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Discover the very best of China on this comprehensive tour

Start in the country's largest city, the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai, then travel into the sublime landscape of Guilin, a region famed for its jagged limestone peaks. You'll visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, sail on Asia's longest river, salute the Terracotta Warriors, dine in local restaurants and more on this fully immersive, memorable tour.

Including...

12 nights in hotels, 4 aboard your ship and 1 in flight (2020 departures)

43 meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners (2020 departures)

10 nights in hotels, 4 aboard your ship and 1 in flight (2021 departures)

36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 9 dinners (2021 departures)

Excursions and visits

  • Cruise along the Li River
  • Tour of a tea plantation
  • City sightseeing in Shanghai
  • Trip to the Three Gorges Dam
  • Cruise along the Goddess Stream
  • Visit Shibaozhai Pagoda
  • See the Dazu rock carvings
  • City tour of Chongqing
  • Visit the Panda Breeding Centre and Sanxingdui ruins
  • Tea at a traditional teahouse (2020 only)
  • Tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Guided excursion around Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Visit to the Great Wall and Summer Palace in Beijing
2021 departures

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Day 1 UK-Shanghai

Shanghai

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart for your overnight flight to Shanghai.


Day 2 Shanghai

Shanghai

Arrive at China's largest city for a two night stay at the locally rated 4-star Jin Jiang Hotel. D


Day 3 Shanghai

Shanghai

As well as strolling along the historic waterfront of The Bund, today's included tour will take you through the peaceful Yu Garden and along bustling Nanjing Road. Later, there's the chance to see an optional acrobatic show.B L D


Day 4 Shanghai-Yichang

Three Gorges

Fly inland to Yichang on an early flight, there will be a sightseeing tour of the city.

Afterwards, transfer by coach and board your cruise ship Victoria Anna (4⚓) for your four-night cruise. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. B, L

Yichang China Asia

Day 5 Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges

Cruise past the striking Three Gorges Dam. B L D

Day 6 Goddess Stream

Goddess Stream

Embark a smaller boat for a diversion down this tributary of the Yangtze and admire the beautiful river-gorge landscape.

River conditions might mean this excursion sails along Shennong Stream or Daning River instead. B L D

Day 7 Scenic area of the Jade Emperor in Fengdu

Shibaozha

Today look forward to a visit to the area north of the Yangtze River, known as the sacred scenic area of the jade emperor. Bordered by the Minghsan Mountain and a national park, it is home to a 100-foot tall statue of the deity the Jade Emperor, together with some 200 other Taoist and Buddhist sculptures, plus a range of buildings spanning different architectural styles. B, L, D

Chongqing China Asia

Day 8 Chengdu-Guilin

Guilin

Cruise past sweeping farmland as your ship reaches Chongqing.

After you disembark, an included excursion takes you Chongquing Zoo. Established in the 1950s the zoo functions as both a zoo and a reserve. In addition to housing endangered species including the South China Tiger, it operates a breeding programme for giant pandas. Look forward to seeing these endearing and fascinating animals during your visit. Afterwards, travel by bullet train to Guilin where you'll stay three nights the locally rated 4-star Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. B L


Day 9 Guilin

Cable car at Yaoshan Mountain

Visit Yaoshan, one of the largest mountains that surrounds Guilin city.

Look forward to taking the chairlift up the mountain and enjoying panoramic views of the city. Afterwards, visit the Sea Pearl Museum where you can learn about and see South Sea Pearls. Perhaps take an optional evening cruise excursion along the Four Lakes around the city. B, L, D


Day 10 Li River Cruise

Li River near Guilin

Look forward to a relaxing cruise along the Li River today, sailing past surreal jagged limestone peaks, traditional villages and bamboo groves to Yangshuo, where you'll have some time at leisure to wander amid the shops and restaurants of West Street and have your picture taken with a genuine cormorant fisherman. B, L


Day 11 Guilin-Xi'an

Aerial view of Xi'an

Transfer to the airport and fly to Xi'an where you stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Golden Flower Hotel. B L


Day 12 Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors

This morning you'll visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652AD to store the scriptures brought back from India, but the highlight of your day is sure to be the Terracotta Army, where you'll see a staggering 8,000 life-size warriors on display. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty Show. B L D

Terracotta warriors China Asia

Day 13 Xi'an-Beijing

Xian

See part of Xi'an's Old City Wall that date back to the 14th-century Ming Dynasty before travelling to the airport for your flight to Beijing and a final three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Beijing New Century Hotel. This evening there will be a traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 14 Beijing

Tiananmen Square

Today's half-day included tour begins in Tian'anmen Square and leads you into the vast Forbidden City, former home to the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later, for a real flavour of Beijing, perhaps take an optional rickshaw ride to the Hutongs. B L

Forbidden City Beijing China Asia Tian’anmen Square

Day 15 Beijing

Great Wall

No trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, so your final included tour takes you here as well as to the 18th-century Summer Palace and a jade carving workshop. B L D


Day 16 Beijing-UK

Beijing

Fly back to the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home. B


2020 departures

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK-Shanghai

Shanghai

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, depart for your overnight flight to Shanghai.


