Make 2017 the year you book the holiday of a lifetime with our Great Tour Of China exclusive tour. A money can't buy experience you'll never forget.
Walk on the Great Wall, explore Beijing's Forbidden City, discover the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, come face to face with giant pandas in Chengdu, enjoy a Yangtze River cruise and explore Shanghai. Join us on this exclusive escorted tour of China at the best time of year to go...
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W&H escorted tour - 14 days
- Beijing and the Forbidden City
- The Great Wall
- Terracotta Warriors at Xian
- Chengdu's pandas,
- Yangtze cruise
- Gardens of Suzhou
The Dates: 9-22 September 2017
September is the best time to visit, as cooling breezes ease the sweltering summer heat in Beijing, and the forests around the Great Wall offer a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours, while in Shanghai, the rainy season has ended.
Price from: £2,999pp*
- Available for bookings in February only
As part of your w&h exclusive you will get to enjoy 10 money can't buy experiences. You'll get to...
- Go behind the scenes in the Forbidden City in Beijing
- Walk one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
- Learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing
- Visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian
- Sample the hot springs of Angsana
- Try your hand at calligraphy
- See both giant and red pandas in Chengdu
- Cruise the mighty Yangtze River
- Explore the Unesco-listed gardens of Suzhou
- Tour the Old Town in Shanghai
An extra reason to book:
Book before the end of February to claim a £200 discount off the normal £3,199 price and a free upgrade on your flight home (Gatwick or Manchester) on board award-winning Cathay Pacific, or an upgrade to business class for £199 (Gatwick or Manchester; Heathrow upgrade fee is £399), subject to availability.
Day 1: Fly overnight with your choice of airline to Beijing, China's capital city.
Day 2: Beijing On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, either relax at the hotel, or begin exploring the city.
Day 3:T he Forbidden City and Pearl Market Start the day with a stroll through Tiananmen Square, stopping to see Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and admiring the grand architecture that surrounds it.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Go behind the scenes in the Forbidden City in Beijing Enter into Imperial magnificence through the impressive Gate of Heavenly Peace, where you'll explore the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Here you will also get exclusive access to the Treasure Hall. This afternoon, you are at your leisure to explore Beijing's famous Pearl Market, where you can browse a plethora of wares including handbags, clothes, silk, souvenirs and electronics. Optional extra: After dinner this evening you can enjoy a Kung Fu Show, a spectacular blend of martial arts and modern theatre.
Day 4: Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Walking on the Great Wall is the best way to appreciate this 2,000-year-old feat of engineering and the magnificent surrounding landscapes.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Walk one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu It provides a glimpse of how the structure would have looked when it was first built to keep out the Mongol hordes. Reached by a short cable car ride, the views from the top over the surrounding mountains are memorable. On your return to Beijing, there's time to stop at the beautiful Summer Palace. Once the royal family's escape from the summer heat of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has exquisite landscape gardens, traditional pavilions and pagodas to admire. This evening's meal includes the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Day 5: Temple of Heaven Join the dawn gathering of locals in the parklands that surround the Temple of Heaven.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven A Tai Chi master will ensure a relaxing start to the day with the graceful, free-flowing movements of this ancient martial art. This afternoon you fly to Xian - Imperial capital for 11 dynasties and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Optional extra: A colourful Tang Dynasty dance performance.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army was buried in battle formation for 2,000 years, each warrior crafted with a different facial expression and varying heights. Seeing them in their huge hangar will be one of the highlights of the trip. EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Sample the hot springs of Angsana This afternoon enjoy some welcome relaxation at the foot of scenic Mount Lishan. Bathe in the hot spring pools, use the swimming pool or book spa treatments for some extra pampering.
Day 7: Calligraphy then fly to Chengdu
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Try your hand at calligraphy The symbolic art form of the oriental world stresses the importance of balance and harmony in eastern cultures. In the class, you'll use simple tools and techniques to create beautiful characters. This afternoon, fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province but best known as the home of the giant panda. Optional extra: This evening you can enjoy a Face Changing Show, part of the elaborate and magical Sichuan Opera.
Day 8: Chengdu's pandas
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: See both giant and red pandas in Chengdu Spend the morning visiting the gorgeous pandas at Chengdu's Panda Centre. You'll learn more about China's celebrated bears, and get to observe them as they sit, play and munch through bamboo. Travel by coach from Chengdu to Chongqing and on arrival enjoy dinner in old Ciqikou. Then...
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Cruise the mighty Yangtze River Enjoy three nights on a four-star boat.
Day 9: Fengdu City and Captain's Reception Depending on river conditions, you'll take a shore excursion to either the fabled ghost city of Fengdu or Shibaozhai, an impressive wooden pagoda built on a cliffside. This evening enjoy a special reception with the ship's captain and learn about life on the Yangtze.
Day 10: Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Locks Cruise through the breathtaking panoramas of the Three Gorges: starting with Qutang and Wu gorges. Sculpted by nature, the gorges make for a dramatic sight as you pass through on board your cruise ship. Listen to the on-board commentary and enjoy a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of the Goddess or Shennong streams. Later, enter the Xiling Gorge. This evening, sail through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam and admire this incredible feat of engineering.
Day 11: Three Gorges Dam, fly to Shanghai Arrive in Yichang, the trade centre that connects east and west China, and boasts the largest hydroelectric base in the world. Here you disembark the ship and drive to Wuhan, where you'll fly to Shanghai.
Day 12: Gardens of Suzhou
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Explore the Unesco-listed gardens of Suzhou Located just outside of Shanghai, Suzhou is a city famous for its meticulously designed classical gardens, cobbled streets and picturesque waterways. Explore the Humble Administrator's Garden. Founded in the 12th century, Suzhou's largest garden has numerous pavilions, bridges, pools and islands to explore. Later, cruise on the 1,000-year-old Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai.
Day 13: Explore Shanghai This morning is at leisure to spend as you wish, be it relaxation or a bit of time to explore by yourself.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Tour the Old Town in Shanghai It still nestles among the ever-growing skyscrapers, where you can admire the spectacular Art Deco architecture of the famous Bund waterfront area. Get a view of the city from a different perspective with a cruise - the contrast between the classic Bund on one bank and the futuristic Pudong on the opposite side, is fascinating. This evening, dine on a farewell meal of Shanghai cuisine and relive your favourite memories chatting about your China adventure!
Day 14: Return home Fly back to the UK and enjoy your free premium economy upgrade (or business-class upgrade for £199) if you book in February.
- International flights with your choice of airline with the choice of regional departures. Book before the end of February to claim either a free upgrade to premium economy on your flight home (Gatwick or Manchester) with award-winning Cathay Pacific, or an upgrade to business class for £199 (Gatwick or Manchester; Heathrow upgrade fee is £399).
- Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders.
- All w&h exclusive experiences and excursions, including guides and entrance fees, including Yangtze cruise, tours in Beijing and Shanghai, Tai Chi, calligraphy and hot springs experiences, and visits to the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, UNESCO gardens of Suzhou and Chengdu pandas.
- All tour managers (called "national escorts") and local guides - Wendy Wu's award-winning national escorts offer unrivalled passion, experience and expertise, and always receive fabulous feedback.
- All travel in China, including internal flights and Yangtze cruise.
- Four-star accommodation throughout.
- All meals, giving you a taste of the Orient - from ginger, chilli and peppercorn-infused Sichuan dishes to the soy and shellfish of Shanghai, and Peking Duck. Western dishes will be included with all breakfasts.
THE PRICE...From £2,999pp*
THE DATES - 9-22 September 2017
HOW TO BOOK - Call 0800 7563 514 Quote ref TSCHINA
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