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7 Days Idyllic Guilin & Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Guilin & Yangtze Tour

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This trip will leave you the best memory in your life. Take Li River cruise viewing karst landscape, enjoy cycling trip into Yangshuo countryside. Then enjoy 4 days on Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang to see the wonderful and beautiful scenery along Yangtze River. It is idyllic, natural and relaxing!

Highlights of this tour:

  • Please your eyes and mood with the peaceful scenery landscape in Guilin;
  • Enjoy a leisure onboard living on a luxurious Yangtze River cruise;
  • Appreciate stunning Three Gorges scenery along Yangtze River as well as take shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream and Three Gorges Dam Site.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang
Travel Length:
7 Days and 6 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-GY-07
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CyclingPhotograph
Departure:
Private tour, any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~4 Guilin Tour & Flight to Chongqing

Visit the famous Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave, take a relaxing Li River cruise from Guilin city to Yangshuo old town, then explore the amazing countryside landscape around Yangshuo.

Day 5~7 Yangtze River Cruise

Board your ship in Chongqing, the rlaxing Yangtze River cruise starts. Explore the stunning scenery along Yangtze River, such as Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and interesting excurtions to Shibaozhai, Shennongxi Streem, etc. Also relax yourself with rich activities on board.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Guilin Arrival (L)

Welcome to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, your local guide will pick you up at the airport/train station and escort you to your hotel in Guilin Downtown.

After taking a short break, your Guilin tour starts. The first stop surely is the symbol of Guilin - Elephant Trunk Hill. A giant rock hill vividly shapes like an elephant which is drinking water. Besides, there are many historical sites here for you to explore, such as stone carving, Buddhist temple, relic exhibition, etc. Then, drive about 7 kilometers to next attraction - Reed Flute Cave, a majestic underground palace with sparkling different colors. The magical Mother Nature condenses millions years of natural efforts to form the incredible stalactite, stalagmite, stone shield and stone waterfall of different sizes and shapes.

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel.

  • Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
  • Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill Guilin Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 2 Guilin - Li River Cruise - Yangshuo (B, L)

As the declaration in Chinese textbook” Guilin’s landscape is the best under heaven”, today you will explore this best landscape starting with a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Li River from Mopanshan Pier to Yangshuo Town. Along the 84-kilometer cruise, dazzling scenery overwhelms your eyes like a vast endless Chinese painting of winding river, green limestone karst mountains, fascinating countryside views.

After about 4 hours’ cruise, disembark in Yangshuo Town, and check in your hotel. Take a short break, throw yourself into the stunning countryside views and relaxed atmosphere. Be enthralled by the patches of paddy fields nestling under green hills and near the mirror-like river, with farmers cultivate the soil with their water buffalos.

This evening is for you to walk leisurely on the ancient West Street to witness how the western culture and Chinese culture perfectly and peacefully coexist here. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of drink in bar, taste some local food, or just experience the relaxing atmosphere, you get it here.

Optional activity: experience the splendid evening performance Impression Liu Sanjie with Li River itself as the stage, directed by famous director – Zhang Yimou.

  • Li River Cruise in Guilin Painting-like Li River
  • Yangshuo Cycling Yangshuo Cycling
  • Old Alley in Yangshuo Yangshuo West Street

Day 3 Yangshuo - Guilin (B, L)

Today, you will keep exploring Yangshuo. In the morning, you could choose to take electric cart or ride a bike to the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo. In several minutes, you'll escape the hustle and bustle life and come into the rural area. As you pass paddy fields, water buffalos, rolling peaks and crystal clear water, you can see how the local farmers work and live.

On the way, you will visit Moon Hill, Big Banyan Tree and the local famer's house, and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo if you climb on the peak of Moon Hill. Have lunch in a famer's restaurant at the foot of the Moon Hill. In the afternoon, get back to Yangshuo County and be driven to Guilin downtown.

Option: If you are interested in, you could choose to go hiking or kayaking along Yulong River for today's activities. Feel free to make the decision according to the seasons, weather, inteests and your physical condition. Tell us your likes and we'll customize today's trip for you.)

