Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai incl. Dubai extension
- Experience two fascinating countries on this guided holiday to China with a stopover in Dubai.
- Explore Beijing’s highlights with day trips to the Forbidden City & the Great Wall of China.
- Discover Xi’an with 3 nights in the city & a full day excursion to see the Terracotta Warriors.
- See the best of Shanghai with tours of Yu Garden, Shanghai Old Town & Xintiandi Street.
- Enjoy peace of mind with a fully planned itinerary & an expert guide to show us the way.
- Spend 3 days exploring Dubai at leisure on your way home from China.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
Travel with us on the trip of a lifetime to China and the city of Dubai. This 15-night holiday, combines ancient traditions, fascinating culture and centuries of history. On our travels we’ll discover architecture of imperial dynasties, visit Buddhist temples and explore the world-class cities. We’ll visit the Great Wall of China, marvel at the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors, and explore Shanghai, where East meets West in spectacular style. As if China wasn't impressive enough, this holiday also includes an independent three day stay in the city of Dubai at the end of your tour. Lying on the calm, blue waters of the Persian Gulf and flanked by a majestic desert, Dubai offers all-year-round sunshine and a uniquely Arabian experience.
- Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
- 10 nights’ accommodation in China, 3 nights’ accommodation in Dubai on bed & breakfast basis and 1 or 2 overnight flights.
- All evening meals are included in the price of your holiday in China. These meals will be offered in your hotel or at a local restaurant. You will be advised on arrival of precise meal arrangements. Dubai is based on a bed and breakfast basis for 3 nights
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to Beijing China
Depart for Beijing
Let’s begin our adventure as we depart for Beijing.
Beijing - We have arrived!
Transfer to our hotel in Beijing
Following our arrival in Beijing, we will be transferred with guide assistance to our hotel.
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City & Qianmen St.
Experience Tiananmen Square & The Temple of Heaven
Join us on a full day's exploration as we uncover some of Beijing's most famous landmarks, including the Palace Museum (also known as the Forbidden City), Tiananmen Square, and The Temple of Heaven.
We’ll discover Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world, famous for its rallies and home to many important buildings and monuments. Let's see more as we step through the gates into the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years. It is now under the charge of the Palace Museum and houses a huge collection of porcelain, paintings, jewels and sculptures. Impressive imperial gardens and several shrines surround the site.
Later, we enjoy more of Beijing's beauty during a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings symbolising the relationship between Earth and Heaven. Originally, it functioned as a vast stage for solemn rites and rituals. All of the buildings in the park, including the Round Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, represent conversations between the gods and mortals.
Discover Qianmen Street
After, we explore historic Qianmen Street. This ornate pedestrian avenue has a mix of Chinese and Western shops and eateries, the most famous of which is Quanjude Chinese Restaurant which sells over 2 million of its trademark Peking Roast Duck every year.
Join us for dinner!
Dinner is included every night of your stay in China; six at our hotel, and four at local restaurants.
The Great Wall, Jade Factory & Sacred Way
Guided Walking Tour of The Great Wall
This morning we discover The Great Wall, a Wonder of the World and a highlight for many on this tour. It dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections and was built to protect the first unified Kingdom of China. The wall stretches for over 20,000 miles and we can enjoy a walk along part of it with our guide.
Visit the Jade Factory & Sacred Way
After lunch, we visit a Jade Factory, with precious jade jewellery and sculptures being carved. Next, we discover the Sacred Way. This walkway is part of the Ming Tombs complex, which contains the tombs of thirteen emperors. The road is lined with eighteen pairs of stone statues and an impressive gateway. After the tour, we return to our hotel.
Discover the Summer Palace & Cruise Kunming Lake
Visit the Summer Palace
Let's uncover more on our full-day excursion to see more of Beijing's treasures, including the Summer Palace, a cruise on Kunming Lake and the Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium. Step back in time as we enter the Summer Palace, overlooking a lake and surrounded by extensive gardens and once the destination of choice for vacationing emperors and empresses.
Next, we arrive at the Long Corridor located between the lake and hill and take a slow walk down to the lake, stopping to take photos along the way and enjoy the scenic surroundings. There will be free time to stop for lunch (not included) before we arrive at the Marble Boat, the pier where we board our boat and cruise across Kunming Lake, enjoying the views of Longevity Hill and the Summer Palace.
