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Grand Tour of China

  • Duration

    26 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
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    £4,190pp
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This wide-ranging tour has China's top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or a straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.

Tour Highlights

Our Grand Tour of China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore China and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates a Yangtze River cruise.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly overnight to Beijing

    Days 1-2: Fly overnight 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.

    • Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    The Great Wall

    Days 3-4: The Great Wall

    Visit Tiananmen Square and discover the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City before exploring Beijing's old hutongs where you can meet a local family and visit their home. This evening, eat traditional Peking duck. The next day, spend the morning taking a walk on the Great Wall and in the afternoon, enjoy a stroll through the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Temple of Heaven

    Day 5: Temple of Heaven

    In the morning, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and wander through the park, where you can mingle with the locals and watch or participate in Tai Chi or play cards. Later, take a bullet train to Xian.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Terracotta Warriors

    Days 6-7: Terracotta Warriors

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda 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. Later, stroll on Xian's beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Board your cruise

    Day 8: Board your cruise

    Fly to Yichang where you will board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 9-11

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Days 9-11: Yangtze River Cruise

    The Three Gorges Dam may be an impressive feat of engineering but as you 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 various shore excursions.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Old Ciqikou

    Day 12: Old Ciqikou

    Disembark in Chongqing then explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu where tonight you will be served a traditional Sichuanese dinner with the option to watch a Sichuan Opera performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Giant Pandas

    Day 13: Giant Pandas

    Visit Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about these celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Later, fly to the charming city of Dali.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 14-15

    Enchanting Dali

    Days 14-15: Enchanting Dali

    Dali offers a peek of the China of times-gone-by. Over the next two days, travel to Xizhou village to browse around the local market, see the Yan Family House, cruise on Erhai Lake, explore Dali's ancient quarter and visit the Three Pagodas. Transfer to Kunming.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Stone Forest

    Day 16: Stone Forest

    Explore the fascinating limestone formations of the picturesque Stone Forest and tuck in to local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner tonight.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    Fly to Guilin

    Day 17: Fly to Guilin

    Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18

    Li River

    Day 18: Li River

    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 and grazing buffalo.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Yangshuo Countryside

    Day 19: Yangshuo Countryside

    Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Explore the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose one of the many optional activities available.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20

    Guilin

    Day 20: Guilin

    Return to Guilin and visit a pearl factory and Reed Flute Cave. Also stroll around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 21-22

    Discover Hangzhou

    Days 21-22: Discover Hangzhou

    Fly to Hangzhou and visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the tea plantations of Meijiawu. The next day, enjoy a cruise on West Lake and visit Xihu Tiandi before continuing to Suzhou.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23

    Suzhou

    Day 23: Suzhou

    Suzhou's centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its elegant gardens, visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator's Garden – typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Also cruise on the Grand Canal.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 24

    Shanghai

    Day 24: Shanghai

    Travel to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Visit Matchmaker's Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, the Shanghai Museum and People's Square. Later, enjoy a view of the glittering city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. This evening, dine on a delicious meal of Shanghainese cuisine.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 25

    Explore Shanghai

    Day 25: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit Yu Garden, the old town, a silk factory and stroll along the Bund. End the evening with the ERA acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 26

    Fly Shanghai to UK

    Day 26: Fly Shanghai to UK

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

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3

    Mercure Beijing Downtown 4 Star Hotel

    Mercure Beijing Downtown

    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.

  • Nights 2

    Lanxi International Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Lanxi International Hotel

    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.

  • Night 1

    Xinliang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Xinliang Hotel

    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.

  • Nights 2

    Jinjiang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Jinjiang Hotel

    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.

  • Nights 2

    Asia Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Tourist Zone, the Old Town of Dali, Yunnan Province, China
    Asia Hotel

    Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.

  • Night 1

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

    Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.

  • Nights 2

    Elite Garden Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Elite Garden Hotel

    In the centre of Yangshuo, the 4-star Elite Garden Hotel offers spacious guest rooms designed and decorated to make you feel at home, all equipped with free internet access, complimentary bottled water and a coffee machine. The private bathrooms include both bath and shower facilities.

  • Nights 2

    Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia 4 Star Hotel

    Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia

    A short distance from Hangzhou's famous West Lake, Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia Hotel offers beautiful guest rooms with a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and spacious bathrooms. Some rooms even offer guests stunning views over the river.

  • Nights 2

    Wyndham Garden Suzhou 5 Star Hotel

    Wyndham Garden Suzhou

    In the heart of stunning Suzhou, Wyndham Garden is just steps away from the city's highlights. The spacious guest rooms are modern and fully air conditioned, providing an in-room safe and tea/ coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers a restaurant, outdoor pool and fitness centre.

  • Nights 2

    Jinjiang Huating Hotel 5 Star Hotel

    Jinjiang Huating Hotel

    A short distance from Shanghai's major tourist attractions, the 5-star Jinjiang Huating hotel offers elegant guest rooms with large windows providing views of Shanghai. This beautiful hotel is home to the rooftop Moon View Restaurant, offering breathtaking city views and exquisite Chinese dishes.

The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Xi'an
  • 0°c
  • 7mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 5°c
  • 81mm
  • Suzhou
  • 4°c
  • 40mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Xi'an
  • 4°c
  • 10mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 7°c
  • 88mm
  • Suzhou
  • 4°c
  • 75mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Xi'an
  • 9°c
  • 29mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 11°c
  • 141mm
  • Suzhou
  • 9°c
  • 193mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 43mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 17°c
  • 123mm
  • Suzhou
  • 14°c
  • 83mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Xi'an
  • 20°c
  • 60mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 22°c
  • 129mm
  • Suzhou
  • 20°c
  • 67mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Xi'an
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 25°c
  • 219mm
  • Suzhou
  • 24°c
  • 59mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Xi'an
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Suzhou
  • 28°c
  • 191mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Xi'an
  • 26°c
  • 71mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 29°c
  • 162mm
  • Suzhou
  • 28°c
  • 54mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Xi'an
  • 21°c
  • 92mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 25°c
  • 124mm
  • Suzhou
  • 24°c
  • 67mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 60mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 19°c
  • 78mm
  • Suzhou
  • 18°c
  • 56mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Xi'an
  • 8°c
  • 24mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 13°c
  • 72mm
  • Suzhou
  • 12°c
  • 3mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Xi'an
  • 2°c
  • 6mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 8°c
  • 49mm
  • Suzhou
  • 6°c
  • 43mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
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