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China - Terracotta Warriors & the Great Wall

11 days from £1779*
Departing: November 2016 - June 2018
* Price shown: 06 November 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR - FQQ
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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.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 18 September 2017 £2279.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 06 November 2017 £1979.00 NF7FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 05 March 2018 £2079.00 F18FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 23 April 2018 £2179.00 F18FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 May 2018 £2229.00 F18FQR14
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 18 June 2018 £2179.00 F18FQR14
Belfast City
Belfast City 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6WDF14
Belfast City
Belfast City 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7WDF14
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7WDF14
Belfast City
Belfast City 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7WDF14
Belfast City
Belfast City 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7WDF14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 18 September 2017 £2279.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 November 2017 £1979.00 NF7FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 05 March 2018 £2079.00 F18FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 23 April 2018 £2179.00 F18FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 May 2018 £2229.00 F18FQU14
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 18 June 2018 £2179.00 F18FQU14
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 September 2017 £2279.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 November 2017 £1979.00 NF7FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 March 2018 £2079.00 F18FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 April 2018 £2179.00 F18FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 May 2018 £2229.00 F18FQV14
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 June 2018 £2179.00 F18FQV14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2016 £1799.00 NF6FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 March 2017 £1799.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 April 2017 £1879.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 May 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 June 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 September 2017 £2079.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 November 2017 £1779.00 NF7FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 March 2018 £1879.00 F18FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 April 2018 £1979.00 F18FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 May 2018 £2029.00 F18FQQ14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 June 2018 £1979.00 F18FQQ14
Manchester
Manchester 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 18 September 2017 £2279.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 06 November 2017 £1979.00 NF7FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 05 March 2018 £2079.00 F18FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 23 April 2018 £2179.00 F18FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 14 May 2018 £2229.00 F18FQX14
Manchester
Manchester 18 June 2018 £2179.00 F18FQX14
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 November 2016 £1949.00 NF6FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 March 2017 £1949.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 April 2017 £2029.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 May 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 June 2017 £2179.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 September 2017 £2279.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 November 2017 £1979.00 NF7FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 March 2018 £2079.00 F18FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 April 2018 £2179.00 F18FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 May 2018 £2229.00 F18FQY14
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 June 2018 £2179.00 F18FQY14

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.

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.

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Best of China reviews verified by Reevoo

Best of ChinaScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 70 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ALAN

South Lanarkshire Couple
Wonderful adventure and best way to see all the major tourist locations in limited time. We knew that it would be full on and were aware of the need for a reasonable level of fitness, but the "route march" through the Forbidden City was a bit much (local guide in Beijing, Mr Lee, not very customer focused). Meals were pretty good other than those taken in our hotels, which were surprisingly average to poor. Tour guide Johnny Tan was excellent. Local guides Lily (Shanghai) and, in particular, Peter in Xi'an, were very good. Hotels very good other than Beijing where our hotel room was grubby. This was our second Newmarket guided tour (previous was India) and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the best of China.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2016
Published on: 14 June 2016
(10 out of 10)

JOHN

Shropshire Couple
Had a wonderful time. Tour Manager Johnny was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(3 out of 10)

SYEDA

London Friends
The local guides were the worst. Especially the one who took us to the Great Wall in Beijing. He was too busy talking to the driver most of the time and did not manage to give us proper instructions about the meeting point. The meeting point was half a mile from the gate in a restaurant where he probably wanted to rest and get drinks. One of the passenger got lost on her way back to the meeting point. A lot of time WASTED in visiting the river Bund three times in Shanghai. Too much free time in the Forbidden City and at The Terracotta Army museum. People didn't know what to do in tat free time. There so much more we could have done in those 10 days. Shanghai as a starting point is also a mistake as we had to waste at least half a day to come back to Shanghai for the last night to take our flight back to UK.
In Beijing we only had one and a half hour to walk up the wall and back to the awkward meeting point which was a shame.
Over all I was extremely disappointed with this trip. You need to improve the way you choose travelling from one point to another and avoid repeating the destinations to make use of the time and money in the best way possible.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(10 out of 10)

TERENCE

Swindon Single traveller
A very good holiday only 1 poor meal but this was due to late arrival to hotel a bit rushed but otherwise excellent the guides knowledgeable friendly nothing too much trouble always a plan b if some went wrong usually due to traffic issues beyond the control of anyone
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2016
Published on: 11 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

RICHARD

Keadby n.lincs Single traveller
Very tyring the food ranged from poor to good it's a very tight schedule you do need to be fully fit a lot of walking ours was a small group of 8 the companionship was second to none There was one problem with personal info being displayed on other peoples log ins we had differant guides on each leg of the trip so we did not get to know them very well 3out of the 4were excerlant the food for the first2days was poor but got better as the trip went on for me the light and sound show was SUPERB NOT TO BE MISSED the trip in my mind was not to be missedthank you NEWMARKET
Confirmed traveller: 17 March 2016
Published on: 03 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Devizes Single traveller
A great trip & very full on . there was only 8 in the group & we all got on great . glad I did it & would do it again
Confirmed traveller: 17 March 2016
Published on: 28 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

JANE

Woodbridge suffolk Couple
Excellent holiday very full on need to be fit and active as early starts and full days but we knew that when we booked. Hotels were excellent and guide was very helpful and approachable. Would prefer to pay the tips before hand either to yourselves or the guide on the first day so we didn't have to think about keeping money back for it every day and especially at end of fortnight.
Confirmed traveller: 19 November 2015
Published on: 28 November 2015