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Exquisite China Luxury 5- Tour including Yangtze Cruise

Exquisite China Luxury 5* Tour including Yangtze Cruise

Bucket List Tour

Indulge yourself with a deluxe Yangtze cruise and opulent hotels as a relaxed itinerary takes you from imperial treasures and Terracotta Warriors to vibrant cities, adorable pandas and delicious gastronomy, complete with many special experiences.

15 Days from €5,990 pps

Places Visited

Ireland - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - Ireland

*** Enjoy as a private tour and choose to  design your own bespoke itinerary - we  

                                  can arrange this to suit your requirements ***

Tour Highlights

  • Take a Tai Chi class with a master at the peaceful Temple of Heaven
  • Toast with champagne on top of the Great Wall of China
  • Admire the blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture at the Grand Mosque
  • Cruise down the dramatic Yangtze River, passing the imposing Three Gorges
  • Wander the idyllic water town of Zhujiajiao
  • Toast your tour with a farewell cocktail over the Huangpu River.

 
 What's included:

International flights and current taxes

Complimentary Ireland airport chauffeur transfers within 50 miles of your home

Domestic transportation

5* accommodation

Meals as stated in itinerary - most meals ( 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches & 8 Dinners)

Touring with guides and entrance fees

Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

 

Departures 2018 fm €5,990 pps

14Sept - 28Sept       -       05Sep - 19Oct

12Oct -  26Oct

Departures 2019 fm €6,190 pps

12Apr - 26Apr          -         03May - 17May

17May - 31May        

Departures 2019 fm €6,390 pps

30Aug - 13Sep        -         13Sep -  27Sep         

04Oct - 18 Oct         -        11Oct - 25Oct  

ITINERARY

Day 1 - 2 Fly to Beijing

Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)

Day 3-  Explore Imperial Beijing

Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai Chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Dine on Peking Duck and enjoy an optional performance of Kung Fu. (B,L,D)

 

Day 4  - Champagne on the Great Wall

From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Ride the cable car up the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via the Jade Museum, then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you'll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)

 

Day 5  - Ancient City Walls

Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. This evening, watch a colourful and sometimes humorous Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)

 

Day 6 - The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds most famous archaeological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Next we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the discoverer of the Warriors - learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who fortuitously stumbled upon them in 1974. On the way back to Xian, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Tonight there is an option (at your own expense) to take a city night tour which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)

 

Day 7  -  Travel To Chengdu

Explore the fascinating Hanyangling Mausoleum, burial place of Emperor Jing and Empress Wang of the Western Han Dynasty, and the restoration laboratory.The artefacts recovered here give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty.Fly to Chengdu, where the evening is at leisure with the option to puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera – the ‘face-changing’ art of Bian Lian. (B,L)

 

Day 8  - Pandas with an Expert

Visit Chengdu's Panda Centre's where an expert will talk to you about the Centre's work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Later, stroll through the vibrant People’s Park and visit Matchmaker’s corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, before sipping tea in a traditional tea house. This evening, enjoy a quintessential Sichuan hot pot dining experience (B,L,D)

 

Day 9  - Cruise the Yangtze River

Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture -with time for your own leisurely lunch. Board your Century cruise ship (B,D)

 

Day 10  - Captain's Welcome

The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China - this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception before a lavish dinner is served. (B,L,D)

 

Day 11 - Dramatic Yangtze Gorges

Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. (B,L,D)

 

Day 12  - Three Georges Dam Project

This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

Day 13  - Zhujiajiao Water Town

China's attractive water towns exude a rustic charm. The 1,700 year old Zhujiajiao is a typical example, boasting old stone bridges, wood-paneled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport foods. Return to Shanghai where the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, or you may wish to enjoy an acrobat show or a cruise on the Huangpu river. (B)

 

Day 14  -  Stylish Shanghai & farewell  at Cloud 9

Walk through the Old Town in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese gardens . Visit the colonial Bund and the Silk Museum, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)

 

Day 15 -  Fly Shanghai to Ireland

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)

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