ANCIENT CULTURE & PEARL RIVER CITIES

Explore Imperial palaces, hike the Great Wall of China and enjoy Hong Kong's exotic beaches and local markets on this short break.

Travel Highlights

  • Discover Beijing, a melting pot of traditional culture and a modern society
  • Explore the Forbidden City, home to Chinese emperors for over 500 years
  • Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, affording stunning views of rolling hills
  • Tour the 15th century Temple of Heaven complex
  • Stroll around the Summer Palace, set amid peaceful landscaped parkland
  • Enjoy our 'local life' tour of Hong Kong's markets, temples and communities
  • Free time to visit tropical islands or take the ferry to Macau

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Peking Tour
Travel Itinerary


Day 1-3

Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

Day 3 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & hutong tour

Day 4 - Temple of Heaven

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Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

Depart on your overnight flight from the UK to Beijing.

Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

Welcome to Beijing, the historic capital of the People's Republic of China. This vast city is known for its atmospheric narrow alleyways, lively food markets and elaborate temples. It is dominated by the Tiananmen Square and the 15th century Forbidden Palace complex, though other notable landmarks include the futuristic Birds Nest Olympic Stadium, the sacred Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, set within parkland on the outskirts of the city.

You will be greeted by your guide at the airport, who will assist you with your luggage, taking a private transfer to your hotel a five night stay.

Day 3 - Forbidden City, hutong tour & Lama Palace

Today's tour will start from Tiananmen Square, the largest urban space in the world, from where we can orientate ourselves in the city, learn about the square's historical significance and appreciate its Communist-style architecture and monuments. From here, we walk into the famed Forbidden City, the former Imperial palace that was home to 24 Chinese emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for nearly 500 years. Large sumptuously decorated palaces, gates and halls are linked by landscaped gardens, traditional pavilions and spacious courtyards, lined with typical architecture and adorned with intricate statues, marble bridges and other fascinating details.

We will then continue with a tour of a traditional hutong - atmospheric alleyways where we can still find examples of traditional life and customs. On the tour we will visit a typical family courtyard home and enjoy activities tailored to your interests. These could include calligraphy lessons, dumpling making or a ride in a rickshaw. If time allows, catch a spectacular drumming performance at the Drum Tower.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace

Today we will visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven, one of the most important in all of China. The site is a collection of over 90 buildings, the most important being the richly decorated Temple of Good Harvest, to where Ming and Qing dynasty emperors, seen as a child sent from heaven, would come each year to make a sacrifice and pray for a favourable harvest. A visit here teaches you about Dynasty era sacrificial rituals, cosmogony and philosophical beliefs, as well as giving the opportunity to appreciate ancient artwork and see locals going about their everyday lives and taking daily exercise in the surrounding parkland.

We continue with a visit to the grand Summer Palace, set amid peaceful landscaped parkland that feels a long way from the noise of downtown Beijing. The park is dominated by the huge Kunming Lake, whilst the palace buildings themselves sit on Longevity Hill. A visit here gives you the chance to learn more about the infamous Empress Cixi, who restored the palaces in the 19th century and spent a lot of her time here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

First Class

The Penta Hotel Tour - Holidays to Beijing & Great Wall

Penta Hotel

Described as a "neighbourhood lifestyle hotel", the Penta is a distinctive 4 star contemporary hotel, close to the Temple of Heaven and a short walk from the subway. The laid-back hotel offers 307 ensuite rooms in a minimalist style, including family rooms, as well as the use of bikes and maps to ex…

Deluxe Experience

The Red Wall Garden Hotel Tour - Holidays to Beijing & Great Wall

Red Wall Garden Hotel

This delightful boutique hotel is centred around a traditional courtyard in the historic Shijia Hutong, to the east of the Forbidden City and close to popular food and shopping streets. Rooms are a blend of classic and contemporary decor, with modern facilities, luxurious bedding and marble bathroom…

Great Wall of China
Day 5

Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

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Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

One of the highlights of your China holiday will undoubtedly be the chance to walk along the Great Wall of China. In our own personal experience, the best way to experience the true majesty and atmosphere of the wall is to begin a hike at one of the lesser-visited parts, seeing the wall in its wild and untamed state. One such hike begins at the Zhenbeikou watchtower, a two hour drive north of Beijing, and ends at the popular Mutianyu section, where the wall has been restored and cable cars provide an easy way to exit. This is a great way to combine a wild and restored section. The hike lasts around 5 miles, starting with a fairly arduous climb through a forested area. Although tricky in places, it will be appropriate for most visitors and provides breathtaking views throughout, often with no other visitors in sight!

