17-Day Ancient Capitals, Giant Panda, Minorities & Landscape Tour Itinerary
Note:B, L, D denote breakfast, lunch and dinner respectively
17-Day ideal adventure tour itinerary offers up-close to giant Pandas in Chengdu, Stone Forest rambling, world-famous Chinese historical findings in ancient capitals, nature appreciation and hiking enjoyment...This ideal adventure touris for people who appreciate nature and enjoy hiking. It will let you thoroughly explore China in your own way: hiking on the Simatai Great Wall, finding world-famous Chinese historical facts in Xi'an and Beijing, getting up-close to the giant pandas in Chengdu, walking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang, rambling through the Stone Forest in Kunming nearby county, Cruising down the Li River from Guilin, climbing on the incredible Rice Terraces in Longsheng and cycling on the Yangshuo karst countryside road…
Day by Day Itinerary:
Arrive in Beijing (no meals)
Upon you arrive at the Beijing international airport, our local guide will meet you with your name sign (with CFT on) and escort you to the hotel. Then the guide confirms your Beijing itinerary and recommends you some excellent restaurants near the hotel. The rest of the day is your free time.
Beijing (B, L)
Highlights Today: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven.(Highlights Details)
Have a full day sightseeing on the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Temple of Heaven. The evening is at your own arrangement (You can take this opportunity to experience Beijing's nightlife or visit Beijing's bars or cafes).
Highlights Today: Simatai Great Wall(Highlights Details)
After breakfast, you will be picked up to the Simatai section of Great Wall to take a three-hour challenging and exciting hike along the Wall (Eat a simple lunch on the wall). After hiking with the guide, you will come back to the hotel in Beijing downtown by special car.
Beijing/Xi'an (B, D)
Highlight Today: Beijing Hutong; Dumpling Banquet; Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show. (Highlights Details)
Today, you will be arranged to visit the old Beijing lanes (Hutong) by rickshaw. In the afternoon, be driven to the airport for flight to Xi'an. Upon your arrival at the Xianyang International Airport, be met and escorted to your hotel. After enjoying the dumpling Dinner at the Defachang Restaurant, you are picked up to enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show at Shaanxi Song & Dance Theatre.
Xian (B, L)
Highlights Today: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum; Big Wild Goose Pagoda; Ancient City Wall, Bell Tower(Highlights Details)
A full day visits to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower. After finishing the sightseeing, you will be accompanied to the airport to transfer to Chengdu. When reach the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, you are met by the guide and escorted to your hotel.
Chengdu (B, L)
Highlights Today: Huaqing Hot Spring; Bell Tower; Ancient City Wall (Highlights Details)
After breakfast you will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and Du Fu's Thatched Roof Cottage. Finally, visit Wenshu Temple, then you are given some time to visit its tea house to enjoy tea and experience the special atmosphere of Chengdu. In the evening, enjoy the famous Sichuan food at a famous local restaurant.
Chengdu/Lijiang (B, L)
Highlights Today: Qingyang Palace (Highlights Details)
After breakfast, visit the Qingyang Palace. The afternoon time is your free time to explore Chendu City. We suggest visiting the famous Qintai Road and its nearby beautiful parks (all are free) prior to take night flight to Lijiang. Upon your arrival at Lijiang City Airport, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Lijiang (B, L)
Highlights Today:Tiger Leaping Gorge (Highlights Details)
This morning you will take the special car to the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge then descend over 400 steps down to the river bed to see the very rock that frequently mentioned in ancient legends and the roaring awesome Jingsha River. After that, you will hike about 6 hours to reach the Half-Way Guest House. During the walking tour, you will hike between the grand snow-clad Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain (5396m), you will admire the grandness of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and know that why this section has captured thousands upon thousands of hikers for centuries.
Lijiang (B, L)
Highlights Today: Tiger Leaping Gorge(Highlights Details)
Spend 5 hours to go on your walking tour along the High Trail from Half-Way Guesthouse. Along the way you will pass the middle section of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the Stairs of Heaven until you reach the Hetaoyuan (Walnut Grove). Lodge in the No. 1 Woody's House (guesthouse).
