Yunnan Explorer

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A land of contrasts, China is home to modern metropolises, soaring mountain ranges and some of the world’s most recognisable tourist sites. There are countless activities and experiences available across the country, but for many a walk along the Great Wall is an undisputed highlight. Although justifiably popular, we can show you how to experience this and C...
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Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
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Trip pace
Full schedule

What's this trip about?

    A land of contrasts, China is home to modern metropolises, soaring mountain ranges and some of the world’s most recognisable tourist sites. There are countless activities and experiences available across the country, but for many a walk along the Great Wall is an undisputed highlight. Although justifiably popular, we can show you how to experience this and China’s other premier attractions away from the crowds. See the Terracotta Army at a quiet time, marvel at the verdant rice terraces and minority villages of Longji, or take a boat trip through the striking karst scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityChengdu
End CityChengdu

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Asia
  • China


  • Chengdu
  • Dali
  • Lijiang
  • Shangri-La


  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

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Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kunming.

Day 2 : Kunming

Upon arrival into Kunming airport you'll be met by your guide and driven to your city hotel.

Day 3 : Dali

This morning you drive or fly to Dali, which is the starting point for exploring the mountains of the northwest of the province. After checking into your hotel you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4 : Dali

Spend today exploring Dali's Old Town by yourselves.

Day 5 : Dali

A further day at leisure to explore the delights of Dali; perhaps take a cable car into the Cangshan Mountains or cycle out to Lake Erhai.

Day 6 : Shaxi

Today you'll drive out to the village of Shaxi. This drive will take you into the countryside, through villages and rice paddies to Shaxi. Once there you'll have time to explore.

Day 7 : Lijiang

After more time spent in the village, you'll drive further north today to Lijiang, stopping off at the holy Buddhist mountain of Shibaoshan on the way.

Day 8 : Lijiang

Lijiang has a very well preserved old town and you'll spend the day exploring it by yourselves.

Day 9 : Lijiang

At leisure in Lijiang.

Day 10 : Lu Gu Lake

You drive onto Lugu Lake today - a stunningly picturesque journey, folllowing a tributary of the Yangtze some of the way, and passing through a handful of minority villages.

Day 11 : Lu Gu Lake

Have time around Lake Lugu today - visit some minority villages, go walking or even horseriding, or simply relax and take in the views - the choice is yours.

Day 12 : Lijiang

Return to Lijiang today, retracing your steps.

Day 13 : Tiger Leaping Gorge

This morning you'll be driven to Daju, start of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek. Your guide will then accompany you for day one of the trek. This is the more strenuous of the two days, as you gain height to the upper path of the trek. Towards the end of the day, you'll approach a small guesthouse, where you spend tonight.

Day 14 : Zhongdian

After a restful night's sleep, you'll continue along the path - today is a little less tiring than the first day, with less climbing. You'll finish the trek and be met by your driver around the middle of the afternoon. You'll then be driven onto Zhongdian, sitting high on the Tibetan plateau at 3,200 metres.

Day 15 : Zhongdian

Today your guide will accompany you to Songzanlin Monastery - the most important Tibetan monastery outside of Tibet. You have this afternoon at your leisure to explore Zhongdian by yourselves.

Day 16 : Zhongdian

A final day at leisure to explore the beautiful surrounds of Zhongdian.

Day 17 : International return flight

You drive to the airport this morning for your flight to Kunming, where you connect onwards to Hong Kong, ready for your international return flight.

Day 18 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Last Updated: 0/12/2022

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