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China: The Grand Tour

Group Tour | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £4595 Current prices from: £4595

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 between Chongqing
and Yichang, before ending the tour in the
dynamic city of 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 luxury accommodation throughout
  • 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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Shangri-La Hotel
    Shangri-La Hotel

    Located on the banks of the picturesque Li river, the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is within easy reach of the city's pedestrianised tourist street, Die Cai Mountain and the airport. The hotel is set in lush landscaped gardens and comprises 449 elegantly decorated guestrooms fitted with modern amenities. There are two restaurants offering a variety of international and Chinese cuisines. Recreational facilities include a fully equipped health club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a beauty salon.

  • Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu
    Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu

    Located near the centre of Chengdu, the Shangri La Hotel enjoys spectacular views of the Jinjiang River, and the beautiful gardens of Hejiang Pavilion along the riverside. It is approximately 25 minutes drive from Shuangliu International Airport and close to the city's elegant shopping districts. The hotel consists of 593 well-appointed and spacious guestrooms and suites, each offering a luxurious ambiance complete with relaxing colours, modern furnishings and state of the art technological amenities. Horizon Club rooms offer an enhanced level of service and convenience including late check-out and complimentary broadband Internet access. Dining options include Shang Palace, which serves authentic Cantonese and Sichuanese dishes, and Cafe Z, which offers international cuisines from South America, Middle East, Asia and China. Leisure facilities include a well-equipped fitness centre which has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, and massage facilities. The Chi Spa is an ideal place to relax and indulge after ...

  • Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square
    Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square

    The Sofitel on Renmin Square, Xian, enjoys an ideal location on the historic Renmin Square in the heart of the old town, ringed by the 14th-century city walls. Each of the 432 rooms is luxuriously furnished with warm tones using local designs, and comes equipped with a host of modern facilities. The hotel offers a selection of restaurants serving Asian, European and Muslim cuisine and two bars. For relaxation, there is an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, jacuzzi and sauna.

  • Regent Beijing
    Regent Beijing

    The Regent Beijing provides luxuriously appointed guestrooms in the historical centre of Beijing. The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Wangfujing shopping centre are all within 10 minutes' walk, while the Dengshikou subway station is adjacent to the hotel to reach other sights in the city. Accommodation is available in a range of rooms and suites, including Executive rooms with access to the Regent Club lounge.

  • Fairmont Peace Hotel
    Fairmont Peace Hotel

    The Fairmont Peace Hotel has been lovingly restored to its former glory as one of Shanghai's legendary landmarks, the Cathay Hotel, which served as a glamorous playground of the elite during the 'Golden Age' of the 1920s and 1930s when Shanghai was considered the Paris of the East. Located on Shanghai's famous waterfront, the Bund, the hotel features 270 luxurious guestrooms and suites beautifully furnished in fine materials. Facilities include an indulgent spa with an extensive selection of treatments, a health club, and a selection of dining venues and bars. Highlights include the legendary Jazz Bar, Classic Afternoon Tea served in the Art-Deco surrounds of the Jasmine Lounge, Weekend Brunch on the Bund in the Cathay Room and the rooftop bar with sensational city views over the Huangpu river.

  • Dhawa Jinshanling
    Dhawa Jinshanling

    The Dhawa Jinshanling is located at the foot of Jinshanling Great Wall, a 2-hour drive north of Beijing Airport. The hotel fuses cutting-edge design with China's rich cultural heritage to create a stylish property that merges seamlessly into its ancient surroundings. Accommodation is available in a range of categories, including rooms housed in preserved classically-styled buildings, some with unrestricted views of the Great Wall.

  • Banyan Tree Yangshuo
    Banyan Tree Yangshuo

    The Banyan Tree Yangshuo is set against a backdrop of rice fields and limestone mountains, with a riverside location just 15 minutes' drive outside of Yangshuo. There are 142 suites and villas, each designed and built to mirror local architecture, with latticed windows, dark wood features, classic Chinese furnishings and earth-toned interiors. Resort facilities include two restaurants, a lobby lounge bar, library and games room, gym, yoga studio, boutique shop, luxury Banyan Tree spa and an outdoor swimming pool with pool bar.

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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

Destinations on this tour

  • Shanghai

    Shanghai has in recent years become one of the world’s most dynamic cities, which can be...

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  • Guilin

    Guilin, in the southern Guangxi province, is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts...

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  • Beijing

    Beijing is a modern and fashionable city whose cityscape is changing almost daily....

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  • Xian

    Xian rests in Shaanxi province and is one of the oldest settled parts of China. The city...

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  • Chengdu

    With a population of 10 million, Chengdu, meaning ‘Perfect Metropolis’, is Sichuan’s...

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