17 DAY WONDERS OF CHINA TOUR ITINERARY
China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
Day 1 – 2 – Fly from Larnaca to Beijing. Transfer to hotel & rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 – Walk through Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Sightseeing here will involve approximately 3-4 hours on foot. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs where you will meet a local family. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven for about 1 hour where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance group. Tonight, eat a traditional Peking duck dinner.
Day 4 – You will rise early this morning to avoid the crowds and drive
approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan
Pass to take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the
wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit involves walking
from the bus to the first section. Once your group has been
given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history, you
will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the
Jade Museum. In the afternoon, stroll through the Summer
Day 5 – This morning you will be transferred approximately 1 hour to
Beijing airport for your 2-hour flight to Xian. Wander through the
Muslim Quarter, before enjoying a delicious feast of traditional
Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing
in the evening.
Day 6– Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized
Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and
Horses is located approximately a 1 hour drive outside of Xian.
From the bus park to the museum entrance is a 15-minute walk.
There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be
organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for
the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the
museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’,
which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take
about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see
smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that
enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace.
There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered
by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense.
Day 7 – You will take a morning flight from Xian to Wuhan, which takes
1 hour and 15 minutes. On arrival, transfer 6-7 hours through the
countryside from the airport to the docks near Yichang which is
located downstream from the Three Gorges Dam. Here you will
board the Yangtze Cruise ship which will take you on an amazing
journey up China’s Yangtze River on a 4-night cruise.
Please note the Yangtze River cruise section of your itinerary will
not be confirmed by the cruise operators until after you
commence your tour as it is subject to local river conditions and
water levels. Your local guide will do their utmost to keep you informed of any changes but cannot guarantee
against delays or – in rare cases – cancellations of sections of your itinerary. Shore excursions are subject to
change depending on local conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day.
Day 8 – Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the
world. Disembarking the ship, drive approximately 20 minutes
(the coach is not permitted to stop for photos) to the viewing
area above the ship locks where you will be able to truly
appreciate the scale of this hydroelectric project. There is also a
small museum here and a lookout point. The sightseeing will
involve around 1 hour on foot. You will then continue upstream
on your ship.
Day 9 – Prepare for breathtaking vistas as the ship passes through Wu and Qutang gorges. Switching to smaller vessels, take a relaxing trip on the Goddess Stream cruising through the beautiful and narrow gorges for approximately 15km. Many protected species make the stunning peaks their home, including monkeys, mountain goats, deer and wild boar.
Day 10 – Today, visit the Shibaozhai Temple, an 18th century architectural marvel. This small temple was built at the top of a nine-storey pavilion clinging to the sheer south bank near Qutang Gorge. Disembark from the ship to the dock close to the pavilion’s entrance. Sightseeing here involves climbing the nine storeys inside the building. You will be off the ship for 2 hours.
Day 11 – Check out of your cabin early this morning and disembark in Chongqing. Visit Chongqing Zoo’s Panda House, before your 1 hour flight to Guilin. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 12 – Take a relaxed 4-hour cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo, where you will spend 1 night. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalos and local fishermen. These are small cruise boats usually holding approoximately 100 passengers; with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. Usually, the boats depart at 9am from the dock located a 1 hour drive from your hotel. However, when the river level is low they depart from further downstream which would mean a longer drive and an earlier check-out from your hotel. Disembarking from the cruise, your Local Guide will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 30-minute walk from the river. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. In Yangshuo, visit the local markets.
Day 13 – Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the country side, before driving back to Guilin. Visit the Reed Flute Cave and the South China Pearl Museum. Stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li river and meet a genuine cormorant fisherman.
Day 14 – Today you will fly just over 2 hours to the exuberant city of Shanghai for a 2-night stay. Spend the afternoon admiring the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum, and strolling around People’s Square. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 15 – Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and a quick visit to old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund, before visiting the Silk Museum. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city including 3-4 hours on foot. This evening, enjoy some tasty, traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Day 16 – 17 – Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. Fly back to Cyprus overnight.
|2018 Departures||Price From|
|5th & 12th March/ 4th & 11th Nov||€3659|
|25 March – 24th June/ 22nd July – 7th October||€4099|
|8th July/12th October/ 14th October||€4199|
Single supplement of €749 applies to each date.All prices are per person and are based on 2 people sharing a room/cabin. Single supplements do apply. All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River. See Great Pandas play & admire Shanghai’s bright lands.
This package includes the following:
- All meals stated
- Domestic transportation
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- International and internal flights including taxes
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
- Beijing – Jiangxi Grand Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
- Xian -Golden Flower Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
- Guilin – Lijiang Waterfall Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
- Yangshuo – Jasper International Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
- Shanghai – Crowne Plaza Hotel Fudan – CLICK HERE for more information
Number of nights: 17 | Prices From: €3659 | Location: Asia | Dates: March June July October November | Year: 2018 | ★★★★