Sunset over The Great Wall of China
Sunset over The Great Wall of China
Fisherman Li River, Great Wall of China, Fog over the Great Wall of China, Army Terracotta Warriors Xian, Forbidden City Beijing (shown clockwise)
Fisherman Li River, Great Wall of China, Fog over the Great Wall of China, Army Terracotta Warriors Xian, Forbidden City Beijing (shown clockwise)
Chinese Government Building ay Tiananmen Square, Copper lion at the Forbidden City Beijing, Shanghai China
Chinese Government Building ay Tiananmen Square, Copper lion at the Forbidden City Beijing, Shanghai China

Classic China

9 Nights Small Group Tour from £3,379 Including Flights

Overview

A country of culture, rich history, vibrancy and charm, it’ll come as no surprise that China is home to a myriad of ancient traditions. Find out more about what makes this destination so full of wonder with this amazing nine-night tour. Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai – with a trip to Xi’an in between – this is a wonderful way to delve into three diverse cities.

With activities and attractions including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, learning to cook dumplings and riding a rickshaw through Beijing, this is certainly a memorable insight into this incredible country (TT).

Highlights

  • Wander through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Explore the beautiful Temple of Heaven
  • Discover the iconic Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors
  • Journey through Beijing on a rickshaw
  • Dine at a local family’s home
  • Enjoy a dumpling demonstration and tasting
  • Join in with a T’ai Chi class in Xi’an
  • Stroll along Shanghai’s famous ‘Bund’
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Day 1

Beijing

Upon arrival in the city, you will transfer to your hotel ready for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers with your Travel Director.

Overnight: Novotel Peace

Day 2

Beijing

Today you will get a taste of the city with a trip to one of the world’s largest public areas – Tiananmen Square. Home to the National Museum, the Great Monument to the People’s Heroes and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, there’s plenty of cultural attractions to discover.

Next your journey will take you to the Forbidden City, filled with wonderful palaces, gardens, pavilions and courtyards. Once the imperial palace for emperors for more than 500 years, this location has earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Once you’ve enjoyed a quick lunch, you will carry on to another UNESCO site – the Temple of Heaven. This astonishing temple is visited by the emperors of the Qing and Ming dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to heaven.

In the evening you’ll be treated to a sumptuous Peking duck regional meal. This delicious dish is a must when visiting the city.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3

Beijing and the Great Wall

On day three you will venture outside of the city to visit the iconic Great Wall of China. You’ll then stroll along the Sacred Way to the amazing remnants of the Ming Tombs – which was once the luxurious burial chamber of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4

Beijing

The morning is free for you to spend as you wish. You’ll then join in with a unique tour around the alleyways of the courtyard Hutong residences on board a rickshaw (a three-wheeled cart). The tour will stop by a local family home for a delicious lunch, before carrying on to a quaint tea house to learn about the historic tea making ritual and try one of the delectable teas.

In the afternoon, you’ll feel spoilt as you indulge in a soothing foot massage at the Foot Reflexology Centre.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5

Beijing – Xi’an

In the morning you will board a short flight to Xi’an. Once there, you will travel to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, renowned as one of the city’s most spectacular landmarks and one of the Silk Road UNESCO listed sites.

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Xi’an South

Breakfast included.

Day 6

Xi’an

Choose this tour during term time, and you’ll get the chance to visit a local primary school. Meet the children and learn a few words of Chinese who will happily practice their English with you.

Next up is the iconic Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to an amazing collection of statues that depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang. Lunch is a flavourful dish of authentic Chinese noodles, getting you ready for an afternoon at a Jade factory.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7

Xi’an – Shanghai

This morning you’ll have a couple of activities to choose from – either joining a T’ai Chi class with a local specialist, or taking a cycle tour around the ancient City Wall of Xi’an.

Lunch is a fun experience today, visiting a local restaurant to watch a dumpling demonstration, and tucking into the deliciously fresh treats yourself. Afterwards, you will fly to Shanghai and discover the amazing Jinmao Tower – the 11th tallest building in Asia that boasts impressive views of the city.

Overnight: Hyatt on the Bund

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8

Shanghai

Start the day with a walk along the city’s famous ‘Bund’ with a local guide. This picturesque waterfront is adorned with a lovely blend of colonial buildings and ultra-modern high-rises.

You’ll then continue to Old Shanghai, an utterly charming destination characterised by its winding streets and lively markets. There’ll be a little bit of time for you to shop in the Old Town at your leisure, before heading to a silk museum and enjoying a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Breakfast included.

Day 9

Shanghai

Today is free for you to explore the city at your own pace. We’d recommend travelling to Zhujiajiao, a vibrant market town that’s very popular in China thanks to its historical rice shops, spice shops and banks.

After a day of leisure, you’ll meet with your group for a farewell dinner.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10

Departure day

The tour ends today. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included.

  • 9 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 9 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transport shown
  • Activities: city tours of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, watch morning T’ai Chi and Shanghai acrobats, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, walk the Sacred Way in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors, Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, Great Wall of China, foot massage at Foot Reflexology Centre, cook and taste authentic dumplings

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