Chengdu, Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Stone Forest, Guilin, Longsheng & Yangshuo
The Southern China Explorer is the ideal tour if you would like to explore somewhere completely unique in China. The untouched beauty of the area is unrivalled, and you will get to meet many locals from minority nationalities. You will still enjoy high quality accommodation, and all the features of our Small Group Tours, while travelling to somewhere off the beaten path!
Day 01: Arrive Chengdu (-/-/-)
You will be met on arrival in Chengdu and transferred to your hotel to check in for the next two nights.
Day 02: Chengdu (B/L/D)
Get up close and personal with the famous Giant Pandas at the Reserve. Return to Chengdu and wander the three distinct alleys in Kuanzhai Alley. Your evening entertainment will leave you amazed!
Day 03: Chengdu – Zhongdian (B/-/-)
The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take a late afternoon flight to Zhongdian (also known as Shangri-La) and acclimatise to the high altitude.
Day 04: Zhongdian (B/L/D)
Today you will explore beautiful scenery including the Napa Lake Reserve and the National Forest Park. Visit a local Tibetan family and try Yak butter tea and delicious local snacks.
Day 05: Zhongdian – Lijiang (B/L/D)
After breakfast you will spend the day driving to Lijiang via the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. Enjoy a delicious Naxi dinner and check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 06: Lijiang (B/L/-)
Take a cable car ride to the picturesque summit of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Explore Yufeng Lama Temple, Naxi Village, and Baisha Grotto.
Day 07: Lijiang – Dali (B/L/D)
Continue to explore the cobblestone streets of Lijiang. Drive to Dali in the afternoon and check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 08: Dali (B/L/-)
Today you will tour through Dali on a city tour. You’ll see Temples, cruise on the Lake, explore the old towns, and enjoy a fantastic show.
Day 09: Dali – Kunming (B/L/D)
Ride the chairlift to the Cang Shan Mountains and explore before taking the bullet train from Dali Station to Kunming. Admire the Flower Market and check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 10: Kunming – Stone Forest – Kunming (B/L/D)
Travel by coach to the Stone Forest, filled with magnificent jagged limestone formations. You can also wander through Temples and Pagodas before returning to Kunming for dinner.
Day 11: Kunming – Guilin (B/L/-)
Visit a famous Tea house then admire fantastic views of the city. Relax on a late afternoon flight to Guilin and transfer to your hotel for the next three nights.
Day 12: Guilin (B/L/D)
Climb the famous Elephant Trunk Hill, and marvel at the beautiful Reed Flute Caves. Stroll around the beautiful rivers and lakes of Guilin.
Day 13: Guilin – Longsheng – Guilin (B/L/D)
Head to the remote region of Longsheng, you will be in awe of the spectacular scenery. Return to Guilin for dinner and reflexology or a soothing foot massage.
Day 14: Guilin – Yangshou (B/L/-)
Relax on a scenic Li River Cruise to Yangshou. Check in to your hotel on arrival, then enjoy the rest of your day exploring the streets of this small town. Be entertained by a fantastic Light Show.
Day 15: Yangshou – Depart Guilin (B/L/-)
Your last morning will be enjoyed back in beautiful Guilin before it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Number of Days 15
Price From $5349
22nd September – 5th October*
13th October – 26th October*
10th November – 23rd November*
15th March – 29th March
20th September – 4th October*
Prices are based on Low Season (01/03/2020-31/03/2020) (01/06/2020-31/08/2020). *Surcharges apply for other periods.
14 nights good quality (4-5 star) accommodation with daily breakfast
2nd class high speed train (Dali – Kunming)
Flights from Chengdu – Zhongdian, Kunming – Guilin
Most meals as indicated
Tipping for guide and driver
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide
International airfares and taxes
China Visa (if applicable)
Optional activities (*)
$ Price (Twin Share)
From $5,349 per person (land only, low season)