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With thousands of years of history and a fascinating, vibrant culture, it’s easy to see why China remains one of the world’s favourite travel destinations, with something to offer everyone. Alongside the intriguing history seen in the many ancient cities and archaeological discoveries, there is so much more to fall in love with in China, from the delicious cuisine to the diverse landscapes, friendly locals, peaceful gardens, cultural customs and cuddly giant pandas.

Our 23-day Very Best of China tour gives you the chance to see some of this amazing country’s top highlights at a leisurely pace, with a mix of unforgettable journeys, sightseeing tours and Freedom Days, where you can enjoy your time in your current destination as you wish. During the tour, you’ll visit some of the country’s best-known attractions and cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China. We will also show you some of China’s lesser-known spots and hidden gems, such as Pingyao, the country’s best-preserved walled city. The tour also offers some of the world’s most incredible journeys in the form of a three-night cruise along the Yangtze River and a cross-country bullet train ride from Pingyao to Xi’an.

Quality accommodation, breakfast, transport and several meals are all taken care of for you, with  a dedicated Tour Manager also on hand to help you get the very best out of your, whether you’re looking to book an optional excursion or are simply after tips on where to eat or visit. With so much included with the tour, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a homebound stopover in Dubai or Hong Kong, the Very Best of China tour offers exceptional value for money as well as an Asian adventure that you will never forget.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of China (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two night homebound stopover in Dubai or Hong Kong for the incredible price of only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy) or flights with BA for a supplement of only £29 (normally £195). Please see the offers tab for more details.

China experience and expertise

You can be confident that our China tours are of the highest standard, as our Directors have a combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re genuine escorted touring experts who love this destination and know everything there is to know about creating the best China tour packages from the UK.

They are four-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Gold Trusted rating.

All our escorted tours to China are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

 

China holiday highlights

Escorted tours to China have many and varied highlights, and below are just some you will experience on the Distant Journeys Very Best of China tour:

  • Beijing – a leisurely four night stay in this fascinating city, with sightseeing in the Forbidden City and Summer Palace included
  • The Great Wall – China’s most iconic sight and ample time to stroll along this engineering triumph
  • Pingyao – stay in the ancient walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Pingyao
  • The Terracotta Warriors – experience a bullet train ride to Xi’an and home of the Terracotta Army
  • Li River & Yangshuo – cruise down the Li River and enjoy two nights in the idyllic resort of Yangshuo
  • Giant Pandas – the national symbol of China, this Research Institute has played an important role in the preservation of pandas for nearly 30 years
  • Yangtze River Cruise – spend three nights on the Yangtze, including the spectacular The Three Gorges
  • Shanghai – we end our tour with four nights in China’s most cosmopolitan city

 

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Excellent Hotels

Distant Journeys appreciate the hotels in which you stay are an integral part of your holiday enjoyment, which is why we take great care in hand-picking all the accommodation features in our tours to China. Location and quality are always paramount considerations, and we strive to provide the best of both.

So many experiences included

Visit China with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From strolling along the Great Wall and visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing, to a cruise along the Yangtze River, they’re all included in the price of your China tour.

Our China tours include

  • Return economy class flights with Emirates or Cathay Pacific
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £357 per person
  • Many lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of China needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! On our 23 day Very Best of China tour, our flights with Emirates depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. Or fly with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester Alternatively, travel direct with British Airways from London Heathrow (supplement from £195 per person). Just pick whichever one suits you best.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Very Best of China tour has several Freedom Days to allow you to decide how you wish to spend your time.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? If you would like to extend your stay in China after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service. Or why not choose to make the most of your homebound journey and extend your holiday in either Hong Kong or Dubai?

Book your place on our Very Best of China escorted tour before 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two night stopover in either Dubai or Hong Kong on the homeward journey for the very special price of just £29 per person, based on two sharing. Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the a four star hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers. Single travellers will pay £58 for this offer.

Option 2

Fly direct to and from China, with British Airways from London Heathrow, for only £29 per person. The usual supplement is £195 per person.

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020.

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What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does an escorted tour involve? As escorted tour specialists, we’ll explain how this immersive way of travelling works, and also dispel some of the myths about escorted tours which simply aren’t true.

