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Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise

Experience the fascinating sights, cities, culture and cuisine of awe-inspiring China

Shanghai - Suzhou - Yangtze cruise - Chengdu - Xian - Beijing

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  • Included visits and excursions
  • All meals included
  • Experienced Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Audio Guide so you won't miss a word
  • ATOL protected
  • Escorted tour operator for over 50 years

Unmissable China video

The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army – China’s famous sights are all present and correct on this exhilarating 16-day tour, which includes a spectacular 4-night Yangtze cruise.

River Cruise

16 Days from £1,999

Was from £2,599

Mar 2017 - Nov 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with China Eastern or British Airways, or from Manchester with Finnair via Helsinki and internal flights
  • 10 nights full board in 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 4 nights on board your ship on a full‑board basis
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Tour of Shanghai, including the Jade Buddha Temple
  • Discover the beautiful ancient city of Suzhou
  • Enjoy the stunning Shanghai Acrobatics show
  • Four-night cruise through the picturesque Yangtze Gorges
  • Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • See the Han Tombs and the Xian City Wall
  • The world-famous Terracotta Army
  • See the significant Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Visit the magnificent Summer Palace in Beijing
  • The iconic Great Wall of China and Avenue of Statues
  • See Beijing landmarks including Tiananmen Square

Itinerary

Depart on your scheduled flight to Shanghai.

You will arrive in Shanghai today, where you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel, where a three-night stay has been arranged. Please note that dinner will be your first included meal today.


This evening why not join our optional excursion to experience this vibrant port by night.

Shanghai is an exciting city and we include a guided tour today. Highlights will be the thronging shopping thoroughfare of Nanjing Road, the Old Town, with its ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse, and the classic Yu Yuan Gardens. You will also visit the Jade Buddha Temple and stroll along the Bund, the city’s famous riverside boulevard, which is lined with magnificent former 
colonial buildings.


Enjoy an included acrobatic show this evening.

After breakfast join our included full-day tour of Suzhou, which is situated on China’s historic Grand Canal. At its heart this beautiful 2,500-year-old city is famous for its landscaped gardens, narrow channels and traditional Chinese architecture. Many of the sites of the famous gardens of Suzhou, which date back as far as the 10th century, are still intact and some have been restored to their former glory, with a few listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


As you wander around, you’ll see narrow canals 
with cobblestone walks where rickety wooden houses lean against each other. Further highlights include 
the Lingering Garden or the Humble Administrator’s Garden, visits to the Institute of Silk Embroidery, plus a canal cruise.

This morning you’ll disembark your ship before visiting Chongqing’s Eerling Park and Qicikou Old Town, you will continue by high-speed train to Chengdu.

This morning you will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre, where you can view these endangered creatures. In the afternoon, explore Jinli Street, where you can sample local delicacies, enjoy a cup of jasmine 
tea at a local park and visit traditional tea houses and 
silk workshops.


This evening attend an optional Face Changing show.

After breakfast, you’ll fly to Xian. On arrival, visit the Han Tombs and Xian City Wall before you transfer to your hotel, where you will stay for two nights.

During today’s included excursion you will see the Terracotta Army at Li Shan Mountain. Discovered in the 1970s by farmers digging a well, this staggering collection of at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures representing the Imperial Guard were interred in 200 BC with the first Qin emperor. You will also visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda today.


This evening you will be served a special dumpling dinner and later you may choose to join our optional excursion to a Tang Dynasty folklore show.

Today starts with a flight to Beijing. Daily life in Beijing, a city of bustling street markets and food stalls, crowded buses and friendly people, is a truly spellbinding sight. You’ll see ancient temples and exquisite palaces standing proudly beside vast 20th century civic buildings created by Chairman Mao and his people. You’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, visit the Summer Palace and take a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Later you have the chance to round off your day with an optional Kong Fu show.

This morning we include a visit to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. Here you will have plenty of time to both admire this amazing structure as well as take a walk along its historic ramparts. Lunch is followed by a visit to the Sacred Way (Avenue of Statues). The path, which is slightly curved to fool evil spirits, is lined on either side with willows and carved stone statues.

Today we include a visit to Tiananmen Square, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. You will go through the gate, which forms the entrance to the incredible Forbidden City, to admire the magnificent buildings that house the Imperial Palace.


Later, why not opt to take a Hutong rickshaw ride around the old town.

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. On departure dates which fly with China Eastern you will travel via Shanghai.


Please note: To introduce you to China’s many extraordinary sights, our itineraries are very full with some early starts and long days, but they are also extremely rewarding.


