Panda and Palaces

13 Days
Beijing to Chengdu
From (GBP)
£ 4,545
£ 3,945
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Beijing > Chengdu

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13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly to Beijing from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner inside of your luxurious hotel in Beijing. Enjoy spending a restful four nights on the doorstep of the Forbidden City, one of the most recognisable world heritage sites in the world.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

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


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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    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.

    Freechoice Dining

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Beijing


    Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven.

    Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to perhaps shop at the Silk Markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). 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

  9. Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu

    Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Chengdu


    A special day with an enchanting encounter with rare giant panda cubs.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Chengdu > UK

    It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. Transfer to Chengdu airport for your return flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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