Adventures in China


Your tour will take in some of the most astounding sights of China. Beijing’s Forbidden City, made famous by the Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor contains a collection of elaborate palaces and pavilions that were closed to the outside world for centuries. You will be able to explore the hutongs of Beijing on an optional tour. This quintessential Chinese district is a maze of old winding streets with everyday life going apace.

Close by is The Great Wall; you will visit the quieter Mutianyu section away from the crowds. Xian is where the Silk Road began. Its 10,000 Terracotta Warriors designed in minute detail were only discovered in 1974 after being encased in earth for 2,000 years. The optional tour to Suzhou, the Venice of China, is the city that you might imagine is the perfect representation of classical Chinese architecture.

Your China tour though will include many modern wonders: delve into modern Chinese history at Tiananmen Square, with its imposing Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao’s mausoleum. Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Park and iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium might be the ancient wonders of the next millennium. From the observation deck of the World Financial Building to the waterside Huangpu Park, Shanghai’s rising skyline will leave you awestruck.  For those wanting a glimpse of the exotic 1920s there remains an Art Deco past and the famed commercial waterfront of The Bund. This holiday of China spans the millennia as well as Eastern and Western cultures.

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  • Day 1 Depart London Heathrow

    Your overnight flight leaves this afternoon.

  • Day 2 Arrive Beijing

    On arrival in Beijing, you’ll transfer to your hotel, for a 3 night stay. This evening you’ll join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals: Dinner.
    Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao.

  • Day 3 Beijing

    This morning’s packed tour takes in the famous Tiananmen Square, where you’ll pass the imposing Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao’s mausoleum and Tiananmen Gate. You’ll also enter the Forbidden City, where you can see the elaborate collection of palaces and pavilions that were closed to the outside world for centuries. This afternoon, you can join an optional rickshaw ride through the hutongs; Beijing’s twisting, lively backstreets.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao.

  • Day 4 Beijing

    An unforgettable full day’s tour takes you to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China; a quieter part where you can really acknowledge the scale of the wall as it snakes along the mountain ridges. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll return past the 2008 Olympic Park and Bird’s Nest Stadium.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao.

  • Day 5 Beijing to Xian

    You have a free day today, and you may like to explore the Temple of Heaven and its grounds where locals like to stroll or perform tai chi. We’ve arranged a late check out for you so you can relax in your room before your overnight train to Beijing. If you prefer to fly from Beijing and spend an extra night in Xian, this can be arranged at the time of booking for a supplementary cost.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Overnight: Sleeper train.

  • Day 5-6 Overnight Train to Xian

    You'll see a different side of China on an exciting 1200 kilometer overnight train journey. Chinese trains are a safe and fascinating way to travel. You'll be booked into comfortable private compartments which lock securely and include clean bed linen, reading lamps and speaker & air-conditioning controls. Bathroom facilities are shared and located at the ends of each carriage. You can move freely around the train to visit the bar and restaurant carriage or chat to locals and other members of your party.

  • Day 6 Xian

    When you arrive this morning, transfer directly to your hotel for breakfast at the start of your 2 night stay. Xian lies at the end of the fabled Silk Road and was once one of the most powerful cities in the world. This afternoon your tour takes in Wild Goose Pagoda, the city walls and the Muslim Quarter.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Hotel: Grand New World Hotel.

  • Day 7 Xian

    You’ll visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors this morning; individually detailed, life-sized statues which date back to 210 BC. After lunch you’ll visit a village and learn something about local life. This evening, there’s an optional excursion to the Tang Dynasty show; a music and dance performance with dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Hotel: Grand New World Hotel.

  • Day 8 Xian to Shanghai

    This morning you’ll fly to the dynamic city of Shanghai where you’ll stay for 3 nights. This afternoon, you’ll visit the traditional Yu Yuan Chinese Garden in Shanghai’s Old Town, the famed waterfront of the Bund and Nanjing Road, where the old city meets the new.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel.

  • Day 9 Shanghai

    You’re free today. You might like to head to the Xintiandi district, which means ‘new heaven and earth’ and is the hot new part of the city. This evening you can take an optional extra excursion to the impressive acrobatics show.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel.

  • Day 10 Shanghai

    Another free day to explore. Alternatively choose an optional excursion to Suzhou, a picturesque town built on a series of waterways.

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Hotel: Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel.

  • Day 11 Arrive London Heathrow

    After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving later today, unless you’ve booked one of our tour extensions to Chengdu or Lijiang.

    Meals: Breakfast.


What’s In Store

  • Maximum group size: 25
  • Local expert guides in resort
  • All flights specified
  • Inspirational sightseeing programme
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Beijing to Xian overnight train
  • Cosmopolitan Shanghai

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Dates & Prices

Departure Dates Prices
13 Sep 2014 for 11 days £1875
1 May 2015 for 11 days £1945
11 Sep 2015 for 11 days £1995

*2014 departures vary from the itinerary listed above; you can view the full 2014 itinerary by following the link below.

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Prices per person, based on twin share. Single Supplement: From £535