Great Wall alternatives: Another wild section, with easier initial access is Gubeikou, which also allows you to exit the Wall at different points, should you wish to cut short the hike. Jinshanling is the most beautiful and atmospheric of the restored parts, with wonderful views and less tourists. Visiting Mutianyu by itself (no hiking) is a shorter experience and so allows time to visit the impressive Ming Tombs on the way back to the city, resting place of 13 Chinese emperors from the Ming dynasty. We do not recommend a visit to Badaling as this gets extremely busy and provides little of the true essence of the Great Wall.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hong Kong
Day 6 - 7

Day 6 - Welcome to Hong Kong

Day 7 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

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Itinerary Description

Day 6 - Welcome to Hong Kong

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Hong Kong, where you will be met upon arrival and taken to your hotel.

Hong Kong offers a great mix of exoticism and familiarity. It is perhaps the easiest city for western travellers to get about it, travelling on the efficient MTR underground system, which reaches as far as some of the outlying islands. You will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to perhaps take the iconic Star Ferry across the water to Hong Kong Island and ride the tram to The Peak, for one of the world's great urban vistas, especially as the sun goes down and the light's begin to twinkle at dusk.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

Your local guide will today lead you on our special tour designed to introduce you to local life in Hong Kong. We start in the thriving markets of Mong Kok in Kowloon, starting at the bird market, where locals often gather to socialise with their birds sat next to them in cages. We continue on to the goldfish market to admire the amazing colour and detail of the tropical fish on sale here, often at extremely high prices. The next stop is the Chinese Jade Market and then on to the Tin Hau Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, who is revered by fishermen and those who spend their working lives at sea.

We then leave Kowloon and drive to the south of Hong Kong Island to the Aberdeen fishermen community, where fishing junks are juxtaposed markedly against the towering skyscrapers. We will take a short sampan boat ride to learn more about their ways of life and enjoy a dim sum lunch aboard the famous Aberdeen Jumbo Kingdom. Next up is the Central business district and the world's longest continuous escalator system, a convenient way to see the bustling city hillside. Hollywood Road in westernised district of SoHo is next, known for its antique shops. Finally, we finish at the Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong's oldest and most important and where giant incense coils hang from the ceiling, imparting a fragrant, smoky haze. The temple is dedicated to the God of Literature and the God of War.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

First Class

The Hotel Stage Tour - Holidays to Hong Kong & Macau

Hotel Stage

Hotel Stage exudes contemporary and creative charm, a welcoming haven from the busy streets of Kowloon. Spacious and minimalist rooms offer a range of modern facilities, including a complimentary smart phone which you can carry about the city to browse the internet, consult maps, make international …

Deluxe Experience

The InterContinental Grand Stanford Tour - Holidays to Hong Kong & Macau

InterContinental Grand Stanford

Conveniently situated in the south of Kowloon, overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour and close to an MTR station, the InterContinental is a renowned 5 star hotel. 572 luxurious rooms and suites afford harbour, courtyard or city views and come equipped with all the necessary amenities you'll need, …

Macau & Hong Kong at leisure
Day 8 - 10

Day 8 - Macau & Hong Kong at leisure

Day 9-10 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

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Day 8 - Macau & Hong Kong at leisure

Today you might like to cross the Pearl River Delta from Hong King to visit Macau, whose Portuguese heritage is mixed with Chinese influences. Reached by a one hour high speed catamaran from Hong Kong. Macau’s colonial buildings, grand churches and intricate azulejos tiling will transport you to the streets of Lisbon. But since the former colony was handed back to China in 1999, the two cultures have converged to create a unique city, where East meets West.

The highlights of the city include the Ruins of St. Paul - a Roman Catholic Church destroyed by fire in 1835, the Senado Square and its typical colonial architecture and Portuguese paving, the 400 year old A-Ma Temple and the peninsula's famous casinos and tower.

Alternatively, tropical and tranquil Lamma Island can be reached by boat from Aberdeen fishing harbour in the south. Closer yet is Lantau Island, famed for its large seated Buddha and temple, reached by a panoramic cable car. At the far end of the island, Tai O is an immensely charming and timeless fishing village, whilst one of the region's best beaches can be enjoyed a short bus ride away at Cheung Sha.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9-10 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

An evening flight gives you the morning and afternoon at leisure in Hong Kong. You will be transferred to the airport and helped to check-in for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on Day 10.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel Details
Peking

What's Included

  • International return flights
  • 1 internal flight as shown
  • 7 nights accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides and private vehicle
  • Prices are per person, based on two sharing a room
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Chinese New Year.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 03/10 - 15/06 16/06 - 02/10
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - £2,085 £2,283 - £2,303 £2,533
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £328 + £462 - + £355 + £520
Single Traveller - Own Room - + £995 + £1,129 - + £1,022 + £1,187
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 03/10 - 15/06 16/06 - 02/10
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - €1,602 €1,839 - €1,993 €2,292
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €393 + €556 - + €297 + €472
Single Traveller - Own Room - + €1,194 + €1,355 - + €1,098 + €1,272
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 03/10 - 15/06 16/06 - 02/10
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - $1,710 $1,967 - $1,993 $2,533
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $427 + $602 - + $462 + $437
Single Traveller - Own Room - + $1,294 + $1,469 - + $1,330 + $1,303

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