We want you to get the most from your holiday with us – 
please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone 
with limited mobility.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Chengdu Face Changing Show

Chengdu Face Changing Show

from £30

Tonight you can see a real variety show, featuring a number of different local acts ranging from Opera, Music, Comedy, Fire Breathers, Puppets, Hand shadow and the famous face changing act. (Has to be seen to be believed, you will marvel at how it is done). The venue is in an old cultural tea house and this show is highly recommended by Travelsphere customers.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Cultural Experience

Xian Tang Dynasty

Xian Tang Dynasty

from £25

This is a great night out in Xian and listed as one of the top 10 of things to do, The Tang Dynasty Show you are going to see is performed by Shaanxi Song & Dance Troupe which has a world renowned reputation, and is also the largest performing group in western China. The young performers are highly gifted and have been training in the arts since 1982.

Watch Chinese music and dance that originated in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), this in turn gives you an insight into the ancient, rich and prosperous life style of the era. Considered the golden age of Chinese culture, this evening’s show of Tang folklore takes place with performers who are distinguished by their costumes of splendid extravagance and colours. The show begins with an ancient Chinese musical instrument ensemble and then later the cultural dance segment begins. A truly spectacular event.

Evening show – Minimal Walking – Must See

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £75

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this Prebookable excursion package...

Xian Tang Dynasty / Chengdu Face Changing Show / Beijing Hutongs and Rickshaw

Beijing Kong Fu Show

Beijing Kong Fu Show

from £25

Using traditional Martial Arts & Modern Theatre, the Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations when overcoming his fears of becoming a Master of Kung Fu.

The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.

The best Kung Fu performers from all over China have been found for this production and it shows on the stage. Their average age is just 17 years old.

Minimal Walking - Cultural - Amazing Performance

Beijing Hutongs and Rickshaw Ride

Beijing Hutongs and Rickshaw Ride

from £22

We visit the Hutongs, which are the narrow streets or alleys of Beijing; these form the early traditional residential areas of Beijing. The Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, namely a traditional courtyard. The neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a Hutong. The number of Hutongs in the city peaked in the 50’s at around 6000. Today, however, there’s considerably less. During our time in the Hutongs, you will visit local families to see how these traditional Beijingers still live, despite of the modern cosmopolitan city which surrounds them

Minimal Walking - Cultural - Highly recommended

Suzhou Rickshaw

Suzhou Rickshaw

from £18

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the colourful sights of daily life in Suzhou, China’s answer to Venice with its interlocking canals and bridges. Take the weight off your feet and let your rickshaw driver show you around. You can get up close to all the activity in its bustling streets, food sellers and market traders with all their weird and wonderful things on sale!

Minimal Walking - Scenic - Highly recommended

Xian by Night

Xian by Night

from £20

Our evening tour will give you a memorable experience of life in Xian by night. We drive to the Bell Tower and Drum Tower which are both illuminated and provide a colourful setting for the myriad of traditional Chinese restaurants and bright modern shopping malls where the lights presents a magical picture. During our tour we visit the West Gate of Xian’s City Walls.

We drive to the Big Wild Goose Park and see the locals dancing, continuing on to the North Square where an amazing musical fountain can be seen, the light and musical show display is a local event and a sight not to be missed.

We also include a visit to the local Muslim Market a location famous for its many and varied food stalls, each with its own specialties. Here you will be able to find something that will appeal to your taste buds from the many interesting dishes on offer.

Evening tour – Must See – Entertaining

Accommodation

Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai is situated in downtown Shanghai. Hotel facilities include three restaurants, café, Lobby Lounge, Gymnasium, Beauty Salon and Sauna.

Our team are busy putting together a description of this hotel for you.

Please come back soon for information about some of the facilities available at this hotel.

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
The 4-star Grand Noble Hotel is ideally located in the commercial centre of Xian.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant and a bar/lounge. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.
The Crowne Plaza U-Town Beijing is situated directly next to Beijing U Town, which is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, making it perfect for relaxing and entertainment. Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, bar and Hopfenstube German restaurant. Rooms are furnished with private bathrooms, minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV.

