The Historical Orient
12 days from just £2,240 per person
15 days with Hong Kong extension from just £2,620 per person
This China tour gives you the opportunity to experience 4 of the most beautiful and historic cities in China.
Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou
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London Heathrow to Beijing
Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight direct* to Beijing.
We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.
*Emperor Tours will always book direct flights – however during peak periods (eg. Christmas, Easter and summer holidays) airlines charge considerably more, so a small supplement may apply. Alternatively we will book indirect flights.
Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to hotel in city centre. Later 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 a good harvest for the year. Time permitting, we will visit the Olympic Village, Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Conclude today with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.
Accommodation - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel or similar
Start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square - the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (late Chairman Mao's huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City - which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. In the afternoon the tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace - the largest imperial garden in the world, 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.
Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. You will be given plenty of time to explore this magnificent monument and climb to the top. The afternoon is spent visiting the Ming Tombs - 13 Ming Emperors were buried in the basin surrounded by Tiger and Dragon Mountains.The evening is time to relax with a traditional Peking duck banquet!
Beijing to Xian
Start our tour today with a rickshaw tour around old Beijing’s Hutong (alleyways) area – visit a typical Beijing family in courtyard house. Later in the afternoon we fly to Xian – the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, transfer to 5* hotel in the city centre. Later visit the Ancient City Wall, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Later we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda - known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.
Accommodation - 5* Grand Noble Hotel
Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. With over 7,000 life-size figures unearthed since 1974, this is truly one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns; this is the landmark of Xian. Also browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter.
Xian to Guilin
Morning flight to Guilin – one of the most picturesque cities in China. We visit the Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill. After dinner, Emperor Tours will treat every customer with a refreshing traditional Chinese foot massage - a sensual experience and utter enjoyment.
Accommodation - 4* Bravo Hotel
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. Optional tour to see cormorant fishing will be organised if enough interest.
Guilin to Shanghai
This morning we fly to Shanghai – a vibrant modern city renowned as the "Oriental Paris". Tour the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden and the Bund - Shanghai's famous waterfront, where you will be treated with the breathtaking skyline on both sides of Huangpu River. This evening enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic show.
* Optional 2 day Chengdu tour (including Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, Leshan Grand Buddha etc) from £450 per person
Accommodation - 5* Majesty Plaza Shanghai or similar
Shanghai / Suzhou
This morning travel to Suzhou – China's garden city renowned for its canals, arched stone bridges and silk products. We will visit two of its most popular gardens – Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Master of the Nets. Also visit the city's famous Silk Museum and Panmen Gate. Return to Shanghai in the evening.
A whole day free to do some last minute shopping and exploring. Evening enjoy a farewell dinner.
Shanghai to London Heathrow
Morning transfer to airport for flight home.
Hong Kong Extension
Shanghai to Hong Kong
Transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Rest of day free at leisure.
Accomodation - 4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis
Half day Hong Kong tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, etc. Rest of day free.
Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Day time free. Late evening transfer to airport for flight home.
Morning arrive in London. End of itinerary.
* Extra nights in Hong Kong available upon request; please ask for details.
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Tour Dates & Prices
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|Departure Date||Return Date||Price (£) P/P|
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own.
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below.
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|Extension Name||Extension Duration||Additional Price (£) P/P||Additional Single Supplement Surcharge|
|Hong Kong (excl. Oct 2014/5)||+3 Days||£380.00||£120.00|
|Hong Kong (in Oct 2014/5)||+3 Days||£430.00||£135.00|