Highlights Of China

10 day Small Group Tour - from £1579

Experience some of the most iconic locations in China. Start the tour in Shanghai where the modern and the old mix exceptionally well together. Next head off to Xian and see the famous Terracotta Warriors before catching the high-speed train to Beijing, where you’ll walk along the Great Wall of China!

Highlights:

  • Wander through the old Hutongs of Beijing
  • Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Enjoy the old quarters of Shanghai
  • Walk along the Great Wall
  • Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Shanghai

On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Penta House or similar
Meals: None

Day 2 - Shanghai

Shanghai has emerged as one of Asia’s most important cities and is a buzzing contemporary metropolis. Visit the China Art Palace and discover the modern buildings of the Pudong area. Enjoy lunch before exploring the French Concession area and take a backstreet walking tour to find Shanghai’s hidden gems. Discover the historic riverfront area known as the Bund, home to an impressive collection of 1920s neoclassical buildings. Wander through Yu Yuan, an extensive garden nestled in the centre of Shanghai’s old city. In the evening, enjoy an acrobatic performance.

Hotel: Penta House or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 - Fengjing

Drive from Shanghai to Fengjing, a traditional water canal town. Enjoy a short cruise along the narrow canals to see the daily life of the people living along the river. Known for peasant painting, meet local artists who take inspiration from folk art including indigo prints, embroidery and murals to create unique art depicting traditional life. Return to Shanghai for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Penta House or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Xian

Fly from Shanghai to Xian, the start of the world’s most famous trade route – the Silk Road. Visit the 14th century city walls and continue to the Great Mosque, an interesting fusion of Middle Eastern and traditional architectural styles. Walk through the Muslim Quarter to Yongxingfang as you take in the lively street markets and exotic local foods which range from Muslim cuisine to traditional Shaanxi dishes.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Xian

Drive a short distance to the Army of Terracotta Warriors – one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Still under excavation, the life-sized terracotta warriors and horses were only unearthed in 1974 after being buried for 2,000 years. Each figure is completely unique both in facial features and expression. Return to Xian for an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, choose to join an optional dumpling cooking class and sample your creations for dinner (booked locally) or discover your own eatery to try some local delicacies.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6 - Beijing

Travel by high-speed train from Xian to Beijing and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Summer Palace and discover the temples, pavilions and decorated corridors of the extensive grounds.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 - Beijing

Spend a full day exploring Beijing’s impressive sites. Walk through vast Tiananmen Square which is said to hold over a million people. Continue to the Forbidden City and discover the massive collection of imperial buildings which make up one of the largest palace complexes in the world. At a local restaurant, try zha jiang mian, a noodle dish with pork or beef topped with soybean paste.

Venture off the tourist path into traditional residential alleyways known as ‘hutongs’ which have not changed significantly for centuries and gain a glimpse into the lives of the locals. Continue to rarely visited Miaoying Temple and tranquil Beihai Park before returning to your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8 - Beijing

Visit the iconic Temple of Heaven, a perfect example of Ming architecture and a symbol of Beijing. With neither nails nor concrete used in its construction, the temple stands 38 metres high, 30 metres in diameter and is completely balanced by wooden pillars. Continue to Beijing’s largest market, Panjiayuan Antique Market which is known for its arts, crafts and antiques. Spend time wandering through the market before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Great Wall of China

Considered one of the world’s most famous man-made sites, the Great Wall of China is not to be missed. Travel to Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the wall with numerous guard towers. Take the cable car up to the wall and spend time exploring this incredible creation. This evening, enjoy a farewell Peking duck group dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 10 - Farewell

It is time to say goodbye to the group and the fascinating world of China. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

10 day Small Group Tour - from £1579

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your small group tour includes:

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Highspeed train
  • Internal domestic flight
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Max 16 passengers
  • Breakfasts daily, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Expert local guides

Departure dates:

2020

Mar: 23
Apr
: 6, 20
May: 11, 25
Jun: 15
Jul: 13
Aug: 10
Sep: 7, 21
Oct: 12, 26

2021

Mar: 22

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