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Adventure Tours

Captivating China (Solo)

From €3,990pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin or Cork, Tour starts from Beijing
Departure Date
Departures April, September or October 2019 & 2020
Duration
14 Days
Destination
China
Price
From €3,990pp including flights
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Perfect for solo travellers who want to join a group of like-minded people. Fly overnight from Ireland to China to begin a two week tour of this incredible country.

Start in Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches. Together, we will then take a ride through a traditional hutong neighbourhood on rickshaws, popping in to visit a family at home for lunch and to learn about life living in the hutongs.

This afternoon, soak up the harmonious ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven, where we can mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Tonight, the group will dine on local delicacy Peking Duck. 

The next 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 its sheer magnificence and dramatic scenery that surrounds it. This afternoon, stroll through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, discovering traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.

Fly to the ancient city of Xian. We start at the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, where the group will try ‘Guohua’, traditional Chinese painting with black ink, to decorate a fan. Next, we will stroll through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, browsing the food stalls and learning about the significant importance of this city as the start of the Silk Road.

After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. We spend a morning admiring the enigmatic ranks of the life-size warriors and horses, before stopping by the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts.

Later, we will enjoy a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. 

As a group we will take the bullet train to the city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. On arrival, we will take a walk through People’s Park and visit the fascinating Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.

A visit on the morning of day 8 to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows us to learn about China’s famous bears and we also get a chance to see them up close as they munch through piles of bamboo and play. We then continue to Chongqing where we will board our Yangtze River Cruise vessel. 

Over the next three days as we cruise downstream, we will pass through some of China’s most celebrated scenery – be prepared for one breathtaking panorama after another. Join side trips and shore excursions, ending with the Three Gorges Dam, a massive and impressive feat of engineering. 

On day 11, disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and transfer to Wuhan; from here we fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’.  The following morning, the group will visit the peaceful Yu Garden, old town, Silk Factory and stroll along the Bund. After lunch together, the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, we will all head to see the spectacular ERA Show, a mesmerising display of martial arts and acrobatics.

The next day is a free day to spend in Shanghai as you wish. Choose to further explore this city on your own or with your new-found friends or choose from optional tours including a ride on the super speedy Maglev train or ascend Jin Mao Tower. This evening the group will meet for a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River before a final dinner together where we can reflect on the adventure we’ve shared.

On day 14, fly back to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.

To know more about Solo Travel, visit our information page here. Most tours can also be arranged on a private basis. Please ask us for further information.

Combine the history of Beijing with the pandas in Chengdu, the Warriors in Xian, the bustle of Shanghai and a three-night Yangtze River cruise and you have the very best China has to offer on this tour exclusively for solo travellers.

Tour Type: 

Solo

Maximum Group Size

18 people

Not Looking To Join A Group?

Would you like something a little more personal or to rearrange the touring to suit your needs? Ask our travel agents for more information

This Tour Can Also Be Offered Privately

Call us to arrange this itinerary as a private tour

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO BEIJING

Fly overnight to China’s historical capital, Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 3: FORBIDDEN CITY

Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring China! We start in Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches.

Together, we will then take a ride through a traditional hutong neighbourhood on rickshaws, popping in to visit a family at home for lunch and to learn about life living in the hutongs.

This afternoon, soak up the harmonious ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven, where we can mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Tonight, the group will dine on local delicacy Peking Duck. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: THE GREAT WALL

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 its sheer magnificence and dramatic scenery that surrounds it.

This afternoon, stroll through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, discovering traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5: LITTLE WILD GOOSE PAGODA

Fly to the ancient city of Xian. We start at the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, where the group will try ‘Guohua’, traditional Chinese painting with black ink, to decorate a fan. Next, we will stroll through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, browsing the food stalls and learning about the significant importance of this city as the start of the Silk Road.

This evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. We spend the morning admiring the enigmatic ranks of the life-size warriors and horses, before stopping by the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts.

Later, we will enjoy a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch 

DAY 7: BULLET TRAIN TO CHENGDU

As a group we will take the bullet train to the city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. On arrival, we will take a walk through People’s Park and visit the fascinating Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.

Enjoy a delicious Sichuanese meal for dinner with the option of a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for its ‘face-changing’. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8: PANDAS

A visit this morning to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows us to learn about China’s famous bears and we also get a chance to see them up close as they munch through piles of bamboo and play. We then continue to Chongqing where we will board our Yangtze River Cruise vessel. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAYS 9-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Over the next three days as we cruise downstream, we will pass through some of China’s most celebrated scenery – be prepared for one breathtaking panorama after another. Join side trips and shore excursions, ending with the Three Gorges Dam, a massive and impressive feat of engineering. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 11: FLY TO SHANGHAI

Disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and transfer to Wuhan; from here we fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 12: EXPLORE SHANGHAI

This morning, the group will visit the peaceful Yu Garden, old town, Silk Factory and stroll along the Bund. After lunch together, the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, we will all head to see the spectacular ERA Show, a mesmerising display of martial arts and acrobatics.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 13: HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE

Today is a free day to spend in Shanghai as you wish. Choose to further explore this city on your own or with your new-found friends or choose from optional tours including a ride on the super speedy Maglev train or ascend Jin Mao Tower.

This evening the group will meet for a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River before a final dinner together where we can reflect on the adventure we’ve shared.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 14: FLY SHANGHAI TO IRELAND

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

Meal included: Breakfast

Departure Dates:

  • 13th April 2019
  • 14th September 2019
  • 12th October 2019
  • 11th April 2020
  • 12th September 2020
  • 10th October 2020

Price is per adult and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin or Cork
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation (single room for solo use)
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for Irish passport holders
  • Walk on the Great Wall 
  • Discover the Forbidden City 
  • Face the Terracotta Army 
  • Cruise the Yangtze River
  • See Shanghai’s bright lights

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Ask us about arranging this itinerary as a private tour
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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