Itinerary

Day 1 Luang Prabang

Start the adventure in Luang Prabang, an enchanting town dotted with mosaic-covered temples, shady cafes and restaurants clad with fairy lights.
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Days 2-4 Luang Nam Tha

Make tracks to Luang Nam Tha on the banks of Nam Tha River. While here, why not enjoy some optional outdoor pursuits including kayaking, rafting and trekking.
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Days 5-6 Xishuangbanna

Make the jump into China and travel through remote villages and vast, dramatic landscapes.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 1

Day 7 Shilinzhen

Pay a visit to Shilin, known as China's 'Stone Forest', and discover an intriguing maze of towering limestone pillars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Kunming

Back in civilisation, explore the markets of Kunming and perhaps swing by the ancient Yuantong temple.
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Days 10-11 Dali

Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
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Days 12-14 Lijiang

Wander through the cobbled streets of picturesque Lijiang and learn about the Naxi people, who are descendants of Tibetan nomads. If feeling energetic, take an overnight trek to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge.
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Day 15 Panzhihua

Camp out in Sichuan province.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 16-17 Emei Shan

Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan and perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
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Days 18-19 Leshan/Chengdu

Stop to gaze up at the 71 m Buddha ‘Da Fo’ en route to Chengdu. Home to spicy hot pot cuisine, this bustling Sichuan city has plenty of food and culture on offer. While here, get up close and personal to giant pandas at the research base and breeding centre.
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Day 20 Dazu

Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
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Day 21 Chongqing

Head east from Dazu to Chongqing.
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Days 22-23 Yangtze River Cruise

Get an insight into rural life along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 2

Days 24-25 Yichang

With feet back on solid ground, set off to explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
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Days 26-27 Xiang Fan/Wudang Shan

Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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Days 28-29 Xi'an

Arrive in Xi'an and visit the ancient Terracotta Warriors. Spend some time soaking up the city's garden culture and many temples.
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