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Lead Price
From £4295pp
Duration
16 days & 14 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

China: The Grand Tour

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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Beijing
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Fly to Beijing

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Beijing with British Airways. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Beijing
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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)

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 3: Beijing
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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)

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 4: Great Wall
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Great Wall

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

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 5: Xian
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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)

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel, Xian
DAY 6: Terracotta Warriors - Xian
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Terracotta Warriors - Xian

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and 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)

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel, Xian
DAY 7: Train to Chengdu
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Train to Chengdu

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

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Chengdu
DAY 8: Fly to Guilin
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Fly to Guilin

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

Accommodation: Sheraton Guilin Hotel
DAY 9: Yangshuo
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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 Resortfor a 2-night stay. (B)

DAY 10: Yangshuo
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Yangshuo

Day at leisure to enjoy the relaxed riverside atmosphere of Yangshuo. (B)

DAY 11: Chongqing
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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)

DAY 12: Yangtze River Cruise
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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 13: Yangtze River Cruise
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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
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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. (B)

Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai
DAY 15: Shanghai
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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)

Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai
DAY 16: Fly to London
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Fly to London

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

DAY 1: Fly to Beijing
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Fly to Beijing

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Beijing with British Airways. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Beijing
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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)

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 3: Beijing
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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)

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 4: Great Wall
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Great Wall

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

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace
DAY 5: Xian
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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)

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel, Xian
DAY 6: Terracotta Warriors - Xian
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Terracotta Warriors - Xian

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and 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)

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel, Xian
DAY 7: Train to Chengdu
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Train to Chengdu

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

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Chengdu
DAY 8: Fly to Guilin
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Fly to Guilin

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

Accommodation: Sheraton Guilin Hotel
DAY 9: Yangshuo
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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. (B)

DAY 10: Yangshuo
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Yangshuo

Day at leisure to enjoy the relaxed riverside atmosphere of Yangshuo. (B)

DAY 11: Chongqing
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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)

DAY 12: Yangtze River Cruise
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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 13: Yangtze River Cruise
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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
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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. (B)

Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai
DAY 15: Shanghai
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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)

Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai
DAY 16: Fly to London
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Fly to London

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

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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

Important information

Itinerary
Excursions on days 12 and 13 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. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, 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.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • International & internal flights
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Welcome dinner to meet the group & guide
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • 3-night cruise on the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Yichang
  • Porterage at hotels and train stations

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £4,695 | Guide price month: March

High season from £4,895 | Guide price month: September

Single supplement on request

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