Read 7 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 14 Day Grand Tour of China. Explore China’s highlights on a premium Travelmarvel holiday. Cruise the Yangtze, visit Beijing and Xi’an, see Chengdu’s Giant Pandas and explore the Three Gorges region.
On arrival in Beijing, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, savour a Welcome Dinner. Stay Three Nights: Beijing, Novotel Peace Hotel (D)
This morning, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest city squares. Continue to the Forbidden City. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese emperors. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace. (B/L)
Discover China's greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Take in breathtaking views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Continue to a cloisonne factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonne. Return to the city later, passing by the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird's Nest) and the bubble-covered Water Cube. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: This evening, sample Beijing's most iconic dish with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.
This morning after breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century. Stay Two Nights: Xi'an, Grand Mercure (B)
Insider Experience: Board a high-speed train headed for Xi'an.
Known for its remarkable collection of Terracotta Warriors, a discovery of Xi'an awaits today. Admire the excavation pits that have housed the thousands of sculptures since around 210 BC. Every sculpture is unique, with distinct facial features, hairstyles, postures and clothing. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Xi'an, taking in some of its most famous sights, including the Great Mosque, the lively Muslim bazaar and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: This evening, indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet.
Stop for a spot of lunch at a local restaurant before an Insider Experience. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, the charming Tibet Hotel which tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings. Stay Two Nights: Chengdu, Tibet Hotel (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery and learn about the ancient structure. Finish your day with a visit to the charming Jinli Street where bright lanterns light up the path. (B/L)
Insider Experience: Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you'll learn all about how the pandas are being protected.
Following breakfast at your hotel, travel to Chengdu's Renmin Park. Also known as the People's Park, this lush garden is a hub for locals. Sample a range of teas at a teahouse before travelling by train to Chongqing where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your river ship. Kick back and begin your relaxing three-night cruise along the Yangtze River. Stay Three Nights: Yangtze River, Century Sky (B/L/D)
Insider Experience: Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing.
Why not experience Tai Chi this morning. Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak rising from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red 12-storey pavilion built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you'll enjoy a Captain's Dinner. (B/L/D)
This morning, set off on a shore excursion to Shennv Stream, a small tributary of the Yangtze River with its narrow gorges and picturesque mountain sides. Much of the landscape remains in a pristine state due to the light boat traffic which travels through here. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship. (B/L/D)
Bid farewell to your river ship and disembark at Maoping Pier, Yichang Spend the morning at the Three Gorges Dam Site and take in the colossal scale of the world's largest hydropower project. After lunch, transfer to Yichang airport for your flight to Shanghai. Stay Three Nights: Shanghai, Pullman Jing'an (B/L)
This morning, explore the beautiful scenery and artistic architecture of Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. Experience Shanghai's bustling bazaar and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. (B/L)
Today, soak in the colourful history of China at the world-class Shanghai Museum, which boasts 11 permanent galleries of fascinating ancient art and collections. You can then explore Shanghai's most famous walking street in your free time, as you stroll through the iconic shopping district of Nanjing Road. Continue to the picturesque French Concession and wander through the leafy streets. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. (B/D)
Insider Experience: This evening, you'll enjoy a Farewell Dinner while cruising the Huangpu River.
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight. (B)
Indulge in a sumptuous Peking Duck banquet in Beijing
Travel extensively by high-speed rail and enjoy a dumpling banquet in Xi'an
See giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
See the bright lights of Shanghai during your floating Farewell Dinner
10 nights in premium accommodation
Three-night Yangtze River cruise on the Century Sky
Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
Prices include transfers, tipping, port charges and most porterage
31 meals - 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 8 dinners
Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
Research itinerary and fitness required prior to booking 0Jenni, NSW, Australia, May 2019
Very physical tour requiring very good fitness level for long days of walking and luggage handling. Minimal assistance with baggage to and from trains. Food repetitive with Chinese banquet shared meals for lunch and dinner everyday with limited drinks available. Unable to drink tap water, minimal bottles of water provided daily. No free time. Iconic ...read more sites great to see although limited time as scheduled souvenir stops. Taken to restaurants for lunch with no western toilets. One of the rail legs booked in 2nd class instead of 1st no refund provided.
Excellent trip 3Ahmad & Ron , NSW, Australia, Sep 2018
Extremely happy with the services provided by Yvonne and the Global Journeys team. The trip to China was great, the small group  got along with everyone, the accommodation was premium and very comfortable and clean, the food was very delicious with lots of variety and plenty of food. The Yangtze River Cruise was great, having our meals at the ...read more Executive Lounge was a great idea with a choice of European or Chinese food. It was nice to have tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks and cookies all day at the Executive Lounge on level 6. The cabin was very nice and clean. All the excursions were very interesting, lots of walking though but it was worth it. Travelmarvel provided bottled water with every excursion. Fred the tour director was very nice and helpful, the local tour guides were very good too. Some of the restaurant staff at the hotels did not speak English very well but using Google translate helped. Overall we really enjoyed this trip and we highly recommend Travelmarvel to our family and friends. Optional tours we highly recommend include the Summer Palace in Beijing and the river cruise in Shanghai. For souvenir shopping we would recommend to do it in Beijing and Xian as in Shanghai it is very limited.
Fantastic tour of Imperial China 1Chandra, NSW, Australia, Sep 2018
Thank you Yvonne and Travelmarvel for organising this fantastic trip for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The included activities were great and were at a good pace. We travelled a great distance and saw a lot. All the hotels were excellent and centrally located. There were only 12 people in my group and everyone got along really well. I was a solo ...read more traveller but never felt alone thanks to the lovely people in my group. Weather wise it was a good time to travel in September as it wasn't hot at all. The only negative for me was the farewell dinner in Shanghai. I think the tour director should take a bit more care for people with special dietary requirements. However I do like to say that the food was really good in other places.
A amazing journey through China 3John & Margaret, NSW, Australia, Aug 2018
A fantastic holiday where we saw the modern China along with their earlier heritage of different dynasties. In Beijing we visited The Forbidden City, walked along part of the Great Wall and had a rickshaw ride through the alleyways of the old part of the city. The boat cruise on the Yangtze River in the section controlled by the Three Gorges Dam gave ...read more us a view of some spectacular mountain scenery along with how they relocated more than a million people to higher ground. The panda's at Chongqing zoo are a fascinating animal to observe. The Terracotta Warriors near Xian were an amazing sight to witness and learn of their history and recent by chance discovery by a farmer digging a well. The canals and old buildings of Wuzhen where Marco Polo roamed were quite fascinating. Overall a great experience.
The highlight of the trip was the Great Wall, it was wonderful, what a feat of engineering. The down side was an hour free time on the wall. The whole trip was the same, some magnificent things to see but not enough time to see them. The accommodation was very nice, top hotels. But usually not near to shops. The only other thing to comment on is the ...read more guides, our main tour guide (Fred) Mr Fong was marvellous, so helpful, couldn’t ask for better. Some local guides not so good. They need to shorten talks, sometimes I switched off, going on & on about things in Chinese then repeating it in English while we are standing in hot sun.
Great China Trip 1Wendy, QLD, Australia, Sep 2017
Global Journeys did a great job organising this trip. Best price around & Jemma was very easy to work with - very helpful. I would not attempt to do China on my own & it was a great relief to be met at Beijing Airport for the adventure to start :)
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