After, we transfer by coach to Olympic Park and see (from outside) the unique Bird's Nest Stadium that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
This evening, we can indulge in shopping or sightseeing at our leisure. Our expert guide will be happy to offer advice and recommendations.
Lama Temple & Shopping
Discover Beijing's Lama Temple & Hutong Tour
Join us as we discover more of Beijing's temples, with a trip to the Lama or Yonghe Temple, a Tibetan Buddist monastery. Lama Temple contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages.
Later, we enjoy a walking tour around a traditional Hutong, an area of residential laneways and courtyards with ornate houses and gardens.
Discover Sanlitun Village
After lunch, we’ll have free time at the Sanlitun Village, a large complex of shops and restaurants. Time to shop till you drop, and maybe savour some tasty local dishes!
Depart Beijing by Train to Xi'an
Transfer to Xi'an by High-Speed Train
This morning we say farewell to Beijing and depart for Beijing Train Station. All aboard! We experience the high-speed train from Beijing to Xi'an on a journey taking approximately five hours. Let’s enjoy the downtime, to read, relax and enjoy the scenery as we embark on our new adventure.
On arrival at our destination we transfer towards our hotel and along the way we will visit the Old City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, standing strong with its towers and defensive fortifications which protected Xi'an.
Arrive in Xi'an
After checking in at our new hotel, we are free to discover more of this ancient city. Our expert guide will be happy to tell us of places of interest to see and visit.
Discover the Iconic Terracotta Army
Witness the Terracotta Army
Uncover more ancient history with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Army. This remarkable collection of life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses, arranged in battle formations, is a must-see for any trip to China! These figures were buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210-209 BC, to protect him in his afterlife. They were hidden until 1974, when they were discovered by local farmers.
Next, we visit another World Heritage site and Xi’an’s most famous landmark, the Wild Goose Pagoda. Built during the Tang dynasty it is one of China’s best examples of a Tang-style pagoda and has been renovated many times over the centuries.
After the excursion, let’s enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore Xi’an in our own time.
Uncover Xi'an at Leisure
Uncover Xi'an at Leisure
Today is free for some independent sightseeing in Xi’an. Explore the Muslim Quarter, where the great Mosque sits with its elaborate wooden arch, nine metres high and covered with glazed tiles dating back to the seventeenth century. Browse the shops for souvenirs and try some local specialities at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Also recommended is the Han Yang Lin Mausoleum, about 20km north of the city, which showcases exhibits from the Han Dynasty. From its unique glass floor, you can view the underground exhibition hall below
Fly to Shanghai
Travel to Shanghai
We say goodbye to Xi’an and transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai, where we will spend the next two nights.
On arrival at Shanghai airport, we board the world's fastest train (Maglev) to the city centre, where our coach awaits us. We’ll see more, on a visit to the Jinmao Tower or the Oriental Pearl Tower, offering unbeatable panoramic views of the bustling city.
Relax More in Shanghai
The rest of the afternoon is free to relax, soak up the atmosphere and discover more of this electrifying destination. Our guide will be happy to tell us about the best places and attractions to see and experience.
Guided tour of Shanghai Highlights
Yu Garden and the Old Town of Shanghai City
We uncover more of this fascinating city with a visit to the beautiful Yu Garden, followed by a visit to the old town of Shanghai, the bustling Xintiandi Street and the Shikumen Open House Museum.
The afternoon is at leisure to explore Shanghai at our own pace. We can take in last-minute shopping for souvenirs in one of the huge shopping malls, photograph some of the remarkable architecture in this modern metropolis or perhaps make a visit to the Shanghai Museum, often regarded as one of the best museums in China.
Fly from Shanghai to Dubai
Depart Shanghai China
We transfer to Shanghai airport for our flight to Dubai.
We have Arrived in Dubai
On arrival in Dubai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Spend three nights in Dubai on a bed and breakfast basis.
*Please note: Your extension in Dubai will be on an individual basis rather than as part of a group and that guide services are not included for this part of the tour.
If your flights arrive early hours in the morning 4 or 5am, early check in will be guaranteed.
Discover Dubai at Leisure
Relax More in Dubai
Discover Dubai at your leisure for the next two full days. Enjoy an independent stay in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city where the traditional and contemporary meet. You could visit Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai’s largest mosque, or Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Or you could relax on the beach, or shop till you drop in one of the many Dubai Shopping Malls!
Return Home from Dubai
Return Home from Dubai
Transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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