Group Journeys : China Odyssey

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  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Product code: CO
Day 1 SUN: ARRIVE BEIJING
On arrival, transfer to the New Otani Hotel for four nights.

Day 2 MON: BEIJING
Today, visit Beijing’s most significant sights. You will be impressed by the vast open Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. Stroll through the Forbidden City, the world’s best preserved imperial palace complex and a lasting monument of dynastic China for nearly 500 years. Continue to the Temple of Heaven for a chance to meet the locals in this pleasant park. Enjoy a performance of ‘The Legend of Kung Fu’ this evening.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 TUE: BEIJING
An exciting morning visit China’s most iconic symbol, the Great Wall. Once you set foot on the wall, you will be in awe of the longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. En-route, stop at a jade carving workshop to learn about the Chinese jade culture. Then head to the Summer Palace and spend your afternoon strolling through the well-preserved royal garden.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 4 WED: BEIJING
This morning, explore by cycle rickshaw through the ‘hutongs’ – ‘the back alleys’ - which reveal the charms of old Beijing. Your lunch will be arranged at one of the local family homes where you can capture a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lifestyle. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure – where you can either enjoy shopping in the nearby Wangfujing shopping district or the Silk market. This evening, enjoy the local speciality, a Peking duck dinner.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner 

Day 5 THU: BEIJING/XIAN
Fly to Xian and stay two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel. Take an afternoon walk on the 14km long rectangle 14th Century Old City Wall which surrounds the old city. Be entertained this evening by a vibrant evening cultural performance while enjoying dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner 

Day 6 FRI: XIAN
Marvel at the amazing army of the Terracotta Warriors that were created to guard the tomb of China’s first Emperor, and see the unearthed bronze chariots on display in the Exhibition Hall. Continue to Xian’s premier attraction, the modern Shaanxi History Museum, where you will find relics which date back prehistoric times.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 7 SAT: XIAN/GUILIN
Fly to Guilin to spend one night at the Bravo Hotel where you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Guilin and its surroundings. In the afternoon, visit to the famous Reed Flute Cave.

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 8 SUN: GUILIN/YANGSHUO
Enjoy a relaxing and memorable cruise south along the scenic Li River. See breathtaking landscapes that are often seen on Chinese scroll paintings and the river weaves between sheer-sided limestone karst peaks. People here continue to travel the river on bamboo rafts often using trained cormorants to catch fish. The cruise arrives at the bustling village of Yangshuo where you will spend two nights at the Green Lotus Hotel. In the afternoon you can browse among the small stores and street stalls. This evening, enjoy the performance ‘Impression Liu Sanjie’, on show at the world largest natural theatre, the Li River as its stage.

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 9 MON: YANGSHUO
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the surrounding peaks and rivers. You may hire a bicycle to explore the outlying villages, take part in the rock-climbing, or shop and bargain at the West Street. You can also mingle with the locals at the restaurants, bars or cafes. Or simply relax at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 10 TUE: GUILIN/SHANGHAI
Return to Guilin this morning for your flight to Shanghai and stay three nights at the Central Hotel. This evening enjoy a spectacular acrobatic show.

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 11 WED: SHANGHAI
Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Travel to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. Stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch 

Day 12 THU: SHANGHAI
Enjoy another exciting day exploring Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with cobble stone lanes and well-preserved Ming and Qing buildings. Explore this charming and traditional town as you cruise along the canals beneath stone arched bridges. End the day at Tianzi Fang where many artists and local designers have set up art studios and galleries – a great chance to shop at the boutiques or just relax at one of the street cafés. This evening, enjoy the farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast  | Dinner

Day 13 FRI: DEPART SHANGHAI
Farewell China as you board the Maglev, the world’s fastest train, for a ride to the airport to join your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
  • Economy class airfare within China
  • 12 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation
  • 12 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches & 3 dinners
  • 4 evening cultural shows
  • Return transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel kit and backpack