LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Join us for a mesmerising mix of man-made sights and astounding natural wonders. From Shanghai's glass and steel to centuries-old Beijing, this tour takes in Giant Pandas, Xi'an's legendary Terracotta Warriors and the 'silk city' of Suzhou. On a cruise down the ageless Yangtze, you'll witness the spectacular Three Gorges Dam - an engineering marvel - and discover a land rich in myth, legend and stunning scenery.
Fly overnight to Shanghai.
Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel, before enjoying a guided introduction to the city. The colonial buildings of the riverside Bund, dwarfed by modern Shanghai's skyscrapers, hint at past glories, and surveying it all is the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower, a visit to which is included.
Enjoy a tour of Old Shanghai, with its 16th-century Yu Yuan classical Chinese garden. After a fascinating morning, board the coach for the 90-minute journey to the ancient city of Suzhou, for an overnight stay.
With its tree-lined waterways, UNESCO-listed classical gardens and its silk trade associations, Suzhou, on the engineering wonder of the Grand Canal, is a breathtaking treasure chest. Discover the charm of the old city, visit the beautiful Lingering Garden and the Silk Embroidery Institute, and enjoy a canal cruise as this fascinating place is brought to life. Late this afternoon, board a high speed train for the journey north to Beijing for three nights.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Chinese capital, including Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao's tomb, the Great Hall of the People, the museums of Chinese History and the Revolution, and the Forbidden City, home to 24 Chinese emperors, who lived in unimaginable splendour behind the imposing walls. End your day with a traditional 'Peking Duck' dinner, in the heart of 'Old Peking'.
Travel out to Badaling, where amongst forested hills, part of the Great Wall has been lovingly restored. Your day will also include the opportunity to see for yourself the exterior of the amazing 'Bird's Nest' stadium from the 2008 Olympic Games, and this evening, an optional excursion is offered to the world-famous Beijing Opera.
Visit the tranquil Summer Palace at Yiheyuan, and step back in time on a rickshaw tour of the ancient hutongs, 'Old Peking's' fast disappearing labyrinth of narrow alleyways, before bidding farewell to Beijing, transferring to the airport to fly to Yichang, to meet a five-star ship for your Yangtze cruise.
Beginning with a visit to the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectricity project, you'll spend the next three days cruising through the Xiling, Wuxia and Qutang gorges, through one of China's most dramatic and spectacular regions. Rest and relax on board, join early morning Tai-Chi sessions, learn about the legends of the Three Kingdoms, take in the ever-changing vistas, and enjoy a journey along the beautiful Shennong Stream. On the last evening, join the Captain for a Farewell Dinner and crew show.
Disembark in Chongqing, and enjoy a guided introduction to one of modern China's fastest-growing cities. Visit the contrasting 100-year-old streets of Ciqi Kou and beautiful Goose Neck Park, before boarding a fast train into Sichuan province and relaxed, modern Chengdu, for two nights.
Enjoy the atmosphere of Eastern Sichuan's capital, where modern developments contrast with traditional tea-houses and colourful shops of old Jinli Lu street. A tour highlight will be the visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, where you'll learn about these wonderful creatures. Dinner this evening will give you an opportunity to sample traditional Sichuan cuisine.
Fly to China's ancient capital, Xi'an, for a two-night stay. Upon arrival, visit the ancient city walls, the Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter and view some Tang dynasty monuments. This evening, enjoy a traditional Dumpling Dinner.
An unforgettable day sees you visit the legendary Terracotta Army of first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang, an estimated 8,000 lifelike foot soldiers, horsemen and charioteers that were discovered in 1974. Close by, the yet-to-be-excavated tomb of the emperor is said to contain a vast underground city. The tour of Xi'an's treasures is completed with a visit to the Small Goose Pagoda.
Fly back to Shanghai, perhaps to explore the preserved streets of the former French Concession, with its chic boutiques, or to complete your tour with an optional City Nightscape Cruise.
Transfer to the airport early this morning, for the daytime flight back to the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday.
The tour will follow an adjusted itinerary on this date, flying into Shanghai and returning from Beijing. The cities and sights visited will remain unchanged, as will the total holiday duration and the number of nights in each city.
15th October 2017 departures
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Hotel transfer times
The tour includes full-board accommodation except for Days Four and Six, when only breakfast and lunch are included.
Please note that optional excursions during your cruise can be booked on board, and are not available in advance.
The water level of the Yangtze can change. If the level becomes too high or too low your ship's sailing schedule may have to change, and the ship's crew reserve the right to do this at any time.
Yangtze River water levels
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.
Passports and Visas
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.
On your flight
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.