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China: The Grand Tour

Group Tour | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £3645 Current prices from: £3645
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. Please speak to your travel consultant to discuss alternative flight options. (N)

Day 2: Beijing

Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel (or similar) for 2 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 historic Liulichang district and the hutongs (narrows streets). 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. Stay one night at the Dhawa Jinshanling hotel near the Great Wall. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Xian

Drive back to Beijing and 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 Chengdu 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 (or similar) 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 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 • Fly to Shanghai

Disembark this morning in Yichang, then fly to Shanghai, and stay 2 nights at the Central Hotel. (B, L)

Day 15: Shanghai

Morning tour of Jade Buddha temple and Yu garden, followed by tea tasting at the Huxinting Teahouse, then end the day with a walk along the historic Bund. (B, D)

Day 16: Fly to London

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

Meal basis:

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

Important Information 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.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category and First Class rail travel.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4195 per person

High season from £4395 per person


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

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

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