Splendours of China
Virgin Holidays' view
Home to fascinating historic sites and unique culture, China will excite and amaze you. This journey discovers modern Shanghai, historic Beijing, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriers and finishes with seeing the iconic Pandas and beautiful Guilin.
Day 1: Saturday
Welcome to Shanghai, you will be met by your tour guide from CITS and transferred by the exciting Maglev Train to Shanghai Ocean Hotel for the next 2 nights. This afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to take a taxi and spend some time at Xintiandi, Shanghai's newest landmark.
Day 2: Sunday
The day begins with a visit to the lovely Yu Gardens and the Old Town, followed by a stop at the Shanghai Museum to view 5,000 years of Chinese culture. This afternoon, take a walk through the charming back streets of Shanghai and visiting the charming Tianzifang Street which is awash with boutique crafts shops and tea houses. This evening, you will be taken to the world famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show, a highlight of any visit to Shanghai. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Monday
Take a short train journey to the beautiful canal town of Suzhou. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to retrace the 2,500 years of history that the city has enjoyed. Spend the next 2 nights at the Scholar’s Hotel. This afternoon, visit the Garden of Humble Administration, the silk-spinning factory and Tiger Hill and lunch at a local restaurant. (B/L)
Day 4: Tuesday
Morning visit to the nearby picturesque water town on Tong Li where we will visit the Garden of Retreat and Meditation before taking lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Suzhou in the early afternoon and take a rickshaw tour of the city, stopping at the bustling local market and Suzhou Park, followed by a short cruise on the Grand Canal. (B/L)
Day 5: Wednesday
This morning take the high speed train from Suzhou to Beijing (approximately 5 hours 30minutes). Arrive Beijing at approximately 2:00pm and transfer to the Jianguo Garden Hotel for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the stunning Summer Palace, the seasonal retreat of the Qing Emperors. (B/D) Please note: sometimes it may be necessary to visit the Summer Palace prior to checking into the Jianguo Garden Hotel, your guide will inform you locally in what order this will happen.
Day 6: Thursday
Today's sightseeing includes the Temple of Heaven with a Taichi lesson, China's largest sacrificial building symbolizing the relationship between heaven and earth and deftly illustrates the evolution of one of the Earth's greatest civilizations. Continue to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the iconic Chinese imperial palace from the Ming and Qing era. (B/L)
Day 7: Friday
There are few structures on earth that can evoke the same sense of wonder and awe than the imposing presence of the Great Wall of China. Begun over 2,000 years ago it stretches for some 5,000 kilometres, across a timeless landscape. Enjoy a tour to the Mu Tian Yu section of the wall. It will take around 2 hours to reach The Great Wall where you can enjoy a memorable walk along a section of one of mankind's most incredible creations. Return to your hotel before heading out this evening for dinner, a Peking duck banquet. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Saturday
This morning, transfer to the station for the high speed train journey to Xi'an, China's ancient capital, where you will transfer to the Xi'an Titan Times Hotel for 2 nights. This evening, dine out at a local Dumpling Dinner & show. (B/D)
Day 9: Sunday
Visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, one of the greatest archaeological excavations of our time. These artifacts are associated with the Qing dynasty (211-206 BC). Also visit the City Wall and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B/L)
Day 10: Monday
Transfer to take a fast train to Chengdu via the Hanyang Tombs. Rest of the afternoon at leisure, transfer to the Tibet Hotel for 2 nights. (B)
Day 11: Tuesday
In the morning, visit the Panda Breeding Centre to watch these endangered creatures feeding and playing. Afterwards visit Jinli Old Street. In the evening, fly to Guilin, a charming town on the Li River. Check in to the Guilin Bravo Hotel (Grand Wing in a deluxe room) for your 2 night stay. (B/L)
Day 12: Wednesday
Enjoy a memorable cruise along the Li River which winds through magical 'willow pattern' scenery, ending in the town of Yangshuo where you have an hour to explore, before returning to Guilin. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your tour group. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Thursday
Morning at leisure before a midday check out for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong, to connect with your onward travel arrangements. Alternatively extend your stay with a few nights in Hong Kong. (B)
Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
Pre/Post Tour information
The first day of the tour is at leisure to allow you enough time to arrive and relax. If you wish to arrive earlier extra nights can be added to your tour in Shanghai. We do recommend extending your tour with a few nights exploring Hong Kong.
GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)
- Domestic flights (internal flight baggage allowance is 20kgs)
- Private air conditioned transport throughout. Train journeys are on non-exclusive air-conditioned express train’s
- Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees
- Services of an experienced local guide in each destination
- Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.
- International flight with Virgin Atlantic in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
- Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
- The required Chinese visa – details will be provided at time of booking
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary.
12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners The majority of meals are likely to be Chinese rather an international. Vegetarians can be catered for but the food is quite different from which you are likely to be used to. Larger city hotels provide international cuisine as well as Chinese, but presentation and taste may vary from western standards.
- Tours listed in the itinerary.
Optional activities (not included and booked locally)
- Beijing Night Tour or Rickshaw Hutong tour
- Xi’an by night
- Shanghai by Night.
Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.
China is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.
There is a maximum of 25 people per group.
This tour is not recommended for clients with limited mobility, please contact the Special Assistance team for more information https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/important/special-assistance
As the Splendours of China finishes in Hong Kong we recommend extending your stay in this amazing city. Spend a few nights at the Mira Hong Kong to explore the shopping and eateries around Kowloon’s Nathan Road area.