Pandas & Palaces

Marvel at the wonders of China on a 13 day tour from Beijing to Chengdu. Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre, the Great Wall & cruise the Yangtze River.

13 Days
Beijing to Chengdu
From (USD)
$ 6,735
$ 6,485
Dates & Pricing

2018/2019 Beijing > Chengdu

Authentic China beckons

This itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don’t get to witness first-hand.
There’s something both strange and familiar about the places you’ll visit, at once thrillingly new and comfortingly recognisable. That is part of their allure, and their wonder. As you’ll soon discover yourself, there’s nothing fabricated about this land. It’s always been there, waiting patiently for you drop in for a visit. So why wait any longer?
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13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights is located within walking distance to the Silk Markets.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Start your tour with a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

    Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways separating these homes.

    Finish the day as you started, overlooking the magnificent Forbidden City, as you enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers and soak up Beijing at dusk.

    Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    Indulge in a shopping spree at the Silk Markets or hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, discover the jealously guarded secrets of traditional Chinese medicine or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven.

    Later, explore the Summer Palace’s landscaped beauty and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Beijing > Xi’an

    Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at your historically located hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Xi’an

    Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.

    Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

    Be treated to a special private viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum.  Savour a refreshing drink and learn more about Shaanxi Province history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the splendid Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Xi’an > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter.

    Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings. You’ll learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family.

    Fly to Yichang to join your refurbished cruise ship at Maoping or Taohuacun Pier, the Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site. Experience the ship elevator in operation (when available). Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the dramatic Bamboo Gorge and Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan) and then visit a local village of rowers. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise – Fuling

    Enjoy an insightful excursion in Fuling to the ‘816 Underground Project’. This afternoon is at leisure in Fuling. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu

    Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Then experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu, before settling in for a two night stay at your luxurious hotel in Chengdu.

    Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace or a Western steak or burger at Mooneys Irish bar or international fare at Café Z.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Chengdu

    A special day as you’ll enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs.

    Wander through the old quarter of town and visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the second century Wuhou Temple. Tonight, be entertained by a performance of Sichuan Opera.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Chengdu

    It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. Finish after breakfast and transfer to Chengdu airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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