ Market. (B,L)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £560pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £590pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £720pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £760pp

    Price from £ 560pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £440
    Sole passenger price from £990
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Tokyo
    Upon arrival at Tokyo Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Day 2: Explore Tokyo
    Take a full day tour of Tokyo with a private guide included. Visit Meiji Jingu, Tokyos most important shrine, and then continue to the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens. Cruise the Sumida River to Asakusa which is home to Sensoji Temple and is a slice of old Tokyo, bustling with people. Finally climb the Tokyo Sky Tree for stunning views over the city and beyond. (B,L)

    Day 3: Tokyo
    The day is at leisure. (B)

    Day 4: Depart Tokyo
    Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport where your arrangements end. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    3* from £560pp
    4* from £720pp
    5* from £1140pp

    Please contact us for costs including connecting flights as required. China-Tokyo flights from £280pp subect to airline and seasonality.

    Price from £ 590pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £380
    Sole passenger price from £940
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance feels, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Tokyo.

    Day 2: Tokyo
    Take a full day tour of Tokyo with a private guide included. Visit Meiji Jingu, Tokyos most important shrine, and then continue to the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens. Cruise the Sumida River to Asakusa which is home to Sensoji Temple and is a slice of old Tokyo, bustling with people. Finally climb the Tokyo Sky Tree for stunning views over the city and beyond. (B,L)

    Day 3: Mt Fuji & Hakone day tour
    Travel to the Mt Fuji area and drive along the beautiful Five Lakes Region. Enjoy amazing views from the Mt Fuji 5th station (weather permitting) and Owakudani, a hot spring crater area formed by the last eruption of Mt Hakone 3,000 years ago. Also enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi before taking a cable car on the Mt Komagatake Ropeway. Later, return to Tokyo by the super-fast Shinkansen (bullet train). Return to the hotel under your own arrangements. (B,L)

    Day 4: Depart Tokyo
    Transfer to Tokyo Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    3* from £890pp
    4* from £990pp
    5* from £1390pp

    Please contact us for costs including connecting flights as required. China-Tokyo flights from £280pp subect to airline and seasonality.

    Price from £ 790pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £380
    Sole passenger price from £1270
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance feels, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.

If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.

All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.

Grand Tour of China
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