A 17 day fully escorted tour to the most attractive places in China & Taiwan. Discover interesting differences in lifestyle, culinary skills, fashion, landscapes and much more between mainland China and Taiwan island.
Price £2,195 PER PERSON. CODE CHT
BEIJING – SUZHOU – HANGZHOU – WUZHEN - SHANGHAI – TAIPEI – SUN MOON LAKE – TAINAN – KAOSHIUNG - KENTING - TAITUNG – HUALIEN – TAROKO GORGE
Departure dates :
27/02/14 - 27/03/14 - 24/04/14 - 29/05/14 - 26/06/14 - 24/07/14 - 28/08/14 - 25/09/14 - 30/10/14
Price includes : airport transfers, English speaking local guides, 4/5* hotels with daily breakfast, main meals in China, internal flights in China and flight Shanghai/Taipei, admission fees, visa to China.
Price excludes : international flights *, main meals in Taiwan, tipping, optional entertainments and any service not specified. Single supplement £595.
* 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 Departure to Beijing with KLM via Amsterdam.
DAY 02 BEIJING (-/-/-)
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to Holiday Downtown 4* hotel.
DAY 03 + 04 BEIJING (B/L/D)
Two wonderful full day tours bring you to famous Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City with its spectacular court yard and magnificent palaces, the Summer Palace which was a favourite holiday retreat for many Emperors, the prestigious Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, a world wonder and the impressive Ming Tombs. Savour a delicious Peking Duck Dinner banquet and attend the fabulous Peking Opera Performance.
DAY 05 BEIJING / SHANGHAI / SUZHOU (B/L/D)
A local Hutongs tour with rickshaw ride will be arranged in the morning. Then a visit to the Yonghe Lamaism Monastery. After lunch, airport transfer for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be transferred to Suzhou, the Oriental Venice and check into Greenland Jiulong hotel.
DAY 06 SUZHOU / HANGZHOU (B/L/D)
In the morning, visit the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill Scenic Resort and observe the fascinating silk manufacturing process at a traditional China silk factory. Later in the afternoon, drive to Hangzhou and check into your 4* hotel.
DAY 07 HANGZHOU (B/L/D)
After breakfast, relax and cruise on China's most famous lake, West Lake. See the famous Three Pools Reflecting the Moon and Huagang Park. In the afternoon, visit the Lingyin Temple.
DAY 08 HANGZHOU / WUZHEN / SHANGHAI (B/L/D)
Drive back to Shanghai, with stopover at Wuzhen Watertown. Located in Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province, it has a history of more than 1,000 years. Upon arrival in Shanghai, check into your 4* hotel.
DAY 09 SHANGHAI (B/L/D)
Today’s tour brings you to the magnificent Yu Garden, Bund area, former French Concession area and Nanjing Road, known as the No. 1 Shopping Paradise in China. You will also get the chance to see the newly developed Pudong area and comprehend the great achievements after China started the Reform & Opening-up policy in the 1980’s. Opportunity to climb up one of the highest landmark buildings in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower for panoramic views upon this energetic city. After dinner, you are invited to attend an unforgettable Acrobatic Performance.
DAY 10 SHANGHAI / TAIPEI (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport by Maglev bullet train for your flight to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. On arrival at Taoyuan international airport in Taipei, transfer to 5* Howard Plaza in city centre. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore Taipei. Overnight at Howard Plaza hotel.
DAY 11 TAIPEI / SUN MOON LAKE (B/-/-)
Morning pick up at hotel lobby for an overland transfer to Sun Moon Lake located in the middle of Taiwan at 762 m above sea level in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan. A tour of Sun Moon Lake will include Wen-Wu Temple (Literature Warrior Temple) dedicated to Confucius as Master of the Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of the Sword; Peacock garden; Holy Monk Shrine and Tse En Pagoda. Overnight at 5* Fleur de Chine, Sun Moon Lake (mountain view room).
DAY 12 SUN MOON LAKE / TAINAN / KAOHSIUNG (B/-/-)
Check out and travel overland to Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan. Tainan city tour taking in Koxinga Shrine, Chihkan Lou, and Chi Mei Museum. Leave Tainan for Kaohsiung. Evening visit to the Spring and Autumn Pavilions. Check in at Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung. Evening visit the Lio Ho Night Market and Love River. Overnight in Kaohsiung at 5* Garden Villa Hotel.
DAY 13 KAOHSIUNG / KENTING / TAITUNG (B/-/-)
Overland transfer to Kenting in the southern tip of Taiwan. Explore the scenic Kenting National Park. After lunch, proceed to Taitung for overnight at 5* Naruwan Hotel.
DAY 14 TAITUNG / HUALIEN (B/-/-)
After breakfast check out and start an exciting tour to the East Coast , known as Taiwan’s last unspoilt land, stretching over 170 km down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here. Stop at Siaoyeliou, Sansientai, Stone Steps, Caves of the Eight Immortals. Late afternoon proceed to Hua Lien for overnight stay at 5* China Trust Hotel.
DAY 15 TAROKO GORGE / TAIPEI (B/-/-)
After breakfast, all day visit to Taroko National Park. Taroko gorge is an exceptionally beautiful narrow raving created by the Liwu river which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above; while hundreds of feet below, a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stops at the magical Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grottoe, Tunnel of Nine Turns, Marble bridge, Tienshaing and marble factory. Drive back to Taipei via Su-Hwa Highway and Hsuei-Shan Long tunnels. Arrive in Taipei at about 19:00. Overnight at Taipei Howard Plaza Hotel.
DAY 16 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight home with KLM via Amsterdam.
DAY 17 Arrive home