Ancient to Modern - Essential China

The Bund, Shanghai
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  • Travelsphere

​If you want to see China's most iconic sights, this exciting eight-day tour is perfect.

Optional Excursions
  • Shanghai Huangpu River cruise
  • Shanghai Acrobats show with dinner
  • Tang Dynasty show in Xian with dinner
  • Rickshaw ride through the ancient hutongs of Beijing with dinner
Excursions Included
  • Tour the exciting city of Shanghai
  • Visit the ancient Xian City Wall
  • The world-famous Terracotta Army at Xian
  • Beijing, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • The iconic Great Wall of China
  • The stunning Summer Palace, Beijing
  • Journey on the Bullet Train
    • Green Land Jiulong Hotel
    • The 4-star Greenland Jiulong Hotel is ideally located in the north bund area of Shanghai. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants, bar and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer and a TV.
    • Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
    • Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, work desks with ergonomic seats and high-speed Internet access. The hotel has a fitness centre, spa, bar and restaurants.
    • Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing
    • Radisson Blue Beijing is located 20 kilometres from Beijing Capital International Airport, short walk from the rail station, multiple subway lines and bus stops. Also near to Beijings attractions such as the New CIEC and the Forbidden City. Hotels facilities include the Huang Du Restaurant, Royal Cafe, The Grill, The Bar and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities.
  • China
  • Imperial Palace
  • Shanghai
  • The Great Wall
  • Beijing
  • Far East
Tour Types
  • Seniors
  • Cultural
  • Touring
  • History
  • Scenic
  • 50 plus
Departure Points
  • London (Heathrow)
  • Edinburgh
  • Humberside (Intl)
  • Teesside International Airport
  • Norwich (Intl)
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Day 1 UK/Shanghai
  • Today you will depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai, via Beijing.
  • Day 2 Shanghai
  • On arrival you will be met by a Local Guide and we will transfer you to your hotel. Shanghai is a fascinating city and at its heart is the Huangpu River and the famous riverside boulevard, the Bund, which is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings. Why not start your holiday with an optional cruise along the river this evening. You'll see many of city's famous sights, including the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the dramatic skyline of the Pudong business district.
  • Day 3 Shanghai
  • Your sightseeing begins in earnest today with a tour of vibrant Shanghai, one of the fastest developing cities in China, if not the world. We'll introduce you to the busy Nanjing Road, said to be the world's longest shopping precinct and you'll also see the Old Town, the Yu Yuan Gardens and visit the ornate Jade Buddha Temple.  This evening you have a chance to watch the incredible Shanghai Acrobats. Be prepared for an amazing spectacle if you choose to join this optional excursion, which also includes dinner.
  • Day 4 Xian
  • After breakfast we're going to set off for the airport and take a flight to Xian, the 'City of Eternal Peace'. On arrival in Xian we'll visit its ancient and beautifully preserved City Wall before we transfer you to your hotel. This evening you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to watch the famous Tang Dynasty show, with dinner included. The show you will see is performed by the world-renowned Shaanxi Song & Dance Troupe, the largest performing group in Western China, and promises to be truly entertaining.
  • Day 5 Xian
  • Today's the day that you are going to see one of the world's most remarkable sights, the Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. Discovered in the 1970s by farmers digging a well, this collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures was interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. The warriors, representing individuals of the Imperial Guard, are grouped in battle order, rank by rank. Some are mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others are armed with spears, swords and crossbows. This dazzling display of Chinese military power is quite simply breathtaking.  We then board an iconic high-speed Bullet Train and head to our next destination, Beijing. With a three-night stay here, we'll have ample time to discover so much of this fascinating city.
  • Day 6 Beijing
  • Beijing is an extraordinary city, where ancient temples and palaces stand beside the vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. You're going to explore today on a sightseeing tour that will take you to Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. From here we will pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace into the incredible Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world. Prepare to be blown away by its size and the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace from which China was ruled for hundreds of years. After lunch we'll take a guided tour of the Temple of Heaven, which was built during the Ming Dynasty in 1420. It sits within a vast park and during your tour you'll see amazing collections of Chinese bronzes, porcelain, paintings and other treasures. This evening is yours to enjoy at leisure, or if you want to carry on exploring, we offer an optional rickshaw ride along the city's narrow streets and alleys known as hutongs. In these traditional residential areas we will visit local families and learn about their day-to-day lives. We'll also head to a restaurant, where dinner is included in this excursion.
  • Day 7 Beijing
  • It's the final day of your holiday and there's another fabulous highlight still to come, a visit to the Great Wall of China. Winding its way through the hills of northern China, this iconic structure passes within about 40 miles of Beijing, and that's where we visit it, at Badaling. It's wide enough to allow five horsemen to ride abreast at this point, and you'll have plenty of time to walk along the historic ramparts. When we return to Beijing this afternoon, we'll head to the Summer Palace, which is surrounded by hills and set beside the Kunming Lake. You'll have time to admire the views and soak up its tranquil beauty.

    This evening, we bid farewell to one another and enjoy Beijing's most famous dish, Peking Roast Duck.

  • Day 8 Beijing/UK
  • Today we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK. You'll arrive later the same day.
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air China
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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They take care of everything for you, from organising the transport and booking the hotels to arranging visits to the ‘must-see’ sights as well as some undiscovered, off-the-beaten-track destinations. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced Tour Manager whose unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm will help you to uncover the real heart and soul of a place.

They understand how an amazing travel experience can make a lasting impression on people’s lives. That’s why they take such care to get it right.  With guaranteed departures, guaranteed price promise and 100% financial protection, you are safe in Travelsphere’s hands.


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Group size:0 - 25
Accommodation:4 star hotels
Physical rating:Classic Touring
Meals:14 meals
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