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China - Terracotta Warriors & the Great Wall

11 Days From £1979*
Departing April 2015 - June 2016
* Price shown: 06 Mar 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR
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The mysteries of the East

Fascinating and mysterious, vast, sweeping and truly, wholly, a world away from the West, combining an ages-old civilisation and cultural mix with the glass and steel of the 21st Century world into which it is rapidly emerging, China is a wonder to behold, and a joy to experience.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A guided tour of Shanghai - old and new - and a visit to the iconic Pearl Tower
  • A visit to Shanghai's Old City and Yuyuan Chinese Gardens
  • Visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in Beijing
  • An excursion to the astonishing Great Wall of China
  • Enjoy a traditional 'Peking Duck' Dinner
  • Discover the stunning Temple of Heaven
  • A city tour of ancient Xi'an
  • A visit to see the extraordinary Terracotta Army
  • Journey along the languid Li River - home to traditional cormorant fishermen - to Yangshou
  • Nine nights' lunch, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Shanghai (2 nights), Beijing (3), Xi'an (2), Guilin (1) and Yangshuo (1)
  • Six evening meals
  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Shanghai
  • All internal flights in China
  • Air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Itinerary

Day One

Fly overnight to Shanghai.

Day Two

Upon arrival, you'll meet your guide and transfer by coach to your overnight hotel, before enjoying a guided introduction to this amazing city. The colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the famous Bund hint at past glories despite the towering skyscrapers that surround them, and the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower (a visit to which is included in the tour, and from which the views are simply breathtaking) soars above them all from the opposite bank.

Day Three

This morning you'll tour the bustling bazaars of Shanghai's historic Old City, at the heart of which is the 16th-century, classical Chinese Yuyuan Garden, with its pools, walkways and bridges. After a fascinating morning, you'll return to the airport to board the internal flight to Beijing for a three-night stay.

Day Four

Enjoy a fascinating tour of China's astonishing capital. First stop is massive Tiananmen Square, site of Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People, and which faces the best-known image of Imperial China, the huge complex of imperial palaces known as the Forbidden City.

Inside this immense palace you'll see the ceremonial spaces, working areas and private quarters once used by it's privileged occupants before heading to the beautiful Temple of Heaven in Tiantan Park, the great Ming Dynasty shrine that was the heart of ceremonial life for five centuries. Later, celebrate the end of your first day in Beijing with a 'Peking Duck' dinner.

Day Five

See for yourself part of what is famously (though not entirely accurately) the only man-made structure visible from space, the Great Wall. At Badaling, amid steep, forested hills, part of the wall has been lovingly restored, and it's easy to appreciate the immensity of this marvellous feat of engineering.

Your day will also include time to view the famous Olympic stadium and, later, an optional excursion is offered to the world-famous Peking Opera.

Day Six

Take a trip back in time on our optional rickshaw tour of the ancient hutongs, the labyrinth of narrow alleyways and courtyard houses that epitomises 'Old Peking', before heading outside the city-centre to discover the tranquil lakeside pavilions of the Summer Palace.

In the afternoon we'll travel to Xi'an. (In 2016 this will be an internal flight, but for all tours departing after March 2017 it will be a high-speed rail journey.)

Day Seven

Today you'll visit the now legendary Terracotta Army of the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. An estimated 8,000 lifelike foot-soldiers, horsemen and charioteers were discovered in their vaults in 1974, and now are one of the world's greatest tourist attractions.

Later, head back to the city to spend some time on the fortified city walls of old Xi'an.

Day Eight

Returning to Xi'an, you'll explore the ancient city, centred on its enormous bell-tower, visiting the Muslim Quarter with its Great Mosque, and marvelling at the Tang dynasty monuments.

In the afternoon, fly south to Guangxi province and the historic city of Guilin, picturesquely set on the Li River. Take a guided tour of this medieval city, and see the ancient South Gate, the Farmers' Market and the peak of Fubo Shan, with its caves and carved grottoes.

Day Nine

This morning you'll board a river cruiser for the unforgettable journey through the stunning scenery of peaks, paddy fields and green-tinged waters of the Li. You'll stay overnight in Yangshuo, a thriving resort set amid some spectacular scenery. This evening, there's a stunning, optional Light Show to experience.

