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18 days from £3,599 per person

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Taking tea the traditional Chinese way in the tranquil and photogenic gardens of Huanglongxi.

Summary

Our 18-day ‘Grand China' tours take in the country's historical highlights: the mighty Great Wall, Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army at Xi’an. There’s also a nod to natural splendour, with a scenic, three-night cruise along the Yangtze River and a visit to a tea plantation. We’ll step off the beaten path, too, exploring peaceful pavilions and Buddhist pagodas, seeing giant pandas and watching skilled silk embroiderers at work.

Your holiday includes:

14 excursions and visits

  • Visits to Beijing’s Summer Palace; Tian’anmen Square & Forbidden City; Big Wild Goose Pagoda and North Square; Terracotta Warriors & Tangbo Art Museum; and Guilin tea plantation
  • Excursions to Great Wall of China & Olympic Games village; Chengdu Panda Breeding Institute and Huanglongxi historic town; and Suzhou
  • Peking Duck dinner
  • Li River cruise and visit to Yangshuo
  • Bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing
  • City tours of Chongqing and Shanghai (including Yuyuan Garden)
  • Yangtze cruise excursions to Shibaozhai, Goddess Stream and Three Gorges Dam

Plus:

  • 13 nights in hotels, 3 nights cruise on MV Century Sun and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 37 meals: 16 breakfasts (days 3-18) 12 lunches (days 3-4, 6, 8 and 10-17) 9 dinners (days 2, 4-5, 7, 9, 11-13 and 17)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Local Titan tour manager and guide
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • Day 1 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Beijing.

    In flight


  • Beijing

    After time to settle in and rest a little, we’ll visit the serene Summer Palace. This splendid collection of pavilions, palaces, temples and bridges provided a seasonal retreat for China’s emperors for hundreds of years.

    • Visit Beijing’s Summer Palace (afternoon)

    Landmark Hotel, Beijing (4-star)


  • Beijing

    This morning we explore the extraordinary complex of imperial palaces known as the Forbidden City, along with Tian’anmen, the largest city square in the world, and one that has played host to monumental events in Chinese history.

    Optional excursions introduce the maze-like ‘hutong’ neighbourhoods or the beauty and power of Chinese martial arts.

    • Visit Tian’anmen Square & Forbidden City (morning)

    Landmark Hotel, Beijing (4-star)


  • Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall is a sight to behold. Epic in scale, it took 2,000 years to build and, at its height, was guarded by a million men. The Badaling Great Wall dates to the Ming Dynasty - we’ll walk along its ramparts.

    We also travel along the ‘Spirit Way’ and visit the Olympic Games Village to admire the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadia. Tonight, savour a traditional Peking duck dinner.

    • Excursion to Great Wall of China & Olympic Games village (all day)
    • Peking Duck dinner (evening)

    Landmark Hotel, Beijing (4-star)


  • Beijing - Xi’an

    After a morning flight to Xi’an, we visit the ancient Buddhist temple known as Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Later in the day, we take a walk around North Square to admire beautiful sculptures, landscaped grounds and the largest music fountain in Asia.

    • Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and North Square (afternoon)

    Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (4.5-star)


  • Xi’an

    Xi’an’s standout sight is the Terracotta Army. Thousands of life-size terracotta warriors and horses, arranged in battle formation, guard the mausoleum of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang. As well as seeing the army, we’ll also visit the small but delightful Tangbo Art Museum, which introduces the folk culture of the region, from calligraphy to shadow plays. There’s also an optional excursion to the Tang Dynasty Show.

    • Visit Terracotta Warriors & Tangbo Art Museum (all day)

    Golden Flower Hotel, Xi’an (4.5-star)


  • Xi’an - Guilin

    China’s great highlights are scattered across a vast nation, so it is back to the airport this morning for a flight to Guilin. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or join us for an optional Guilin night boat cruise.

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (4-star)


  • Guilin

    The extraordinary natural beauty of the Guilin region is best appreciated by boat - we’ve included a four-hour Li River cruise, where you’ll glide past spectacular karst rock formations and lush greenery.

    • Li River cruise and visit to Yangshuo (all day)

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin (4-star)


  • Guilin - Chengdu

    Following a tea plantation visit, we fly to Chengdu. The beguiling Changing Face Show is an optional excursion this evening.

    • Visit Guilin tea plantation (morning)

    Dorsett Grand Chengdu (4-star)


  • Chengdu

    We focus on China’s most captivating and emblematic wildlife residents at the Panda Breeding Institute of Chengdu.

    Then we explore endlessly photogenic Huanglongxi - a splendidly well preserved ancient town - and sample authentic Chinese afternoon tea with pastries in a traditional tea house.

    • Visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Institute and Huanglongxi historic town (all day)

    Dorsett Grand Chengdu (4-star)


  • Day 11 - Chengdu - Chongqing

    The ‘bullet train’ whisks us from Chengdu to Chongqing, where there’s time for a brief orientation tour before we board our ship for a three-night Yangtze cruise.

    • Bullet train from Chengdu to Chongqing (morning)
    • City tour of Chongqing (afternoon)

    MV Century Sun (4-star)

  • Day 12 - Yangtze (Shibaozhai)

    Our cruise along scenic waters brings us to Shibaozhai (literally meaning ‘precious stone fortress’), a steep-sided crag overlooking the Yangtze with an attractive nine-storey red pavilion providing a walkway to the hilltop temple.

    • Yangtze cruise excursion to Shibaozhai (afternoon)

    MV Century Sun (4-star)

  • Day 13 - Yangtze (Three Gorges - Goddess Stream)

    The Three Gorges comprise the most spectacular and captivating stretch of the mighty Yangtze River. This morning, we sail through the first of these - Qutang Gorge, where we join a smaller craft for a ride along the Goddess Stream. Returning to the ship at lunchtime, we continue our journey through the awe-inspiring Witches Gorge, arriving at Maoping later today.

    • Yangtze cruise excursions to Three Gorges and Goddess Stream (morning)

    MV Century Sun (4-star)

  • Yangtze - Maoping - Three Gorges Dam - Yichang - Shanghai - Suzhou

    We disembark at Maoping and board our coach for a morning excursion to the Three Gorges Dam - the largest water conservatory project ever undertaken. We conclude in Yichang, fly to Shanghai, then transfer onwards to Suzhou, a city of canals and gardens which have collectively earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

    • Visit Three Gorges Dam (morning)

    Pan Pacific Suzhou (4.5-star)


  • Suzhou

    Our tour of Suzhou includes a visit to the stunning Master of the Nets Garden, perhaps the finest of its kind in China, a cruise along the Grand Canal and stops at a silk factory and silk embroidery institute.

    • Tour of Suzhou (all day)

    Pan Pacific Suzhou (4.5-star)


  • Suzhou - Shanghai

    Today’s destination, Shanghai, is one of the world’s most exciting cities, with a fascinating past and one eye on the future. Our tour introduces this stunning metropolis, with a visit to the historic Bund area and free time in the shopper’s paradise of Nanjing Road. Marvel at an optional acrobatic show this evening.

    • City tour of Shanghai (all day)

    Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (4-star)


  • Shanghai

    A further day in this spectacular city invites exploration of the exceptional Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, and idyllic Yuyuan Garden, which appropriately translates as the ‘garden of happiness’.

    • Shanghai tour including Yuyuan Garden (all day)

    Hotel Equatorial Shanghai (4-star)


  • Day 18 Shanghai - UK

    We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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