Day 1 Departure from London.
Day 2 Arrival in Kunming, transfer to a centrally located hotel and time to relax and recover from jetlag or explore the area.
Day 3 Morning trip to the spectacular karst formations known as the Stone Forest – another site added to Yunnan’s UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2006, with an afternoon at leisure in Kunming to discover some of the city’s pagodas, perhaps the lively flea market or just a walk in the fascinating Green Lake Park?
Day 4 Morning drive along the route of the old Burma Road, to Weishan Town – one of the oldest and best preserved towns in Yunnan yet one of the least visited – before arriving at our day’s destination, Dali.
Day 5 Day at leisure to explore this scenic old walled town, former capital of the powerful Nanzhao Kingdom, now centre for the ethnic Bai people and beautifully situated between the slopes of the Azure Mountains and the shores of Lake Erhai. Explore the old streets, check-out the market or handicraft stores, walk along the city walls or take the cable car for a stroll through the nearby mountain park?
Day 6 Early departure to catch the bustling morning market in the lakeside, Bai village of Xizhou, before continuing north to Lijiang by way of the superb temple grottoes of sacred Shibao Mountain.
Day 7 Discover the ancient centre of the Naxi Culture and now World Heritage Site Lijiang: - wander the beautifully preserved cobbled streets that line the streams running through the picturesque old town – dramatically situated beneath the towering peaks of the 5,500m Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool Park.
Day 8 Morning visit to one of the outlying villages to discover more of the unique Naxi culture before heading north towards the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge via the famous ‘First Bend in the Yangtze’. Our overnight stay will be at friendly, family-run and stunningly situated Sean’s Guesthouse in the village of Walnut Grove in the centre of the Gorge itself.
Day 9 Day in Tiger leaping Gorge: options, depending upon ability and inclination, include a day hike along the gorge, pony trekking, a walk around the scenic village and surroundings or merely relaxing on the guesthouse terrace taking in the superb views.
Day 10 Morning drive, along the scenic route and the Baishui limestone terraces, up to the Tibetan Plateau itself and the town of Zhongdian – now officially renamed Shangri La by the Chinese Government. Lunch at a Tibetan family’s house followed by a visit to the spectacular Tibetan monastery, (Ganden Suntseling), with a short hike through the surrounding hills to check out the scenery and the local Tibetan style villages!
Day 11 Free morning and afternoon flight to Kunming and connection to London.
Day 12 Arrival in London.
Notes: this tour is offered inclusive of return flights from London. Those persons not wishing to take up the flight option would join the tour in Kunming on day 2 and finish in Kunming on day 11.
Visa requirements: China - A visa must be obtained before arrival in China. Your entry point is Kunming International Airport and your address in China is c/o China Kunming Overseas Tours Co Ltd, Kunming. As the visa cannot be applied for by post.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Freshly renovated rooms at the Jinhua International Hotel, Kunming with a view over the City’s modern skyline.
The Landscape Hotel – newly built but decorated in traditional style is our choice for World Heritage Site Dali.
Superb situation overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town makes the Castle Hotel a clear fave in Yunnan’s Lijiang.
Not a bad view from the terrace of Sean’s for breakfast or an end of the day beer?
Simple but comfortable with vertiginous views across Tiger Leaping Gorge the family run Sean’s Guesthouse is so good we had to add an extra night there! (Worth going all that way just to meet Sean and his wonderful family, and try their awesome cooking!)
Feedback has not been written for this tour. If you have been on this tour, please contact our office to submit your feedback. Contact