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Grand Tour of China

  • Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Hangzhou
  • Suzhou
  • Yangtze River
  • Chongqing
  • Chengdu
  • Lijiang
  • Dali
  • Kunming
  • Stone Forest
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • London
25 DAYS from £2495pp

Tour Highlights

  • Xi'an and the Terracotta Army
  • Great Wall of China
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Yangtze and Li River Cruises
  • Ancient cities of Dali & Lijang
  • Full Day Tours of Shanghai & Beijing
  • UNESCO Stone Forest
  • Jade and Dragon Snow Mountain
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Grand Tour of China

Explore China in depth on this incredible 25 day, 23 night journey. From the cosmopolitan cities of Beijing and Shanghai, to the remote ancient town of Lijiang and the stunning Li River in Guilin, this extended tour visits the most iconic sights as well as discovering the hidden treasures of China.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight.

    Day 2: Shanghai

    On arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Visit the impressive Bund, followed by a walk along Nanjing Road, the city's main shopping area.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Shanghai

    A full day tour of the city incorporates the Yuyuan Garden, the French Concession and the arts area of Tianzifang. Wander around the district of Xintiandi and take in the beautiful scenery on a night cruise along the Huangpu River.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Shanghai to Hangzhou

    Spend time at the Shanghai Museum and Pudong area before visiting the ancient water village of Zhujiajiao, with its arched stone bridges and quiet alleyways. Continue onto Hangzhou.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Hangzhou

    Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the scenic West Lake and marvel at the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Spend the afternoon in the atmospheric Qing Hefang ancient walking street - the only well-preserved part of the ancient city.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Hangzhou to Suzhou

    After breakfast depart for Suzhou, the Garden City of China. On arrival, visit the Master of the Nets Garden, one of the finest oriental gardens, as well as the local silk mill. Take a stroll around Guanqian Street, one of the 'Four Most Famous Walking Streets'.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Suzhou to Yangtze River Cruise

    Transfer to Shanghai and fly to Wuhan, then take coach or bullet train to Yichang. Following dinner in Yichang, you will board your ship for the Yangtze River cruise.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise

    Cruise upstream to reach your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam itself and the Five Stage Ship Lock. In the afternoon you'll sail past the Xiling Gorge the largest and most famous of the Three Gorges.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise

    Take a morning tour of the Shennong Stream before continuing on to the two other Gorges; the prettiest Wu Gorge, and the shortest, Qu Tang Gorge. An optional tour of the White Emperor City will be available in the afternoon.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise

    The final day of the cruise will pass through the Fengdu Ghost City. With nearly 2000 years history, this is believed to have been the place where souls go to pass three tests before entering the afterlife.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Chongqing to Chengdu

    You will disembark your ship at Chongqing and travel, by bus or bullet train, to Chengdu. Stroll around the People's Park, the ancient streets of the Wide and Narrow Alleys, and Jinli Old Street.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Chengdu

    Spend the morning experiencing a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. Stroll around the enclosures, take photos and try to spot the lesser-known Red Pandas.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Chengdu to Lijiang

    Fly to Lijiang, a famous remote, ancient town with breath-taking scenery. Visit the Pool of the Black Dragon which, built in 1737, affords stunning views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

    • Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 14: Lijiang to Dali

    This morning takes you on a cable car ride to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the region's tallest mountain and the most southern glacier in the northern hemisphere. You will also visit Yufeng Temple and Baisha village before driving to Dali.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 15: Dali to Kunming

    Visit a family of the Bai minority group before heading on to the Three Pagodas of Chong Sheng. Following some time walking around the Old Town, you will take a drive to Kunming.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 16: Kunming to Guilin

    Today's excursion is to Stone Forest a UNESCO listed area with incredible limestone formations. You will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon in time for your evening flight to Guilin.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 17: Guilin

    Arguably China's most picturesque region, Guilin is home to the stunning Karst Mountains and Li River. Visit the Reed Flute Caves with their rock formations and inscriptions, as well as Elephant Hill before walking around the beautiful lakes.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 18: Guilin to Yangshuo

