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Captivating China

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
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This tour combines the history of Beijing with the pandas in Chengdu, the Warriors in Xian, the bustle of Shanghai and a three night Yangtze River Cruise giving you the very best China has to offer on this tour exclusively for solo travellers.

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    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Captivating China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly Australia to Beijing
    Day 1: Fly Australia to Beijing

    Fly overnight to China's historical capital, Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

  • Day 2
    Forbidden City
    Day 2: Forbidden City

    Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring China! We start in Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs where you will meet a local family at home for lunch and to learn about life in the hutongs. This afternoon, soak up the harmonious ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven, where we can mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Tonight, the group will dine on a local delicacy Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

  • Day 3
    The Great Wall
    Day 3: The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight - the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence and dramatic scenery that surrounds it. This afternoon, stroll through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, discovering traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture. (B,L)

  • Day 4
    Little Wild Goose Pagoda
    Day 4: Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    Fly to the ancient city of Xian. We start at the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, where the group will try 'Guohua', traditional Chinese painting with black ink, to decorate a fan. Next, we will stroll through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, browsing the food stalls and learning about the significant importance of this city as the start of the Silk Road. This evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)

  • Day 5
    Terracotta Warriors
    Day 5: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. We spend the morning admiring the enigmatic ranks of the life-size warriors and horses, before stopping by the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, we will enjoy a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. (B,L)

  • Day 6
    Bullet Train to Chengdu
    Day 6: Bullet Train to Chengdu

    As a group we will take the bullet train to the city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. On arrival, we will take a walk through People’s Park and visit the fascinating Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. Enjoy a delicious Sichuanese meal for dinner. (B,L,D)

  • Day 7
    Giant Pandas
    Day 7: Giant Pandas

    A visit this morning to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre allows us to learn about China’s famous bears and we also get a chance to see them up close as they munch through piles of bamboo and play. We then continue to Chongqing where we will board our Yangtze River Cruise vessel. (B,L,D)

  • Days 8-9
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Days 8-9: Yangtze River Cruise

    Over the next three days as we cruise downstream, we will pass through some of China's most celebrated scenery – be prepared for one breathtaking panorama after another. Join side trips and shore excursions, ending with the Three Gorges Dam, a massive and impressive feat of engineering. (B,L,D)

  • Day 10
    Fly to Shanghai
    Day 10: Fly to Shanghai

    Disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and transfer to Wuhan; from here we fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. (B,L)

  • Day 11
    Explore Shanghai
    Day 11: Explore Shanghai

    This morning, the group will visit the peaceful Yu Garden, old town, Silk Factory and stroll along the Bund. After lunch together, the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, we will all head to see the spectacular ERA Show, a mesmerising display of martial arts and acrobatics. (B,L)

  • Day 12
    Huangpu River Cruise
    Day 12: Huangpu River Cruise

    Today is a free day to spend in Shanghai as you wish. Choose to further explore this city on your own or with your new-found friends or choose from optional tours (at your own expense) including a ride on the super speedy Maglev train or ascend Jin Mao Tower. This evening the group will meet for a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River before a final dinner together where we can reflect on the adventure we've shared. (B,D)

  • Days 13-14
    Fly Shanghai to Australia
    Days 13-14: Fly Shanghai to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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Places Visited: Beijing (3N), Xian (2N), Chengdu (1N), Chongqing, Yantze River Cruise (3N), Yichang, Wuhan, Shanghai (3N)

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