Itinerary

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Day 1 Kunming

Begin this grand adventure amid the old-world charm of Kunming. Affectionately referred to as ‘the city of eternal spring’ in lieu of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is a delightful place to become acquainted with on your own terms. If arriving early, there are plenty of attractions and activities worth checking out: take a snoop around the artsy cafe scene of Chuang Ku, visit the Yuantong Temple or snaffle up a bargain at the bustling local markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Nuodeng

Get a taste of all things Tibetan in Shangri-La County. Take a walk up to the majestic Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, set off on an optional bike ride through the surrounding hill country or stroll along the shores of Bita Lake. To really become immersed in the local culture, perhaps sign up for a day trip out to the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation and help out in an English class.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 4-5 Dali

Be captivated by Dali’s picture-perfect setting, which stars the spectacular Erhai Lake and the snow-capped Cangshan Range. Explore the cobblestone lanes and wooden houses of the Old Town or perhaps take a boat trip on the lake. Barter with Bai traders at the colourful markets or hire a bike and pedal around this tranquil lakeside town.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 6-7 Shaxi

Step back in time while relishing the peaceful village vibes of Shaxi. Learn about the unique culture and heritage of this remote town, which sits snugly among the shadows of the Himalayas. Trek into the hills with an expert local guide and see the incredible Shizong Temple.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 8-9 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hear the tale of the tiger who leapt across the Yangzi River, gifting this spectacular gorge its name. Embark on an arduous but rewarding hike along the river, staying in simple guesthouses en route, and experience the jaw-dropping panoramas of one of the world's deepest gorges.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 10-11 Lijiang

Bliss out in Lijiang, home to the Naxi people. Explore a maze of stone streets in this World Heritage-listed Old Town and relish the atmosphere of this animated quarter. Perhaps catch a traditional music performance from the Naxi Orchestra.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 12-13 Kunming

Hop aboard a train back to Kunming and explore the city's ancient temples and mosques. Close the curtains on this memorable China adventure with a final group dinner, feasting on traditional Chinese cuisine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1