Grand China Scenic River Cruise & Tour

NEW FOR 2018/2019! Enjoy your first taste of authentic China in Beijing at a Peking duck dinner, before embarking on an excursion to the mighty great wall. Scenic Sundowners provides the opportunity to enjoy sunset drinks overlooking the majestic Forbidden City and you’ll become acquainted with Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors during an exclusive museum visit with a curator.

Embark on a journey down the Yangtze, marvelling at the Three Gorges Dam Project, get up close to pandas at a specialist centre and take a thrilling journey on the innovative Maglev train to Shanghai, China’s biggest city.

A charming wonderland where ancient crafts are still applied in the timehonoured fashion. On this journey, you’ll embrace natural wonder, from rivers that snake through beautiful rolling landscapes to striking limestone outcrops that evoke images of old oriental watercolour paintings.

Yangshuo

Itinerary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the wonderfully located Westin Xian hotel.race at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

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.

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

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.

Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter.

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.

Fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Experience the ship locks in operation as your ship transits each gate. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while enjoying afternoon tea. Tonight, attend the captain’s reception.

Explore 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.

Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fengdu. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

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 the luxurious Shangri-La Chengdu.

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

Enrich: 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.

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 at the Sichuan Opera.

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 at the elegant Shangri-La Guilin or similar.

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

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.

This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
21 October 2018 £7,495
26 May 2019 £7,195

What's Included

  • FREE Business Class Flight Upgrade when you book by 20th December 2018!*
  • Return flights from London Heathrow or regional UK airports
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise on board Yangzi Explorer
  • 4 exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 15 Scenic Freechoice activities and Freechoice Dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 13 dinners
  • 2 Scenic Special Stays
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Expert Tour Directors to guide and assist
  • All tipping, port charges and airport taxes