ANCIENT CULTURE & PEARL RIVER CITIES
7 Night Itinerary from £2,025
Explore Imperial palaces, hike the Great Wall of China and enjoy Hong Kong's exotic beaches and local markets
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- 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 away from the crowds of tourists, with stunning views of rolling hills
- Tour the 15th century Temple of Heaven
- 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
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Beijing & Great Wall - 4 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Beijing
Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing
Day 3 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong tour
Day 4 - Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 5 - Experience the Great Wall
- Full Description
Fly to Beijing
Depart on a direct overnight flight from London to Beijing, or via an alternative route at one of the major regional airports in the UK if you prefer.
Welcome to Beijing
Arrive in Beijing in the morning and be welcomed on arrival for transfer to your chosen hotel for 4 night stay. You will receive a walking orientation tour around your hotel with our guide, familiarising you with the surroundings and answering any questions you may have. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, or you may prefer to add an afternoon tour.
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong tour
Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
We start at the Temple of Heaven, considered by UNESCO "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design", to learn about Chinese philosophical beliefs, cosmogony, art, dynastic politics and sacrificial rituals. We visit early to gain wonderful insights into local life, as large groups of elderly Beijingers gather to take communal exercises, sing, socialise and play musical instruments. 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. Lunch is included today.
Experience the Great Wall
We drive two hours north of Beijing to access the iconic Great Wall of China to hike a remote section away from the crowds of tourists. Here we can truly appreciate the full majesty of the wall and savour stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We also visit the restored part of the wall at Mutianyu, providing an experience of the wall in its original state. Lunch is included today.
Beijing & Great Wall - First 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 explore the local area. The heart of the hotel is the bustling Pentalounge; an all-encompassing café, deli, noodle bar, library and games area that provides a meeting place where guests and locals come and go.
Hong Kong - 3 Nights
Day 6 - Fly to Hong Kong
Day 7 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour
Day 8 - At leisure in Hong Kong
Day 9 - Return flight to UK
Day 10 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Fly to Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Hong Kong, where you will be met upon arrival and taken to your chosen hotel for 3 night stay. 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. 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 Victoria 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.
Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour
We start in the thriving markets of Mong Kok; the bird market, where locals often gather to socialise with their birds sat next to them in cages, then the goldfish market to admire the amazing colour and detail of the tropical fish on sale here, often at extremely high prices. Next is the Chinese Jade Market and the fruit market, followed by a visit to the Tin Hau Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, revered by fishermen and those who spend their working lives at sea.
We then drive to the south of Hong Kong Island to the Aberdeen fishermen community, where fishing junks are juxtaposed against skyscrapers. We take a short sampan boat ride to learn more about their way 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. We also visit 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.
At leisure in Hong Kong
Today you can explore Hong Kong at your own pace or take one of our optional excursions. You might like to cross the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong 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.
Time at leisure and 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.
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
Hong Kong & Macau - First Hotel
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 calls and even supply WIFI for your own devices.
The hotel is a few minutes walk from the Jordan MTR station, allowing easy access to Hong Kong Island, and is also close to the vibrant night market and the many other fascinating markets of Mong Kok.
Freshly cooked breakfasts are prepared to order and the hotel also offers a renowned kitchen and stylish wine bar, gallery and book area.
Hong Kong & Macau - Deluxe Hotel
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, including a handy smart phone. Guests can relax on the outdoor rooftop pool, indulge in the beauty and health facilities and dine on Cantonese or Italian cuisine.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||03/10 - 15/06||16/06 - 02/10|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£2,025||£2,217||£2,236||£2,460|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£2,343||£2,666||£2,581||£2,965|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£2,991||£3,313||£3,229||£3,612|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 10 days / 7 nights
- International return flights (2 overnight)
- 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
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