9-Day Tour: Explore Yunnan

9-Day Tour: Explore Yunnan

Explore local markets in Kunming, wind down in picturesque Dali, get to know the Naxi and Bai people, travel to lofty, legendary-Shangri-la, mingle with Tibetan pilgrims in Ganden Sumtseling monastery, hike one of Asia's finest geological wonders-Tiger Leaping Gorge, roam the lane ways of Lijiang.
Truly China Travel offers you so many choices, you can choose a private tour or group adventure tour for Explore Yunnan. Private trips can be booked for one to twenty travelers. Book a certain departure date, set your own pace, enjoy more one-on-one attention from the tour leader and if you would like, upgrade your hotels. This is a great idea for families, friends, company employees or social clubs as there is something for everybody. If you prefer group travel, you can choose from our most adventurous trips, with international groups travelling with participants of all ages from all over the world. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kunming

Stop At: Kunming, Kunming, Yunnan
Whether you fly in or take the high-speed rail to Kunming. Your guide and driver will give you a warm greeting and welcome you to Kunming. You will be driven to your hotel to rest and prepare for your upcoming adventures.
After you make a booking, please kindly provide us with your detailed flight or train information so that we can arrange a pick-up and drop off transfer in advance.
Nimen Hao! Welcome to Kunming. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. 
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Longteng Hotel, a 3-star hotel

Day 2: Kunming to Dali

Stop At: Dali Ancient, Dali 671000 China
Travel by high-speed train to your next destination, Dali (approximately 2 hours). For many years this spot has been a favourite destination for foreign travellers and backpackers, thanks to its laidback atmosphere and spectacular surroundings. There are snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other, making for an impressive sight. This afternoon you will take a guided walk around Dali's ancient town with your leader. Present-day Dali is a city that combines history with modern convenience. It is divided into two areas: the Ancient City and the New District (widely known as Xiaguan). After your tour, enjoy a free evening in this picturesque town. Perhaps circle back to Foreigner Street in the Ancient City, where handicrafts and local culinary delights rightly attract many visitors.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Shiguang Boutique Inn, a 3-star hotel

Day 3: Dali

Stop At: Dali Ancient, Dali 671000 China
Take a private bus to Xizhou, around 23 kilometres north of Dali on a day trip today. Xizhou is famous for its Butterfly Spring and Bai architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of the town and the local markets – a great chance to learn more about Bai architecture. Interact with some local families living in the traditional courtyards to get a feel for local life. Be sure to try some tasty local snacks such as baba (fried rice cake) or the local cheese. Enjoy some more free time upon your return to Dali - perhaps take the cable car up Cangshan Mountain or stop in at the Three Pagodas.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Shiguang Boutique Inn, a 3-star hotel

Day 4: Dali to Lijiang

Stop At: Lijiang, Lijiang, Yunnan
Travel by travel by High-Speed train to Lijiang(approximately 2 hours ). This World Heritage-listed town is home to the Naxi people, a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads. After arrival, enjoy some free time. Maybe visit the Wangu Pagoda, situated at Lion Hill in a small park and has amazing views over Lijiang. Or visit he picturesque Heilongtan Park and wander the cobbled streets in the old town and take the chance to do some shopping. In recent years, Lijiang has become very popular with domestic tourists, so don't be surprised if you see the streets full of tourists from home and abroad.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at James Joyce Coffetel, a 3-star hotel

Day 5: Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Stop At: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), 100 km NW of Lijiang Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County 674402 China
Travel by private bus to Qiaotou (approximately 1 hour 40 mins), the starting point for your trek through the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is one of the deepest and most spectacular gorges in the world. The entire canyon is 16 km long and rises up to 3,900 metres above the waters of the famous Yangzi River. Though the gorge has become very popular in recent years, and the area has developed rapidly, it's still an incredibly rewarding travel experience which many cite as a highlight of their time in China. Prepare a day pack (your larger luggage will be stored for two nights) and embark on your hike. There will be regular stops to rest as needed. The first part of the trek is quite arduous – this is not flat terrain by any means. After a slow and steady climb you will reach the 24 bends (the most challenging part of the trek), a steep and twisting path where you'll really gain some altitude.
Duration: 12 hours