    Sail for around 5 hours along the Li River, through unforgettable scenery, to Yangshuo. Spend the afternoon exploring West Street with the option to see a theatrical performance of The Impression of Liu Sanjie - a show portraying life and culture of the local Yangshuo people using a stunning natural backdrop.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 19: Yangshuo to Xi'an

    Take a leisurely 1.5 hour bicycle tour to a village in Yangshuo, stopping at an old farming house before returning to Guilin and then flying on to Xi'an.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 20: Xi'an

    Considered by many to be the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', the magnificent Terracotta Warriors is a highlight of the tour. After admiring the awe-inspiring tomb, continue to the Old City Wall and Muslim Quarter before travelling back in time at a Tang Dynasty dancing show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 21: Xi'an to Beijing

    A full day tour of Xi'an includes a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda, Jade factory and Shanxi History Museum. You will then take the overnight train* to Beijing.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 22: Beijing

    This morning you will arrive in Beijing and be taken to one of China's most important political landmarks, Tiananmen Square. You will also visit the Forbidden City and Wang Fujing area before sampling a traditional Peking Duck dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 23: Beijing

    Another full day in Beijing allows you time to stroll around the magnificent Summer Palace, shop at Pearl Store as well as visit the Temple of Heaven and enjoy a traditional Tea House and ceremony.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 24: Beijing

    Start the day with a cable car ride up the iconic Great Wall of China. Spend time at the Cloisonne factory before heading back to your hotel via a photo stop at the impressive Olympic Stadium. Following dinner, be mesmerised by a fantastic Chinese acrobatic performance.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 25: Beijing to the UK

    Transfer to Beijing airport for your flight to the UK via Shanghai.

      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      Important Information

      Visas

      A visa is required for entry into China. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote "Mercury Holidays". The cost of the visa is approximately £186.00, when calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of the most up to date fees. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time.

      Insurance

      You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 31 days cover£53£104£157

      For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      All flights are operated by China Eastern Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size. A return Business Class upgrade for international legs of the tour is available from £899pp, please speak to our reservations department for further details.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

      Currency Information

      The currency in China is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the Yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
      2017 Dates
      14 Feb 201710 Mar 2017£2495ppBook
      14 Mar 201707 Apr 2017£2695ppBook
      18 Apr 201712 May 2017£2795ppBook
      16 May 201709 Jun 2017£2795ppBook
      06 Jun 201730 Jun 2017£2995ppBook
      27 Jun 201721 Jul 2017£2995ppBook
      22 Aug 201715 Sep 2017£3095ppBook
      05 Sep 201729 Sep 2017£3295ppBook
      10 Oct 201703 Nov 2017£2995ppBook
      17 Oct 201710 Nov 2017£2895ppBook
      14 Nov 201708 Dec 2017£2595ppBook

      *Overnight Train

      The Overnight train is based on 4 people sharing a soft sleeper/compartment. Pay a supplement of just £60 per person to have the sleeper/compartment to yourself (minimum two people).

      Private Tours

      If the group tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

      Pandas of Chengdu

      Please be advised at the present time the option to have your picture taken with a Panda in Chengdu is unavailable due to renovations.

      Tour Map

      Grand Tour of China Route Map

      Download Tour Dossier - 2016

      Download Tour Dossier - 2017

      Fact File

      • Currency: Yuan
      • Average Flying time: 11 hours
      • Minimum temperature: -4°C
      • Maximum temperature: 29°C
      • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

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      Hotels and Accommodation

      Ocean Hotel

      Ocean Hotel

      Nade Hotel

      Nade Hotel

      Garden Hotel

      Garden Hotel

      Golden Series

      Golden Series

      Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

      Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

      Hexi Hotel

      Hexi Hotel

      Landscape Hotel

      Landscape Hotel

      Jinjiang Hotel

      Jinjiang Hotel

      Plaza Hotel

      Plaza Hotel

      New West Street

      New West Street

      Grand Metropark Hotel

      Grand Metropark Hotel

      Overnight Train

      Overnight Train

      The Landmark Hotel

      The Landmark Hotel

      Extensions

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      Hong Kong

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      • Wuzhen
      • Xi'an
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      • London

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      This add-on tour must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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