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China Rail Discovery


     

Chinas rail network has expanded dramatically over the past decade with the construction of an extensive high-speed rail network. Huge investment into the rail system has produced an efficient, reliable, high-tech service with safe, comfortable trains covering vast distances in shorter times. There are now many bullet trains in operation in China, which provide an interesting way to see more of the countryside and scenery away from the big cities.


Your Tour Includes

16 Day Tour
International Flights from the UK
Transfers and Transport in China
Hotel accommodation based on two adults sharing
English Speaking Guides
Meals as Specified
Entrance Fees to the sites listed
Airport Taxes
Visa Fees
 
 

Prices and Tour Dates
Prices from £2898 per person
Departures 6, 13, 20 September 2018; 11, 18, 25 October 2018 and 8 November 2018

 

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Beijing
Take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay, and a chance to relax before your guide will escort you to dinner where you will meet and greet your fellow group members. Dinner included

Day 3 Beijing City Tour
In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven, followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square and a visit to the Forbidden City. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 Great Wall
Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. In the evening there will be a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner. Breakfast lunch and dinner included.
 

Day 5 Bullet train to Xian
In the morning visit the Summer Palace, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, and the opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Finally, you will catch a bullet train to Xian. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors
Today, your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xian. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying a Tang dynasty show of traditional music and dance. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7 Fly to Chengdu
Today, you will visit the Shaanxi Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, explore China’s unique architecture, and end with a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 Leshan Buddha
A full day excursion to the magnificent Leshan Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world. You will also visit the ancient town of Huanglongxi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 Giant Pandas and transfer to cruise
In the morning arrive at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Afterwards transfer to the train station for a bullet train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your 5* Victoria Cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Days 10-11 Yangtze River Cruise
On the first day of the cruise, you can relax while the ship meanders throughout the Yangtze, allowing you to enjoy its scenic views. Your first excursion will be Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, and another will be on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.



Day 12 Bullet train to Shanghai

Before arriving at Yichang you will visit The Three Gorges Dam. Disembark at Yichang at noon and our guide will escort you to the station for a train to Shanghai. Breakfast and lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 Zhu Jia Jiao
Today starts with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years. You should see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 14 Suzhou Day Trip
Suzhou, known as the Venice of the East, is todays destination. After, an enjoyable cruise on the Grand Canal, you will visit a local silk mill and the Panmen Gate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 Shanghai City Tour
The first attraction of the day will be the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai Museum and a chance to visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund. Later, you will have a birds eye view of the city from the top of the Shanghai world financial centre. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 16 Fly to London Heathrow
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London Heathrow. Breakfast included.

 
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