Lijiang (B, L)
Highlights Today: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Highlights Details)
Go on your hiking from Hetaoyuan (Walnut Grove) to Daju Village (about 6 hours). First you walk along the Yangtze River on the main road then on the small trail down on the bank of the river, and then ferry across the river to the Daju Village. After that, hiking up a small trail to the parking lot to take your special car back to Lijiang (about 87km).
Lijiang (B, L)
Highlights Today:Ancient Town of Lijiang, Black Dragon Pool Park, Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture (Highlights Details)
Take an excursion to the Lion Hill in the Ancient Town of Lijiang, the Black Dragon Pool Park, and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture inside the park. The afternoon time is your free time to explore the ancient town.
Lijiang/Kunming (B, L)
Transfer via domestic flight
Highlights Today: Qiongzhu Temple, Daguan Park and the Flowers & Birds Market; (Highlights Details)
After breakfast you will be escorted to the Lijiang Airport for the morning flight to Kunming. Upon you reach at the Kunming Wujiaba Airport, you are met and transfer to the hotel then visit the Qiongzhu Temple, and the Flowers and Birds Market.
Kunming (B, L)
Highlights Today: Yunnan Stone Forest Park (Highlights Details)
Have a full day excursion to see the Yunnan Stone Forest Park.
Kunming/Guilin (B, L)
No Highlights Today.
You will have enough time to have a rest before you are assisted to transfer to Guiling by the afternoon flight (only afternoon flight between the two cities). Be met in Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and escorted to the hotel then your guide will recommend you some famous restaurants for you.
Guiling/Longsheng (B, L)
Highlights Today: Terraced Fields of Longji (Highlights Details)
Today you will be driven about 2hrs to the Longsheng County to enjoy the world beater-- terraced fields of Longji and experience the ethnic area's flavor. Lunch at Longsheng and be driven back to Guilin at late afternoon.
Highlights Today: Li River Cruise, Karst Countryside(Highlights Details)
After breakfast you will be picked up to the Zhujiang Pier to have Li River Cruise down to Yangshuo. Your lunch will be served on board. After checking in the hotel, you will explore the spectacular karst countryside along Jima Road by bike or small electric tour bus (the choice is up to you). Be back to Guilin by bus.
Yangshuo/Guilin/Departure (B, L)
Transfer: via international flight arranged by you
Highlights Today: Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Reed Flute Cave(Highlights Details)
Be Driven back to Guilin (1.5 hrs) to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, then lunch at a famous restaurant specializes in local cuisine and then go on to visit the fabulous Reed Flute Cave. After finishing the sightseeing, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to next destination.
Tour quotations are only applied for 2-5 people as a group, further discount available for group number more than 5 people. The private guided tour is tailored for you exclusively. No other participants will be in your group and you will not take part into any tours of others on land services.
1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in local Chinese restaurant as specified in the itinerary. B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway station and hotel and all the sights by air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Transportation between Cities
The economic class air tickets of the domestic flight between cities as specified in the itinerary; bus between Guilin and Yangshuo.
5. Entrance tickets The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
6. Guiding service
Excellent tour Guiding. All normal sightseeing tours in each city with English-speaking guide and admission fees where applicable. Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another. Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged. What is single supplement? - The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3, 5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated ect..
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides and drivers
Suggested tips: USD12-14 to tour guide per day, USD 8-12 to driver per day, but depending on their service, it's up to you.
Featured Hotels of this tour package are for your reference, please choose the luxury or standard and tell us you need smoking or non-smoking rooms when inquiry.
|Beijing||Bamboo Garden Hotel ★★★★||Harmony Hotel★★★|
|Xi'an||Grand New World Hotel★★★★||Melody Hotel|
|Chengdu||Tianfu Sunshine Hotel★★★★||Baihua Shijia Hotel★★★|
Half Way Guesthouse
No. 1 Woody's House (guesthouse)
|Ancient Town Inn★★★
Half Way Guesthouse
No. 1 Woody's House (guesthouse)
|Kunming||Golden Dragon Hotel★★★★||Camellia Hotel★★★|
|Guilin||Bravo Hotel★★★★||Fubo Hotel★★★|