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China: The Grand Tour

Group Tour | General Interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £3295

This comprehensive tour of China visits the treasures of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors at Xian, picturesque scenery between Guilin and Yangshuo and the pandas at Chengdu. Cruise the Yangtze river and visit the Three Gorges Dam, before ending the tour in cosmopolitan Shanghai.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover historic Beijing in the Liulichang district
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors & enjoy a Yangste river cruise
  • Stay overnight near the less-visited Jinshanling section of the Great Wall
  • Tea tasting at the Huxinting Teahouse in Shanghai
  • Private expert-led tour of the Shanghai Museum
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Beijing

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Beijing

Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel (or similar)* for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. Welcome dinner at a Peking duck restaurant. (D)

Day 3: Beijing

Morning visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then stroll through the historic Liulichang district. Optional evening visit to the state acrobatics show. (B, L)

Day 4: Great Wall

Morning drive out of the city to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Xian

Morning visit to a hutong (narrow streets) area, then drive to the station to board a high-speed train to Xian and stay at the Grand Noble Xian for 2 nights. (B)

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors - Xian

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors, the Tang Bo Art Museum, followed by a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. Afternoon visit to the Muslim quarter and Great Mosque. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a Tang dynasty music performance with dinner. (B, L)

Day 7: Train to Chengdu

Morning high-speed train journey to Chengdu, then transfer to the Sheraton Lido* for 1 night. Afternoon visit to the Giant Panda Research Base. Optional evening excursion to enjoy a Sichuan opera performance. (B)

Day 8: Fly to Guilin

Fly to Guilin and overnight at the Sheraton Guilin*. (B)

Days 9-10: Yangshuo

Morning cruise down the Li River, past a dramatic landscape of limestone peaks. Arrive in Yangshuo and stroll along busy West Street, then transfer to the Yangshuo Resort* for a 2-night stay. Following day at leisure to enjoy the relaxed riverside atmosphere of Yangshuo. (B)

Day 11: Chongqing

Train journey to Chongqing, then transfer to the port to board the Victoria Jenna (or similar)* for a 3-night cruise to Yichang. (B, D)

Days 12-13: Yangtze river cruise

Cruise through the striking Three Gorges section of the Yangtze, an area of towering cliffs and twisting canyons. A range of shore excursions are available, with entertainment provided in the evenings. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Yichang - Train to Shanghai

Disembark in Yichang and visit the Three Gorges Dam, then take the train to Shanghai. Stay 2 nights at the Central Hotel (or similar)*. (B, L)

Day 15: Shanghai

Morning tour of Jade Buddha temple and Yu garden, followed by tea tasting at the Huxinting Teahouse. Afternoon tour of the Shanghai Museum with an expert guide, then end the day with a walk along the historic Bund. A farewell dinner will be held tonight. (B, D)

Day 16: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly back toLondon. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Tour + Hong Kong: 5 days & 3 nights from £1,475 Fly from Shanghai direct to Hong Kong, and stay 3 nights at the Hotel Icon. Take a direct flight back to London.


* Tour standards: Superior tour departures are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Luxury tour departures will feature upgraded accommodation and First Class train travel. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category.

Itinerary: Excursions on days 7 and 8 may be switched, subject to local conditions.

Accessibility: This tour involves climbing steps and some long walks. A reasonable level of fitness is required. You may need to carry your luggage at train stations.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Novotel Beijing Peace
    Novotel Beijing Peace

    The 4-star Novotel Peace Hotel is well located in the centre of Beijing, within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and next to the Wanfujing shopping and entertainment district. All rooms have a range of modern facilities including satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and a hairdryer. The hotel is well equipped for leisure travellers with three restaurants, a swimming pool and fitness centre.

  • Grand Noble Hotel
    Grand Noble Hotel

    The Grand Noble Hotel is located in central Xian, within a 10-minute walk of the Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Rooms and suites are spacious with contemporary decor, and there are a range of services and facilities.Features: 428 rooms &amp; suites, 2 restaurants, cafe, spa, gym, souvenir shop, cigar lounge. <br>Room amenities: iPod dock, broadband internet access, minibar, coffee &amp; tea facilities, safe, television.

  • Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel
    Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel

    The Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Chengdu's commercial and entertainment districts, just 30 minutes' drive from Shuangliu International Airport and 10 minutes' drive from the train station. The hotel is modern in style with 402 rooms and suites, each decorated in soft colours and featuring Chinese art pieces. Club Level rooms offer additional amenities, as well as access to the Club Lounge. There are several dining options which offer a wide array of choice, as well as a bar featuring live entertainment. Leisure facilities include a sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, fitness centre, massage rooms, hair salon, and indoor swimming pool. There is also a garden on the fifth floor offering views of the Chengdu Stadium and the city.

  • Sheraton Guilin Hotel
    Sheraton Guilin Hotel

    The Sheraton hotel has a choice of western and Chinese restaurants, coffee shop and bar, a health club and outside swimming pool. It is located on the banks of the Li River a short walk from Elephant Trunk hill and central Guilin.

  • Yangshuo Resort, Yangshuo
    Yangshuo Resort, Yangshuo

    The Yangshuo Resort is situated along the banks of the Yulong river, a 15-minute drive from the town of Yangshuo. The resort has pleasant gardens from which to enjoy views of the river and the striking scenery that makes the area so famous. Accommodation is available in a range of guestrooms, studios and suites, all spacious and well-appointed with beautiful river views. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for trips into West Street in Yangshuo.

  • Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    The Grand Central Hotel is located in the heart of Shanghai, adjacent to the pedestrianised shopping area of Nanjing Road, and within walking distance of the Bund, People's Square and Shanghai Museum. The hotel offers 353 well-appointed and tastefully designed guestrooms. Dining options include L'Ile de France, an authentic French restaurant, a traditional Cantonese restaurant and a relaxing coffee shop and lobby lounge.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3995 per person

High season from £4195 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

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