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(Tour code: CYG19)

Discover China's highlights on a single tour

A dizzying mix of ancient cultures, tumultuous history, breathtaking natural beauty and dynamic urban landscapes, China is a feast for all the senses. Magnificent Beijing, the legendary Terracotta Warriors, captivating pandas and a cruise through the Three Gorges combine to offer an unforgettable experience.

  • Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Xi'an & the Terracotta Warriors
  • Chengdu & Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute
  • Leshan & the Giant Buddha
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Wuhan & Yellow Crane Tower
  • Shanghai and the Jade Buddha Temple
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 12 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
    13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Selected Porterage
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    All-Inclusive Board Basis
    Century River Cruise ship

Grand Tour of China 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Heaven Temple, Beijing
Heaven Temple, Beijing

To Beijing

We depart London for our overnight flight to Beijing, via Hong Kong, arriving on Day 2. After transferring to the Novotel Peace Hotel, you are free to settle in.

Day 3 Forbidden City, Beijing
Forbidden City, Beijing

Exploring Beijing

Today we discover the sights and sounds of China's vibrant capital. This morning, we visit the infamous Tiananmen Square, which, at over 4 million square feet, is the largest city square in the world. Stretched out across this space are several vivid reminders of China's political history, including an imposing portrait of Chairman Mao. We also take in the neighbouring Forbidden City, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Boasting almost 1,000 buildings, this magnificently restored complex - with its historic pagodas and traditional Chinese palace buildings - makes a dynamic contrast with the contemporary square. Our final visit of the day is to the breathtaking Summer Palace.

Day 4 Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

We visit the world-famous Great Wall of China. Listed as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, this masterpiece of Chinese workmanship stretches thousands of miles from the Gobi Desert to the Korean border - and is truly an awesome sight to behold. We visit the Mutianyu section, a beautifully preserved stretch which offers incredible views over the seemingly endless mountain scenery. After ascending by chair lift, we have the opportunity to walk along the wall before returning to Beijing. Here we see the 'Water Cube' and the 'Bird's Nest', the main arenas used in the 2008 Olympic Games. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner together.

Days 5-6 Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

To Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors

We begin our day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a beautiful edifice in central Beijing. In the afternoon we leave Beijing behind, and join the rail service to Xi'an. Our journey on the high-speed service takes us through the beautiful landscapes of rural China. In Xi'an we transfer to our hotel, the Grand Mercure Remnin Square, for two nights. On Day 6 we discover the famous Terracotta Warriors - one of the world's greatest archaeological finds. The 6,000 figures - some with horses or chariots, but all with unique features - were buried in 210 BC, yet only discovered 40 years ago.

The life-sized statues were built as part of an elaborate tomb of the Qin Emperor, believed to protect him in death just as his real army had in life. Built on an incredible scale, the soldiers - all grouped in rank order - are a breathtaking sight. Later we discover more of the walled city of Xi'an, taking in the Great Mosque, the city's lively bazaar and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Dating back to the 8th century, the towering structure is a leading example of Tang Dynasty architecture.

Days 7-8 Giant Buddha, Leshan
Giant Buddha, Leshan

Chengdu, Leshan and the Giant Buddha

Today, we travel on the new high-speed rail service from Xi'an to Chengdu, where we spend two nights at the Tibet Hotel.

On Day 8 we travel into rural China to Leshan, and visit the ancient Giant Buddha Statue. Carved into a towering mountain range, it is the world's largest stone statue at 233ft tall. We have time to admire this immense structure before returning to Chengdu. Here we see the Wenshu Monastery, one of China's finest Buddhist structures, as well as the historic teak buildings on Jinli Street.

Day 9 Chengdu pandas
Chengdu pandas

Chengdu and the Yangtze River

Today we visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute, which is spread out over 200 acres and is now home to more than 100 of these magnificent creatures. The project allows us to see the giant panda, an enchanting and rare creature, at close quarters in a near-natural habitat setting.

Later we transfer to the station for the high-speed bullet train service to Chongqing, situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Here we board a local luxury 5-Star Century river ship for our three night cruise along the Yangtze River, through the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges.

Days 10-11 Yangtze River
Yangtze River

The Yangtze

This morning there is an optional excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. This afternoon we visit the stunning Shibaozhai Pagoda, rising 12 stories up a sheer cliff face.

Our cruise continues on Day 11 with a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, a stunning natural beauty where the cliff sides soar steeply away from the nearly emerald waters of this beautiful stream.

This evening, enjoy the Captain's Banquet on board.

Days 12-13 Wuhan

To Wuhan and Shanghai

We disembark at Yichang today, before we visit the colossal Three Gorges Dam, which is now the world's largest hydro power project. After, we travel by highspeed train to Wuhan, for a night at the Marco Polo Hotel.

On Day 13 we visit Wuhan's distinctive Yellow Crane Tower, a stunning example of traditional Chinese architecture and the subject of many local legends, before transferring to the railway station for our eastward journey to Shanghai. We spend two nights at the Pullman Jing'an Hotel.

Days 14-15 Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai
Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

Shanghai and London

Today, we begin our explorations of Shanghai. We see the Yu Garden in Shanghai's historic core, where we enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, as well as the bazaar and the Jade Buddha Temple, ahead of visiting the beautiful French Concession and the Bund in the afternoon. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at Xianqiangfang Restaurant, a restaurant renowned for its traditional cuisine. On Day 15, we transfer to Shanghai airport by coach and high speed Maglev train for our return flight back to London, via Hong Kong, where our tour ends on arrival.

Please note

Please note that throughout your tour you will need to be able to transfer your own luggage on and off each train we travel on as porterage is not included.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai to London
  • First-Class, high-speed rail travel on selected routes

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 10 nights' 4 and 5-Star hotel accommodation
  • 3-night cruise on board a 5-Star cruise ship on the Yangtze River

Delicious meals included

  • 32 meals, including 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners, including an authentic Peking duck dinner in Beijing


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tours of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai
  • Excursions to the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China
  • Tour of Xi'an
  • Visits to the Giant Buddha Statue in Leshan and the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute
  • Excursion to Wuhan's Yellow Crane Tower

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy from £450 per person each way

British Citizens require a visa to enter China. Please see the Visa section of 'Things You Should Know' for further details.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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