Discover hidden China and Laos on this adventure beyond the tourist trail. Head off from historic Luang Prabang on a tour through Laos and explore the remote Nam Ha protected area. Pass through tropical Laos and enter the surreal landscape of southern China. Journey through the Yunnan and Sichuan regions and discover a fascinating mix of people all the way to the final destination, Xi'an. See breathtaking sights like the Terracotta Warriors, the Three Gorges and the Tiger Leaping Gorge and have an unforgettable encounter with China's iconic panda. This trip from Luang Prabang to Xi'an is an incredible introduction to the region.

Start
Xi'an, China
Finish
Luang Prabang, Laos
Countries
China,
Laos
Themes
Overland
Code
CDOCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 19
Carbon offset
1 189kg pp per trip

Adventure through Laos and China from Luang Prabang to Xi'an.


Highlights

  • Chill out in Laos' historic Luang Prabang
  • Explore the remote Nam Ha National Park
  • Join pilgrims to visit China's Emei Shan
  • Try a spicy Sichuan hot pot
  • Come face-to-face with giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Visit China's famous Terracotta Warriors

Itinerary

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums both in and around Xi'an. Enjoy a plate of hand-pulled noodles as you watch the locals dance, eat and practice martial arts in South Park.
Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
Get an insight into rural life along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
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.
Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan, visiting the 71 m high Dafo Buddha in Leshan along the way. Once there, perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
Check out Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.
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.
Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
Arrive in Kunming, 'the city of eternal spring'. Perhaps explore the ancient Yuantong temple, wander the laidback streets or visit a teahouse and mingle with the locals.
Pay a visit to Shilin, known as China's 'Stone Forest', and discover an intriguing maze of towering limestone pillars.
Overland through some of China's most remote villages, experience vast, dramatic landscapes and meet colourful locals.
Travel to Laos and 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.
Absorb the air of quiet romance in Luang Prabang. This delightful city has plenty of well-preserved wats (temples) that are worth visiting, and climbing to the top of Phu Si at sunset is also well worth the effort.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (8 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Chengdu - Panda Breeding Centre
  • Dazu - Bei Shan & Baoding Shan Caves
  • Emei Shan - Day trek
  • Leshan - Da Fo
  • Lijiang - Optional Tiger Leaping Gorge trek
  • Shilin - Stone Forest
  • Wudang Shan - National Park
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise

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