 

The main selling point of an escorted tour is that your entire trip is arranged for you, perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours booking flights, hotels and activities. From your departure from the UK to your return, every aspect of your holiday is taken care of, so all you need to do is pack your bags and show up at the airport.

Each escorted tour often covers an entire country, with the itinerary including time for travelling between various cities and destinations. Escorted tours are therefore perfect for large countries such as Australia, China, India and New Zealand, where the country’s highlights and top destinations can be spread out hundreds of miles apart. You may spend multiple days in the same destination, with some days planned out for you with activities included in the price, and other days (which we call ‘Freedom Days’) free to spend as you wish. Hotels, breakfasts and often evening meals are also planned out for you as part of the package.

Another plus of choosing an escorted tour is that all of the items in your holiday itinerary will have been tried, tested and approved by experts. Rather than spending hours finding the perfect hotel or excursion and trawling through TripAdvisor reviews, you can simply choose an escorted tour for the country or countries you’d like to visit, safe in the knowledge it’s been put together by someone who knows the entire experience inside out.

This reassurance also extends to the tour itself, as you’ll be accompanied by a tour manager throughout your trip. Tour managers have had years of training and experience of the country you’re in, and are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly, as well as to share their wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to eat and drink in the local area.

The first reason why you may wish to take an escorted tour is one we’ve touched upon already: they minimise the hassle of travelling. With all of the best bits of a country picked out for you and compiled into one special itinerary, all you need to do is choose your tour, pack your bags and get to the airport! With a tour manager on hand, you can relax during your tour too, meaning you don’t need to get stressed about travelling between your various destinations.

Escorted tours also help to relieve any anxieties travellers may have about visiting foreign countries, especially those where they don’t speak the local language. It’s not just the language that can make things difficult – navigating the public transport systems in other countries can also be a worry. Fortunately on an escorted tour, a tour manager is always on hand to make sure you get where you need to be, and may also be able to help you overcome any language barriers.

For more intrepid travellers, escorted tours can also be a great way to experience the road less travelled. Many tour operators now offer escorted tours in lesser-visited countries and destinations – a great way to see somewhere totally different (and perhaps not safe to travel in alone/as a couple) while still remaining in safe hands.

Finally, escorted tours may be a great option for single travellers. They can not only travel more safely as part of a group, but also meet new friends to share their travels with. Some escorted tours accommodate for single travellers at no extra cost, while others may add a small extra charge.

Escorted tours are just one long coach trip – while some UK and Western Europe tours may be carried out by coach, escorted tours with longer distances between destinations often include quicker, and more scenic, methods of travel. Coaches may be used for places just a couple of hours apart, but domestic flights are also included to get you from place to place quicker. Scenic railways may also form part of your tour, such as the TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and for travelling from the south to the north of Australia, there’s no more spectacular way than on the incredible Ghan railway.

Escorted tours are expensive – because everything is included all in one package, people often dismiss escorted tours as incredibly expensive. However, part of the reason for this is that you are paying for the vast majority of your holiday upfront, whereas on a regular holiday you may not pay for eating out and activities until you arrive. As escorted tour operators often regularly arrange holidays for large groups, they are also often able to arrange hotels, transport and entry to attractions at a cheaper rate.

There isn’t enough time to explore – many escorted tours last two, three or even four weeks at a time purely because they like to give you plenty of time in each of the destinations you’ll be visiting, so you can really soak up everything about the country you’re visiting and explore at a leisurely pace. You’ll often spend two, three or four nights in each town or city, depending on how much there is to see and do in the local area.

Escorted tours have no flexibility – flexibility and the ability to customise your experience are both things that are becoming more and more common in escorted tours. This starts with getting to and from your destination; these days you often have a choice of UK airports you can fly from, rather just the one, and if you are flying long-haul, a choice of cities for a stopover. While the travelling between each destination and the time you spend there are normally fairly fixed, what you do while you’re there isn’t. Some experiences are included in the price of your tour, while others are completely optional, meaning if you don’t wish to do them you can spend the day how you please.

We hope you agree that an escorted tour sounds like a brilliant way to discover some of the world’s most fascinating countries! If you’re intrigued to find out more about where you can go on an escorted tour, take a look at our choice of escorted tours across Asia, Africa and Australasia – there is bound to be a perfect tour for you.


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