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Cox & Kings China: The Grand Tour

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Cox & Kings China: The Grand Tour

A wonderful, breath-taking tour of East China where you can truly enjoy the natural wonders of Beijing, Xian and Guilin. Take a boat ride on the shimmering waters of the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges Dam, before wandering the streets of Shanghai and visiting the must-see sights of China. 

Tour Highlights

4-star hotels throughout, or upgrade to 5-star Raffles and Fairmont hotels
Cruise through dramatic rural landscapes on the Yangtze and Li rivers
Learn the ancient arts of calligraphy and paper-cutting
Direct flights with British Airways
Small group size – maximum 26 people

What’s Included?

International flights (and domestic flights if applicable) 
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described 
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Cox & Kings China: The Grand Tour Itinerary: 

Day 1 – To Beijing

Overnight flight from London to Beijing with British Airways. 

Day 2 – Beijing

Arrive and transfer to the Raffles Beijing Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon walk in the gardens of the Summer Palace with afternoon tea at the Aman hotel. 

Day 3 – Beijing

In the morning, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, followed by a tour of the ancient hutong district by rickshaw. Eat lunch in a Chinese family's home, followed by a paper-cutting lesson. End the day with a visit to Jing Shan Park for a bird's-eye view of the Forbidden City. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch. 

Day 4 – Great Wall

Full-day excursion to the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a quiet and dramatic section of the wall. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 5 – To Xian

Morning visit to the Temple of Heaven. Fly to Xian and stay at the Grand Sofitel on Renmin Square for 2 nights. Meals Included: Breakfast. 

Day 6 – Terracotta Warriors

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors, followed by a visit to the Xian Art Museum with a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. Afternoon visit to the Bell and Drum Towers, the Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque, and stroll among the stalls of the bazaar. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a Tang dynasty music performance with dinner. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 7 – To Guilin

Morning tour of the city walls then continues to the Wild Goose Pagoda. Afternoon visit to the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) then fly to Guilin. Stay at the Shangri-La, Guilin for 2 nights. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 8 – Li River cruise to Yangshuo

Take a cruise down the Li River, past a landscape of limestone hills, fishing villages and rice fields. Meals Included: Breakfast. 

Day 9 – Longsheng & Chengdu

Full-day excursion to the spectacular rice terraces of Longsheng. Late evening flight to Chengdu and transfer to the Shangri-La Chengdu for 2 nights. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 10 – Leshan

Visit Leshan to see one of China's most amazing sights, the world's largest Buddha statue. In the afternoon, return to the city and visit Jinli Street. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a performance by the Sichuan Opera. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 11 – To Chongqing

Morning visit to the Giant Panda Research Base. In the afternoon, transfer by train to Chongqing on the Yangtze river. Board the Victoria Anna (or similar) for a 3-night cruise to Yichang. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 12 – Yangtze

Full day cruise along the upper reaches of the Yangtze with a morning excursion to Fengdu. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 – Yangtze

Full-day passing through the Three Gorges, with an excursion up the Daning river tributary. The cliffs here reach up to 1,200 metres tall and, even after the dam, they remain hugely impressive. In the evening, pass through the locks. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 – To Shanghai

Morning visit to the vast Three Gorges Dam. Disembark after lunch and fly to Shanghai for a 2-night stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 15 – Shanghai

Morning tour of Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden and the Bund. Optional evening visit to the state acrobatics show. Meals Included: Breakfast. 

Day 16 – To London

Morning transfer to the airport and fly back to London. Afternoon arrival. Meals Included: Breakfast. 

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