Day 2 Shanghai

Shanghai

Arrive at China's largest city for a two night stay at the locally rated 4-star Jin Jiang Hotel. D


Day 3 Shanghai

Shanghai

As well as strolling along the historic waterfront of The Bund, today's included tour will take you through the peaceful Yu Garden and along bustling Nanjing Road. Later, there's the chance to see an optional acrobatic show.B L D


Day 4 Shanghai-Yichang

Three Gorges

Fly inland to Yichang on an early flight, there will be a sightseeing tour of the city. Afterwards, transfer by coach and board your cruise ship Victoria Anna (4⚓) for your four-night cruise. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. B, D

Yichang China Asia

Day 5 Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges

Cruise past the striking Three Gorges Dam. B L D

Day 6 Goddess Stream

Goddess Stream

Embark a smaller boat for a diversion down this tributary of the Yangtze and admire the beautiful river-gorge landscape. River conditions might mean this excursion sails along Shennong Stream or Daning River instead.B L D

Day 7 Scenic area of the Jade Emperor in Fengdu

Shibaozha

Today look forward to a visit to the area north of the Yangtze River, known as the sacred scenic area of the jade emperor. Bordered by the Minghsan Mountain and a national park, it is home to a 100-foot tall statue of the deity the Jade Emperor, together with some 200 other Taoist and Buddhist sculptures, plus a range of buildings spanning different architectural styles. B, L, D

Chongqing China Asia

Day 8 Chongqing-Chengdu

Chengdu

Cruise past sweeping farmland as your ship reaches Chongqing. After you disembark, an included excursion takes you to the UNESCO-listed Dazu Rock Carvings dating from the 7th century.

Later you travel by bullet train to Chengdu where you'll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Tibet Hotel. B, L, D


Day 9 Chengdu

Pandas

Your heart is sure to melt this morning when you visit the Panda Breeding Centre – a 600-acre site devoted to increasing the population of giant pandas and other endangered animals. You then head off the beaten track this afternoon to discover the Sanxingdui ruins of an ancient city and its artefacts. This evening perhaps enjoy an optional 'Changing Face' show. B L D



Optional excursions

Changing faces, sword-hiding and spitting fire are among the magic and unique skills performed by the Sichuan Opera.

Please note: Some of the show will be in Chinese.

Day 10 Chengdu-Guilin

Guilin

Visit a teahouse to discover how different China's tea-drinking traditions are, before travelling to the airport for your flight to Guilin, where you spend a night at the locally rated 4-star Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. Maybe take an optional evening excursion along the waterways of Guilin. B, D



Optional excursions

Treat yourself to a magical night cruise along the enchanting lakes and waterways of Guilin. Dancing water fountains, lofty pagodas, and glass and marble bridges are illuminated by glowing lanterns,

Day 11 Li River Cruise

RiverCruise

Look forward to a relaxing cruise along the Li River today, sailing past surreal jagged limestone peaks, traditional villages and bamboo groves to Yangshuo, where you'll have some time at leisure to wander amid the shops and restaurants of West Street and have your picture taken with a genuine cormorant fisherman. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star New West Street Hotel. B, L, D


Day 12 Yangshuo-Guilin

Reed Flute cave

Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling back to Guilin. Look forward to visiting the Reed Flute cave and South China Pearl Museum before an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. B, L, D


Day 13 Guilin-Xi'an

Tea Plantation

This morning you'll visit Guilin Fubo Hill Park where, if you're feeling energetic, you can climb the steps to the top of Fubo Hill itself. You'll also pause at a tea plantation before taking the flight to Xi'an where you stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Golden Flower Hotel. B, L


Day 14 Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors

This morning you'll visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652AD to store the scriptures brought back from India, but the highlight of your day is sure to be the Terracotta Army, where you'll see a staggering 8,000 life-size warriors on display. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional Tang Dynasty Show. B L D

Terracotta warriors China Asia


Optional excursions

The Tang Dynasty Show is a dramatic live performance that incorporates traditional musical instruments and songs. The Chang’an music and dance featured in the show originated in China over 1,000 years ago in the Tang Dynasty.

Day 15 Xi'an-Beijing

Xian

See part of Xi'an's Old City Wall that date back to the 14th-century Ming Dynasty before travelling to the airport for your flight to Beijing and a final three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Beijing New Century Hotel. This evening there will be a traditional Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 16 Beijing

Tiananmen Square

Today's half-day included tour begins in Tian'anmen Square and leads you into the vast Forbidden City, former home to the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later, for a real flavour of Beijing, perhaps take an optional rickshaw ride to the Hutongs. B L

Forbidden City Beijing China Asia Tian’anmen Square

Day 17 Beijing

Great Wall

No trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, so your final included tour takes you here as well as to the 18th-century Summer Palace and a jade carving workshop.B L D


Day 18 Beijing-UK

Beijing

Fly back to the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.B


Important Visa Information

Chinese authorities now require fingerprints on visas so we can no longer supply them. If you are aged 70 or below you will need to have your fingerprints taken and pay for the visa, (currently £151) at the Chinese visa application centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. We will send you the application pack approximately 8 weeks before departure, with clear instructions of what you need to do, and how we can continue to help.

Please note

Departures in 2021 will follow an itinerary that is two nights shorter, with no stay in Chengdu. The visit to see Giant Pandas will take place instead at Chongqing Zoo.


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