|Day 1, BEIJING: Arrival day.
Day 2, BEIJING, GREAT WALL: A day at the Great Wall, with the chance to hike along one of the less visited sections.
Day 3, BEIJING: Visit Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City. Overnight train to Xi’an.
Day 4, XI’AN: Morning arrival in Xi’an and guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon you can explore Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim quarter.
Day 5, XI’AN: A free day to explore the many fascinating sites of Xi’an before the overnight train to Chongqing.
Day 6, CHONGQING: Arrive in Chongqing where there’s free time to explore before we board our cruise boat.
Days 7-8, YANGTSE RIVER CRUISE: We cruise down the Yangtse River, passing through the spectacular Three Gorges section. Along the way we stop for various excursions to places of interest. (BLD)
Day 9, YICHANG – GUILIN: We disembark in Yichang and transfer to Wuhan for the overnight train to Guilin. (B)
Day 10, YANGSHUO: Early arrival in Guilin and transfer to the scenic town of Yangshuo. The day is free to relax, explore the surroundings or perhaps take a lesson in Tai Chi, calligraphy or Chinese cooking.
Day 11, YANGSHUO: A free day to explore. Perhaps hire a bike and cycle along small tracks through the countryside amidst the amazing karst scenery.
Day 12, YANGSHUO - KUNMING: Time to further explore the beautiful countryside or shop for souvenirs. Later in the day we fly to Kunming.
Day 13, KUNMING: A full free day to explore Kunming. Overnight train to Dali.
Day 14, DALI: Morning arrival and transfer to the old town, home of the Bai People. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Day 15, DALI: A free day to sample the delights of Dali – it is an ideal place to explore by bike or you can take a short horse trek into the mountains behind the town. Option to visit the colourful Shaping markets.
Days 16-17, DALI - TIGER LEAPING GORGE TREK: A bus journey takes us to Qiaotou, the start of our trek. We begin with a short walk and spend the first night at a minority guesthouse inside the gorge. Trek through this impressive gorge with superb views of Jade Dragon Mountain and the Yangtse. We spend another night inside the gorge at Walnut Grove.
Day 18, TIGER LEAPING GORGE – LIJIANG: A morning to relax or further explore the gorge, before travelling to lovely old town of Lijiang.
Day 19, LIJIANG: Full free day in Lijiang, home of the Naxi minority group.
Day 20, LIJIANG - CHENGDU: Time to explore the small lanes and canals of Lijiang before we fly to Chengdu.
Day 21, CHENGDU: Tour ends after a morning visit to the Giant Panda Research Base.