Panda’s & Palaces

13 Days
Beijing to Chengdu
From (GBP)
£ 4,395
£ 3,995
Dates & Pricing

2021 Beijing > Chengdu

Authentic China beckons

From old timber houses on narrow cobblestone streets to cormorant fishermen using their fascinating techniques, this itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don’t get to witness first-hand.
It’s the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai – a charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the time-honoured fashion. You’ll get to embrace natural wonders, from rivers that snake through beautiful rolling landscapes to striking limestone outcrops that evoke images of old Oriental water colour paintings. There’s something both strange and familiar about the places you’ll visit, at once thrillingly new and comfortingly recognisable. That is part of their allure, and their wonder.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DHEP
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Beijing
Return City:
Chengdu

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. Enjoy your home for the next four nights Beijing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Start your tour with a visit to 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

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City.

    Enrich

    Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public.

    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 cuisine at The Exchange.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Beijing

    Freechoice

    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.

    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

    Enrich

    A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them.

    Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Chengdu > UK

    Transfer to Chengdu airport for your return flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change

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