We Love —
- Have the vacation you've dreamed of in Asia, visiting beautiful natural landscapes, charming villages and the avant-garde Shanghai.
- Let natural landscapes captivate you completely - remember to take your camera with you to immortalise every moment.
- You will also enjoy half board dining during the tour in hand-picked hotels.
Your Destination —
From Kunming to Shangri-La, passing through the incredible Dali, let yourself be fascinated by the grandeur of this country, its dynamism and historic landscapes that have made painters and poets dream.
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrival in Kunming
Day 2: Kunming - Dali
Day 3: Dali
Day 4: Dali-Shaxi
Day 5: Shaxi -Lijiang
Day 6: Lijiang
Day 7: Lijiang - Shangri-La
Day 8: Shangri-La
Day 9: Shangri - return to UK
Your Itinerary —
After arriving at Kunming airport, you will visit the Dragon Gate (Longmen). This door is the place of Xi Shan with its stone paths, rooms and caves in the rocks and sculptures of exceptional artistic quality. You can discover the Yunnan Museum of Ethnic Minorities (closed every Monday), which displays a variety of objects from 25 ethnic groups in Yunnan Province. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then stroll along the Cuihu Park, also called Green Lake, which is located west of Kunming, opposite the door of Yunnan University. The park is known for its incomparable charm. Locals love to meet here to enjoy the calm of the place and get exercise. At the end of the day, transfer to the hotel and overnight in Kunming.
Day 2: Kunming - Dali (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Shilin (Stone Forest). Here you will have lunch at a local restaurant. You will start your day with the discovery of the stone forest, formed thanks to the erosion that took place over millions of years. It covers an area of 26,000 hectares, whose needles from 5 to 30 m are true curiosities of nature. Return to Kunming. Transfer to Dali by fast train. After arriving in Dali, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Dali (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the Erhai Lake cruise. You will visit the Dali Museum, rich in minority cultures. Lunch in a local restaurant. Then venture out to discover the three pagodas, the main symbols of the city and the region. Located 2 km to the north, these pagodas are among the oldest buildings in southwest China. At the end of the day, transfer to the hotel and overnight in Dali.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Xizhou market and the local village. Here you will have lunch in the home of the Bai ethnic minority and taste local cheeses. You will visit the village of Zhoucheng and its batik laboratory, the guide will introduce you the procedures for making the batik. You will participate in the Dali Three Tea ceremony. At the end of the day, transfer to Shaxi. Overnight at the hotel in Shaxi.
Day 5: Shaxi -Lijiang (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a walk in Shaxi village: admire the old houses. Here you will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Lijiang . Overnight at the hotel in Lijiang.
Day 6: Lijiang (breakfast, lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Zhongyi market. You will then visit the village of Yuhu (Jade Lake), located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Mountain. Discover the incomparable and unique frescoes of the village of Baisha, combining Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Lamaism. By far the quietest area around Li Jiang, this small town is close to numerous ancient temples. Take a bike ride if you wish. Here you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Later, visit to the village of Shuhe, one of the first Naxi villages in Yunnan. Its cobblestone walkways, lined with traditional stone houses and interspersed with crystal clear water channels, are reminiscent of the old town of Lijiang . Excursions in the surrounding valley, on the ancient tea road and horses, allow a unique discovery of the natural heritage of the region and offer an exceptional view of the jade dragon mountain. You will visit Black Dragon Pond Park: located on the northern outskirts of the city, this park offers a splendid view of Yu Long Xue Shan, one of the most famous photographs of southwest China. In addition, you will visit the Museum of Culture Dongba of Naxifor an introduction to the culture and customs of this ethnic group. At the end of the day, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 8: Shangri-La (breakfast, lunch)
Day 9: Shangri - return to UK (breakfast)
Your Tour Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following hotels in a Standard Room with meals included as per itinerary.
Dali: GuRong Hotel 5 * (or similar)
Shaxi village rooms: Landscape Hotel Shaxi, 4 * boutique hotel (or similar)
Lijiang Wonderport Internatonal Hotel 4 * (or similar)
Shangri-La: Hilton Garden Inn Shangri La 4 * (or similar)
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Your Journey —
Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included as per itinerary.