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Admire one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering as you walk along the Great Wall of China
Includes return economy airfares
14 days priced from 2475 inclusive of flights and accommodation.
Escorted Journey
Chinese architectural garden
Far flung China is filled with ancient history, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Explore the back-alley streets in Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Admire one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering as you walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Cycle along the city walls of Xi’an, and come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Learn to cook flavourful specialties in quaint rural villages

Holiday Type

Culture
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Off the Beaten Track
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Escorted Tours
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What's included
  • Small Group Journey with maximum group size 15
  • All authentic local experiences mentioned except where specified optional
  • All international & internal flights
  • 9 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked local gems
  • 1 night in a local guesthouse
  • 1 night aboard an overnight soft-sleeper train
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Arrival transfers & all internal transport
Need to know
  • Arrives: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
  • Time difference: GMT+8
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: Standard Mandarin
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
  • Flying time from UK: Around 10 hours direct
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 220 volts/50 cycles
Your route
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Beijing.

Fly from the UK to Beijing.

Days 2-4
Beijing

Beijing

Meet your group over a delicious roast duck dinner then tour the sights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, where you might spot the locals practising calligraphy or tai chi. Walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, taking in the spectacular views of the wall snaking into the distant mountains. At over 6000 kilometres long, the wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west and is deservedly a World Heritage Site. Back in town, take an informative stroll around Beijing’s hutong backstreets. 

4* Dong Fang Hotel or similar

Includes a Roast duck dinner; a visit to the Great Wall of China; a visit to many city highlights including the Forbidden City, a walk around the hutongs, and a guided tour of Tiananmen Square

Days 5-7
Xi’an

Xi’an

Take the overnight train to Xi’an and cycle along the ancient city walls, 14 kilometres long and about 12 metres wide, a great way to get an overview of the area. It takes about two hours to do the full loop, assuming you’ll hop on and off to take pictures and soak up the sights. Explore the markets and food stalls of the Muslim Quarter, and try some of the delicious local foods (watch out – it can be spicy!). Learn about the famous terracotta warriors, an army of stern-faced stone soldiers protecting the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and built over 2000 years ago.

3 nights at a comfort-level hotel

Includes a cycling tour along the city walls; a visit to the Terracotta Warriors; lunch at the village where the Warriors were discovered

Day 8
Yue Luo Wan Village

Yue Luo Wan Village

Fly to Guilin and head on to the pretty village of Yue Luo Wan, a traditional village where chickens roam the streets, surrounded by rice paddies and towering karst mountains covered in thick forest. You’ll stay overnight in a simple, yet friendly guesthouse, which gives a fascinating insight into life in a rural Chinese community and where your hosts will welcome you with open arms and regale you with tales of their lives in China. Later on, join your guide for an orientation walk around the village. 

1 night at a comfort-level hotel

Includes an orientation walk around the village

Days 9-10
Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Trek through the rice fields, villages and orchards to Yangshuo, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the tranquil Li River at sunset, surrounded by picturesque karst scenery. Along the way, keep an eye out for water buffalos and fishermen cruising aboard bamboo rafts. Take a cycling trip through the landscape and the spectacular Dragon River area, then grab your wok and head off to cookery school. Here, have a go at creating the tasty local cuisine yourself, then sit down and feast on the fruits of your efforts.

2 nights at a comfort-level hotel

Includes a Li River cruise; a cycling tour of the countryside; a cooking class

Days 11-12
Shanghai

Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and take a stroll along the Bund, admiring the futuristic skyline and the Huangpu River stretching out before you. You’ll have free time to explore on your own – you could visit the peaceful Yuyan Gardens, 400 years old and filled with pavilions, ponds and flowers. If you’re lucky you might catch a tea ceremony here. Alternatively you could investigate the Shanghai Museum, filled with Chinese art and artefacts from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the evening, treat yourself to a Chinese acrobatic show, with impressive balancing, contorting, tight-rope walking and gymnastics on display (optional, extra cost).

2 nights at a comfort-level hotel

Includes a walking tour

Days 13-14
Depart Shanghai and return to the UK.

Depart Shanghai and return to the UK.

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2016
6 January to 31 May
priced from 2475 for travel during January to May

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