China Explorer

    add to wishlist
18 days
Kuoni
Speak to an expert

Need more advice before deciding which tour might suit you best and with whom to travel? 
Our Phonethrough feature allows you to talk directly to an expert holiday advisor from each of the leading specialist operators who organise tours to the destinations featured. 

  • Benefit from their in-depth knowledge and free advice, with no strings attached to give you the re-assurance that you are booking the right holiday for you.
  • Call the Freephone numbers or the 03 Phonethrough number. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as to other standard fixed line numbers (starting 01 or 02) and calls made will come out of any inclusive minutes you have with your Service Provider. Ofcom rules dictate that 03 calls do not generate any money for the call recipient
  • Prefer to send an email in the first instance? Click on the email icon and submit your general enquiry or for a specific tour with a request to respond by email or to phone you back.
  • This will help you decide if they have the tour that best matches your requirements.

Our aim Is To introduce And match holiday planning consumers With specialist escorted tour holiday operators & organisers. Please note that any booking you make Is made directly With the tour Operator, travel organiser Or provider As Somewhere Special.travel does Not act In any agent Or booking capacity.

Call 01306 306218

Description

Starting in Beijing and ending in Hong Kong, this all-encompassing tour offers days filled with ancient monuments, natural landscapes and scenic cruising. Visit the pandas of Chengdu, marvel at the magnificence of the Terracotta Army, cruise the Yangtze River and spend time in the glorious Guilin region. This is the tour for those wanting to really get to the heart of China.

Itinerary


 Day 1: UK to Beijing

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to China.


 Day 2: Beijing

Upon arrival in China's capital city transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. This evening you will have the opportunity to meet the rest of your group and your tour leader at a welcome dinner which includes a traditional Peking duck dish. Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing. D.


 Day 3: Beijing

A full day of exploring the capital begins with visits to Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Following lunch at a local restaurant the city tour continues with a visit to the classical Summer Palace, which is home to a vast number of lakes, gardens and palaces. A boat ride on one of the lakes is included here (April to October; subject to weather conditions). The day concludes with a photo stop at the spectacular Bird's Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues. This evening you join the optional tour of Beijing's 'Hutong' area by rickshaw. Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing. B, L.


 Day 4: Beijing

Your China sightseeing continues with an early morning visit to the beautiful Temple of Heaven; you will arrive at the temple just as the gates are opening, thus avoiding the crowds that head here later in the day. Surely the most iconic of China's attractions is the Great Wall and this afternoon you will have the chance to visit the Mutianyu section, which is reached by a drive of approximately 1A? hours from Beijing. Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing. B, L.


 Day 5: Beijing to Xi'an

Transfer to the station for your high speed train journey to Xi'an. On arrival, you will be met by your local guide who will take you on a tour of Xi'an's historic city walls, where you can explore the Muslim Quarter. Tonight's traditional dumpling dinner is a highlight of your holiday. Following dinner there is the option to catch a Tang Dynasty Show. Approx. journey time: 5? hours. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi'an. B, L, D.


 Day 6: Xi'an

An entire day of sightseeing in Xi'an awaits, beginning at the iconic Terracotta Warriors. You can witness these incredible pottery figures at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in a handful of the pits which have been excavated. Later you will return to Xi'an and visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi'an. B, L.


 Day 7: Xi'an to Lijiang

After an early morning flight to the remote city of Lijiang, you will transfer to your hotel. Following lunch in a local restaurant you will join a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Lijiang. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Wangfu Hotel or similar. B, L.


 Day 8: Lijiang

Begin the day at the breathtaking Black Dragon Pool which is located in the Jade Spring Park. Your day continues with a visit to the Dongba Cultural Museum, the temples in the nearby village of Baisha, and the former residence of explorer Dr Joseph Rock. You are free to enjoy dinner in the town before taking in a traditional Naxi orchestra performance. Stay: Wangfu Hotel or similar. B, L.


