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China - Terracotta Warriors & the Great Wall

11 days from £1999*
Departing: September 2018 - November 2020
* Price shown: 12 November 2018 from LHR - VS250
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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)

Your 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 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
ABZ
ABZ 17 September 2018 £2519
ABZ
ABZ 12 November 2018 £2199
ABZ
ABZ 04 March 2019 £2299
ABZ
ABZ 22 April 2019 £2549
ABZ
ABZ 20 May 2019 £2549
ABZ
ABZ 17 June 2019 £2489
ABZ
ABZ 16 September 2019 £2549
ABZ
ABZ 11 November 2019 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 02 March 2020 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 27 April 2020 £2599
ABZ
ABZ 18 May 2020 £2599
ABZ
ABZ 15 June 2020 £2549
ABZ
ABZ 21 September 2020 £2599
ABZ
ABZ 16 November 2020 £2449
EDI
EDI 17 September 2018 £2519
EDI
EDI 12 November 2018 £2199
EDI
EDI 04 March 2019 £2299
EDI
EDI 22 April 2019 £2549
EDI
EDI 20 May 2019 £2549
EDI
EDI 17 June 2019 £2489
EDI
EDI 16 September 2019 £2549
EDI
EDI 11 November 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 02 March 2020 £2399
EDI
EDI 27 April 2020 £2599
EDI
EDI 18 May 2020 £2599
EDI
EDI 15 June 2020 £2549
EDI
EDI 21 September 2020 £2599
EDI
EDI 16 November 2020 £2449
GLA
GLA 17 September 2018 £2519
GLA
GLA 12 November 2018 £2199
GLA
GLA 04 March 2019 £2299
GLA
GLA 22 April 2019 £2549
GLA
GLA 20 May 2019 £2549
GLA
GLA 17 June 2019 £2489
GLA
GLA 16 September 2019 £2549
GLA
GLA 11 November 2019 £2399
GLA
GLA 02 March 2020 £2399
GLA
GLA 27 April 2020 £2599
GLA
GLA 18 May 2020 £2599
GLA
GLA 15 June 2020 £2549
GLA
GLA 21 September 2020 £2599
GLA
GLA 16 November 2020 £2449
LHR
LHR 17 September 2018 £2319
LHR
LHR 12 November 2018 £1999
LHR
LHR 04 March 2019 £2099
LHR
LHR 22 April 2019 £2349
LHR
LHR 20 May 2019 £2349
LHR
LHR 17 June 2019 £2289
LHR
LHR 16 September 2019 £2349
LHR
LHR 11 November 2019 £2199
LHR
LHR 02 March 2020 £2199
LHR
LHR 27 April 2020 £2399
LHR
LHR 18 May 2020 £2399
LHR
LHR 15 June 2020 £2349
LHR
LHR 21 September 2020 £2399
LHR
LHR 16 November 2020 £2249
MAN
MAN 17 September 2018 £2519
MAN
MAN 06 November 2018 £1999
MAN
MAN 12 November 2018 £2199
MAN
MAN 04 March 2019 £2299
MAN
MAN 02 April 2019 £2329
MAN
MAN 22 April 2019 £2549
MAN
MAN 07 May 2019 £2329
MAN
MAN 20 May 2019 £2549
MAN
MAN 04 June 2019 £2279
MAN
MAN 17 June 2019 £2489
MAN
MAN 16 September 2019 £2549
MAN
MAN 15 October 2019 £2329
MAN
MAN 11 November 2019 £2399
MAN
MAN 02 March 2020 £2399
MAN
MAN 27 April 2020 £2599
MAN
MAN 28 April 2020 £2399
MAN
MAN 18 May 2020 £2599
MAN
MAN 19 May 2020 £2399
MAN
MAN 15 June 2020 £2549
MAN
MAN 16 June 2020 £2349
MAN
MAN 21 September 2020 £2599
MAN
MAN 13 October 2020 £2399
MAN
MAN 16 November 2020 £2449
MAN
MAN 17 November 2020 £2349
NCL
NCL 17 September 2018 £2519
NCL
NCL 12 November 2018 £2199
NCL
NCL 04 March 2019 £2299
NCL
NCL 22 April 2019 £2549
NCL
NCL 20 May 2019 £2549
NCL
NCL 17 June 2019 £2489
NCL
NCL 16 September 2019 £2549
NCL
NCL 11 November 2019 £2399
NCL
NCL 02 March 2020 £2399
NCL
NCL 27 April 2020 £2599
NCL
NCL 18 May 2020 £2599
NCL
NCL 15 June 2020 £2549
NCL
NCL 21 September 2020 £2599
NCL
NCL 16 November 2020 £2449
PEK
PEK 12 November 2019 £2279

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.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations outside Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYLH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.