Journey to the capital city of Beijing on our Classic China tour. See the iconic Tian An Men Square, catch a glimpse of life in the Hutongs and amble on the Great Wall of China, a World Heritage site. Take a day train to Xian, to explore the bustling Muslim Quarter and to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses.
Fall in love with the charming Giant Panda at their breeding centre in Chengdu and also see the special Wen Shu Temple. Cruise on the mighty Yangtze, the longest river in Asia. Sail past the impressive Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydro-electric power station in the world and visit the Ghost City of Fengdu. End in the world class city of Shanghai, known for its impressive skyline and unmissable shopping.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing in the morning and transfer to Howard Johnson Paragon hotel for three nights.Enjoy a Peking duck welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 Beijing
Start the day off at Tian An Men Square before spending a few hours exploring the magnificent Forbidden City with your guide. Afternoon visit to see the pavilions, prayer halls and gardens of the Summer Palace, built for the Emperors to escape the summer heat.
Day 3 Beijing
Another day spent in Beijing to visit the Temple of Heaven which comes alive each morning when elderly locals gather to practise Tai Chi. In the afternoon, drive out to see the Mutianyu section of The Great Wall one of the most iconic sights in Asia.
Day 4 Beijing, Xian
Take a high-speed Bullet train to Xian this morning (5-6 hours). On arrival, check-in to Skytel hotel for two nights. In the afternoon, visit the sights of Xian including the Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and the bustling Muslim Quarter.
Day 5 Xian
Start off the day with the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses, learning about the history of this incredible archaeological treasure from your guide. Explore the City walls in the afternoon. Enjoy a dumpling dinner banquet in the evening.
Day 6 Xian, Chengdu
This morning take a short flight to Chengdu . Stay at Tianfu Sunshine hotel for two nights. Later, visit Leshan Big Buddha and take a boat ride on the river.
Optional: Sichuan opera performance.
Day 7 Chengdu
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre in the morning followed by a very special vegetarian lunch at the Wen Shu Temple. Later on, walk along the famous Jin Li Street and explore the city on your own in the evening.
Day 8 Chengdu, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise
In the morning, take the train to Chongqing to visit the Dazu Grottoes. In the evening, check-in to a private, en-suite cabin aboard a modern river vessel for a three night cruise towards Shanghai on the mighty Yangtze River. Dinner is included on the cruise.
Day 9 Yangtze Cruise
The morning starts with a briefing of the river and safety instructions. After lunch, disembark at Shibaozhai for an excursion to this pagoda. Enjoy the captain’s welcome party in the evening.
Day 10 Yangtze Cruise
The scenery is simply stunning when passing the Wu and Qutang Gorges. Stop for an excursion at the Shenong stream to see the Lesser Three Gorges and Tujia villages.
Day 11 Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai
Visit the Three Gorges Dam and pass the eastern section of the Xiling Gorge, before disembarking at Yichang. Fly to Shanghai and stay at Greenland Jiulong hotel for two nights.
Day 12 Shanghai
Walk along the famous ‘Bund’ in the morning. Afterwards, visit the Jing’an temple and the World Financial Centre. In the evening enjoy a performance by Chinese acrobats.
Day 13 Shanghai , London
Early morning transfer to the airport to board a return flight to London Heathrow via Beijing, arriving the same evening.
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