  • Yangshuo Cycling Yangshuo Cycling

Day 4 Guilin & Flight to Chongqing (B, L)

This morning, you will be transferred to Guilin Liangjiang Airport and take a morning flight to Chongqing (about 1.5hrs). Upon arrival at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, you will be met by our tour guide and then go to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town - Chongqing's old harbor and once the site of the residential houses of many of Chongqing's richest merchants.  Here you can still see exquisite Ming and Qing dynasty architecture, visit local shops and tea houses, watch local Sichuan street performances and undertake other interesting activities. After this you will be taken to the next highlight site, Three Gorges Museum, a large monographic museum presenting the history and culture of the Three Gorges Dam Project and its place in Chinese history. 

After the tour, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your cruise ship between 18:00-20:00 that evening. Your once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise sails at 21:00! (Please note: the boarding time and departure piers change based on the ship line, water level, season, weather, and other factors. Your travel consultants will ensure you have the actual departure time and boarding pier before your boarding.)

  • Chongqing Chaotianmen Port Chongqing Chaotianmen Port
  • Ciqikou Old Town Ciqikou Old Town

Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

In the morning, wake up leisurely and enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil and beautiful Yangtze River. It will be colorful and interesting whether you decide to stay onboard or go ashore at river stops. 

Onboard you will enjoy different kinds of activities, like practicing Tai Chi on the boat’s sundeck, drinking a relaxing morning coffee, attending a Yangtze River history and culture lecture, or taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party and evening shows. 

Next follow a local guide and make a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the “Pearls” of the Yangtze River. A gem of Chinese architecture, this 12-story, 18th century red wooden temple on the northern bank of Yangtze River is an architectural delight full of legends and beautiful stories. (Note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended since there will be lots of stairs to climb up!)

Optional excursion: Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City for an extra fee. Called the “City of Ghosts”, it is endowed with mysterious stories about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese demons. Entering this ghost city, you will find many statues of demons and vivid scenes of their perfidious activities. (Note: Once again, the visit to Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes are again highly recommended!)

  • Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise A Lifetime Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
  • Shibaozhai Pagoda Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges while relaxing on the sun deck and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively. 

In Wu Gorge you will take an enjoyable adventure to primitive Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Switch to a smaller boat to sail down this beautiful stream running in a narrow side gorge where you will have close-up views of high mountain peaks and hanging coffins on the steep cliff faces. After watching an entertaining music and dance show of local Tujia ethnic minority, sail back to your ship.

In the evening, you will firstly enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party with all your mates onboard, and then watch the fascinating process of passing the ship through the Three Gorges Dam Five-stage Ship Locks at 23:00 PM.

Optional excursion: Take a shore excursion to White Emperor City for an extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursion offers the best viewing spot to appreciate the magnificent Kuimen Gate.

  • Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze River Cruise
  • Shennv Stream Shennv Stream

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure (B, L)

Today’s highlight is a morning excursion to Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of Xiling Gorge near Yichang. You will marvel at this gigantic dam from different angles, learn more of the background history of the Three Gorges Dam Project and enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape and scenery. 

After this excursion, it is back to your ship to continue your cruise to Yichang. Your ship will arrive at Yichang Port around 12:30 where you will go through a check-out procedure and disembark. You will be picked up by our local tour guide at the port and escorted to visit the Yichang Museum.

After the tour, be transferred to the airport or train station to catch your flight or train to next destination. Service ends!

Departure Ideas: You can take flights from Yichang Sanxia Airport to Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, etc. Or you can take high speed trains from Yichang East Railway Station to Wuhan (about 2hrs), Shanghai (about 8hrs), Beijing (about 7.5hrs), Hangzhou (about 7.5hrs), Chengdu (about 7hrs), Guangzhou (about 7hrs) and more cities.

  • Three Gorges Dam The Magnificent Giant Three Gorges Dam
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With only 2 days, you can travel the best highlights of ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace. The Day 1 is a full day visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Local Snack Street - Muslim Quarter. In the Day 2, you have a half day for visiting to the symbol of Xian - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and having an educational learning in Shanxi History Museum. The rest time is free for departure.

Witness the countless Terracotta Warriors
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the Forbidden City Overall View
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The Bund: Famous 'Museum of Architecture'
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