Jin Jiang Tower Hotel Shanghai

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 07 May 2017

16 Days

£2,899

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 15 May 2017

16 Days

£2,599

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 21 May 2017

16 Days

£2,899

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 26 June 2017

16 Days

£2,699

£2,599

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 07 August 2017

16 Days

£2,799

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 03 September 2017

16 Days

£2,999

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 04 September 2017

16 Days

£2,849

£2,749

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Humberside (Intl)

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Durham Tees Valley

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Newcastle

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Edinburgh

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Birmingham (Intl)

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Leeds/Bradford

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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Manchester

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,899

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Norwich (Intl)

Thursday 07 September 2017

16 Days

£2,998

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 09 October 2017

16 Days

£2,749

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 15 October 2017

16 Days

£2,999

£2,899

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 23 October 2017

16 Days

£2,599

£2,499

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 06 November 2017

16 Days

£1,999

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 13 November 2017

16 Days

£1,999

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 25 March 2018

16 Days

£2,699

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 23 April 2018

16 Days

£2,599

£2,499

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 06 May 2018

16 Days

£2,899

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 21 May 2018

16 Days

£2,599

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 25 June 2018

16 Days

£2,699

£2,599

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 06 August 2018

16 Days

£2,799

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 03 September 2018

16 Days

£2,749

£2,649

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Manchester

Sunday 09 September 2018

16 Days

£2,899

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 16 September 2018

16 Days

£2,999

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 08 October 2018

16 Days

£2,749

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London (Heathrow)

Sunday 14 October 2018

16 Days

£2,999

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 12 November 2018

16 Days

£1,999

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London (Heathrow)

Monday 27 March 2017

16 Days

£2,249

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London (Heathrow)

Saturday 29 April 2017

16 Days

£2,499

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise with Hong Kong Add-on

Extend your holiday to 20 days from £549

Mar 2017 - Nov 2017 Departures
Extend your holiday to China with a four-night add-on in Hong Kong, a city known for its diverse culture, spectacular skyline and glittering natural harbour. And with its unique blend of fascinating museums, stunning country parks and vibrant festivals, you're sure to leave with lasting memories of your time here. During your stay, we include a morning sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island, with stops including the top of Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen. The rest of your time is free for you to explore at your own pace - or, if you prefer, you can choose from an exciting range of optional excursions. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.

Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise with Hong Kong Add-on

Extend your holiday to 20 days from £549

Nov 2017 - Nov 2018 Departures

Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

An excellent tour manager who had knowledge of all locations & could not do enough to ensure you were getting the most out of your experiences.
Mr Wright- Southampton
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Sep 2015
We had a fantastic time, Steven was an excellent tour guide and the local guides were friendly and full of knowledge. We did all the optional excursions which were really good. Thank you Travelsphere for an excellent tour we will always have great memories of China.
Mrs Murray- Southsea
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Sep 2015
Our tour guide Debbie was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. She made our holiday just wonderful.
Mrs Burridge- Bournemouth
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Aug 2015
We had a wonderful holiday. Living the dream... our Tour Manager Debs was lovely. Very professional and at the same time good fun.
Mrs May- Gravesend
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Sep 2015
A thoroughly lovely holiday. Tour guide made it a pleasure every day to board the coach. Very professional, told us everything we needed to know well in advance, anticipating what we would need to do or ask.
Mrs Delve- Newton Abbot
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Aug 2015
Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and exciting holiday. Judy Davies was excellent in every way and added to enjoyment of holiday... Good value for money and highlights did not disappoint.
Mr Duthie- Callander
 
Unmissable China & Yangtze River Cruise - Sep 2015

What our Tour Managers say

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because it gives you an insight to all the famous sites plus the Mighty Yangtze River.
Judy Davies - Tour Manager
 
Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise - October 2016
I love this tour because it has a lot of variety a the cruise in the middle allows enough time to relax before continuing a busy schedule
Li hua Drylie - Tour Manager
 
Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise - August 2016
I love this tour because if this is your one and only trip to explore the wonders and beauty of China, you see the best of the magnificent highlights, one after another. You leave China feeling you have conquered the impossible and in such a short period of time.
Sharron Henry - Tour Manager
 
Unmissable China & Mighty Yangtze Cruise - May 2016

Optional Hong Kong add-on


Cap off your holiday in style with four nights in glittering Hong Kong.

Your Hong Kong add-on includes

  • Scheduled flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis
  • The services of a Local Representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • All state and local taxes
  • Included excursion: Hong Kong tour (half day)


Your Hong Kong add-on itinerary

Day 16 Beijing to Hong Kong


After breakfast you transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. On arrival you transfer to your hotel, where four nights’ accommodation has been reserved for you. Your stay in Hong Kong is on a Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 17 Hong Kong


This morning we included a sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island. Start the day with a drive to the top of Victoria Peak for a fantastic view down on to the city. You will also see Repulse Bay, where you will find Hong Kong’s most famous beach. The area is a major centre for shopping and entertainment. Continue to the floating village of Aberdeen, home to a thriving community of 30,000 people, living in variety of junks, sampans and boats. Aberdeen is also host to some fabulous seafood restaurants.

