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Beijing & the Great Wall of China incl. Dubai extension
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Beijing & the Great Wall of China incl. Dubai extension

  • 12 Night Holiday
  • Half Board in China and B&B in Dubai
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Travel on an Oriental adventure with this trip of a lifetime to China. This holiday will show you the best of what incredible Beijing has to offer. On your travels you will discover architecture from imperial dynasties, visit Buddhist temples and experience the city of Beijing and the famous Great Wall of China.

In Beijing you will explore its 14th century ancient city of the elite, stand where General Mao rallied his troops and stroll along the impressive Sacred Way, the burial place of Ming Dynasty emperors. You will also visit the Great Wall of China and have an opportunity to walk along a section of this incredible Wonder of the World. Combining ancient traditions, fascinating culture and centuries of history, this is a holiday that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

As if China wasn't impressive enough, this holiday also offers you the opportunity to enjoy an independent three day stay in the unique city of Dubai at the end of your tour. Lying on the calm, blue waters of the south eastern Persian Gulf and flanked by a majestic desert, Dubai offers all-year-round sunshine and luxury along with the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. 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.

 * 11 nights accommodation and 1 overnight flight.

**Please note that all evening meals are included in China in the price of your holiday. These meals will be offered in your hotel or at a local restaurant. You will be advised on arrival of precise meal arrangements.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

The same tour is available on the same dates without the Dubai extension. Click here for details.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Chinese Yuan (¥) – pronounced ‘wan’ in China

Dirham (AED) in Dubai

Local Time

Ireland/UK Time +8 hours in China

Ireland/UK Time +4 Hours in Dubai

Passport
Irish/UK citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to China. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of the intended stay. Click here for more information on visas for China.  Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Vaccinations & Health

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. Larger cities in China may at times experience poor air quality. If you have a respiratory condition it is advisable to discuss this with your medical practitioner prior to booking your holiday.

Airport
The airport in Beijing is located 28km northeast of the city. 
Climate

China’s spring is mostly dry. In July and August the weather turns hot and humid. Autumn is the nicest time of the year with many warm, clear days and usually little wind. Dubai has a hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink
Chinese food eaten in China is much fresher and more unusual than you would get in your local takeaway. Peking duck, Cantonese beef soup, fried rice, and pork noodles are just some of the specialities served here and this is a fantastic opportunity to try tasty regional dishes as you travel. If you prefer to stick to more familiar dishes, there is an abundance of western restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai. Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.
Average Prices for Region

China - €1 = approx 7.5 ¥

  • Coffee: 27 ¥
  • Beer: 11 ¥
  • Glass of wine: 13 ¥
  • Meal: 28 ¥
  • Soft Drink: 4 ¥
  • Bottled Water: 4.50 ¥

Dubai

  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Holiday highlights

The Great Wall of China

Originally a series of smaller walls insulating various independent Chinese states, the wall was connected more than 2000 years ago by the Emperor Qin to defend the first unified kingdom of China. Further extensions and restorations performed by the later Chinese dynasties developed the wall into a world famous magnificent engineering project.

Forbidden City

China's best preserved cluster of ancient buildings, the Forbidden City is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Summer Palace

Badly damaged by Anglo-French troops during the Second Opium War (1860), the restoration of this palace became a project of Empress Dowager Cixi, the last of the Qing dynasty rulers. Money designated for a modern navy was used for the project, although the only thing completed was the reclamation of a marble boat. The boat now sits at the edge of the lake in all its glory. 

Temple of Heaven Park

The Temple of Heaven is set in a 267-hectare park, with four gates at the cardinal points, and walls to the north and east. Originally it functioned as a large stage for solemn rites and rituals. All of the buildings in the parkland, including the Round Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, are tangible conversations between the gods and mortals. 

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is situated at the heart of Beijing, and is a vast impressive desert of pavestones where people congregate socially and fly kites. 

Jumeirah Beach - Dubai

Jumeirah Beach is a beautiful white sand beach located in the Jumeirah district of Dubai. It stretches along on the coast of the Persian Gulf and features a water park, numerous hotels with bars and restaurants for you to enjoy and a shopping complex.

Dubai Creek

Dubai's waterfront epitomizes the city's personality. The best way to see the trading port is from the water. You can book a cruise or hire an abra (small boat) and ask the captain to take you to Al-Maktoum bridge and back. Also take time to walk around the dhow wharfage on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, to the west of the abra dock.

