Wonders of China

Wonders of China

Day 1 UK - In flight

VIP Outbound2

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

Day 2 Beijing

Beijing - Summer Palace

This morning we arrive into Beijing. You’ll have time to freshen up and relax before we head out to explore the serene Summer Palace this afternoon. A cluster of lakes, palaces and gardens, it’s the perfect place for a laid-back introduction to China.

  • Visit Beijing’s Summer Palace (afternoon)

Day 3 Beijing - Great Wall

Great Wall of China

We’ll pay a visit to China’s most famous sight today - the Great Wall. We’ll visit the Badaling Great Wall, a section dating back to the Ming Dynasty, set at the highest point of the Guan’gou gorge.

This afternoon we’ll continue to the site of the Ming Tombs, where we walk along the Sacred Way, lined with animal and human statues, to the mausoleum of Changling. It was widely believed that a person’s soul remained after death, and for this reason Emperor Zhu Di’s tomb complexes appear like a palace.

This evening we’ll get a real taste of China, as we dine in one of the city’s famed Peking duck restaurants.

  • Visit the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs (all day)
  • Peking Duck dinner (evening)

Day 4 Beijing - Forbidden City

Beijing - Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex, home to the Ming and Qing emperors for over 500 years. Today it’s one of Beijing’s most impressive sights, housing numerous rare treasures and intricate architecture. Also known as the Palace Museum, it sits at the north end of Tian’anmen Square.

Our tour will cover some of the many palaces and gates - look out for the yellow glazed tiles on the roofs, the symbol of the royal family. This afternoon is free to explore, do some shopping or relax.

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

Day 5 Beijing - Xi’an

Beijing - Xi’an

We’ll fly to Xi’an and, following our arrival, visit the Yangling Han Tomb Museum. This evening we have arranged to see the famous Tang Dynasty Show, a performance of Chang’an music and dance that’s a treasured national art.

  • Yangling Han Tomb Museum (afternoon)
  • Watch a performance of the Tang Dynasty Show (evening)

Day 6 Xi’an - Terracotta Warriors

Xi’an - Terracotta Warriors

The incredible Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant and sensational archaeological excavations of the 20th century, are first on our agenda today. Emperor Qin Shi Huang commissioned his mausoleum in 246 BC, and as excavation work continues in the area it’s speculated that even more treasures are yet to be uncovered. The life-size warriors and horses, each individually crafted, are arranged in battle formation, and guard the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Altogether there are more than 7,000 pieces.

We’ll also visit the Big Wild Goose pagoda today. A simple yet appealing construction and a holy place for Buddhists, the pagoda stands nearly 65 metres in height and affords panoramic views over the city for those energetic enough to climb to the top.

  • Excursion to see the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (all day)

Day 7 Xi’an - Nanjing

Xi’an - Nanjing

Today, we’ll fly to Nanjing, which has been one of the most important cities in China for the past 2,000 years. Our tour of the city includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-sen, the ‘father of the nation’ who played an important role in China’s development in the early 20th century. We also view the Zhonghua Gate, built in the mid-14th century, during the reign of the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty who made Nanjing the capital.

  • Tour of the ancient city of Nanjing (afternoon)

Day 8 Nanjing - Shanghai

Yuyuan Gardens

A bullet train whisks us to Shanghai in under two hours. Shanghai is a city that showcases the ‘new’ China more than any other; it is literally expanding by the minute and embracing a modern, fresh and innovative lifestyle. Our city tour covers the old town, the attractive Yuyuan Gardens featuring pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters, Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s bustling main street. The Bund has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years, a waterfront road lined with buildings in Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance style.

  • Bullet train to Shanghai (morning)
  • Shanghai city tour (afternoon)

Day 9 Shanghai

Shanghai

A final day at leisure to rest up and relax, do some last minute shopping in any of Shanghai’s incredible malls, or cross the river to the ultra-modern Pudong area with the Oriental Pearl Tower at its heart.

Day 10 Shanghai - UK

VIP Inbound 2

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