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A Grand Tour of China for Solo Travellers

Including Yangtze River Cruise

16 days from only £3,399pp

Experience more with so much included

  • A comprehensive tour of China visiting its greatest cultural legacies, iconic monuments, astounding palaces and astonishing scenery
  • Visit the astonishing Great Wall of China, the only man-made monument visible from space
  • See the world-famous Terracotta Army and the less-visited underground museum
  • Enjoy a tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Marvel at the Temple of Heaven and the imperial gardens at the Summer Palace in Beijing
  • See the Longshen Rice Terraces, a man-made wonder
  • Enjoy a five-star Yangtze River Cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges, with full board
  • Travel through the world’s largest ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam
  • Tour Shanghai and take in the Jade Buddha temple, Yuyuan Gardens and the old British Consulate
  • Take a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the amazing Forbidden City, the world’s largest concentration of preserved ancient wooden buildings
  • Travel from Shanghai to Beijing on one of China's high-speed trains
  • Cruise the world-famous Li River and visit the picturesque riverside town of Yangshuo
  • Return direct scheduled flights from the UK
  • Hand-picked accommodation rated four and five-stars, with daily breakfast and 14 meals including a Peking Duck banquet and a welcome dinner on the first night to get to know your travelling companions
  • The services of our experienced tour manager throughout

Selected departures from March to September 2019

 
At a Glance
Country: China
Deposit: £200 per person
Currencies: Yuan
Languages: Chinese
Time Zone: GMT+7
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Overview

Since the days of Marco Polo, China has fascinated our western minds in the most compelling way. The country’s immense size, almost unimaginable wealth and other-worldly culture have together woven an intoxicating and quite irresistible spell.

The Chinese today are living through an astonishing transformation. As well as being justly proud of their long history and unique cultural legacy, they’re keen to show you their huge achievements as a rapidly growing world superpower. China has always been a nation of superlatives. The most populous on earth, it’s also the fourth largest. Silk, tea, paper money, porcelain and gunpowder all originated here. Effectively closed to outsiders for most of its history, China has developed its own unique character, language and society.

At the heart of Beijing lies the Imperial Palace. Collectively called the ‘Forbidden City’, it contains a staggering 9,999 rooms. Adorned with paintings of dragons and phoenixes, carvings and inscriptions, it’s crowned by typically Chinese turned-up roofs with gold-hued tiles. Tiananmen Square, the final resting place of Chairman Mao, holds a staggering 600,000 people. The Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven are stunning in their simplicity and laden with symbolism. And beyond the city lies the stupendous Great Wall, the largest structure ever built by man and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Two centuries before the founding of ancient Rome, Xian was already a world-class city and gateway to the Silk Road. Home to over a dozen dynasties, it houses the extraordinary Terracotta Army. First discovered by farmers digging a well, the life-size and remarkably preserved warriors all have their own individual features. They’ve guarded the tomb of the first Qin Emperor for more than two millennia.

Guilin has some of China’s most breathtaking scenery. Beautifully set around four lakes and two rivers, it’s surrounded by the karst limestone scenery of lush forest-covered peaks and pinnacles. You’ll also visit the extraordinary Longshen Rice Terraces, carved into the hills in their thousands over centuries by the hands of Yao tribesmen.

In Chengdu, you’ll see some of the world’s most endangered and enchanting animals – Panda bears. This is the leading Panda research and breeding centre in China. We’ll visit them in the morning while they’re still active, and before they sleep for the rest of the day after eating their fill of bamboo.

Our three-day cruise on the Yangtze is a welcome change of pace as our five-star ship, the RV Century Sun, navigates through the spectacular Three Gorges. Shanghai, China’s wealthiest city, is an intoxicating mix of colonial tradition and modern economic dynamism. The riverside Bund became one of the greatest trading centres of the world. Today this lovingly restored waterfront contrasts with the forest of skyscrapers that cover the skyline.

China is also home to one of the world’s great cuisines – with the ubiquitous Peking Duck from the north, chillies from the west and fruit and carp from the sub-tropical climate of the south. Real Chinese food is both a revelation and a gourmet paradise. In Britain our standard greeting is ‘How are you?’ In China, it’s ‘Have you eaten today?’

This tour is a remarkable journey of discovery of one of the world’s most ancient cultures, aspects of which are almost beyond our comprehension, blended with a remarkably stunning topography and a staggering pace of modernisation.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a twin/double room for sole occupancy. Price includes flights to and from Shanghai; 14 nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels including 3 nights on board a five-star Yangtze cruise ship; daily breakfast, 9 lunches and 6 dinners; all tours and entrance fees as described; all transfers; all touring as mentioned; all local accommodation taxes and airport/flight taxes; four domestic flights and two rail journeys; hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Visa not included

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai 30 mins Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Yuan
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx.  10 hrs (outbound) and 12 hrs (inbound)
  • Language: Chinese
  • Time Zone: GMT+7 (+8 during winter months)
  • Country: China

Water Levels

Itinerary may be subject to change depending on domestic flight timings and Yangtze & Li river water levels.

Meals

All included lunches and dinners are Chinese meals and are set menus of several courses and dishes shared around tables of 6-10 persons, one local beer or soft drink is normally included as is unlimited Chinese tea. Breakfasts are buffet style with western food options.

Accommodation

Hotel beds can be ‘firm’ in China and rooms are normally twin-bedded. Requests for double beds can be made but not guaranteed in advance.

Health 

There is no specific health advice for this tour, though it is always advisable to contact your GP six to eight weeks prior to travel. For mobility related queries please contact the reservations team.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Chinese visa

All British Passport holders required a multiple-entry tourist China visa, which is valid for 2 years (valid from the date of issue).  

Applications must be made in person at your nearest centre, either in London, Manchester or Edinburgh, depending on your home address.  

The visa costs £151 per person, this is inclusive of the £85 visa fee and a £66 service charge.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from date of travel and have at least two completely empty pages.  

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.

Full details are available on http://www.visaforchina.org.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

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