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Grand China

21 Day
Between Beijing and Shanghai
Yangtze
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Discover the arresting highlights of China over 21 extraordinary days as you journey from Beijing to Shanghai, passing authentic sights and cultural wonders from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City. This remarkable itinerary includes travel by rail, river and air, so you can enjoy the very best experiences the country has to offer. Of course, your journey is complemented by a handful of Scenic Enrich, Freechoice and Sundowners experiences and excursions – bringing immersive encounters you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

We begin in Beijing, the bustling heart of contemporary China. Experience the inimitable Great Wall at Mutianyu, sample a traditional Peking Duck welcome dinner, feel the historic significance of Tiananmen Square, and savour a Scenic Sundowners event in the Forbidden City – where you’ll raise a toast to his incredible world city. Venturing from Beijing, you’re invited to witness the incredible Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang, an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience. After enjoying the exquisite rural beauty of Hu Xi’an County, your river cruise on the great Yangtze river begins – showcasing the natural splendour of the world-renowned Three Gorges, as well as the beautiful heritage destinations of Fengdu and Ciqikou. In Chengdu, you’ll enjoy a rare encounter with giant panda cubs with Scenic Enrich, before flying to Guilin and Yangshuo, where you’ll cruise the Li River. Your journey ends in the vibrant heart of Shanghai, whose incredible skyline is yours to discover during a momentous sightseeing tour.

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* From price is for a 05 May 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details.

Day 2
Beijing

Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights is located within walking distance to the Silk Markets.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Beijing
Highlights: Great Wall of China, Freechoice

Start your tour with a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Freechoice

Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Beijing
Highlights: Lunch in private home, Sundowners over Tiananmen Square, Freechoice

Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways separating these homes.

Sundowners

Finish the day as you started, overlooking the magnificent Forbidden City, as you enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers and soak up Beijing at dusk.

Freechoice

Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Beijing
Highlights: Freechoice, Summer Palace

Later, explore the Summer Palace’s landscaped beauty and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake.

Freechoice

Indulge in a shopping spree at the Silk Markets or hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, discover the jealously guarded secrets of traditional Chinese medicine or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Beijing > Xi’an
Highlights: Xi’an Wall

Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at your historically located hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Xi’an
Highlights: Enrich - Terracotta Warriors and private museum visit

Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

Enrich

Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.

Enrich

Be treated to a special private viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum.  Savour a refreshing drink and learn more about Shaanxi Province history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the splendid Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Xi’an > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Enrich - Lunch in painter's home, Embark cruise

Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter.

Fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship at Maoping or Taohuacun Pier, the Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

Enrich

Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings. You’ll learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Experience the ship elevator in operation (when available). Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Yangtze River Cruise
Highlights: Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

Explore the dramatic Bamboo Gorge and Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan) and then visit a local village of rowers. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Yangtze River Cruise – Fuling
Highlights: Gala Dinner

Enjoy an insightful excursion in Fuling to the ‘816 Underground Project’. This afternoon is at leisure in Fuling. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
Highlights: Ciqikou Ancient Town, Sichuan dinner

Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Then experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu, before settling in for a two night stay at your luxurious hotel in Chengdu.

Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace or a Western steak or burger at Mooneys Irish bar or international fare at Café Z.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Chengdu
Highlights: Enrich - panda photo at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre

Wander through the old quarter of town and visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the second century Wuhou Temple. Tonight, be entertained by a performance of Sichuan Opera.

Enrich

A special day as you’ll enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even get to have a photo with these endangered creatures, truly a moment to cherish.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Chengdu > Guilin
Highlights: Reed Flute Cave

Commence with a flight to Guilin. Admire the surrounding picturesque karst landscape, the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill and colourful Reed Flute Cave. Spend the evening in Guilin and enjoy an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Guilin > Yangshuo
Highlights: Li River cruise

Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious accommodation in Yangshuo for a two night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16
Yangshuo
Highlights: Freechoice, Impression Liu Sanjie Show

This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

Freechoice

Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. You can choose to explore the 300-year-old Liugong village, and other surrounding farms and villages, or visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand in creating your own souvenir.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Yangshuo > Guilin > Shanghai
Highlights: Maglev Train

Relax this morning before flying to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18
Shanghai
Highlights: City sightseeing tour

Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover the modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Shanghai
Highlights: Freechoice

Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, with its wealth of shopping opportunities before enjoying your farewell dinner.

Freechoice

Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20
Shanghai > UK

It’s time to bid a fond farewell after an unforgettable journey, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 21
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