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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.
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
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
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Beijing with British Airways. Please speak to your tour consultant to discuss alternative flight options. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel or the Park Plaza (or similar) for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. Welcome dinner at a Peking duck restaurant. (D)
Morning visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then stroll through historic Liulichang district and the hutongs (narrows streets). (B, L)
Full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the largest man-made structure on earth that is an amazing feat of engineering, labour and sacrifice. (B, L)
Morning visit to the lake, gardens and pagodas of the Summer Palace. High-speed train* to Xian and stay at the Grand Noble Xian hotel for 2 nights. (B)
Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors, the Tang Bo Art Museum, followed by a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. Afternoon visit to the Muslim quarter and Grand Mosque. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a Tang dynasty music performance with dinner. (B, L)
Morning tour of the city walls and Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Guilin and overnight at the Sheraton Hotel. (B, L)
Morning cruise down the Li river, past a dramatic landscape of limestone peaks. Arrive in Yangshuo and stroll along busy West Street, then transfer to the Yangshuo Resort (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Following day at leisure to enjoy the relaxed riverside atmosphere of Yangshuo. (B)
Morning flight to Chengdu, then transfer to the Sheraton Lido for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a Sichuan opera performance. (B)
Visit the Giant Panda Research Base. Afternoon train journey* to Chongqing, then transfer to a local restaurant for dinner. In the evening, board the Victoria Jenna (or similar) for a 3-night cruise to Yichang. (B, L, D)
Cruise through the striking Three Gorges section of the Yangtze, an area of towering cliffs and twisting canyons. A range of shore excursions are available, with entertainment provided in the evenings. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam, then disembark in Yichang. Tour the Yichang Museum, followed by a visit to a local teahouse. Evening flight to Shanghai, and stay 2 nights at the Central Hotel. (B, L)
Morning tour of Jade Buddha temple, Yu garden and the historic Bund. Optional evening visit to the state acrobatics show. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly back to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Grand Noble Hotel, Xian
The Grand Noble Hotel is located in central Xian, within a 10-minute walk of the Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Rooms and suites are spacious with contemporary decor, and there are a range of services and facilities.
Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing, Beijing
The 4-star Novotel Peace Hotel is well located in the centre of Beijing, within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and next to the Wanfujing shopping and entertainment district. All rooms have a range of modern facilities.
Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel, Chengdu
The Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Chengdu's commercial and entertainment districts, just 30 minutes drive from Shuangliu International Airport and 10 minutes from the train station. The hotel is modern in style with 402 rooms and suites, each decorated in soft colours and featuring Chinese art pieces. Club Level rooms offer additional amenities, as well as access to the Club Lounge. Dining options include the Side Walk Lounge & Deli, the Nova Café & Grill, or the Celestial Court restaurant. The Fontana Bar features live entertainment. Leisure facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, fitness centre, massage parlour, hair salon, and indoor swimming pool.
Sheraton Hotel, Guilin
The Sheraton hotel has a choice of western and Chinese restaurants, coffee shop and bar, a health club and outside swimming pool. It is located on the banks of the Li River a short walk from Elephant Trunk hill.
The Central Hotel, Shanghai
The Central Hotel towers over the heart of Shanghai, adjacent to Century Square on the pedestrianised section of Nanjing Road, famed for its shopping and entertainment. The 317 spacious guestrooms are furnished in an elegant style, and come well equipped with a host of conveniences.
Yangshuo Resort, Yangshuo
The Yangshuo Resort is situated along the banks of the Yulong river, a 15-minute drive from the town of Yangshuo. The resort has pleasant gardens from which to enjoy views of the river and the striking scenery that makes the area so famous. Accommodation is available in a range of guestrooms, studios and suites, all spacious and well-appointed with beautiful river views.
There is a single supplement available for this tour from £835- £965.
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