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Sichuan & Yangtze Delights Tour

From €3,690pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork, Dublin or Shannon
Departure Date
Depart Sept/ Oct 2020, April/May/Sept/ Oct 2021
Duration
14 days
Destination
China
Price
From €3,690pp including flights
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Fly from Cork, Dublin or Shannon and set off on this 14 day tour of some of China's most impressive sights.

From the heart of Sichuan Province to the imperial highlights of Beijing, admire some of China's most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural landscapes.

Immerse yourself in stories of 9th century China from the rock carvings of Dazu and relax in the wonderful surroundings offered by a cruise down the Yangtze River. Also included is a visit to see the pandas, the Terracotta Army and a walk on the Great Wall.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dazu Rock Carvings
  • Wulong National Park
  • Yangtze River
  • Come face to face with majestic pandas at Chengdu's Panda Reserve

Days 1-2: Chongqing

Fly overnight to Chongqing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Due to its unparalleled location, Chongqing serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze River Basin. The significant history, opulent culture and distinctive spice cuisine of the area make Chongqing one of the most vibrant cities in the country.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Dazu

Travel 1 hour and 30 minutes by road to Dazu, home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dazu Rock Carvings.

Here, you will find thousands of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist idols and symbols carved into the rock faces across 70 sites. Made between the 9th -13th centuries, these rock carvings are some of the best preserved in China. Enjoy the day in Dazu before returning to Chongqing.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Chongqing – Wulong

Travel 2 hours and 30 minutes by coach to Wulong, an area of stunning natural scenery and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time strolling through the national park walking amongst the dramatic karst landscapes that include the naturally formed stone bridges, narrow gorges and limestone formations. Here, visit the Three Bridges National Park and Fairy Mountain.

Today will involve approximately 4 hours sightseeing on foot, please note that to reach the base of the forest there will be a number of staircases, these are well equipped with handrails. Alternatively, sedan chairs are available and can be paid and arranged for locally for those who do not want to take the stairs. Stay overnight in Wulong.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Chongqing

Return to Chongqing and begin the day by heading to Hongyadong, an 11-storey, 75-metre high stilt house that has been built alongside a steep bank of the Jialing River. Also included is a visit to E’ling Park, a beautiful green oasis in the heart of Yuzhon District overlooking the metropolis of Chongqing city.

Enjoy a traditional hot pot dinner, a dish initially designed in Chongqing to protect against the low temperatures and the winds of winter. Chongqing cuisine is well known for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavours. Board the Yangtze River cruise vessel for a three-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 6-7: Yangtze River Cruise

As you cruise downstream, its time to relax and let nature take over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next two days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Steam and enjoy various shore excursions.

– Shennong Stream flows from north to south through stunning deep gorges finally merging with the Yangtze to the east of the mouth of Wu Gorge. The landscape on both banks of this crystal-clear stream is unique and tranquil. Goddess Stream, also known as 'Shennü Xi' in Chinese, flows from the southern bank of the Yangtze opposite Goddess Peak.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Yichang – Chengdu

Disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and visit the Three Gorges Dam, a man-made marvel a simply massive feat of engineering. Later, travel 7 hours by bullet train to Chengdu. Dinner this evening will be on the train.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9: Chengdu – Xian

Begin this morning with a visit to Chengdu’s famous panda reserve and visit the conservation centre to learn about their breeding programme as well as see the bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat.

Also visit People’s Park to see Matchmaker’s corner before tucking into a Sichuan meal for lunch. Later, board the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10: Xian

After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts.

Watch the skilled production process and even buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th -century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. In the evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a Tang Dynasty show.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11: Xian – Beijing

Begin the day by travelling on the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China. Later, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into life living in the hutongs- the style of houseing established by the Mongol rulers of Beijing in the 13th century.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12: Beijing

This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses.

Also visit a jade factory and enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. End the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13: Beijing

Begin the day soaking up at harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch the locals as the mingle, dance and play cards.

In the afternoon, head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing's symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. This evening, savour Beijing’s best-known delicacy – Peking duck.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14: Depart Beijing

Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

‘Sichuan & Yangtze Delights’ is rated as a physical level 2 tour. A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. 

On several days there will be sightseeing on foot for extended periods of time. On the Great Wall of China in Beijing, some of the walking may be at more of an incline.

Of course, our National Escorts and local guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary. If you require any more information about the pace of the tours, please contact our team who will be happy to answer your questions.

Visas

Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. 

Communication

Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges.

Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. In order to avoid any inconvenience our tour operator operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour.

Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.

We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy.

Food

The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share.

If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Our tour operator on the ground inspecta all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

With over 80 pandas holding residence, the Chengdu Panda Research Base is equipped with the latest technology and research materials to gain a further understanding in how we can protect the panda and maintain, if not increase, its numbers.

The park is set up to resemble the mountain and forest regions in north Sichuan, the original home of the Giant Panda, with extensive bamboo trees and large green spaces. Red Pandas, the Giant Panda’s lovable cousin, and flamboyant peacocks too roam the park, making for an interesting mix.

Departure Dates: 

  • Monday 14th September & Monday 12th October 2020
  • Monday 19th April, Monday 17th May, Monday 13th September & Monday 11th October 2021

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Cork, Dublin or Shannon
  • 14 day Sichuan & Yangtze Delights escorted tour
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners
  • Domestic transportation
  • 3*+ and 4* accommodation
  • English speaking guides 
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Visa fees for Irish and UK passport holders

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Go as a solo traveller with a single supplement
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Price shown is based on low season travel.

 For more information on this luxury holiday, please get in touch:

  • Call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135
  • Email info@shandontravel.ie
  • Request a call-back using the red button
  • Or submit an enquiry through the form below

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