Highlights Of China
• Beijing: 3 nights
• Xi’an: 2 nights
• Guilin: 2 nights
• Shanghai: 2 nights
Iconic images of China such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Terracotta Warriors are complemented by the futuristic city of Shanghai and the beguiling natural beauty that envelops Guilin. This small group tour takes in all the key sights of China, and with plenty of time at leisure it is ideal for first time visitors.
Tour Itinerary - 9 nights
Day 1: UK to Beijing Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to China.
Day 2: Beijing Upon arrival in China’s capital city transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. The rest of the day is free to relax or sightsee at your leisure and in the evening a welcome Peking duck dinner is prepared. Stay: Swiss Advantage Room at Swissotel Beijing. D.
Day 3: Beijing Enjoy a tour of Beijing’s vast Tian’anmen Square, mesmerising Forbidden City and classical Summer Palace (boat ride included April to October subject to weather conditions) and a photo stop at the spectacular Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues. In the evening enjoy an optional tour of Beijing’s ‘Hutong’ area by rickshaw and return to an illuminated night time Tian’anmen Square. Stay: Swiss Advantage Room at Swissotel Beijing. B, L.
Day 4: Beijing This morning you’ll get up early to visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven before the crowds descend, and possibly catch a few locals performing tai chi. The complex is made up of thee main collections of buildings surrounded plenty of beautiful parkland. This afternoon, visit the awe-inspiring Great Wall at the Mutianyu section, noted for its meandering chain of Ming Dynasty guard towers, and admire outstanding panoramas from the fortified remains. Tonight you could go along to an optional Kung Fu show (pre-bookable in the UK), which will show off some of the most famous animal styles such as tiger, crane, monkey and snake. Stay: Swiss Advantage Room at Swissotel Beijing. B, L.
Day 5: Beijing to Xi’an Today transfer to the station for your high speed train journey to Xi’an. On arrival, you will be met by your guide who will take you on a tour of Xi’an’s historic city walls, where you can wander the bustling streets of the Muslim Quarter and enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner. Stay: Golden Flower Hotel. B, D.
Day 6: Xi’an Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in and around Xi’an commences with a visit to the 8000 Terracotta Warriors, viewing them up close as they stand in traditional battle formation. There are three pits open to visitors with Pit 1 being the most impressive. There is also the bronze horses and chariots exhibition available for viewing. Return to Xi’an and visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an important Buddhist site that dates back to the Tang Dynasty 1300 years ago. This evening you can enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty Show, a performance of Changan music and dance which originated in China’s Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records as well as ancient art and relics discovered in Xi’an, the capital of the empire during the Tang Dynasty. Stay: Golden Flower Hotel. B, L.
Day 7: Xi’an to Guilin Fly on to picturesque Guilin, where you will enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon take a walk by the lakes and should you wish, witness the ancient
tradition of cormorant fishing on an optional tour. Alternatively you could also choose to enjoy a Night Lake Cruise. Stay: Bravo Hotel. B, D.
Day 8: Guilin Take a cruise through the stunning scenery of limestone karsts along the River Li to the quaint town of Yangshuo, where you can explore its pretty rice fields. A packed lunch will be provided. After your return to Guilin you’ll visit a bird and flower market before enjoying the rest of your evening at leisure perhaps to explore Guilin further, take a walk or just relax at your hotel. Stay: Bravo Hotel. B, L.
Day 9: Guilin to Shanghai Fly to Shanghai and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening there is an optional acrobat show where performers fly, float and balance in seemingly impossible arrangements, all in the name of entertainment. Witness unbelievable and astonishing feats of balance, flexibility and athleticism at the Chaoyang Theatre which hosts this mesmerising show that surely defies the laws of physics. Your Shanghai hotel is located in the beautiful French Quarter. Stay: Regal International East. B.
Day 10: Shanghai In the morning, a half day tour includes the classical Yu Garden, traditional Old Town area, a tea ceremony and ends with a stroll along the colonial Bund. This afternoon you will visit the French Concession, an area of Shanghai once populated by the French. This evening there is an optional evening cruise along the Huang Pu. Stay: Regal International East. B.
Day 11: Shanghai Morning transfer by the high speed Maglev train to the airport for your flight to the UK. Alternatively, choose to extend your stay. B.
Hong Kong 3 nights
Add a few days in vibrant Hong Kong to the end of your tour to really finish off your journey in style. You could choose to take the tram up to Victoria’s peak for outstanding views out over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; hop on the iconic Star Ferry over to Kowloon; and shop till you drop in the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong. Or, for beaches and hiking opportunities, visit one of the beautiful outlying islands.
Tibet 4 nights
Head off the beaten track and visit Tibet. Stop off in the city of Lhasa where you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, which was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Jokhang Monastery, one of the most sacred temples in Tibet, and Bakhor Square, an area popular with pilgrims. Tibet is now very easy to add on to your China itinerary as you can fly directly back from Chengdu instead of having to transfer further.
Tour dates -
2015 Sep 5, 26; Oct 24
2016 Mar 12; Apr 09, 16; May 07‡; Jun 11; Aug 06; Sep 03, 17; Oct 15; Dec 03
‡ Themed itinerary