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Splendours of China

*International flight included
15 days/12 nights in China in Far East
From £2465pp, depart on 24 October 2014. Book by 18 July 2014.
Save up to £350 per person.
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Tour Summary

Home to some of the world’s most fascinating historic sites and unique culture, China will excite and amaze you in this 15-day journey. Enjoy modern Shanghai, historic Beijing and the Great Wall of China, before flying to Xi’an to visit the Terracotta Warriors. Visit the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, then on to charming Guilin.

Giant Panda, Chengdu
Giant Panda, Chengdu
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Li River, Guilin, China
Li River, Guilin, China
Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an
Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Day 1: London - Shanghai

Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Shanghai with Virgin Atlantic.

Day 2: Shanghai

On arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the Holiday Inn Vista Hotel for the next 2 nights. This afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to jump in a taxi and spend some time at Xintiandi, Shanghai’s newest landmark.

Day 3: Shanghai sightseeing

The day begins with a visit to the lovely Yu Gardens and the Old Town, followed by a stop at the Shanghai Museum to view 5,000 years of Chinese culture. This afternoon, a cruise along the waterfront Bund on the Huangpu River is included. This evening, you will be taken to the world famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show, a highlight of any visit to Shanghai. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Shanghai - Suzhou

Take a short train journey to the beautiful canal town of Suzhou. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to retrace the 2,500 years of history that the city has enjoyed. Spend the next 2 nights at the Aster Hotel. This afternoon, visit the Garden of Humble Administration, the silk-spinning factory and Tiger Hill. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Suzhou sightseeing

Morning visit to the nearby picturesque water town of Tong Li where we visit the Garden of Retreat and Meditation before taking lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Suzhou in the afternoon for a rickshaw tour of the city, stopping at the bustling local market and Suzhou Park. Afterwards, you will have a short cruise on the Grand Canal. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Suzhou - Beijing

This morning take the bullet train to Beijing, arriving early afternoon. Stay at the Beijing International Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Summer Palace, the seasonal retreat of the Qing Emperors. (B/D)

Day 7: The Great Wall of China

There are few structures on earth that can evoke the same sense of wonder and awe than the imposing presence of the Great Wall of China. Begun over 2,000 years ago it stretches for some 5,000 kilometres, across a timeless landscape. Enjoy a tour to the Mu Tian Yu section of the wall. It will take around 2 hours to reach The Great Wall where you can enjoy a memorable walk along a section of one of mankind’s most incredible creations. Return to your hotel before heading out this evening for dinner, a Peking duck banquet. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Beijing sightseeing

Today’s sightseeing includes the Temple of Heaven, China’s largest sacrificial building symbolizing the relationship between heaven and earth and deftly illustrates the evolution of one of the Earth’s greatest civilizations. Continue to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the iconic Chinese imperial palace from the Ming and Qing era. (B/L)

Day 9: Beijing - Xi'an

This morning, enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an, China’s ancient capital. Upon arrival, visit the Yangling tomb of the Hang dynasty, dating back 2,000 years, before transferring to the Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing for 2 nights. This evening dine out at a local Dumpling Dinner and show. (B/D)

Day 10: Terracotta Warriors

Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, one of the greatest archaeological excavations of our time. Discovered in 1974, there are over 8,000 soldiers and 130 chariots. These artefacts are associated with the Qing dynasty (211-206 BC). Also visit the City Wall and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B/L)

Day 11: Xi’an – Chengdu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Chengdu. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to Jin Li Ancient Street. Dinner is a local Sichuan meal and your overnight accommodation is at the Tianfu Sunshine Hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Chengdu – Guilin

In the morning, visit the Panda Breeding Centre to watch these endangered creatures feeding and playing. Afterwards visit the Sanxingdui Museum, believed to be the site of a major Chinese city during the Bronze Age. After dinner transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin, a charming town on the Li River. Stay 2 nights at the Guilin Bravo Hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 13:  Guilin sightseeing

Enjoy a memorable cruise along the Li River which winds through magical ‘willow pattern’ scenery, ending in the town of Yangshuo where you have time to explore, before returning to Guilin. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your tour group. (B/L/D)

Day 14:  Guilin - Hong Kong

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Reed Flute Cave where lunch is taken before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong to connect with your overnight Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow. (B/L)

Day 15:  London

Arrive at London Heathrow in the morning.

  • Flights as shown in the itinerary including all taxes & fuel surcharge
  • Full programme of sightseeing included with Entrance fees
  • Private guide and private air-conditioned vehicles throughout
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners included
  • Complimentary lounge entrance at Heathrow- a great way to start your holiday!
  • Enjoy a Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show
  • Time spent in the picturesque area of Suzhou and Tong Li
  • T’ai Chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Visit the Pandas at Chengdu
  • Maximum group size 25 passengers

From £2465pp, depart on 24 October 2014. Book by 18 July 2014.

Please note the above prices are a guide only as the final prices are dependent on flight availability at the time of booking. Please call our travel experts on 0844 417 3382 for our latest prices and offers.  Prices shown are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room. Single room and flight upgrade prices available at a supplement. The prices shown includes any applicable saving mentioned.

Group departure dates:

Date Adult price from Saving
04-Jul-14 £2585 £210
01-Aug-14 £2890  
29-Aug-14 £2939  
12-Sep-14 £2750  
19-Sep-14 £2750  
10-Oct-14 £2895  
24-Oct-14 £2465 £350
07-Nov-14 £2330  


2015: 20 Mar, 10 Apr, 24 Apr

Please note this tour is subject to minimum numbers.  Please call our travel experts on 0844 417 3382 for prices on a specific departure.

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Hong Kong Extension

Why not extend your tour with a few nights in Hong Kong for some sightseeing and shopping? Contact our Travel Experts to explore a choice of hotel options in this diverse and vibrant city.

2 nights at the Metropark Causeway Bay Hotel.

Prices start from £180

Extension prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, room only basis and includes airport transfers to and from your hotel. Please call for further details.