Magical China
 

19 days: Ultimate China & Yangtze Cruise - from £2450 land only

  • Beijing: Great Wall & city tours (3 nights)
  • Xian:Terracotta Warriors & city tour (2 nights)
  • Chengdu: Cultural street & temple visit (2 nights)
  • Giant Panda Breeding Reserve, Giant Buddha Statue
  • Yangtze River 5* Cruise: (3 nights)
  • Chongqing: city tour
  • Guilin: tour & Li River cruise (2 nights)
  • Yangshuo (1 night)
  • Shanghai: city tour (2 nights)
  • Zhujiajiao: tour & Boat ride
  • Suzhou: tour the famous gardens (2 night)
  • Hong Kong - Optional extension (3 nights)

*Well paced itinerary *Exclusive Small Group tours *Deluxe Hotels & 5 star cruise *Special banquets & shows *Long Established China Tour specialists*

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Day 1
Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport for scheduled flight to Beijing. Meals on board.
We arrange direct flight whenever possible.

Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by private transport. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventure to come! (China is 8 hours ahead of UK GMT)

Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A full day city tour to soak up the atmosphere of Beijing. This includes visiting historical sites such as Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Our welcome dinner in the evening provides an opportunity to sample various type of Chinese cuisine.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional:Acrobatic show.

Day 4 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The highlights of today's visit is to the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), which is quieter and less touristy compare with many others. This section of the Wall is also equipped with a cable car for those who prefer an easier way up (fee required at local ticket office approx £5). You will have plenty of time to walk along the wall and enjoy unforgettable views.

Our memorable day continues with a trip to see the 2008 Bird's Nest Olympics Stadium and enjoy great photo opportunities. Time permitting, we will have a stroll in the large Olympic square and see the Water Cube (exteriors only). We conclude this unforgettable day by enjoying a selection of Beijing dishes including Peking Duck.

Day 5 Beijing to Xian (Breakfast, Lunch)
Visit the 12th century Summer Palace, Kunming Lake and the Garden of Harmony before taking the ferry next to the famous Marble Boat. In the next part of the tour enjoy a fascinating Rickshaw ride through the 'Hutong' residential area of Beijing to see how local people live. Our guide will then escort you to Houhai, a popular relaxing eating out place for both Western and Chinese tourists. For travellers who would like to experience shopping in China, we can take you to the popular shopping street - Xiushui Silk Market.

In the evening, we take a flight to Xian, the former capital of China and starting point of the ancient Silk Road. After the 2 hours flight and help you to check in at your hotel, our guide will leave you to have a good rest and ready for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 6 Xian (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
An exciting day awaits you as we head to the Terra-cotta Warriors Museum. We will spend plenty time to visit the luxury underground palace of Emperor Qinshihuang, The Archaeological Museum of 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and their horses. The warriors were the after life protectors of the first emperor who united China (221BC-206BC).

Enjoy our lunch include Xian's specialities. Following this we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built as a Buddhist Monastery during the Tang Dynasty. We enjoy the jovial atmosphere around the beautiful Pagoda and picturesque boulevard where Xian residents come to meet & relax.

Evening entertainment includes: a re-enactment of the royal arts performance of a 7th century Tang Dynasty Show, with a special Dinner of dumplings included.

Day 7 Xian to Chengdu ( Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast we explore Xian and visit the old Muslim Quarter of the City which is home to large Ethnic Muslim Chinese community, who have lived in the city since the silk road was established.

Enjoy walking through Muslim Square which leads into narrow winding streets crammed with shop stalls selling an array of interesting handcrafts and local food specialities. We also give time to visit the Wooden Mosque. Afterwards we will visit the majestic Bell Tower (exterior) for photo opportunities, and Drum Towers (inside) where provides fantastic bird's view across the city centre.

In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely walk & optional cycle ride on the ancient city walls. The smooth & well preserved walls make for an ideal and safe walking & cycling route around the inner historic city centre and are a charming way to enjoy the local lifestyle of Xian.

Late afternoon take a flight to Chengdu, the home of China's most famous residents, the Giant Panda. After the 1.5 hours flight and help you to check in at your hotel, our guide will leave you to have a good rest and ready for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 8 Chengdu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we drive to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to visit the giant pandas. You have plenty time to watch the Pandas in their playful activities and see them enjoy their Bamboo meals.

After lunch, drive to Leshan mountain and visit the Giant Buddha Statue. We take a pleasant boat ride.

Chengdu is also the home to the famous spicy Sichuan cuisine. Tonight, our dinner is booked at an excellent Sichuan cuisine restaurant where you can enjoy their delicious dishes.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional: A variety style in one of the best show house, includes the famous Chengdu face-changing performance. Ask for prices & details at time of booking.

Day 9 Chengdu to Chongqing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning, we take a stroll down the historic Jin li Street and Kuan zai Ally to observe the local culture and traditional wooden tea houses. Then we go to the unique and well preserved Wenshu Monastery, enjoy our vegetarian lunch there.

In the afternoon, we take the fast train to Chongqing, the most populated city in China. Upon arrival, we have a city tour before boarding our Yangtze cruise ship in the evening.

