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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Grand Tour of China

Discover China's iconic sights, from the magnificent Forbidden City in Beijing to the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an and and the endangered Giant Pandas at Chengdu Zoo, and enjoy a 2-night cruise along the mighty Yangtze on the luxurious Century Sun, on this superb cruise and land tour, with return flights from the UK

Fly Cruise
15 nights

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Army, Xi'an
  • Giant Panda
  • Three Gorges
  • Shanghai

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Discover one of the world's most ancient cultures, with highlights including the iconic Great Wall of China, spectacular Three Gorges, famous Terracotta Army and spectacular Forbidden City, on this unique holiday.

Visit Beijing’s magnificent Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, enjoy stunning panoramic views from the the Great Wall of China, and admire the breathtaking Terracotta Army which guards the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor in Xi'an.

Board a boat for a cruise along the scenic Li River which is surrounded by colourful rice paddies and verdant tropical forests, before heading to Chengdu, home to the Panda Breeding and Research Centre which cares for these endangered animals.

Join your luxurious ship in Chongquing for an unforgettable journey along the mighty Yangtze, cruising through the dramatic Three Gorges and visiting the Three Gorges Dam. This unique holiday then concludes with a two-night stay in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, where there is the opportunity to attend the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

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Grand Tour of China Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Shanghai (China)

Overnight flight from the UK to Shanghai.

Day 2 - Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to the four-star Central Hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast included. This evening, enjoy a walk along Shanghai's riverside promenade, the "Bund".

Day 3 - Beijing

This morning, enjoy a exhilarating ride on China's new high speed train to Beijing. On arrival, check-in to the four-star Mercure Downtown hotel for a three-night stay with breakfast included.

Day 4 - Forbidden City

Visit magnificent Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza, and discover the Forbidden City. With a staggering 9,999 rooms this is the largest palace complex in the world and is adorned with paintings of dragons and phoenixes, carvings and inscriptions. After lunch, continue to the magnificent Summer Palace. This evening there is the opportunity to attend a Kung Fu show with dinner.

Day 5 - The Great Wall

Travel to the stupendous Great Wall of China, the largest structure ever built by man. Enjoy superb views of the surrounding wild landscape with endless hills and mountains as far as the eye can see. This evening there is a Peking Duck banquet in Beijing.

Day 6 - Xi'an

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. En route from the airport, enjoy a visit to the impressive Hang Yang Ling tomb and Underground Museum which displays artifacts unearthed around the tomb of the first Han Emperor. Continue to the imposing Ming Dynasty walls. Two-night stay at the four-star Tianyu Gloria Grand Hotel with breakfast.

Day 7 - Terracotta Army

Visit the extraordinary 6,000-strong Terracotta Army which guards the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor. The archers, crossbowmen and infantry all have their own unique and lifelike features. Lunch is included today. This evening there is the option to watch the spectacular Tang Dynasty show, which interprets ancient Chinese myths through dance and music.

Day 8 - Guilin

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Admire the Longshen Rice Terraces. The ethnic Yao tribes have cut the terraces into the steep hills over hundreds of years. Two-night stay at the four-star Bravo Hotel with breakfast. Lunch and dinner are included today.

Day 9 - Li River

Board a boat for a cruise down the stunningly beautiful Li River. Admire the limestone peaks covered in verdant tropical forests that rise majestically from the flat rice paddies and see water buffalo cooling off in the river. After lunch on board, enjoy time at leisure to explore the picturesque riverside town of Yangshuo before returning to Guilin.

Day 10 - Chengdu

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. On arrival, check-in to the four-star Tianfu Sunshine Hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast. This afternoon, enjoy a walk along Jin Li Street, a recreation of a traditional shopping street.

Day 11 - Chengdu - Chongqing

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre which houses over 100 of these photogenic creatures, including baby pandas and the lesser known red pandas. Later, board a high-speed express train for the journey to Chongqing where you'll board your ship.

Day 12 - Scenic cruising

Enjoy an optional visit to Fengdu 'Ghost' City this morning. In the afternoon visit the striking Shibaozhai pagoda which rises majestically up a sheer cliff face.

Day 13 - Three Gorges

Travel through the Qutang and Wu gorges before transferring to a smaller riverboat for a cruise on one of the Lesser Three Gorges, the Shennv Stream. Enjoy sailing through spectacular narrow gorges surrounded by jungle-clad sheer cliffs. Tonight it's the Captain's Farewell Banquet.

Day 14 - Three Gorges Dam

Continue downstream and cruise through the Xiling Gorge towards the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark at Yichang, have lunch then fly to Shanghai for a two-night stay at the four-star Central hotel, only a short walk from the Bund.

Day 15 - Shanghai

Enjoy a morning tour of the main sights of Shanghai, including the Jade Buddha temple and the Yuyuan Gardens. In the evening there is the option to attend the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

Day 16 - Shanghai - UK

This morning, board the world's fastest train, the Maglev, to Shanghai's Pudong airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving home later today.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 3-night full board accommodation on a luxury ship
  • 1-night stay at the Central Hotel, Shanghai
  • 3-night stay at the Mercure Downtown hotel, Beijing
  • 2-night stay at the Tianyu Gloria Grand Hotel, Xi'an
  • 2-night stay at the Bravo Hotel, Guilin
  • 1-night stay at the Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu
  • 2-night stay at the Central Hotel, Shanghai
  • Return flights from Dublin or London Heathrow, and all internal flights
  • Daily breakfast and 14 meals
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides
  • Services of an experienced Tour Director

Price Does Not Include

  • China visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
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