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Grand Tour of China

  • Duration
    26 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
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    £4,790pp
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This wide-ranging tour has China's top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or a straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 24 , Lunches: 23 , Dinners: 24
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    24 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise, Li River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required and you should expect to be on your feet for much of the day. You’ll be getting on and off coaches, trains or boats and walking around the sights, often including steps, plus occasional longer walks. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Grand Tour of China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

This tour is suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore China and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates a Yangtze River cruise.

  • Days 1-2
    Fly overnight to Beijing
    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Beijing

    Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Days 3-4
    The Great Wall
    Days 3-4: The Great Wall

    Visit Tiananmen Square and discover the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City before exploring Beijing's old hutongs where you can meet a local family and visit their home. This evening, eat traditional Peking duck. The next day, spend the morning taking a walk on the Great Wall and in the afternoon, enjoy a stroll through the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Temple of Heaven
    Day 5: Temple of Heaven

    In the morning, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and wander through the park. Later, take a bullet train to Xian.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 6-7
    Terracotta Warriors
    Days 6-7: Terracotta Warriors

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before wandering around the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, view the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Later, stroll on Xian's beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Board your cruise
    Day 8: Board your cruise

    Fly to Yichang where you will board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 9-11
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Days 9-11: Yangtze River Cruise

    The Three Gorges Dam may be an impressive feat of engineering but as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Old Ciqikou
    Day 12: Old Ciqikou

    Disembark in Chongqing then explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu where tonight you will be served a traditional Sichuanese dinner with the option to watch a Sichuan Opera performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Giant Pandas
    Day 13: Giant Pandas

    Visit Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about these celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Later, fly to the charming city of Dali.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Enchanting Dali
    Days 14-15: Enchanting Dali

    Dali offers a peek of the China of times-gone-by. Over the next two days, travel to Xizhou village to browse around the local market, see the Yan Family House, cruise on Erhai Lake, explore Dali's ancient quarter and visit the Three Pagodas. Board the bullet train to Kunming.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Stone Forest
    Day 16: Stone Forest

    Explore the fascinating limestone formations of the picturesque Stone Forest and tuck in to local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner tonight.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17
    Bullet train to Guilin
    Day 17: Bullet train to Guilin

    Board the bullet train to the beautiful city of Guilin.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18
    Li River
    Day 18: Li River

    Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery and grazing buffalo.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19
    Yangshuo Countryside
    Day 19: Yangshuo Countryside

    Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Explore the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose one of the many optional activities available.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20
    Guilin
    Day 20: Guilin

    Return to Guilin and visit a pearl factory and Reed Flute Cave. Also stroll around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 21-22
    Discover Hangzhou
    Days 21-22: Discover Hangzhou

    Fly to Hangzhou and visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the tea plantations of Meijiawu. The next day, enjoy a cruise on West Lake and visit Xihu Tiandi before continuing to Suzhou.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23
    Suzhou
    Day 23: Suzhou

    Suzhou's centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its elegant gardens, visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator's Garden – typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Also cruise on the Grand Canal.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 24
    Shanghai
    Day 24: Shanghai