Day 10 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy magnificent views as you sail the mighty Yangtze River. After breakfast enjoy a shore excursion to the scenic Zhangfeimiao or Fengdu (depends on sailing schedule). Entertainment and organised activities on board, with Captain's welcome dinner to attend.

Day 11 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Todays shore excursion is to the Shennong Stream or Lesser 3 Gorges (depends on sailing schedule). Our cruise today sails through the spectacular Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Entertainment and organised activities on board, with the farewell dinner party in the evening.

Day 12 Yangtze River / Yichang to Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we take a special shore excursion to see the Three Gorges Dam project. Today the cruise ship passes through the beautiful Xiling Gorge.

Arriving at Yichang around noon, where we disembark and meet our guide who will take you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival meet our local guide and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13 Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
Guilin is a beautiful city set among picturesque mountains alongside the majestic Li River. Many of our travellers loved Guilin and Yangshuo very much. We take a tour to the delightful Fubo Hill or Elephant Trunk Hill (depends on local situation). Later we visit Reed Flute Cave, a vast underground cavern of exotic rock formations.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional: to see the fantastic Ethnic Dragon Dance theater show.

Day 14 Guilin to Yangshuo (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock, where you will board our boat and start cruising down the picturesque Li River with lime stone pinnacles, rice terraces, water buffalos, farms and villages on both sides of the river bank. Lunch will be served on board and we will disembark upon arrival at Yangshuo, a charming ancient town that is famous for its beautiful scenery and tranquil countryside. Overnight stay in
Yangshuo.

Day 15 Guilin to Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
We take a flight to Shanghai where our guide will meet you upon arrival and check into your hotel.
After having a rest, we start our city tour of Shanghai which will include visiting Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds. We marvel at the futuristic landscape and magnificent towers on the famous promenade along the Huangpu River, the Bund and Nanjing Road. Finally our tour takes us to see the historic side of Shanghai. We visit the traditional low-rise homes, which was the former French quarter in colonial times and known locally as 'Heaven on Earth'.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional:Martial art show, dance show etc.

Day 16 Zhujiajiao - Suzhou (Breakfast, Lunch)
We drive to the Water village of Zhu-jia-jiao, 'the Venice of China', unspoiled for hundreds of years. There you have the opportunity to take a relaxing boat ride through the village whilst being serenaded. Later we drive to the small city of Suzhou and check into your hotel accomodation.

Day 17 Suzhou (Breakfast and lunch)
Suzhou is renowned for its beautifully constructed stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens. Today we enjoy a garden tour to Tiger Hill and 'The Master of the Nets Garden' which is the most exquisite and best-preserved garden of all the old residential gardens in Suzhou.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional: theatre performance.

Day 18 Suzhou - Shanghai (Breakfast)
We transfer back to Shanghai in the morning. Free time to explore the city, and perhaps do some last minute shopping in Shanghai's incredible shopping malls. We recommend a visit to Pudong area and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Day 19 Shanghai to Homeward (Breakfast)
Be taken by private car from your hotel to the Maglev train station in Shanghai, where our local guide will assist you to board the futuristic and super fast Maglev train with a top speed of 267mph. The train will take you to the airport in time for your flight homeward.

Hong Kong extension (£399* per person inc flight)

Day 19 Shanghai to Hong Kong (Includes: Breakfast)
You will be met at your hotel and taken by private car to the Maglev train station in Shanghai. With the assistance of our local guide, board the futuristic and super fast Maglev train which will take you to the airport for your onward flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel (superior/moderate deluxe standard). The rest of day is free at leisure.

Day 20 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Half day morning tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village. Rest of the day is free.

Day 21 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
You are transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

OR, for the same price, you may choose the option of 3 nights/4 days in Hong Kong incl a flight to Hong Kong. (flight & accommodation only).

*supplement apply for Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct, Nov.

Magical China Holidays 2013 Departure Dates & Prices

Thursdays departure

Ref
2013
Twin share £
Twin share £ (Excluding international flights)
UCYC

21, 28 March

3099
2450
UCYC

4, 11, 18 April

3199
2499
UCYC

9, 16, 23, 30 May

3199
2499
UCYC

6, 13, 20, 27 June

3099
2450
UCYC

4, 25 July

3150
2450
UCYC
5, 22 August
3150
2450
UCYC
5, 12 September
3199
2499
UCYC

10, 17, 24 October

3199
2499
UCYC
7, 14 November
3099
2450

We also arrange tailor made departures and private tours according to this itinerary, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person' in Mainland China)

  • Internal flights including airport tax.
  • Twin share price includes International flights with full ATOL Protection. (International flights based upon London, Heathrow departure). We can also arrange departures from your local airport.
  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Fully escorted sightseeing tours by professional English speaking guides (including entrance fee).
  • Carefully selected good 4/5 star hotel and 5 star cruise accommodation in well furnished rooms with private facilities. In Hong Kong it is 3/4 star standard, upgrade option available.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary, daily supply of bottled water.

We also arrange tailor made departure & private tours according to this itinerary, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Flight Prices may be different around the bank holiday period in the UK, and festival periods in China. Please contact us for confirmation.

Price Does Not Include

  • Chinese Visa (we can provide service, please go to Our Visa Service for details).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Optional tours and extensions.

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of flights available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities are visited, duration of time spent can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.

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