Slutdestination: Hong Kong
Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China's highlights with a look at its wild side, this three-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region's watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.
Meet the Terracotta Warriors, sleep overnight in a monastery, hike Emei Shan and Tiger Leaping Gorge, marvel at the Li River countryside near Yangshuo, bask in the glamour of Hong Kong
Train, plane, air-con bus, public bus, walking.
Simple hotels (12 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper train (2 nts).
Carte Blanche: Yangshuo. Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Xi'an orientation walk. Terracotta Warriors excursion. Panda Breeding Center visit (Chengdu). Emei Shan hike. Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage site orientation walk. Tiger Leaping Gorge trek. Dali orientation walk. Kunming city tour. Li River cruise (Yangshuo). Internal flights. Border crossing support. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Beijing
Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an
Walk the legendary grounds of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 4 Xi'an
Arrive in Xi'an and take an orientation walk of the city before using free time to explore.
Day 6 Xi'an/Emei Shan
Enjoy free time to explore. Later, board an overnight train to Emei Shan.
Day 9 Emei Shan/Chengdu
Visit Leshan with an option to see the giant Buddha. Continue to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.
Day 7 Emei Shan
Arrive in Emei Shan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, and stay in a basic monastery.
Day 8 Emei Shan
Enjoy free time to hike in the area before another night in the remote monastery.
Day 10 Chengdu/Lijiang
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. In the afternoon, fly to Lijiang, a World Heritage-listed town. Enjoy an orientation walk.
Day 11 Lijiang
Enjoy a free day to explore Lijiang.
Day 12 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan
Trek Tiger Leaping Gorge, a spectacular trail following the Yangtze River that cuts through the dramatic gorge.
Day 13 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang
Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. Typically, return to Lijiang at the end of the second day's trek.
Day 14 Lijiang/Dali
Explore this ancient walled town on an orientation walk. Choose to visit the stunning 'Three Pagodas' or one of the local markets.
Day 15 Dali
Enjoy a free day to explore markets, scenery, and temples.
Day 16 Dali/Kunming
Travel by bus to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour.
Day 17 Kunming/Yangshuo
Spend the morning in Kunming before a flight to Guilin and bus to Yangshuo. Enjoy the next three days exploring the beautiful countryside around the Li River.
Day 18 Yangshuo (1L)
Relax on an included Li River cruise passing through a seemingly endless range of stunning karst mountains. Enjoy lunch at a local farmer's house.
Day 19 Yangshuo
Enjoy free time to continue exploring Yangshuo.
Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong
Travel to Guilin to board a fast train to Shenzhen. Cross the border to Hong Kong and enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.
Day 21 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.
Day 5 Xi'an
Enjoy an included visit to one of China's greatest archaeological treasures - the Terracotta Warriors.