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China is home to a great number of magnificent and world-renowned sights. This tour incorporates them all – cruise along the mighty Yangtze and languid Li Rivers, visit the adorable pandas and admire the astonishing Great Wall and Terracotta Army.
Our Magnificent China - Private Tour itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. We also take a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
Walk on the world-famous Great Wall and visit the unique Summer Palace. The next day, tour the exquisite Summer Palace and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening. (B,L)
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. Later, visit the spectacular Little Wild Goose Pagoda and in the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the Terracotta Warriors and walk along the Ancient City Walls. We also stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. (B,L)
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Tour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Over the next three days, we will take a side-trip to the striking Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions along the way. (B,L,D)
Disembark from our cruise vessel this morning to explore the living ancient town of Ciqikou before transferring to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. (B,L)
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. We take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Return to Chengdu, visiting the old town of Huanglongxi en-route. Enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening. (B,L,D)
Visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat before flying to the beautiful city of Guilin. (B,L)
Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The following morning discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. The afternoon is at leisure and there are many activities available (arranged locally at extra cost) including cycling, rafting and walking, or you may choose to relax in the town. (B,L)
Drive back to Guilin and visit the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of the Reed Flute Caves. Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. (B,L)
This morning, transfer to the charming city of Suzhou, also known as the Venice of the East. Visit two of the finest oriental gardens: the Humble Administrators Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden, a local silk mill still in operation today and enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal. Return to Shanghai, and in the evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine. (B,L,D)
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. The next day, visit modern Pudong and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River. (B,L)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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