Grand China Luxury Edition (16 Days)

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flag Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River (cruise) - Shanghai
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Explore the wonders of China in luxurious style. Stay at top 5* luxury hotels in city centre locations, sail on the Yangtze River in an executive cabin on board 5* cruise and travel on high speed bullet trains in business class (best class). Experience the best China has to offer on your preferred dates!

 

Day 1 London Heathrow to Beijing

Take British Airways direct flight from London Heathrow to Beijing.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Beijing

Morning arrive in Beijing. Be greeted by English speaking guide and driver. Transfer to hotel in city centre. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 3 Beijing

Today your guide will take you to visit Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (with late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since the 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. Continue to Beihai Park Imperial Restaurant for lunch, where you will be treated like real emperors and empresses.

This afternoon tour to the enchanting Summer Palace – with the largest imperial garden in China, where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Morning drive past Olympic Village (Bird’s Nest Stadium & Water Cube). Then travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu – a remote section of the wall relatively unspoiled by the overflow of tourists.

This afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven – built in 1420, it was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvest for the year.

This evening enjoy Peking duck dinner in Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

Morning transfer to station for high speed bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hrs, business class seats). Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and driver. Visit the Ancient City Walls, originally built during the Tang Dynasty. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Xian

Today your tour will begin with one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses – built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihunag, with over 7,000 life-sized figures unearthed since 1974. Later you will visit the Bell Tower, Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarter.

This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 7 Xian to Guilin

Morning flight to Guilin – one of the most picturesque cities in China. We visit the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill. Evening enjoy Cormorant Fishing.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 8 Guilin / Yangshuo

Today take a boat cruise along the scenic Li River to Yangshuo – a small town near Guilin which boasts of stunning landscapes. After lunch on boat, we will have plenty of time to browse around Yangshuo’s lively local market. Return to Guilin in the evening.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 9 Guilin to Chengdu

Transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon visit the Jinli Ancient Street and Wu Hou Temple. Also visit the People’s Park.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 10 Chengdu to Chongqing

This morning visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Afternoon transfer to station for local train to Chongqing (approx. 2 hrs, business class seats). After dinner, transfer to board the 5* Yangtze Cruise.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 11 Yangtze River

Early birds among us can take the opportunity to learn Taichi on the upper deck. After breakfast there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu – the ghost city (or Shibaozhai or Wanxian County, depending on the water level).

*Cruise schedule may be subject to change, depending on the water level.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 12 Yangtze River

Excursion to the beautiful Daning River through its Lesser Three Gorges or a small boat trip to the Shennong Stream – drift along the crystal clear water and be dazzled by the strength and bravery of boat-trackers. Cruise staff will prepare a scrumptious farewell dinner and cabaret for us this evening.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 13 Yichang to Shanghai

After breakfast we will visit the Three Gorges Dam construction site – the largest water engineering project in history, which will create millions of migrants and generate enough power to feed the country’s fast developing economy. Noon disembark cruise at Yichang. After lunch, take a short flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to 5* hotel in city centre.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 14 Shanghai

We start our tour today to the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in 1882 to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. Later we visit the Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Finally today we visit the Shanghai Museum or French Concession Area. Then take a leisurely walk on the Bund – Shanghai’s famous waterfront, where you will be treated with the breathtaking skyline on both sides of Huangpu River.

Evening enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 15 Shanghai

Free day to explore or do some last minute shopping.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 16 Shanghai to London Heathrow

Transfer to airport for flight to London. End of itinerary.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Beijing - 5* Raffles Hotel Beijing

5* Raffles Hotel Beijing

Raffles Beijing, an iconic luxury five star Beijing hotel, is ideally located beside the Forbidden City and stands as the epitome of the city’s long storied history combining the excitement and sophistication of contemporary China.

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Xian - 5* Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian

5* Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian

 

Opened as a State Guesthouse in 1953, this iconic building provides a unique sense of place and time in a city that was China’s capital throughout 13 dynasties. This is Sofitel’s first Legend Hotel in greater China, the second in Asia and only the fifth in the world.

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Guilin - 5* Shangri-La Guilin

5* Shangri-La Guilin

The distinct Chinese-style architecture is a fascinating sight to behold. The indulgent Asian hospitality is heart-warming. You have arrived at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin. Your spacious room is just the haven you need to slip into a blissful mood. After all, it is easy when a magnificent view of the crystal-clear Li River and gorgeous landscaped gardens is right outside your window.

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Chengdu - 5* Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chengdu

5* Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chengdu

Located in the heart of the city and in a place that was once the site of an imperial palace, The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu marks the official arrival of luxury hospitality in south-west China. This luxury hotel features unmatched views of downtown Chengdu together with the comfort, privacy and personalized service offered by Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide.

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Yangtze River - 5* Century Cruise

5* Century Cruise

The only fleet with all ships built after 2003, with a Grand Atrium Lobby in every cruiser, private balconies in all cabins and with the largest standard cabins of any Yangtze fleet. Century Cruise also offer five star service, with European hospitality experts providing personal management on every ship and international five star quality all-cotton linen and bathroom products.

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Shanghai - 5* Fairmont Peace Hotel

5* Fairmont Peace Hotel

Fairmont Peace Hotel, situated in Shanghai, China, is a ‘luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece’, brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new lustre. Situated at the famous Bund promenade and the unrivalled shopping area on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai’s spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle.

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Hong Kong

Day 16 Shanghai to Hong Kong

Transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of day free at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 17 Hong Kong

Half day Hong Kong tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, etc. Rest of day free.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 18 Hong Kong to London Heathrow

Day time free. Late evening transfer to airport for flight home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 19 London Heathrow

Morning arrive in London. End of itinerary.

* Extra nights in Hong Kong available upon request; please ask for details.

Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train (business class)/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa fee;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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