China Essential & Panda
Duration: 10 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2348pp
Beijing 3 nights
Xi’an 2 nights
Chengdu 2 nights
Shanghai 3 nights
Day 1: Fly to Beijing.
Days 2 Beijing: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If time allows step out to explore the surrounding area before meeting your fellow travellers at dinner.
Days 3-6 Beijing & Xi’an: As per days 3-6 of China Essential itinerary (see page 160).
Day 7 Xi’an/Chengdu: Today’s first stop is the Shaanxi Museum, which has over a quarter of a million artefacts on display. This is followed by a trip to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, to discover China’s unique architectural style, and a visit to the Muslim Quarter for a glimpse of local life. Finally, you will be transferred to the station for the bullet train to Chengdu. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 8 Chengdu: At leisure to explore Chengdu independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in People’s Park where you can watch the locals play mahjong or practise Tai Chi.
Day 9 Chengdu/Shanghai: Today’s first stop will be the renowned Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here, natural habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding the once endangered pandas. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai.
Day 10-11 Shanghai & Zhujiajiao: As per days 8-9 of China Essential itinerary.
Day 12 Shanghai: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: Tours depart on fixed dates and are operated by Links Travel & Tours. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 4* hotels
Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) are included except days 5, 7, 9 & 11 when dinner is not included; and day 8 when lunch & dinner are not included.
Group size: Links Travel & Tours offer small group tours (guaranteed departures) up to a maximum of 20 people. Tour still departs even if only two passengers are travelling.
Tour prices: The prices shown include return international flights from the UK, onward internal flights throughout the tours, bullet train travel, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation in tour hotels. Private tours and upgraded accommodation available at a supplement.
Guides & tipping: Groups of 10 people or more will be provided with the services of a Tour Manager who will accompany the tour throughout in combination with local city guides. For your convenience, a compulsory amount to cover tips for guides, drivers and porterage will be collected from you by your guide at the start of the tour (generally around £4 per person per day).