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Journey Down South

10 days  |  Guilin to Lijiang  |  from USD $3,310

Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic south. Discover dramatic landscapes, trek in the beautiful Yunnan Province and meet the locals at eco lodges and homestays.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Guilin

Welcome to Guilin, Guangxi Province! Airport arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Guilin

    Guilin
Day 2

Yangshuo

Guilin - Yangshou. This morning drive onwards (approx 1.5hrs) to Yangshuo. Renowned for its striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops which rise up from flat rice paddy fields. From Yangshuo it is possible to take a relaxing cruise by simple bamboo raft or motorised long boat along the River Li passing an endless procession of peaks and remote villages. The local fishermen use trained cormorants to catch fish and local village boys paddle out to the river boats with all manner of curios.
Overnight: Yangshuo  |  Breakfast

    Yangshuo
Day 3

Yangshuo

Choose to go boating along the Li or Yu Long rivers, cycling, hiking, rafting or rock climbing or simply spend the day exploring this charming village laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, art t-shirt designers and souvenir curios. Maybe take a calligraphers or beginners art class with a local painter or enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school.
Overnight: Yangshuo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Reed Flute Caves

Yangshou - Guilin - Kunming. Returning to Guilin we tour the enormous Reed Flute Caves. Take an afternoon stroll along the picturesque riverside foot bridges and paths before our overnight train journey to Kunming.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 5-6

Kunming & Lijiang

Kunming - Lijiang. Capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming lies 2000m above sea level. Its gentle weather and abundance of flowers have earned it the name ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Arriving mid morning, hotel check in and free time. Visit the stunning Western Hills or the Dragon Gate Grotto if you choose. On day 6 visit the petrified Stone Forest, before flying onward to Lijiang.
Overnight: Kunming (1), Lijiang (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2

Day 7

Trek to Wenhai

Lijiang – Wenhai. Seeing the reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the surface of a picturesque lake, is the highlight of the 3 - 4 hour hike toward Wenhai Eco lodge. Upon arrival explore the village and drink tea with a local family.
Overnight: Wenhai Eco Lodge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Lashishai Homestay

Wenhai - Lashishai home stay. This morning you visit Yi Village before embarking on a 4 hour hike to visit the Lashishai community. Here, you’ll meet and stay overnight with a traditional Naxi indigenous family.
Overnight: Lashishai homestay  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Thousand Tortoise Mountain

Lashishai - Liming. En route to Liming (approx 3 hour drive) visit the town of Shigu, located on the first bend of the Yangtze River. Here you undertake a 3 hour hike (or pony ride if you choose) to the 3000m summit of the Thousand Tortoise Mountain. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic views continue your walk (downhill) to Liming.
Overnight: Liming Guesthouse  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Lijiang

Liming – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang. After breakfast head to spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Yangtze River. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the world’s deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you’ll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery. After lunch return to Lijiang for your onward flight or onward journey to Dali, should you choose.
Breakfast

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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

Departs any day of the year except 01 - 07 May, 01 - 07 October and Chinese New Year.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Journey Down South - 10 days
USD $3310
USD $580

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Trip Highlights

Guilin/Yangshuo - free time. Karst landscape, riverside villages, quirky street markets. Local fisherman and Commorants. Sailing, rafting, hiking and outdoor pursuits
Lijiang - UNESCO-listed Dayan Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge - trekking/walking
Lashishai District - Naxi indiginous community, Yi Village
Kunming - Stone Forest. Opt to visit Western Hills or Dragon Gate Grotto
Wenhai - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Liming - Thousand Tortoise Mountain

Included

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
1 night sleeper train (sort sleeper cabin) - Guilin to Kunming
Guided trekking and guiding at points of interest
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Entrance fees to all included sites
5 nights Standard hotels (Superior and Deluxe available on request, 1 night simple Eco Lodge, 1 night Guesthouse & 1 night Homestay (with Naxi indiginous family)
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 & day 10
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Tour Details
Starts
Guilin
Ends
Lijiang
Departs
Most days of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 3

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