CHINA GRAND TOUR ( PRIVATE TOUR )

  
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Code CGT21D
ONLY £4,295 PER PERSON.
Best time to go : April, May, Sep & Oct..

BEIJING - CHENGDE - YICHANG - YANTZECRUISE - CHONGQUIN - XIAN - SHANGHAI - GUILIN - GUANGZHOU - HONGKONG

Price includes: Visa for China, airport transfers, 4 star hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, half board, 5 star cruiser as stated or similar, sightseeing, English speaking guides, admission fees.

Price excludes: International flights *, evening meals ( except on cruise ), personal expenses and any service not specified above.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.


DAY 01 Depart on scheduled flights from Heathrow.

DAY 02 BEIJING (-/-/-)
On arrival in Beijing meeting with your local guide and car transfer to your hotel in city centre. Rest of day is at leisure to recover after long flights. Overnight at 4* Novotel Peace Hotel in Beijing.

DAY 03 BEIJING (B/L/-)
After breakfast Beijing guided tour starts with a visit to the famous Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao’s mausoleum. Next explore the Forbidden City with its spectacular court yard and magnificent palaces. Lunch in town during visits. Return to hotel in mid afternoon. Overnight at Novotel Peace Hotel in Beijing.

DAY 04 BEIJING (B/L/-)
Continue your city tour with guide to visit the prestigious Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple with many Buddha statues. After lunch visit to the Summer Palace, which was a holiday retreat of many Emperors, and leisurely stroll along the romantic Kunming lake. In the evening, relax and enjoy an acrobatic show. Overnight at Novotel Peace Hotel.

DAY 05 BEIJING (B/L/-)
Morning drive to the Great Wall, Badaling section. Discover this spectacular site walking on this part of the Great Wall. (Cable car is optional at your own expense.). Lunch during visits. In the afternoon, excursion to the stunning Ming tombs and the Sacred Way, with its imposing array of stone animal & warrior guards at the entrance of the tombs. Overnight in Beijing at Novotel Peace Hotel.

DAY 06 BEIJING - YICHANG (B/L/-)
Transfer to airport for flight to Yichang. On arrival, meeting with your local guide for a city tour including the three Caves, Chinese Dolphin and Yichang Museum. Lunch during visits. Later in the evening transfer to port and board the 5* Victoria Jenna Cruiser. At 21:00 sail from Yichang, the economic and cultural centre of western Hubei Province. Overnight on board (Superior cabin)

DAY 07 YANGTZE CRUISE (B/L/D) Three Gorges Dam - Xiling Gorge .
Breakfast served onboard. Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges.
Additional optional Tribe of the Three Gorges Shore Excursion (river conditions permitting), offering an interesting glimpse into life in the Xiling Gorge region. Lunch, dinner and overnight onboard.

DAY 08 YANGTZE CRUISE (B/L/D) “Small Gorges”-Wu Gorge-Qutang Gorge.
After breakfast transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternative excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic gorge. Additional optional Shore Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge. Lunch, dinner and overnight onboard.

DAY 09 YANGTZE CRUISE (B/L/D) Shibaozhai.
After breakfast take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternative excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, visiting either the new relocated village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam. Additional optional Shore Excursion to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. Lunch, dinner and overnight onboard.

DAY 10 CHONGQING - CHENGDU (B/L/-)
Leisurely breakfast onboard. Arrive Chongqing at 9:00 am. Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the “Mountain City” Please note : Itineraries and times are subject to change according to river conditions.

Meeting with your guide on arrival in Chongqing, and guided visits to the Goose Peak Park, and the Ciqikou Old Town. Afternoon transfer to railway station for bullet train to Chengdu. Overnight at 4* Tibet Hotel in Chengdu (Deluxe room) Lunch on board. Afternoon at leisure to learn more about local history from your guide. In the evening, savour a farewell banquet on board with the Captain.

DAY 11 CHENGDU (B/L/-)
Drive to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, which is reputed to be the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. You will also have a chance to take a boat on the Minjiang River and have a full view of the Buddha. Lunch during visits. Drive back to Chengdu and stay overnight at Tibet Hotel.

DAY 12 CHENGDU – XIAN (B/L/-)
Morning guided visits to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. After lunch, enjoy a stroll in the Jinli Street. Then transfer to airport for flight to the ancient Capital Xian. Overnight at 4* Grand Park Hotel.

DAY 13 XIAN (B/L/-)
Morning visit with guide to the hundreds of Terracotta Warriors, the bronze Chariots and Horses, impressively preserved. Afternoon visit the Old City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Overnight in Xian.

DAY 14 SHANGHAI (B/L/-)
Transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai, the exciting modern city of China. You will then be transferred to your hotel in city centre by our local representative to refresh before visiting Yuyuan garden and strolling leisurely along the Bund. Lunch in town. Overnight at the 4* Equatorial Hotel.

DAY 15 SHANGHAI(B/L/-)
Full day guided visits to the 19th century Jade Buddha temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Tianxifang, and boat cruise on Huangpu River. Lunch during visits. Overnight in Shanghai at the same hotel.

DAY 16 SUZHOU (B/L/-)
Morning flight to beautiful Guilin to see the Elephant Hill and the Reed Flute caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. Evening at leisure and overnight at 4* Guishan New World hotel.

DAY 17 GUILIN (B/L/-)
Morning flight to beautiful Guilin. On arrival guided visits to the Elephant Hill and the Reed Flute Caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch during visits. Evening at leisure and overnight at 4* Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel (Lake view room).

DAY 18 GUILIN (B/L/-)
Take boat cruise on Li river marvelling at the stunning mountain scenery. Arrive in Yangshuo in the afternoon. Stroll on the West Street where lunch is arranged. Dive back to Guilin and stay overnight at Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel.

DAY 19 GUILIN - GUANGZHOU - HONG KONG (B/-/-)
At leisure or shopping. Transfer to airport for departure.
Morning take a bullet train from Guilin to Guangzhou. Arrive at Guangzhou South railway station, then car transfer to Guangzhou East railway station to board another train to HongKong. On arrival check in at 4* Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel.

DAY 20 HONG KONG (B/-/-)
Morning Hong Kong city tour with guide visiting Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping. Overnight at the same hotel.

Day 21 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In due time car transfer to airport for your flight home.