Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.
Terracotta Warriors, Peking & Pandas
Royal Caribbean International
Voyager of the Seas
China & Japan
23 February 2019
Cruise & Escorted Tour
Included in this Package
International flights from London
7-night Escorted Tour of China
Domestic flights in China
Private port & Airport Transfers in Singapore
1 night 4* hotel Singapore
7 night full board cruise
London Heathrow Airport / London
Fly London Heathrow to Beijing
On arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport, you will be met in the arrival hall by your National Escort. You will transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel either this evening or the next, giving you an opportunity for the group to meet and learn more about travelling in China.
Begin with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, flanked by imposing government buildings and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. At the head of the square the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City is a monument to dynasties past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later soak up the ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in an urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
This morning is dedicated to the iconic Great Wall. Stretching thousands of miles, taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. Savour a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional gardens and admire exquisite architecture. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it - you will have an opportunity to learn more at a jade museum. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province, and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town to get your bearings, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Fly to Chengdu.
Today you will meet the Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base. Drive 1 hour north of Chengdu into the forested Sichuanese countryside. The centre offers refuge to giant pandas with the aim of re introducing them into the wild. On your return to Chegndu soak up the atmosphere on the lively Jinli Street before enjoying a typical Sichuan meal this evening.
A visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the Reserve’s breeding programme. Also, visit the Shu Brocade Embroidery Museum, then enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional tea house before visiting Matchmakers Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight to Singapore. On arrival in Singapore you will be transferred to your 4* hotel.
Private transfer to Singapore port and embark Voyager of the Sea
Disembark for private transfer to airport for overnight flight to London Heathrow