Day 18 Hong Kong


Hong Kong Symphony of LightsHong Kong is incredibly easy to get around, thanks to excellent public transport links. Ensure you visit the Clock Tower, the monument erected in 1915 survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. Why not take the famous Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong City and Kowloon for fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline. In Kowloon take a walk along the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong’s alternative to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is an ideal vantage point to enjoy the nightly spectacle of A Symphony of Lights, records of the world’s Largest Permanent and Sound Show in the Guinness Book of the World Records.

Day 19 Hong Kong


A day to discover more of Hong Kong, why not take one of our optional excursions on offer? Take a day trip into the Western Territories, a rural area which offers a glimpse into more traditional Chinese life. Another option is to take a trip across the Pearl River to the former Portuguese colony of Macau. The area is a centre for gambling, but amid the casinos are some wonderful historic buildings to enjoy, such as the 17th Century Church of Sao Paulo.

Day 20 Hong Kong/UK


Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Please note your Tour Manager does not accompany you to Hong Kong. During your stay you will have the services of a Local Representative.

Your hotel

Cosmopolitan HotelThe 4-star Cosmopolitan Hotel in Hong Kong is well situated amid Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, where guests will be impressed by the modern living style in this vibrant city. It is only an 8-minute walk away from the Causeway Bay subway station where the well-established MTR networks will grant you easy access to all major attractions in Hong Kong. All guestrooms are newly renovated, offering discerning travellers a refreshing staying experience with its modern and elegant design touches.

Each of the rooms are en-suite and are fitted with modern appliances and furnishings, including air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, free use of smart phone with free 3G internet and personal hotspot for multi-device connectivity, local calls and IDD calls to the UK. Each room features a city view.

Hotel amenities

  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service available

Upgrade from only £119 per person


Enhance your holiday with a hotel upgrade to the 5-star Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel, in a Harbour View room on bed-and-breakfast basis.

Your choice of optional excursions

Please note, there will only be time to do a maximum of two of the excursions offered when in Hong Kong.

Macau tour


Known for its casinos and Grand Prix car race, Macau was colonised by the Portuguese for 400 years before reverting to Chinese rule in 1999. The city has a faded Mediterranean atmosphere and charm. You will be visiting the Barrier Gate to China and the Ruins of Sao Paulo as well as A-Ma Temple. Includes transfers between Hong Kong and Macau (60 minutes fast ferry each way) and lunch. Note: Visitors wearing shorts & flip-flops are not permitted inside the casinos. Passport required. If passengers require a visa to visit Hong Kong, please be reminded you need to apply for a re-entry visa to Hong Kong when you join this Macau tour.

  • Tour duration: Approximately 9 hours
  • Full day - Moderate/strenuous walking

Lantau Island tour


Ferry / Coach transfer to Lantau Island

Visit Hong Kong's longest sandiest beach Cheung Sha and Tai O Fishing Village before arriving at the biggest bronze seated Buddha in the world. (26 metres high on a 3 platform alter) at the Po Lin Monastery. An excellent vegetarian lunch is served at the Monastery. The tour ends with a spectacular ride aboard the Ngong Ping cable car offering stunning views going down to Tung Chung (availability subject to weather conditions and maintenance of the Ngong Ping cable car).

  • Tour duration: Approximately 8 hours
  • Full day - Moderate/strenuous walking

City Harbour Cruise by Night


Dinner at the "Bubba Gump" restaurant which is located at the highest point of Hong Kong, the Peak with a great view of the famous Victoria Harbour followed by a visit to Temple Street Market - famous for its inexpensive bargains, fortune tellers and Chinese street opera performances. Round off the evening with a harbour cruise on a boat resembling a Chinese pagoda. Complimentary open bar on board.

  • Evening excursion
  • Dinner and cruise included
  • Minimal walking

Travelsphere Cares: Adopt a Panda Project

Travelsphere Cares - Adopt a panda project Travelsphere CaresThe panda is a bear native to south central China. Pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in neighbouring provinces, namely Shaaxi and Gansu. As a result of farming, deforestation and other development, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

Although reports show an increase in its population, the panda is still classified as a vulnerable animal. In China we are supporting the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre, which provides the best possible environment for these animals to live and breed. An inclusive visit to the research centre will provide an opportunity to see these rare and adorable creatures, including our very own adopted panda, Bobo, who was born in 2006.

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