 Day 9: Lijiang to Chengdu

This morning fly to the city of Chengdu and transfer to your hotel. Following lunch at a local restaurant you'll visit the beautiful Wenshu Monastery before continuing your exploration with a walk down the city's ancient Jinli Street. Approx, journey time: 1? hours. Stay: Tibet Hotel. B, L.


 Day 10: Chengdu to Chonqing

Spend some time at the Panda Research Breeding Centre before transferring to the station for your high-speed rail journey to Chongqing, the gateway to the Yangtze River. Following a city tour you will board the Century Sun for your three-night Yangtze River cruise. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Century Sun. B, D.


 Days 11-12: Yangtze River Cruise

Set sail downstream and over the next two days enjoy a selection of excursions, both included and optional (for more information see our Gorges of the Yangtze tour p66-67). Stay: Century Sun. B, L, D.


 Day 13: Yichang to Shanghai

Disembark in Yichang and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai where you will spend two nights. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Regal International East Asia. B.


 Day 14: Shanghai

In the morning, a guided tour takes you to the beautiful Yu Garden. You will then continue on to the Old Town which sits inside the ancient city walls, before enjoying a traditional tea tasting and a stroll along the waterfront Bund. This afternoon you will explore the French Concession. This evening there is an optional dinner and acrobatic show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre available. Stay: Regal International East Asia. B.


 Day 15: Shanghai to Guilin

Fly to Guilin for a two night stay. On arrival you'll visit one of Guilin's scenic limestone karsts, Fubo Hill, also known as Wave-Subduing Hill, which is located on the west bank of the Li River. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Bravo Guilin. B.


 Day 16: Guilin to Yangshuo

A charming cruise along the River Li this morning takes you through the stunning scenery of limestone karsts towards the quaint town of Yangshuo. Disembark from the boat and transfer to your hotel. This evening you will have the opportunity to experience one of the tours real highlights - the incredible 'Impression of Liu Sanjie' performance which takes place on rafts on the Li River. Stay: Green Lotus. B, L.


 Day 17: Yangshuo

There's a change of pace today with an entire day free in the beautiful town of Yangshuo. The streets here are full of character and are lined with ancient architecture, the natural surroundings are breathtaking. Stay: Green Lotus. B, L.


 Day 18: Yangshuo to Guangzhou

Catch the high speed train from Guilin to Guangzhou where you will spend your final night in China. There will be a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, providing the perfect opportunity to reflect on your epic China journey with your group and tour leader. Approx. journey time: 1A? hours. Stay: Dongfang Hotel. B, D.


 Day 19: Guangzhou to Hong Kong

Transfer to the pier for the ferry to Hong Kong, where you will join a city tour before your transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay in Hong Kong. B. Stay longer

Hong Kong 3 nights
Add a few days in vibrant Hong Kong to the end of your tour to really finish off your journey in style.


 Day 1: UK to Beijing

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to China.


 Day 2: Beijing

Transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. An early check-in is guaranteed so you'll be able to get to your room and refresh after your journey as soon as you arrive. This evening there's a welcome dinner which includes a traditional Peking duck dish. Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing (or similar). D.


 Day 3: Beijing

A full day of exploring the capital begins with visits to Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Following lunch at a local restaurant, the city tour continues with a visit to the classical Summer Palace. A boat ride on one of the lakes is included here (April-October; subject to weather conditions). Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing (or similar). B, L.


 Day 4: Beijing

Your China sightseeing continues with an early morning visit to the beautiful Temple of Heaven; arrive at the temple just as the gates are opening, thus avoiding the crowds that head here later in the day. Surely the most iconic of China's attractions is the Great Wall and this afternoon you will have the chance to visit the Mutianyu section (approx. 1A? hours from Beijing). Following lunch at a local restaurant and a shopping stop at a factory where they make traditional enamel pieces, take the cable car up on to the wall. Stay: Novotel Peace Beijing (or similar). B, L.