Day 10

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport and fly back to Shanghai for the last night of your tour. Once back in the city you'll have the chance to enjoy an optional night-time cruise on the Huangpu River - a fitting way to end your visit to this great country.

Day 11

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Aberdeen06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Aberdeen15 May 2017 £2249.00
Aberdeen18 Sep 2017 £2479.00
Aberdeen06 Nov 2017 £2199.00
Aberdeen05 Mar 2018 £2199.00
Aberdeen23 Apr 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen14 May 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen18 Jun 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen17 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Aberdeen12 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Belfast City15 May 2017 £2249.00
Edinburgh06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Edinburgh15 May 2017 £2249.00
Edinburgh18 Sep 2017 £2479.00
Edinburgh06 Nov 2017 £2199.00
Edinburgh05 Mar 2018 £2199.00
Edinburgh23 Apr 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh14 May 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh18 Jun 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh17 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Edinburgh12 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Glasgow15 May 2017 £2249.00
Glasgow18 Sep 2017 £2479.00
Glasgow06 Nov 2017 £2199.00
Glasgow05 Mar 2018 £2199.00
Glasgow23 Apr 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow14 May 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow18 Jun 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow17 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Glasgow12 Nov 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow06 Mar 2017 £1979.00
London Heathrow15 May 2017 £2099.00
London Heathrow18 Sep 2017 £2279.00
London Heathrow06 Nov 2017 £1999.00
London Heathrow05 Mar 2018 £1999.00
London Heathrow23 Apr 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow14 May 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow18 Jun 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow17 Sep 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow12 Nov 2018 £2099.00
Manchester06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Manchester18 Sep 2017 £2479.00
Manchester06 Nov 2017 £2199.00
Manchester05 Mar 2018 £2199.00
Manchester23 Apr 2018 £2299.00
Manchester14 May 2018 £2299.00
Manchester18 Jun 2018 £2299.00
Manchester17 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Manchester12 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle06 Mar 2017 £2129.00
Newcastle15 May 2017 £2249.00
Newcastle18 Sep 2017 £2479.00
Newcastle06 Nov 2017 £2199.00
Newcastle05 Mar 2018 £2199.00
Newcastle23 Apr 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle14 May 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle18 Jun 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle17 Sep 2018 £2499.00
Newcastle12 Nov 2018 £2299.00

China Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of good quality hotels, all of which will be of at least a European four-star standard.

Find out more

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the entry date to China. A visa is required for entry to Vietnam and China. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. For British Citizens, current visa charges are, per person, £151 to enter China and £54 for Vietnam.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kgs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

China - Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Best of ChinaScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 80 reviews
(10 out of 10)

BEVERLEY

Stockton-on-Tees Single traveller
The tour was very busy but very enjoyable, we packed a lot in to 10 days. Everything ran very smoothly and our Tour guide Peter was absolutely fantastic, nothing was too much trouble for him and he really went the extra mile to make sure our experience of China was unforgettable. The only downside for me personally was that being a vegetarian, I found that there wasn't a great deal of choice at mealtimes. Most of the dishes were meat based and I had to fill up on rice or noodles at every meal, which did get a bit wearing by the end of the tour.
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2016
Published on: 23 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

HELEN

London Friends
Everything about the holiday was good.
Food , flights, hotel. The
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2016
Published on: 22 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Couple
Excellent. Our tour guide and the local guides made sure our every need was met. Nothing was too much trouble. Hotels were first class, food wonderful and the whole trip was amazing. Achieved my dream of walking on the Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Army but overall every thing we did and saw was a great experience. Unforgettable. We travelled with Newmarket 2 years ago to India which again was faultless.
Confirmed traveller: 17 November 2016
Published on: 21 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

ALAN

Blairgowrie Couple
A nice friendly group of visitors and an excellent tour manager provided a first rate start to our trip. Accommodation and meals were first class and places visited enjoyable and very interesting. The weather was wonderful with temps on most days in the high 20's/low 30's. Unfortunately the second half of our trip clashed with the Chinese national 7 day holiday and the influx of huge numbers of chinese visitors to the cities and places of interest. This resulted in massive human congestion at the Terracotta Warriors site and huge queues for the Shanghai river cruise. Having said that, everything was very well organised and we had a most enjoyable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016