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Adventure Tours

Charming China (Solo)

From €3790pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork or Dublin, Tour starts in Beijing
Departure Date
Departures throughout 2019 and 2020
Duration
14 Days
Destination
China
Price
From €3790pp 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 fourteen day tour of this incredible country.

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.

Next morning, meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring China! We start with the iconic Great Wall, where we will take a walk on this incredible structure to truly appreciate its sheer magnificence and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it.

This afternoon, stroll through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, discovering traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Tonight, the group will dine on local delicacy Peking Duck. 

Begin day 4 by soaking 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. Together, we will take a ride through a traditional hutong neighbourhood on rickshaws, popping in to visit a family at home, to learn about life living in the hutongs.

We then head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches. 

The next morning, board the bullet train to the ancient city of Xian. On arrival, we will check into the hotel and freshen up before heading out for a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling dinner and a lively Tang Dynasty dance show. 

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 of day 6 admiring the enigmatic ranks of warriors and horses, before stopping by the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, the group will stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. 

The following day we fly to the city of Guilin. Stroll around Ronghu Lake and see the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. We will also take a walk down Guilin’s pedestrian street that is lined with shops and restaurants. 

Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River. Around every river bend is a view to take our breath away, as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Arriving in the charming town of Yangshuo, we will have a look around the local markets and stroll along West Street together to get our bearings.

Day 9 begins with a shared Tai Chi experience before heading out into Yangshuo’s breathtaking surroundings, exploring the landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities available, such as cycling, walking or bamboo rafting. 

Next morning we'll head back to Guilin by road, stopping en route on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Also visit the South China Pearl Factory which covers the fascinating 1,700 year old history of pearling and see the many displays and demonstrations on offer. 

Take a short flight to the exuberant and cosmopolitan cit of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. This evening, we will get an alternative view of Shanghai with a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu, the river that flows through the heart of the city. 

The following morning, the group will visit the peaceful Yu Garden, pass through the charming old town and visit the Silk Factory. After lunch together, the afternoon is at leisure to relax or further explore this bustling city. This evening, we will all head to Shanghai Circus World to see the spectacular ERA Show, a mesmerising display of martial arts and acrobatics. 

Day 13 is a free day to spend in Shanghai as you wish. Choose to further explore this city 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 final dinner together, where we can reflect on the adventure we’ve shared. 

The following morning, fly 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.

From the history of imperial Beijing to the bright lights of modern Shanghai, enjoy the very best China has to offer with time at leisure to further explore this fascinating country with your new-found friends.

Tour Type: 

Solo

Maximum Group Size:

18 people

Not Looking To Join A Group?

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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: THE GREAT WALL

Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring China! We start with the iconic Great Wall, where we will take a walk on this incredible structure to truly appreciate its sheer magnificence and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it.

This afternoon, stroll through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, discovering traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Tonight, the group will dine on local delicacy Peking Duck. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: FORBIDDEN CITY

Begin the day soaking 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. Together, we will take a ride through a traditional hutong neighbourhood on rickshaws, popping in to visit a family at home, to learn about life living in the hutongs.

We then head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, before entering the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to explore this complex full of imperial riches. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5: BULLET TRAIN TO XIAN

Board the bullet train to the ancient city of Xian. On arrival, we will check into the hotel and freshen up before heading out for a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling dinner and a lively Tang Dynasty dance show. 

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 warriors and horses, before stopping by the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, the group will stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 7: TRAVEL TO GUILIN

Fly to the city of Guilin. Stroll around Ronghu Lake and see the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. We will also take a walk down Guilin’s pedestrian street that is lined with shops and restaurants. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 8: LI RIVER CRUISE

Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River. Around every river bend is a view to take our breath away, as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.

Arriving in the charming town of Yangshuo, we will have a look around the local markets and stroll along West Street together to get our bearings.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 9: EXPLORE YANGSHUO

The day begins with a shared Tai Chi experience before heading out into Yangshuo’s breathtaking surroundings, exploring the landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities available, such as cycling, walking or bamboo rafting. 

Meal included: Breakfast

DAY 10: CORMORANT FISHERMEN

We head back to Guilin by road, stopping en route on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Also visit the South China Pearl Factory which covers the fascinating 1,700 year old history of pearling and see the many displays and demonstrations on offer. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 11: FLY TO SHANGHAI

Take a short flight to the exuberant and cosmopolitan cit of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’.

This evening, we will get an alternative view of Shanghai with a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu, the river that flows through the heart of the city. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 12: EXPLORE SHANGHAI

This morning, the group will visit the peaceful Yu Garden, pass through the charming old town and visit the Silk Factory. After lunch together, the afternoon is at leisure to relax or further explore this bustling city. This evening, we will all head to Shanghai Circus World to see the spectacular ERA Show, a mesmerising display of martial arts and acrobatics. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 13: SHANGHAI FREE TIME

Today is a free day to spend in Shanghai as you wish. Choose to further explore this city 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 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

Departures:

  • 4th May 2019
  • 7th September 2019
  • 5th October 2019
  • 21st December 2019
  • 2nd May 2020
  • 5th September 2020
  • 10th October 2020
  • 23rd December 2020

Price is per adult and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin or Cork
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 5 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
  • Explore friendly Yangshuo 
  • Cruise the tranquil Li River 
  • Admire 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.

For more information please 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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