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Sichuan & Yangtze Delights

  • Duration

    14 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    £3,190pp
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From the heart of Sichuan Province to the imperial highlights of Beijing, admire some of China's most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural landscapes. Immerse yourself in stories of 9th century China from the rock carvings of Dazu and relax in the wonderful surroundings offered by a cruise down the Yangtze River.

Tour Highlights

Our Sichuan & Yangtze Delights tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Coronavirus Update for China

China currently has one of the lowest rates of new infections with 63 new daily infections reported yesterday* which makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon. *Correct as of 8 January 2020.

Tour Itinerary

Starting at the heart of Sichuan Province, spend time seeing the rock carvings of Dazu and explore Wulong before embarking on a three-night Yangtze River cruise. Also included is a visit to see the pandas, the Terracotta Army and a walk on the Great Wall.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly overnight to Chongqing

    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Chongqing

    Fly overnight to Chongqing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover Dazu

    Day 3: Discover Dazu

    Travel by road to Dazu, home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dazu Rock Carvings. Here, you will find thousands of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian idols and symbols carved into the rock faces across 70 sites. Made between the 9th-13th centuries, these rock carvings are some of the best preserved in China. Enjoy the day in Dazu before returning to Chongqing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Explore Wulong

    Day 4: Explore Wulong

    Travel to Wulong, an area of stunning natural scenery and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time strolling through the national park, walking amongst the dramatic karst landscapes that include the naturally formed stone bridges, narrow gorges and limestone formations. Here, visit the Three Bridges National Park and Fairy Mountain. Stay overnight in Wulong.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Discover Chongqing

    Day 5: Discover Chongqing

    Return to Chongqing and begin the day by heading to Hongyadong, an 11-storey, 75-metre-high stilt house that has been built alongside a steep bank of the Jialing River. Also included is a visit to E'ling Park – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of Yuzhon District that overlooks the metropolis of Chongqing city below. Enjoy a hot pot dinner, before boarding the Yangtze River cruise vessel for a three-night stay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Days 6-7: Yangtze River Cruise

    As you cruise downstream, it's time to relax and let nature take over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next two days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Streams and enjoy various shore excursions.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Yichang to Chengdu

    Day 8: Yichang to Chengdu

    Disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and visit the Three Gorges Dam, a man-made marvel and a massive feat of engineering. Later, travel by bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Meet the Pandas

    Day 9: Meet the Pandas

    Begin the day with a visit to Chengdu's famous panda reserve to see the bears playing and chomping bamboo in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat, and learn about the breeding programme at the conservation centre. Later, board the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Terracotta Warriors

    Day 10: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the production process and even buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. In the evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a Tang Dynasty show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Bullet train to Beijing

    Day 11: Bullet train to Beijing

    Begin the day by travelling on the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China. Later, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into daily life in the hutongs.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    The Great Wall

    Day 12: The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Also visit a jade factory and enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. End the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Imperial Beijing

    Day 13: Imperial Beijing

    Begin the day soaking up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch the locals as they mingle, dance and play cards. In the afternoon, head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. This evening, savour Beijing's best-known delicacy – Peking duck.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Fly Beijing to UK

    Day 14: Fly Beijing 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.

  • Night 1

    Xinliang Hotel 4 Star 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

    Lanxi International Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.

  • Nights 3

    Mercure Beijing Downtown 4 Star Hotel

    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 guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.

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
  • Chongqing
  • 8°c
  • 20mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Xi'an
  • 0°c
  • 7mm
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 10°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Xi'an
  • 4°c
  • 10mm
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 14°c
  • 36mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Xi'an
  • 9°c
  • 29mm
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 19°c
  • 105mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 43mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 23°c
  • 152mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Xi'an
  • 20°c
  • 60mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 26°c
  • 171mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Xi'an
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 29°c
  • 175mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Xi'an
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 29°c
  • 134mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Xi'an
  • 26°c
  • 71mm
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 24°c
  • 128mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Xi'an
  • 21°c
  • 92mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 19°c
  • 92mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 60mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 14°c
  • 46mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Xi'an
  • 8°c
  • 24mm
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chongqing
  • 10°c
  • 25mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Xi'an
  • 2°c
  • 6mm
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
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