Magical China

17 days: China & Hong Kong with Yangtze Cruise from £2195

  • Beijing: Great Wall & city tours (3 nights)
  • Xian:Terracotta Warriors & city tour (2 nights)
  • Chengdu: Leshen Giant Buddha Statue, cultural streets & Buddhist Temple (2 nights)
  • Giant Panda Breeding Reserve
  • Yangtze River 5* Cruise: (3 nights)
  • Chongqing: city tour
  • Guilin: tour & Li River cruise (3 nights)
  • Yangshuo
  • Hong Kong: city tour (2 nights)

*Well paced itinerary *Exclusive Small Group tours *Deluxe Hotels and 5 star cruise *Special banquets & shows *Long Established China Tour specialists*

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Day 1
Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport for scheduled flight to Beijing. Meals on board.

Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by private transport. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventure to come! (China is 8 hours ahead of UK GMT)

Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A full day city tour to soak up the atmosphere of Beijing. This includes visiting historical sites such as Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Our welcome dinner in the evening provides an opportunity to sample various type of Chinese cuisine.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional:Acrobatic show.

Day 4 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The highlights of today's visit is to the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), the quieter and less commercial section compare with some others. You will have plenty of time to walk along the wall and enjoy unforgettable views. For those who prefer an easier way up to the wall, a cable car is available (payment required locally approx £5).

Our memorable day continues with a trip to the Beijing Bird's Nest Olympics Stadia & the Water Cube swimming stadium (exteriors only). Have a stroll in the large Olympic square and enjoy great photo opportunities. Later we experience the famous Peking Roasted Duck dinner to conclude this unforgettable day.

Day 5 Beijing to Xian (Breakfast, Lunch)
Visit the 12th century Summer Palace, Kunming Lake and the Garden of Harmony before taking the ferry next to the famous Marble Boat. In the next part of the tour enjoy a fascinating Rickshaw ride through the 'Hutong' residential area of Beijing to see how local people live. Our guide will then escort you to Houhai, a popular relaxing eating out place for both Western and Chinese tourists. For travellers who would like to experience shopping in China, we can take you to the popular shopping street - Xiushui Silk Market.

In the evening, we take a flight to Xian, the former capital of China and starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Day 6 Xian (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
An exciting day awaits you as we head to the Terra-cotta Warriors Museum. We will spend plenty time to visit the luxury underground palace of Emperor Qinshihuang, The Archaeological Museum of 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and their horses. The warriors were the after life protectors of the first emperor who united China (221BC-206BC).

Enjoy our lunch include Xian's specialities. Following this we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built as a Buddhist Monastery during the Tang Dynasty. We enjoy the jovial atmosphere around the beautiful Pagoda and picturesque boulevard where Xian residents come to meet & relax.

Evening entertainment includes: a re-enactment of the royal arts performance of a 7th century Tang Dynasty Show, with a special Dinner of dumplings included.

Day 7 Xian to Chengdu ( Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast we explore Xian and visit the old Muslim Quarter of the City which is home to large Ethnic Muslim Chinese community, who have lived in the city since the silk road was established.

Enjoy walking through Muslim Square which leads into narrow winding streets crammed with shop stalls selling an array of interesting handcrafts and local food specialities. We also give time to visit the Wooden Mosque. Afterwards we will visit the majestic Bell Tower (exterior) for photo opportunities, and Drum Towers (inside) where provides fantastic bird's view across the city centre.

In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely walk & optional cycle ride on the ancient city walls. The smooth & well preserved walls make for an ideal and safe walking & cycling route around the inner historic city centre and are a charming way to enjoy the local lifestyle of Xian.

Late afternoon take a flight to Chengdu, the home of China's most famous residents, the Giant Panda.

Day 8 Chengdu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we drive to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to visit the giant pandas. You have plenty time to watch the Pandas in their playful activities and see them enjoy their Bamboo meals.

After lunch, drive to Leshan mountain and visit the Giant Buddha Statue. We take a pleasant boat ride.

Chengdu is also the home to the famous spicy Sichuan cuisine. Tonight, our dinner is booked at an excellent Sichuan cuisine restaurant where you can enjoy their delicious dishes.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional: A variety style in one of the best show house, includes the famous Chengdu face-changing performance. Ask for prices & details at time of booking.

Day 9 Chengdu to Chongqing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning, we take a stroll down the historic Jin li Street and Kuan zai Ally to observe the local culture and traditional wooden tea houses. Then we go to the unique and well preserved Wenshu Monastery, enjoy our vegetarian lunch there.

In the afternoon, we take the fast train to Chongqing, the city with the largest population in China. Upon arrival, your local guide who will take you on a tour to see the main sights in Chongqing including the People's Square. Later we visit the Three Gorges Museum.

In the evening after dinner we board our Yangtze cruise ship.

Day 10 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy magnificent views as you sail the mighty Yangtze River. After breakfast enjoy a shore excursion to the scenic Zhangfeimiao or Fengdu (depends on sailing schedule). Entertainment and organised activities on board, with Captain's welcome dinner to attend.

Day 11 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Todays shore excursion is to the Shennong Stream or Lesser 3 Gorges (depends on sailing schedule). Our cruise today sails through the spectacular Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Entertainment and organised activities on board, with the farewell dinner party in the evening.

Day 12 Yangtze River / Yichang to Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we take a special shore excursion to see the Three Gorges Dam project. Today the cruise ship passes through the beautiful Xiling Gorge.

Arriving at Yichang around noon, where we disembark and meet our guide who will take you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon arrival meet our local guide and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13 Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)
Guilin is a beautiful city set among picturesque mountains alongside the majestic Li River. Many of our travellers loved Guilin and Yangshuo very much. We take a tour to the delightful Fubo Hill or Elephant Trunk Hill (depends on local situation). Later we visit Reed Flute Cave, a vast underground cavern of exotic rock formations.

Evening entertainment recommended *Optional:to see the fantastic Ethnic Dragon dance theater show.

Day 14 Guilin to Yangshuo (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock, where you will board our boat and start cruising down the picturesque Li River with lime stone pinnacles, water buffalos, farms and villages on both sides of the river bank. Lunch will be served on board and we will disembark upon arrival at Yangshuo, a charming ancient town that is famous for its beautiful scenery.

Day 15 Guilin to Hong Kong (Breakfast)
We are driven to airport for flight to Hong Kong today. Upon arrival, being met by our representative in Hong Kong and transfer to hotel.

Day 16 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Half day guided tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village. Rest of the day is free at your leisure. We also recommend extending your stay in Hong Kong or to Macau, full list of optional tours can be found Optional tours page.

Day 17 Hong Kong - Homeward (Breakfast)
You are transferred to the airport for your departure flight home, extension of stay in Hong Kong is available.

Magical China Holidays 2012 Departure Dates & Prices (£)

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Twin share £ (Excluding international flights)

8 March


5, 12 April


10 May


7, 14 June


19 July

9, 16 August
6 September

11 October

1, 8 November

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person')

  • Internal flights including airport tax.
  • Twin share price includes International flights with full ATOL Protection. (International flights based upon London, Heathrow departure). We can also arrange departures from your local airport.
  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Sightseeing tours (including entrance fee) by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Selections of good 4 star hotel and 5 star cruise accommodation in well furnished rooms with private facilities. In Hong Kong it is 3/4 star standard.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.

Price Does Not Include

  • Visa fee (please go to Our Visa Service for details).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Optional tours and extensions

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of flights available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities are visited, duration of time spent can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.




























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