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Grand Tour of China

27 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

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Grand Tour of China

This journey has all of China's top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture or the modern and marvellous, this itinerary has it all.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 23 , Lunches: 22 , Dinners: 23
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    24 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for NZ passports
  • Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise, Li River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    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.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
Classic Group Tour
27 DAYS
From $8,980PP
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Tour Highlights

Our Grand Tour of China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Beijing (3N) - Xian (3N) - Yichang - Yangtze River cruise (4N) - Chongqing -Chengdu (1N) - Dali (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Guilin (1N+1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Suzhou (2N) - Hangzhou (1N) - Shanghai (2N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Beijing
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Beijing

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

    Dinner
  • Days 2-3
    The Great Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 2-3: The Great Wall

    Visit Tiananmen Square and discover the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City before exploring Beijing's old hutongs where you can meet a local family and visit their home. This evening, eat traditional Peking duck. The next day, spend the morning taking a walk on the Great Wall and in the afternoon, enjoy a stroll through the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Temple Of Heaven
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Temple Of Heaven

    In the morning, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and wander through the park, where you can mingle with the locals and watch or participate in Tai Chi or play cards. Later, take a bullet train to Xian.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 5-6
    Terracotta Warriors
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 5-6: Terracotta Warriors

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before wandering around the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, view the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Later, stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Board Your Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Board Your Cruise

    Fly to Yichang where you will board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 8-10
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 8-10: Yangtze River Cruise

    The Three Gorges Dam may be an impressive feat of engineering but as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Old Ciqikou
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Old Ciqikou

    Disembark in Chongqing then explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu where tonight you will be served a traditional Sichuanese dinner with the option to watch a Sichuan Opera performance.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Giant Pandas
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Giant Pandas

    Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about these celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Later, fly to the charming city of Dali.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 13-14
    Enchanting Dali
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 13-14: Enchanting Dali

    Dali offers a peek of the China of times-gone-by. Over the next two days, travel to Xizhou village to browse around the local market, see the Yan Family House, cruise on Erhai Lake, explore Dali's ancient quarter and visit the Three Pagodas. Transfer to Kunming.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Stone Forest
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 15: Stone Forest

    Explore the fascinating limestone formations of the picturesque Stone Forest and tuck in to local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner tonight.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Fly To Guilin
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Fly To Guilin

    Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Li River
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 17: Li River

    Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery and grazing buffalo.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Yangshuo Countryside
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 18: Yangshuo Countryside

    Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session of tai chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Explore the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose one of the many optional activities available.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Guilin
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 19: Guilin

    Return to Guilin and visit a pearl factory and Reed Flute Cave. Also stroll around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 20-21
    Discover Hangzhou
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 20-21: Discover Hangzhou

    Fly to Hangzhou and visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the tea plantations of Meijiawu. The next day, enjoy a cruise on West Lake and visit Xihu Tiandi before continuing to Suzhou.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 22
    Suzhou
    Day 22: Suzhou

    Suzhou's centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its elegant gardens, visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator's Garden – typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Also cruise on the Grand Canal.

  • Day 23
    Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 23: Shanghai

    Travel to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Visit Matchmaker's Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, the Shanghai Museum and People's Square. Later, enjoy a view of the glittering city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. This evening, dine on a delicious meal of Shanghainese cuisine.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 24
    Explore Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 24: Explore Shanghai

    Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and a visit to the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund, before visiting the Silk Factory. End the evening with the fascinating ERA acrobatic show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 25-26
    Fly Shanghai To New Zealand
    Breakfast
    Days 25-26: Fly Shanghai To New Zealand

    Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -8
    2
    -3
  • 3
  • Chengdu
  • 3
    9
    6
  • 8
  • Chongqing
  • 6
    10
    8
  • 20
  • Dali
  • 1
    14
    8
  • 14
  • Guilin
  • 5
    12
    8
  • 63
  • Hangzhou
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 81
  • Kunming
  • 2
    15
    9
  • 16
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • Suzhou
  • 0
    7
    4
  • 40
  • Xian
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 7
  • Yangshuo
  • 6
    13
    10
  • 53
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    5
    0
  • 5
  • Chengdu
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 12
  • Chongqing
  • 8
    12
    10
  • 21
  • Dali
  • 2
    16
    9
  • 23
  • Guilin
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 97
  • Hangzhou
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 88
  • Kunming
  • 4
    17
    10
  • 16
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • Suzhou
  • 1
    8
    4
  • 75
  • Xian
  • -1
    8
    4
  • 10
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    12
    6
  • 8
  • Chengdu
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 20
  • Chongqing
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 36
  • Dali
  • 5
    19
    12
  • 28
  • Guilin
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 137
  • Hangzhou
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 141
  • Kunming
  • 6
    21
    14
  • 20
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • Suzhou
  • 5
    13
    9
  • 193
  • Xian
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 29
  • Yangshuo
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 114
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 21
  • Chengdu
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 44
  • Chongqing
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 105
  • Dali
  • 8
    21
    14
  • 24
  • Guilin
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 247
  • Hangzhou
  • 12
    21
    17
  • 123
  • Kunming
  • 10
    24
    17
  • 24
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • Suzhou
  • 10
    19
    14
  • 83
  • Xian
  • 10
    21
    15
  • 43
  • Yangshuo
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 224
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 34
  • Chengdu
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 78
  • Chongqing
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 152
  • Dali
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 66
  • Guilin
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 352
  • Hangzhou
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 129
  • Kunming
  • 14
    24
    19
  • 97
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • Suzhou
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 67
  • Xian
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 312
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 19
    30
    24
  • 78
  • Chengdu
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 107
  • Chongqing
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 171
  • Dali
  • 15
    24
    20
  • 178
  • Guilin
  • 23
    30
    27
  • 347
  • Hangzhou
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 219
  • Kunming
  • 17
    24
    20
  • 181
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • Suzhou
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 59
  • Xian
  • 19
    31
    25
  • 54
  • Yangshuo
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 293
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 185
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 224
  • Chongqing
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 175
  • Dali
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 186
  • Guilin
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 231
  • Hangzhou
  • 25
    34
    29
  • 173
  • Kunming
  • 17
    24
    20
  • 202
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • Suzhou
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 191
  • Xian
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 99
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 200
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 21
    30
    25
  • 160
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 201
  • Chongqing
  • 25
    34
    29
  • 134
  • Dali
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 219
  • Guilin
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 173
  • Hangzhou
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 162
  • Kunming
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 204
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • Suzhou
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 54
  • Xian
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 71
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 186
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 15
    26
    20
  • 46
  • Chengdu
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 119
  • Chongqing
  • 21
    28
    24
  • 128
  • Dali
  • 13
    22
    18
  • 158
  • Guilin
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 82
  • Hangzhou
  • 21
    28
    25
  • 124
  • Kunming
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 119
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • Suzhou
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 67
  • Xian
  • 16
    25
    21
  • 92
  • Yangshuo
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 83
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    19
    14
  • 22
  • Chengdu
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 35
  • Chongqing
  • 16
    22
    19
  • 92
  • Dali
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Guilin
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 66
  • Hangzhou
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 78
  • Kunming
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 79
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 56
  • Suzhou
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 56
  • Xian
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 85
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 7
  • Chengdu
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 16
  • Chongqing
  • 12
    17
    14
  • 46
  • Dali
  • 5
    17
    11
  • 33
  • Guilin
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 64
  • Hangzhou
  • 9
    17
    13
  • 72
  • Kunming
  • 7
    18
    12
  • 42
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • Suzhou
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 3
  • Xian
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 24
  • Yangshuo
  • 12
    21
    16
  • 69
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    4
    -1
  • 3
  • Chengdu
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 5
  • Chongqing
  • 8
    12
    10
  • 25
  • Dali
  • 2
    15
    8
  • 15
  • Guilin
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 43
  • Hangzhou
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 49
  • Kunming
  • 3
    15
    9
  • 11
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Suzhou
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 43
  • Xian
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 6
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    16
    12
  • 44

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All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes and are subject to change. Correct as of 1 August 2023
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB1,250pp is paid locally in China.
    • Based on departures from Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
    • Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available upon request
    • Land only (Beijing - Shanghai) 25 days from $8,180 per person, twin share
    • Single supplement from $2,100
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • 24 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 24 dinners
    • International flights and current taxes
    • Domestic transportation
    • 4 star accommodation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

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