Journey from Shanghai to Beijing via Chengdu and Xi'an

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 4 Max 16
Carbon offset
1 853kg pp per trip


  • Cruise the canals of Zhouzhuang
  • Sample spicy Sichuan delights in Chengdu
  • Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Cruise past the Three Gorges on the Yangzi River
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Experience the culinary delights of Beijing


The hustle and bustle of Shanghai can be overwhelming, so settle in with a walking tour around the smaller Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China, which is just a train ride away. Jump in a gondola and cruise through this quaint town, a true ‘Venice of China’ experience. Back in Shanghai, explore the modern side of China, venturing to contemporary shopping quarters and fashionable restaurants.
Hop aboard a flight to Chengdu and delve into Sichuan cuisine with a spicy hot pot, plate of dragon prawns or bang bang chicken. In spare time, perhaps check out a traditional opera performance or head to one of the restaurants in Wenshu Temple for some delicious vegetarian dishes.
Witness the humbling work conservationists are doing to protect the symbol of China at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Then hit the Yangzi and spend a few dreamy days drifting downriver in a tourist class boat to Yichang, cruising past the Three Gorges en route. Pumping culture, economic stability and culture through every tributary, this river network is the veins and lifeblood of China.
It’s thought that 700,000 labourers and slaves worked on the construction of the Terracotta Warriors in the third century BC; today it’s one of the most famous sights in China. The 8,000 life-sized statues pay homage to the dynasties and emperors of ancient China. Be sure to visit this elaborate archeological find that was only discovered (by a Chinese farmer) in 1976 before jumping on an overnight train to Beijing.
The hot spot of China, both modern and ancient, Beijing is forever reinventing itself. Head to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park and Summer Palace. Then make tracks to the number one iconic sight in China: the Great Wall. Stretching for more than 3,400 km, this wonder is best explored on foot. Return to Beijing to sample some of the country’s best food, including Peking duck, dim sum, spicy noodle soup and perhaps some deep-fried ice cream.
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12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Boat, Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Train
Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Summer Palace
  • Beijing - Temple of Heaven Park
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise
  • Zhouzhuang - Walking tour


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Important notes

1. Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.

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