Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

Beijing

3

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

CHINA

2

Xian

Shanghai

1

3

Chengdu

2

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

2

Guilin

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Beijing’s Forbidden City • The thousands strong army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an • Giant pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding & Research Base • Li River cruise from Guilin • Modern & ancient Shanghai LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £3899pp

13 day China Encompassed Beijing • Xi’an • Chengdu • Guilin • Shanghai

TOUR DETAILS

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

£3899 per person

PRICES FROM:

Day 1: Arrive Beijing On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel near Wangfujing Shopping Street and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Novotel Peace Hotel (3 nights) Days 2 & 3: Beijing Marvel at vast Tiananmen Square, home to China’s Parliament; walk through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and see the Forbidden City. Enjoy a traditional Beijing lunch before visiting the Hutongs, the atmospheric lanes and courtyard houses of old Beijing. Enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner. The next day, set off early to visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu. After lunch, travel to the opulent Imperial Summer Palace where the emperors once lived. (BLD,BL) Days 4 & 5: Beijing – Xi’an Visit the magnificent Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors would pray for successful harvests, and where today locals come to practice Tai Chi. After lunch, take a short flight to Xi’an. Next day, see the ultimate highlight of Xi’an, the Terracotta Warriors. See the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang and witness the thousands strong army standing guard over his tomb. Return to Xi’an to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Islamic Quarter and Grand Mosque before dinner and a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (BL,BLD) Mercure Renmin Square (2 nights) Days 6 & 7: Xi’an – Chengdu Take a morning tour of the Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower before flying to Chengdu, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. The next day, you will visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, and explore the pandas’ evolution, habits, habitats and conservation efforts. Continue to the Wenshu Temple from the Tang Dynasty, Chengdu’s largest and best- preserved Buddhist temple. Finish your excursion with a visit to a local teahouse in the old city area. (BL) Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu (2 nights) Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin Visit the local people’s park and the Huanglongxi Ancient Town. Transfer to the airport in the evening for your flight to Guilin. (BL) Guilin Bravo Hotel (2 nights) Day 9: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin Cruise the spectacular Li River and enjoy lunch served on board. Discover Moon Hill, Banyan Tree Park and in Yangshuo explore the small streets, cafés and markets before returning to Guilin. (BL)

Day 10: Guilin - Shanghai Limestone cliffs dominate the scenery around Guilin. Take a scenic tour of Fubo Hill and the stalagmites and stalactites in the Reed Flute Caves; a huge cave system that gained its name from its distinguishing reeds used to make musical instruments. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. (BL) Grand Mercure Shanghai Central (3 nights) Days 11 & 12: Shanghai See the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens built in 1577 and the Jade Buddha in Yufo Temple. Explore the winding streets of the Old City and the fashionable Bund with its European-style promenade. The next day, spend the day at Zhouzhuang, one of the surrounding picturesque water villages famous for its narrow streets, canals and bridges. Visit Nanjing Road and Xintiandi Bar Street. (BL) Day 13: Depart Shanghai Transfer to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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PRICES INCLUDE • 12 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 2 dinners • Internal flights as specified between Beijing/ Xi’an, Xi’an/Chengdu, Chengdu/Guilin & Guilin/Shanghai • Services of qualified English-speaking local guide • Airport transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items) LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Perhaps extend your China tour with a side trip to Hong Kong. On our 4 day Essential Hong Kong package you’ll enjoy a city tour which will take you to the floating village of Aberdeen, the famous Stanley Market, and up to Victoria Peak. On day 3 you will board an early evening pre-dinner cocktail cruise around dazzling Hong Kong harbour.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Beijing and Shanghai. Please call for details.

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