China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular private tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
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This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China. This tour is also suitable for those who wish to do a Yangtze River Cruise.
Fly overnight to Beijing, capital of China.
This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, where you can watch, or participate in a dance class. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Beijing's warren-like hutongs, and meet a local family to gain a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local customs. In the evening, sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
This 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 both the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit the Jade Factory and enjoy the afternoon in the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese landscapes and exquisite architecture. (B,L)
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital, and visit Xian Museum. (B,L)
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition Workshop to see smaller models of the warriors being made Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town and wander through the lively Muslim Quarter. In the evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening. (B,L,D)
Fly to Wuhan and on arrival take the bullet train to Yichang where you will board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel. (B,L)
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But cruising 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 and enjoy various side trips and shore excursions along the way. (B,L,D)
Disembark the cruise vessel in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo, a great opportunity to get close to these magnificent and unique creatures. Later, take the speedy bullet train to the beautiful city of Guilin (B,L)
Take a relaxed cruise on the stunning Li River to the charming town of 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. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a street side café. (B,L)
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before returning to Guilin by road. Explore the impressive Reed Flute Cave, visit the South China Pearl Factory and stroll around picturesque Ronghu Lake. (B,L)
Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East. Spend the afternoon at leisure before enjoying an exciting Chinese Acrobatic show this evening. (B,L)
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and a quick visit to the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund, explore the Xintiandi area and visit the Silk Factory. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. (B,L)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.