Magical China
 
16 day: Grand China - from £1999

  • Beijing: Great Wall, Forbidden City.
  • Temple of Heaven, Birds Nest stadium (3n)
  • Xian: Terracotta Warriors & city tour (2n)
  • Chengdu: Cultural street & temple visit (2 nights)
  • Giant Panda Breeding Reserve, Giant Buddha Statue
  • Guilin: tour & Li River Cruise (2n)
  • Yangshuo: (1n)
  • Shanghai: city tour (2n)
  • Suzhou: Chinese garden tour & Boat ride
  • Hangzhou: tour & West Lake (2n)
  • Hong Kong: Optional extension
*Well paced & sensible itinerary *Exclusive Small Group tour *Deluxe 4 & 5 star hotels * Fligts between destinations * 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 Guilin (Includes: Breakfast, Lunch)
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. Fly to Guilin later on. 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 10 Guilin (Includes: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today 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: fantastic Ethnic Dragon dance theater show.

Day 11 Guilin to Yangshuo (Includes: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock, where we embark on our ship for our cruise down the picturesque Li River. Enjoy the unique mountain scenery often depicted in chinese paintings, including rural villages and tranquil rice paddies alongside the river banks. Hopefully we will also see native wildlife and water buffalo wallowing in the river. Lunch will be served on board and we disembark in Yangshuo. Yangshuo an ancient town that is famous for its beautiful scenery and is a favourite destination for many of our travellers. Overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 12 Yangshuo to Shanghai (Includes: Breakfast, Lunch)
Drive to Airport and 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 13 Shanghai - Suzhou (Includes: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we travel to Suzhou, where we take a tour to see Tiger Hill, Garden of the Master of the Nets and The Humble Administratorís Garden. The later is often regarded as the most exquisite and best-preserved garden of all the old residential gardens in Suzhou. Enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal.

Day 14 Suzhou - Hangzhou (Includes: Breakfast)
Today we enjoy a relaxing walk along the tranquil West Lake before visiting Ling Yin Temple. Afterwards we visit local markets and experience the traditional Chinese tea culture.

Day 15 Hangzhou - Shanghai (Includes: Breakfast)
After breakfast we travel back to Shanghai in the morning. We then leave this final day for you to explore this cosmopolitan city at your own leisure, to relax, and perhaps do some last minute shopping in Shanghai's incredible shopping malls. We also recommend a visit to the Pudong area and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Day 16 Shanghai to UK (Includes: 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 2 nights extension (£399 per person inc flight)

Day 16 Shanghai to Hong Kong (Includes: Breakfast)
Today you are taken by private car to the Maglev train station in Shanghai for your transfer to the airport. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, transfer to your hotel (superior / moderate deluxe standard). The rest of day is free at leisure to explore Hong kong & Kowloon.

Day 17 Hong Kong (Includes: Breakfast)
Today enjoy a guided morning tour to visit Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 18 Hong Kong (Includes: Breakfast)
Met at your hotel for your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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

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

Magical China Holidays 2013 Departure Dates & Prices

Thursdays departure

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Departure dates
Twin share £
Twin share £ (Excluding international flights)
GC

7, 21, 28 March

2680
1999
GC

4, 11, 18 April

2780
2080
GC

9, 16, 23, 30 May

2780
2080
GC

6, 13, 20, 27 June

2680
1999
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4, 25 July

2780
1999
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5, 22 August
2780
1999
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5, 12 September
2780
2080
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10, 17, 24 October

2780
2080
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7, 14 November
2680
1999

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person' based upon two people sharing one room)

  • 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.
  • Sightseeing tours (including entrance fee) by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Selections of good 4 star hotel and 5 star cruise accommodation in well furnished rooms with private facilities. In Hong Kong it is 3/4 star standard.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.

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

  • Visa fee (please go to Our Visa Service for details).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • 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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