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China: The Grand Tour

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £4195

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
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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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

  • 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.

  • The Central Hotel
    The Central Hotel

    The Central Hotel towers over the heart of Shanghai, adjacent to Century Square on the pedestrianised section of Nanjing Road, famed for its shopping and entertainment. The 317 spacious guestrooms are furnished in an elegant style, and come well equipped with a host of conveniences including bathroom with bath and shower, hairdryer, air conditioning, internet access, tea and coffee facilities and international television. The hotel has a choice of restaurants and bars, and a fitness centre with sauna and beauty salon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, Xian
    Grand Noble Hotel, Xian

    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.

  • 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.

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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

Guaranteed Departures This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid 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

  • 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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  • Chengdu

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

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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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