One of the world’s most fascinating and unique destinations, China is a country rich in culture and contrasts. From the mega-city metropolis of Shanghai to the grand imperial monuments of Beijing, to the spectacular sweeping landscapes of the Yangtze and the loveable pandas of Chengdu. We take you across this vast and awe-inspiring land for a highlight tour that showcases the very best China has to offer.
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16 people
Days 1 – 2: Beijing
Head to Tiananmen Square, visit the Forbidden City and enjoy the amazing view from Jingshan Park. In the afternoon, witness the spectacular Summer Palace rising above the forest canopy beside Kunming Lake.
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao*
Days 3 - 4: Chengdu
Before leaving Beijing, explore the Temple of Heaven, where emperor's used to worship, before discoverong the backstreets of Beijing on a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs and lunch in a family home. In the afternoon take a high-speed train to Chengdu before transferring to your hotel.
The following morning, visit the region’s most famous inhabitants at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This non-profit organisation is a world leader in the research, breeding and conservation of endangered pandas. In the afternoon, visit People’s Park, a traditional tea house, and then stroll through Jinli Street to see local food, musicians and crafts.
Hotel: Xin Liang Hotel 4*
Days 5 - 7: Yangze Cruise
Your morning in Chengdu is free to enjoy optional activities. Choose between a visit to the famous poet Da Fu's Thatched Cottage or a Bamboo Bike Tour through Chengdu (both at additional cost), or relax and enjoy the area at your own pace. Later, a fast-train brings you to Chingquing where you'll transfer to the dock to board your Yangtze Cruise.
The next day, take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, a hill that juts out from the river bank, with an impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.
The final day of your cruise takes you through the scenic Three Gorges.
Accommodation: Victoria Cruises
Days 8 - 10: Shanghai
Disembark late morning for your flight to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. The next morning enjoy a walking tour along the Bund and take in Shanghai’s incredible skyline - the traditional colonial buildings on one side, against the contrasting futuristic skyline across the Huangpu River. Visit the Yu gardens with more than 40 traditional halls, towers, pagodas, and pavilions.
Later, take a walk through the cobblestone alleys of Xintiandi, where the old architecture and culture from Shanghai’s past meets modern, fashionable lifestyle trends and taste, before experiencing the wonder of the Shanghai Circus, a spectacular show of acrobatics that will amaze you.
The following day is yours to simply relax, or get in some last-minute shopping. Alternatively, choos eon of our optional activities like a visit to the China Art Palace, French Concession Cycling Tour or Wet Market Tour & La Mian Cooking Class.
Hotel: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund 4*
- 9 nights’ hotel & cruise accommodation
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- Private English-speaking guides
- Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
- High-speed traoins as mentioned
- Domestic flight with taxes in economy class as listed
- Entrance fees to tourist sites & activities as listed
- International airfares
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas