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China - Terracotta Warriors & the Great Wall

11 days from £1999*
Departing: November 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 06 November 2018 from Manchester - MAN
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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 and rail travel 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 travel by high-speed rail 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 by high-speed rail.

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
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 November 2018 £2199
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 04 March 2019 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 22 April 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 20 May 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 June 2019 £2489
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 16 September 2019 £2549
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 11 November 2019 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 November 2018 £2199
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 March 2019 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 April 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 May 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 June 2019 £2489
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 September 2019 £2549
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 November 2019 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 November 2018 £2199
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 March 2019 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 April 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 May 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 June 2019 £2489
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 September 2019 £2549
Glasgow
Glasgow 11 November 2019 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 November 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 March 2019 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 April 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 May 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 June 2019 £2289
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 September 2019 £2349
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 November 2019 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 06 November 2018 £1999
Manchester
Manchester 12 November 2018 £2199
Manchester
Manchester 04 March 2019 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 02 April 2019 £2329
Manchester
Manchester 22 April 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 07 May 2019 £2329
Manchester
Manchester 20 May 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 04 June 2019 £2279
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2019 £2489
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2019 £2549
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2019 £2329
Manchester
Manchester 11 November 2019 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 12 November 2019 £2279
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 November 2018 £2199
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 March 2019 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 April 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 May 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 June 2019 £2489
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 September 2019 £2549
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 November 2019 £2399

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

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day with dinner and breakfast served on board. Return flights to London leave mid morning and land in the UK on the same day with lunch and a snack provided. The return flight to Manchester travels overnight with dinner and breakfast provided. Drinks are complimentary.

Itinerary changes

When travelling from Manchester, direct flights will arrive and depart from Beijing meaning the order of the itinerary will vary however the duration, content and number of nights spent in each city will be the same as the advertised itinerary.

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.

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 also required for entry to China. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. The current visa charge is £151 for British Citizens.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

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.

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.

**Low deposits of £79pp applies to new bookings only made between 30th March and 31st May 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Best of China reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Best of ChinaScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 100 reviews
(10 out of 10)

OWEN

somerton
a great holiday, lots of walking and long days, but its the only way to get all the sights in.would recommend
Confirmed traveller: 03 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

BRIAN

bedworth Couple
overall trip to Shanghai Beijing Xian Guelin Yuangshou this trip was amazing everything you wanted and more
Confirmed traveller: 15 March 2018
Published on: 26 March 2018
(10 out of 10)

JEFF

DERBY Couple
This holiday gave so much more than was advertised in the brochure. Each day was filled with different things. The holiday was made by Peter, the tour manager, who was patient and helpful at all times. Never flustered and always cheerful.
Confirmed traveller: 16 November 2017
Published on: 28 November 2017