 Day 5: Beijing to Xi'an

Transfer to the station for your high speed train journey to Xi'an. On arrival in the late afternoon, join a tour of Xi'an's historic city walls. Tonight's traditional dumpling dinner is a highlight of your holiday. Following dinner there is the chance to catch a Tang Dynasty Show. Approx. journey time: 5? hours. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi'an (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 6: Xi'an

An entire day of sightseeing in Xi'an awaits, beginning at the iconic Terracotta Warriors. You can witness these incredible pottery figures at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in a handful of the pits which have been excavated. Later you'll visit a jade factory and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Stay: Grand Mercure Xi'an (or similar). B, L.


 Day 7: Xi'an to Lijiang

After an early morning flight to the remote city of Lijiang, transfer to your hotel. Following lunch in a local restaurant there'll be a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Wangfu Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 8: Lijiang

Begin the day at the breathtaking Black Dragon Pool which is located in the Jade Spring Park. Your day continues with a visit to the Dongba Cultural Museum, the temples in the nearby village of Baisha, and the former residence of explorer Dr Joseph Rock. You are free to enjoy dinner in the town before taking in a traditional Naxi orchestra performance. Stay: Wangfu Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 9: Lijiang to Chengdu

Fly to the city of Chengdu and transfer to your hotel. Following lunch at a local restaurant you'll visit the Wenshu Monastery and take a walk down the city's ancient Jinli Street. Approx, journey time: 1? hours. Stay: Tibet Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 10: Chengdu to Chonqing

Spend some time at the Panda Research Breeding Centre before transferring to the station for your high-speed rail journey to Chongqing, the gateway to the Yangtze River. Following a city tour, board the Century Sun for your three-night Yangtze River cruise. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Century Sun. B, D.


 Days 11-12: Yangtze River Cruise

Set sail downstream and over the next two days enjoy a selection of excursions (for more information see our Gorges of the Yangtze tour). Stay: Century Sun. B, L, D.


 Day 13: Yichang to Shanghai

Disembark in Yichang and transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Shanghai. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Regal International East Asia (or similar). B.


 Day 14: Shanghai

In the morning, a guided tour takes you to the beautiful Yu Garden. Continue on to the Old Town which sits inside the ancient city walls, before enjoying a traditional tea tasting and walking along the waterfront Bund. This afternoon, explore the French Concession. There'll also be a visit to a silk shop today. Stay: Regal International East Asia (or similar). B.


 Day 15: Shanghai

Begin the day with a visit to the late 19th-Century Jade Buddha Temple. Later, take a stroll along Nanjing Road, one of the country's premier shopping streets. The rest of the day is free for some independent exploration. Stay: Regal International East Asia (or similar). B.


 Day 16: Shanghai to Guilin

Fly to Guilin for a two night stay. Depending on flight timings, you'll visit one of Guilin's scenic limestone karsts, Fubo Hill, on arrival. There will also be a stop at a local pearl shop. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Bravo Guilin or similar. B.


 Day 17: Guilin to Yangshuo

This morning's charming cruise along the River Li takes you through the stunning scenery of limestone karsts towards the quaint town of Yangshuo. Disembark from the boat and transfer to your hotel. This evening watch the incredible 'Impression of Liu Sanjie' performance which takes place on rafts on the Li River. Stay: Green Lotus or similar. B, L.


 Day 18: Yangshuo to Hong Kong

Catch the high speed train from Guilin to Guangzhou and on arrival, transfer to the pier where you will catch the ferry to Hong Kong. Approx. journey time: 1A? hours. Stay: Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees (or similar). B.


 Day 19: Hong Kong to UK

This morning is free for you to explore Hong Kong before an afternoon city tour. Head up to Victoria Peak on the tram before continuing on to Repulse Bay - one of the city's beaches - and then the town of Aberdeen which is located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island. This evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay in Hong Kong. Stay longer

Hong Kong 3 nights
Add a few days in vibrant Hong Kong to the end of your tour to really finish off your journey in style.