    Travel to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Visit Matchmaker's Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, the Shanghai Museum and People's Square. Later, enjoy a view of the glittering city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. This evening, dine on a delicious meal of Shanghainese cuisine.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 25
    Explore Shanghai
    Day 25: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit Yu Garden, the old town, a silk factory and stroll along the Bund. End the evening with the ERA acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 26
    Fly Shanghai to UK
    Day 26: Fly Shanghai to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guest rooms offer free internet access and satellite TV. Along with room service, other in room amenities such as a refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities are provided.
  • Nights 3
    Dajing Castle Hotel
    12 Xi Duan, Huan Cheng South Road, Xian 710068, Shaanxi, P.R. China
    Dajing Castle Hotel
    Formerly known as Grand Park, the Dajing Castle hotel is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Xi'an's Beilin district. Blending traditional and contemporary elements, the guestrooms boast comfortable interiors that exude style and elegance. Each room is equipped with modern amenities, including a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar, and a safety deposit box. The ensuite bathroom is well-appointed with bathrobes and slippers for added convenience. The hotel features Wi-Fi, a fitness center, sauna, massage service, buffet breakfast and atrium bar.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    Xinliang Hotel
    Xinliang Hotel
    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.
  • Nights 2
    Landscape Hotel
    No. 96 Yuer Road, Dali Ancient Town, Yunnan, China
    Landscape Hotel
    Landscape Hotel is a 3-star hotel situated inside the Dali Ancient Town, close to Dali railway station and Dali airport. The simplistic style of the rooms keeps the focus on how the hotel seamlessly blends the traditional courtyard style with local influences. Each room offers guests Wi-Fi and Chinese cuisine is served at breakfast.
  • Nights 2
    Jinjiang Hotel
    Jinjiang Hotel
    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.
  • Night 1
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    Located in Guilin's city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.
  • Nights 2
    Elite Garden Hotel
    Elite Garden Hotel
    In the centre of Yangshuo, the 4-star Elite Garden Hotel offers spacious guest rooms designed and decorated to make you feel at home, all equipped with free internet access, complimentary bottled water and a coffee machine. The private bathrooms include both bath and shower facilities.
  • Night 1
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    Located in Guilin's city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.
  • Night 1
    Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia
    Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia
    A short distance from Hangzhou's famous West Lake, Wen Hua Gin Lan Jia Hotel offers beautiful guest rooms with a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and spacious bathrooms. Some rooms even offer guests stunning views over the river.
  • Nights 2
    Wyndham Garden Suzhou
    Wyndham Garden Suzhou
    In the heart of stunning Suzhou, Wyndham Garden is just steps away from the city's highlights. The spacious guest rooms are modern and fully air conditioned, providing an in-room safe and tea/ coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers a restaurant, outdoor pool and fitness centre.
  • Nights 2
    Hongqiao Jinjiang Hotel
    No.5 Zunyi South Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200336 China
    Hongqiao Jinjiang Hotel
    Formerly known as the Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel, the 4-star Hongqiao Jinjiang Hotel is located in the heart of Shanghai and welcomes visitors to a luxurious and relaxing retreat from the city. Guests will have easy access to the major metropolitan area as well as the Shanghai Public Library and Honggiao Golf Club.

The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 5°c
  • 81mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
  • Suzhou
  • 4°c
  • 40mm
  • Xian
  • 0°c
  • 7mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 7°c
  • 88mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
  • Suzhou
  • 4°c
  • 75mm
  • Xian
  • 4°c
  • 10mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 11°c
  • 141mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
  • Suzhou
  • 9°c
  • 193mm
  • Xian
  • 9°c
  • 29mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 17°c
  • 123mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
  • Suzhou
  • 14°c
  • 83mm
  • Xian
  • 15°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 22°c
  • 129mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
  • Suzhou
  • 20°c
  • 67mm
  • Xian
  • 20°c
  • 60mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 25°c
  • 219mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
  • Suzhou
  • 24°c
  • 59mm
  • Xian
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
  • Suzhou
  • 28°c
  • 191mm
  • Xian
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 29°c
  • 162mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
  • Suzhou
  • 28°c
  • 54mm
  • Xian
  • 26°c
  • 71mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 25°c
  • 124mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
  • Suzhou
  • 24°c
  • 67mm
  • Xian
  • 21°c
  • 92mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 19°c
  • 78mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
  • Suzhou
  • 18°c
  • 56mm
  • Xian
  • 15°c
  • 60mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 13°c
  • 72mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
  • Suzhou
  • 12°c
  • 3mm
  • Xian
  • 8°c
  • 24mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Hangzhou
  • 8°c
  • 49mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
  • Suzhou
  • 6°c
  • 43mm
  • Xian
  • 2°c
  • 6mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
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Places Visited: UK - Beijing (3N) - Xi'an (3N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (1N) - Dali (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Hangzhou (1N) - Suzhou (2N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

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