Stop At: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), 100 km NW of Lijiang Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County 674402 China
After stopping for a break, continue along the flatter section of the gorge to your accommodation. This is a simple but comfortable guesthouse with shared facilities (upgrades to private facilities at your own cost may be possible, depending on availability).
The area is subject to dramatic changes in weather. We schedule departures for the more stable seasons, but it's still possible that conditions may make travelling through the gorge dangerous. In this case an extra night each will be spent in Shaxi and Lijiang. Should the weather be deemed by your leader and guide as too rainy or foggy to safely complete the trek once in the gorge area, an alternative walking route will be taken or a minivan will be used for transport between destinations, using the recently built highway.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Tea-Horse Trade G·H, a 3-star standard

Day 6: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Stop At: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), 100 km NW of Lijiang Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County 674402 China
Your second day of trekking starts with a nice, easy section that has spectacular views. There are only a few uphill battles (and one slippery downhill stretch) before you reach your destination for the night – Walnut Grove. Those with the energy can enjoy further hikes to some excellent lookout points from here. Otherwise, this a tranquil place to simply sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery and rest your weary legs. It's important to note that Tiger Leaping Gorge is subject to dramatic and unpredictable weather conditions. We have scheduled departures in the more stable seasons, but the possibility still exists that conditions may make travelling through the gorge dangerous.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Tina's G·H, a 3-star standard

Day 7: Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-La

Stop At: Shangri-La County, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
Today you’ll travel to a place so beautiful it was officially renamed Shangri-La, a reference to the mythic utopia from James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. Make the 5-hour drive to Shangri-La and feel the modern world fade away as you head higher into the mountains. This charming Tibetan town lies on an altitude around 3200 metres, so take it easy upon arrival and give yourself some time to acclimatise. Later take a stroll on winding streets past prayer halls and pagodas in Dukezong Ancient Town. A fire tore through the area in 2014, destroying most of the town, but painstaking restoration work continues and the town remains charming. It’s also home to a towering, gilded prayer wheel – the largest in the world.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Xiangruiju Inn, a 3-star hotel

Day 8: Shangri-La

Stop At: Shangri-La County, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
Learn more about Tibetan Buddhism with a visit the Sumtseling Monastery. Located just outside the city and modelled after the Potala Palace, Sumtseling is the predominant monastery in the region and a popular destination for pilgrims. Constructed in 1681 and subsequently destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, the complex was rebuilt in 1981 and the red and gold buildings now house hundreds of monks. Enjoy a free afternoon in Shangri-la. You might want to hire a van and drive to Xiaozhongdian, where the beautiful landscape is dotted with Tibetan villages. If you're lucky you may even get invited to a local's home to enjoy some Yak butter tea!
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Xiangruiju Inn, a 3-star hotel

Day 9: Shangri-La (Departure)

Stop At: Shangri-La County, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
Your Yunnan tour comes to an end this morning. There are no activities on the final day and you will be taken to the high-speed train station or airport.
If you wish to leave a few days later in Shangri-La, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Hora de Inicio: 04:00 PM
Duración: 9 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
Whether you fly in or take the high-speed rail to Kunming. Your guide and driver will give you a warm greeting and welcome you to Kunming. You will be driven to your hotel to rest and prepare for your upcoming adventures.
After you make a booking, please kindly provide us with your detailed flight or train information so that we can arrange a pick-up and drop off transfer in advance.

Airports

  • Kunming Airport, Guandu, Kunming China


Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Incluye

  • 6 nights at 3-Star hotels and 2 nights at 3-Star standard Guesthouses
  • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets mentioned in the itinerary
  • Dali's ancient town walking tour
  • Day trip to Xizhou
  • Lijiang walking tour
  • 2 days’ Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking
  • Shangri-La walking tour
  • Shangri-La Sumtseling Monastery
  • Travel agency liability insurance
  • 8x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Dali Ancient
  • Entry/Admission - Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)

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