From the former Imperial capital of Beijing to the cosmopolitan streets of Shanghai, to the mighty Yangtze, a China tour takes you to the quintessential China highlights. Visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, see Giant Pandas and cruise the Three Gorges. Take the holiday of a lifetime on a river cruise, adventure trip or a guided tour to China.
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The Forbidden City
Explore Tiananmen Square before you head onto the Forbidden City to see Chinese history in the museums, artworks and ornate gardens.
See Giant Pandas
A wildlife encounter of a lifetime, watch the endangered giant pandas at play with their cubs at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Visit Paris of the East
Walk along the tree lined avenues of Shanghai’s former French Concession to find Tudor mansions, wrought iron fences and balconies, high fashion shops and dining.
Walk the Great Wall
Step onto the most scenic section of the iconic Great Wall at Mutianyu. This marvel of Chinese history offers fabulous views over mountains and hills as you wander along this restored section of the wall.
Cruise the Three Gorges
Take a river cruise on the Yangtze River
to gape at the magnificent three gorges. The Qutang, Xu and Xiling gorges offer spectacular scenery, dominated by steep cliffs and the dramatic Fengjie and Wu Mountains.
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What our clients are saying about their journeys to China
“Great tour of Mongolia”
This was a fantastic tour. We were able to see various aspects of Mongolian culture and lifestyles and experience life with nomadic Mongolians. Our tour guide was knowledeable, energetic and helpful. A really enjoyable experience which will provide lasting memories.
“Stress free trip for China highlights”
Viking provide a very hassle free itinerary to experience the highlights of China. Accommodation and the cruise down the Yangtze were of a very high standard. The 6 day cruise was very enjoyable and you experience travelling through the locks of the Three Gorges Dam, something that I don't think other groups all do. Extra time, especially in Xian, would be good and some rail travel rather than all air connections within China would improve the itinerary. There were no hidden extras, but the inevitable ...read more shopping stops! It was our first time travelling with Viking... The group was 95% American and most were return Viking travellers. I would have liked some more free time and options to do a little independent exploring of the cities we visited.
“Our first insight into China”
Our tour was exceptionally organised using planes, trains, coach and boats to see the major "must see" parts of China. The local guides made each place far more meaningful even though we'd taken definitive guide books with us. The tour guide who was with us for the entire time was able to give us continuity and deal with the logistics of each day and how we were going to achieve the itinerary with regular toilet stops. We were primed the night before as to what we'd need in the way of wet weather ...read more gear by being told the local weather forecast. Anna our guide was the best that we've ever met. She was totally organised and her English was excellent and she lay down her expectations of us like being on time and where we were to meet. She called us Anna's family which gave us all a sense of belonging.
“A China Experience Tour”
Thanks Cosmos for making our holiday a great and authentic China experience. We appreciate the fact that the tour guide went to a lot of trouble to make sure everyone was happy and satisfied. We loved all the great attractions and cultural experiences and were impressed at how Cosmos gave much more than expected. We loved the food and thought it much healthier than Western diets today. We also were impressed at the way China is tackling pollution, the very good roads, the quality of the new buildings ...read more and the advances in education. Too many great highlights to mention but the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall were among the best.