Imperial China - Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

Suggested Itinerary

NB: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner 

Day 1 – Depart for Shanghai

Scheduled flight to Shanghai.

Day 2 – Arrive Shanghai (D)

On arrival in Shanghai we are met by our tour manager who will accompany us throughout our tour – transfer to the 4* Ocean Hotel.

Day 3 – Shanghai (B, L, D)

Half day city tour of Shanghai, China's largest city whose modern culture dates back to the early 1900's and is an eclectic mix of East and West, takes in Yu Garden, bustling Nanjing Road and the pristine waterfront Bund – as night falls, we enjoy an amazing performance of Chinese acrobatics.

Day 4 – Shanghai - Beijing (B, L, D)

Fly from Shanghai to Beijing – full day tour of Beijing taking in the expansive Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, a place of rest and relaxation just minutes from Beijing – check in to the 4* Guangxi Plaza – this evening enjoy the marvellous Beijing opera show.

Day 5 – Beijing (B, L, D)

China's magnificent Great Wall spans thousands of miles across Northern China and you have ample time to traverse the ancient steps before visiting the famed Ming Tomb Museum – return to the city to enjoy an impressive Peking duck banquet.

Day 6 – Beijing - Xi’an (B, L, D)

Visit the historic Temple of Heaven, widely regarded as the noblest example of religious architecture in China and where emperors came to pray for a bountiful harvest – short flight to Xi’an and in the afternoon we visit Xian’s ancient city walls – check in to the 4* Aurum International.

Day 7 – Xi’an (B, L, D)

Xian is home to the life-sized Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang, which were designed to protect China's first emperor even in death and discovered by a farmer in 1974 – return to Xi’an and visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda – this evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet which is followed by an exciting Dynasty Stage Show.

Day 8 – Xi’an - Shanghai (B, L, D)

Fly back to Shanghai – check in to the 4* Ocean Hotel – the rest of the day is free to enjoy Shanghai at your leisure.

Day 9 – Shanghai - UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for our direct scheduled flight back home. 



Day 9 - Shanghai - Yichang (B, L, D)

Internal flight from Shanghai to Yichang for the cruise – transfer to our 5* cruise boat for preboarding where we stay for four nights on full board basis.

Day 10 – Cruise (B, L, D)

Set sail for the magnificent Three Gorges Dam Project, sailing by Gezhouba, the ship lock Xiling Gorge and the five-stage Big Dam Shiplock.

Day 11 – Cruise (B, L, D)

Visit the Lesser Three Gorges (sometimes called the Daning River) or the Shennongxi Lesser Gorges (sometimes called the Shennong Stream) – the ship passes through Wu Gorge.

Day 12 – Cruise (B, L, D)

Cruise to Shibaozhai, sailing by the beautiful White King City and Qutang Gorge.

Day 13 – Cruise (B, L, D)

Disembark at Chongqing this morning for a city tour – internal flight to Shanghai – check in to 4* Ocean Hotel.

Day 14 – Shanghai to UK (B)

We transfer back to the airport for our scheduled flight back to the UK.


Tour Features

4* hotels on full board basis

All excursions & entrance fees included

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Shanghai

All internal flights in China

Executive coach in China

One free place per 15 paying passengers


Optional Yangtze River Cruise

Internal flights

4 nights full board

Three Gorges Dam Project

Lesser Three Gorges

Shanghai city tour

Shanghai Chinese acrobatics show

Full day Beijing city tour

Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City

Summer Palace

Beijing opera show

Great Wall of China

Ming Tomb Museum

Peking duck banquet

Temple of Heaven

Xian’s ancient city walls

Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang

Great Wild Goose Pagoda

Imperial Dumpling Banquet & Dynasty Stage Show



Good quality 4* hotels on full board basis dining in the hotel or local restaurants:

  • Ocean Hotel, Shanghai – three nights
  • Guangxi Plaza, Beijing – two nights
  • Aurum International, Xi’an – two nights


Tailor-make this tour

Remember that this tour is just our suggestion to provide inspiration and whet your appetite. Every one of our tours is tailor made exclusively for your group and your group alone. So if you like the look of this tour but want to alter it to suit your group, that’s fine. Tell us how you want to change it and we’ll send you a proposal that meets the exact requirements for your group tour. Then, combining our experience with your understanding of the profile and interests of your members, together we can fine tune the itinerary so that you get the perfect tour at the right price for your group.

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor this tour
for your group

Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at 5* hotels
  • with more dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group