Classic China    *alt*

11 days, from £3145
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Discover a different side to China on this journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Fully escorted and travelling with a group of solo travellers, enjoy cycle rides along ancient city walls, learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine and try your hand at calligraphy, complemented by visits to the classic sights of the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City and the panda sanctuary near Chengdu.

Tour type: Solo travellers

What's Included
* 4-star accommodation
* Twin / double rooms for single use
* Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
* Average group size - 7-10 people (max 18)
* International & internal flights
* Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
* Experienced local tour manager
* 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
* Welcome & farewell group dinners
* Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Tour Highlights:
- Interactive excursions including cooking lessons, cycling & calligraphy
- See giant pandas & red pandas at the research base in Chengdu
- Sample traditional Peking duck & take tea at a Buddhist temple
- Visit the Great Wall & the Terracotta Warriors

Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Solo Travellers group tours
These small group tours have been specially created for single travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers.

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3930 5233 or email


 Day 1: Fly to Beijing

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

 Day 2: Beijing

Arrive and transfer to the Asia Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon walk in the Summer Palace gardens. Welcome dinner at a Peking duck restaurant. (D)

 Day 3: Beijing

Morning with a local chef and a lesson in Chinese cooking. After lunch, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. (B, L, D)

 Day 4: Great Wall

Full-day excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Lunch is taken at the Brickyard Eco Retreat near the wall. Evening at leisure to choose a restaurant or browse the food stalls near the pedestrianised Wangfujing shopping street, which is close to the hotel. (B, L)

 Day 5: Xian

Morning visit to the Temple of Heaven. Highspeed train to Xian and stay at the Grand Noble Xian hotel for 2 nights. Evening walk in the Muslim quarter, then transfer to Yongxingfang, a street selling all sorts of food and where you can sample some local Shaanxi cuisine. (B)

 Day 6: Terracotta Warriors * Xian

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors. Afternoon visit to the city's ancient perimeter walls, with optional cycling, followed by a visit to the Tang Bo Art Museum for a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. (B, L, D)

 Day 7: Fly to Chengdu

Morning flight to Chengdu and stay 2 nights at the Dorsett Grand Chengdu. Afternoon visit to the Qingyanggong Buddhist temple to sample some local tea. Afterwards, stroll down the Jinli street, lined with traditional architecture and old shops selling goods including Shu embroidery, paintings and local snacks, before stopping for dinner. (B, D)

 Day 8: Chengdu

Morning excursion to the Giant Panda Research Base. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

 Day 9: Fly to Shanghai

Morning flight to Shanghai for a 2-night stay at the Central Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing cruise on the Huangpu river, followed by dinner. (B, D)

 Day 10: Shanghai

Morning visit to Jade Buddha temple and Yu garden. Afternoon at leisure, or join the guide for a walk on Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street. Farewell dinner at a restaurant followed by a walk along the Bund. (B, D)

 Day 11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport then fly back to London, arriving the same day. (B)