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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 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. (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

  • Regent Hotel
    Regent Hotel

    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.Features: 500 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, 25-metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, children's pool, spa, 4 restaurants, lobby lounge, delicatessen.<br>Room amenities: Television, DVD player, safe, minibar, hairdryer, tea &amp; coffee facilities.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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

  • Beijing

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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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  • Guilin

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

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  • Shanghai

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

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