The Silk Road & South China

Xi'an - Kunming

21 days through China
FROM: $3250 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Ferry, Overnight Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
Basic Hotel 11 nights
Overnight Boat 3 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 2 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 4, Lunches x 0, Dinners x 0
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
ZXM
Deposit:
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This is a superb cultural journey through the cities and provinces of southern China, taking in several temples and other religious sites from China's three dominant religions, Buddhism, Taoisim and Confucianism, as well as one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites, the Terracotta Army near Xi'an.

The centrepiece of this trip is a fantastic 3-day cruise on the Yangtze River among Chinese families. We travel on the same ferry used by local people, rather than a tourist ship, through magnificent scenery near the Three Gorges, stopping off at various sites along the way. Farther south we have the opportunity to follow the upper trail along the imposing Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the great treks of this part of China.

We also explore the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the best place in the world to see China's most treasured animal, as well as two of China's sacred mountains, Wudang Shan and Emei Shan.

Accompanied by our local Chinese guide, we'll visit tucked-away local restaurants and street food stalls, eating as the locals do. The food is a big part of any journey in China, and as we travel between provinces we'll have the chance to sample the local specialities, such as Sichuan hotpot or biangbiang noodles.

Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors
Explore Xi'an and its myriad of attractions
Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming
Go to the birthplace of the martial art of Tai Chi at Wudang Shan
Trek up the Wudang Shan's Tianzu Peak to the Taoist martial arts school
3 day Three Gorge cruise on the Yangtze River
Visit the three gorges dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world
Stop off at the ancient Zhang Fei temple, famous for its red-light decoration
Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves
Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu

An easy-going and comfortable trip through southern China, staying in well-equipped hotels and guesthouses. A couple of long drive days through spectacular and verdant mountain scenery. Some of the attractions require climbing a lot of steps, although cable cars are available at most of these.

Day 1 - Xi'an (18th September 2021)

Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'!

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.

The rest of the day will be free to explore the city of Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

Please note that many of the optional activities listed will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Xi'an (19th September 2021)
Day 3 - Wudang Shan (20th September 2021)
Day 4 - Wudang Shan (21st September 2021)
Day 5 - Yichang (22nd September 2021)
Day 6 - Yichang (23rd September 2021)
Day 7 - Yangtze River (24th September 2021)
Day 8 - Yangtze River (25th September 2021)
Day 9 - Yangtze River (26th September 2021)
Day 10 - Dazu (27th September 2021)
Day 11 - Chengdu (28th September 2021)
Day 12 - Chengdu (29th September 2021)
Day 13 - Emei Shan (30th September 2021)
Day 14 - Emei Shan (1st October 2021)
Day 15 - Panzhihua (2nd October 2021)
Day 16 - Tiger Leaping Gorge (3rd October 2021)
Day 17 - Tiger Leaping Gorge (4th October 2021)
Day 18 - Tiger Leaping Gorge (5th October 2021)
Day 19 - Dali (6th October 2021)
Day 20 - Dali (7th October 2021)
Day 21 - Kunming - End Date (8th October 2021)

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18 Sep 21 Xi'an
08 Oct 21 Kunming

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07 Apr 22 Kunming
27 Apr 22 Xi'an

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17 Sep 22 Xi'an
07 Oct 22 Kunming

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