Grand Mosque - Dubai

The Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai is home to the city's tallest minaret. It was built in the 1990s in the style of the Grand Mosque, which dated from 1900 but was demolished to make way for another mosque in 1960. The new Grand Mosque's sand-coloured walls and wooden shutters blend perfectly with the surrounding old quarter of Bur Dubai. Jumeira Mosque is known for its size and elaborate design. The best time to see it is at night, when it is spectacularly lit.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Chinese Yuan (¥) – pronounced ‘wan’ in China

Dirham (AED) in Dubai

Local Time

Ireland/UK Time +8 hours in China

Ireland/UK Time +4 Hours in Dubai

Passport
Irish/UK citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to China. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of the intended stay. Click here for more information on visas for China.  Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Vaccinations & Health

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. Larger cities in China may at times experience poor air quality. If you have a respiratory condition it is advisable to discuss this with your medical practitioner prior to booking your holiday.

Airport
The airport in Beijing is located 28km northeast of the city. 
Climate

China’s spring is mostly dry. In July and August the weather turns hot and humid. Autumn is the nicest time of the year with many warm, clear days and usually little wind. Dubai has a hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink
Chinese food eaten in China is much fresher and more unusual than you would get in your local takeaway. Peking duck, Cantonese beef soup, fried rice, and pork noodles are just some of the specialities served here and this is a fantastic opportunity to try tasty regional dishes as you travel. If you prefer to stick to more familiar dishes, there is an abundance of western restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai. Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.
Average Prices for Region

China - €1 = approx 7.5 ¥

  • Coffee: 27 ¥
  • Beer: 11 ¥
  • Glass of wine: 13 ¥
  • Meal: 28 ¥
  • Soft Drink: 4 ¥
  • Bottled Water: 4.50 ¥

Dubai

  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to China

Full Day

Travel to China

Depart for Beijing.

Day 2 - Arrive in Beijing

Morning

Arrive in Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel. 

Evening

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.

Day 3 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Qianmen Street

Full Day

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. 

Day 4 - The Great Wall, Jade Factory & Sacred Way

Full Day

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 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

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. 

Day 6 - Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo & Olympic Village

Full Day

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 7 - At Leisure

Full Day

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

Day 8 - Lama Temple, Sanlitun Village, Yaxiu Market & Temple of Heaven

Morning

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. 

Afternoon

Sanlitun Village, Yaxiu Market & 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. You will also visit the Yaxiu Market, which is a silk and cloth market and a tourist’s favourite for faux designer bargains.  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 9 - At Leisure

Full Day

Day at leisure

Enjoy a final day at leisure in Beijing.  Your guide can advise on activities and further sightseeing in the city.

Day 10 - Travel to Dubai

Morning

Travel to Dubai

Morning transfer to Beijing Airport with guide assistance for your flight to Dubai.

Afternoon

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.

Day 11 & 12 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

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 !

Day 13 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Afternoon transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

The Legendale Hotel Beijing 5

Centrally located in the heart of Beijing, this five-star hotel provides guests with easy access to the old and the new of the city. Shopping precincts, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Drum and Bell Towers are within a short walking distance. Structured in the Europe... read more read more read more

Centrally located in the heart of Beijing, this five-star hotel provides guests with easy access to the old and the new of the city. Shopping precincts, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Drum and Bell Towers are within a short walking distance. Structured in the European style of elegance and luxury, this hotel provides guest with a comfortable and unique stay. This hotel offers something for everyone. The indoor pool offers a perfect environment for a lazy swim or you can visit the massage room, where a professional masseuse will revive your energy after a busy day. For those looking to dine or have a few cocktails, the hotel has three bars and four restaurants that offer a variety of food and drink. 

Hotel address
The Legendale Hotel Beijing
No. 90-92 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng, 100005 Beijing
Dongcheng District

Beijing
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Marina Byblos Hotel Dubai 4

Marina Byblos Hotel lies close to the famous Jumeirah Beach and the fashionable waterfront strip known as The Walk.  In the immediate area, there is a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants and for further exploration, the JLT Metro Station is a 10 minute walk away.&nbs... read more read more read more

Marina Byblos Hotel lies close to the famous Jumeirah Beach and the fashionable waterfront strip known as The Walk.  In the immediate area, there is a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants and for further exploration, the JLT Metro Station is a 10 minute walk away.  With its well –appointed guest rooms overlooking Dubai Marina and a range of onsite leisure facilities, Marina Byblos Hotel is an ideal base for sightseeing, shopping and relaxing in Dubai.

Hotel address
Marina Byblos Hotel Dubai
Al Hubob St,
Dubai Marina
Dubai
Dubai
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