Arrive in Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel.
Welcome drink & Evening meal
In the evening there will be an opportunity to join your fellow travellers in a ‘Welcome drink’ followed by your evening meal.
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Qianmen Street
Kick start your holiday with a full day excursion to Tiananmen Square and the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City.
Though it was a gathering place in the imperial days, Tiananmen Square was Chairman Mao's creation, and major rallies took place here during the Cultural Revolution. This vast square is home to many important buildings and monuments, so don’t forget your camera!
Off limits to most of the world for 500 years, the Forbidden City is the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and stepping into this magnificent palace is like stepping back in time. The old world of beautiful concubines and emperors, eunuchs and conspicuous wealth still hovers around the lush gardens, courtyards, pavilions and the great halls of the palace.
Finish your day with a stroll down Qianmen Street, Beijing’s favourite shopping district.
The Great Wall, Jade Factory & Sacred Way
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, a Jade Factory and the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs.
The ‘pièce de résistance’ of this holiday, the Great Wall, dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections, and is more than 20,000 miles long. Snaking along lush mountains, this wall was employed by Emperor Qin to protect the first unified kingdom of China.
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a Jade Factory, where you will see jewellery and sculptures with jade stones being carved, before finishing your day at the Sacred Way. Home to the Ming Dynasty Tombs, thirteen emperors are buried here, and you will begin this tour by walking through a magnificent gateway.
Day at Leisure
You will have a free day for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions for places to see and things to do.
Optional Excursion - Tianjin city by Bullet Train
Today enjoy a full day optional excursion to the historic and cultural town of Tianjian.
Start your day by coach with a short transfer to the train station, where you will board the Bullet train to Tianjin.
The journey from Beijing to Tianjian will take approximately thirty minutes, discover this unique city, combining a mixture of ancient Chinese and modern Western architecture. Included is a visit to the Jingyuan Garden, the Last Emperors residence during his exile and a short stop to admire the Tianjin Eye (similar to the London Eye). After you will delve into the fascinating Tianjin Ancient Culture street with its remarkable architecture that attracts many tourists for its unusual beauty and style, there will also be free time for lunch (not included).
After lunch transfer on wards for a short walking tour of Italian quarter, before returning to the train station for your journey back to Beijing.
(Please note this excursion is subject to minimum numbers)
Optional Excursion - Kung fu Show
Tonight enjoy an optional excursion, witness one of China's treasures, an ancient martial arts Kung fu show, a truly unique experience. Depart your hotel in the evening enjoying a panoramic tour along the way to the legendary show, passing Changan avenue, Qianmen Gate and Tianamen Square. Enjoy an evening of acrobatic performance, combining a fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts, making this a unique and spectacular experience. (Please note this excursion is subject to minimum numbers)
Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo & Olympic Village
Enjoy a full day excursion to see the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo and the Olympic Village.
Featuring extensive gardens, the Summer Palace is a magnificent building perched on the edge of a lake, and was once the holiday destination of choice for emperors and dowager empresses.
You will also enjoy a visit to Beijing Zoo to see an impressive collection of animals, including the famous pandas, before continuing to the park that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
Day at Leisure
A free day in Beijing. Take advantage of your hotel’s leisure facilities and enjoy some more sightseeing, at your own pace
Lama Temple & Hutong Rickshaw Tour
In the morning you will take a trip to the Lama or Yonghe Temple, which is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages. After you will be taken on a rickshaw tour of an old town hutong area, which contains narrow streets and ornate houses and gardens.
Sanlitun Village & Temple of Heaven
After lunch you will have time for shopping at the Sanlitun Village shopping centre, which is a huge complex of shops and restaurants.
After you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is 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.
Day at Leisure
Enjoy a final day at leisure in Beijing. Your guide can advise on activities and further sightseeing in the city.
Travel to Dubai
Morning transfer to Beijing Airport with guide assistance for your flight to Dubai.
Arrival in Dubai
Upon arrival in Dubai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. *Please note that 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.
You will have two full days to 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 - after getting lost in the Dubai Mall, which features over 1,200 retail stores !
Afternoon transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.