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Exquisite China

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13/04/2018 - 11/10/2019 Friday € 5,790.00 -- --

What's Included

• International flights and current taxes

• Domestic transportation

• Accommodation

•Meals as stated (excluding drinks)

• Touring with guides and entrance fees

• Visa fees for EU passport holders (ww)

 

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Indulge in China's most spectacular sights on a luxury itinerary that includes a cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, the awe-inspiring Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and Chengdu's gorgeous Giant Pandas.

 

- Great Wall of China

- Terracotta Warriors

- Pandas

- Yangtze River Cruise

- Temples & Palaces

- Pagodas & Temples

- UNESCO World Heritage

- Cultural Show


Itinerary:

 

Day 1-2: Fly to Beijing

Arrive at the airport by chauffered transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.

 

Day 3: Explore Imperial Beijing

Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai CHi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden CIty - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Visit a cloissoné workshop to witness the elaborate process of creating beautiful, enamelled objects with pieces available to buy. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)

 

Day 4: Champagne on the Great Wall

From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousans of miles. Visit the lesser-known Huanghuacheng section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of lakes and craggy peaks. Back in Beijing take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where youll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)

 

Day 5: Traditional Shaanxi Dumplings

Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th century walls for an excellent overview of the city before studying with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. Dine on the results before watching a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L,D)

 

Day 6: The Terracotta Warriors

Fortuitously found by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds most famous archaelogical discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. The lanes of Xians Muslim Quarter lead to the Grand MOsque and gardens, founded after the introduction of Islam by Silk Road traders from Arabia. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the Chinese-Islamic architecture. Tonight there is an option for a city night tour that includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L)

 

Day 7: Sichuan Hot Pot

Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum. The artefacts recovered here, viewable from the glass walkways above, give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty. Fly to Chengdu where you will walk down ancient Jinli Street before enjoying a quintessential Sichuan dining experience at Shujiu Xiang Hot Pot. Puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera - the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,D)

 

Day 8: Pandas with an expert

Visit Chengdus Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the Centres work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture - spend a free evening here exploring before boarding your ship. (B,L)

 

 

 

Day 9: Captain

The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China - this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a werlcome recption followed by a lavish dinner at the à la carte restaurant. (B,L,D)

 

Day 10: Dramatic Yangtze Gorges

Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on the boat, expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the river guide. (B,L,D)

 

Day 11: Three Gorges Dam Project

This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of CHinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Our vessel must then negotiate the five-step Three Gorges Dam lock. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

 

 

Day 12: Zhujiajiao water town

Chinas attractive water towns exude a rtustic charm. The 1,700 year old Zhujiajiao is a typical example, boasting old stone bridges, wood-panelled houses and numerous armospheric waterways once used to transport foods. Return to Shanghai for a free afternoon or take part in an optional cooking class specialising in Shanghainese cuisine. (B)

 

Day 13: Stylish Shanghai

Walk in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture and admire the collections of the shanghai Museum, before ascending to the Shanghai Financial Centres viewing platform. Dine on acclaimed dumplings at Dintaifeng and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at M on the Budn with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)

 

Day 14: Fly Shanghai to Ireland

Take the super-fast Maglev train to the airport for your flight back to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported by chauffered transfer. (B)

Price quoted is based on traveling on 13 april 2018 at 11 october 2019

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