The energy and excitement of these great cities in China is hard to describe, as is the serenity of a landscape dominated by bamboo and rice terraces. Open yourself to the wonder and magnificence of this dynamic blend of old and new China while enjoying the region’s finest cuisine and luxury accommodations. Experience the true variety of China with the electric mix of the past and the future in Shanghai. Allow Guilin’s gorgeous terrain to inspire you as it has moved poets and painters for centuries. You’ll discover that history classes never offered the wealth of fascinating cultural lessons that you’ll uncover in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian and Sanya. Every moment of your journey opens your eyes and your mind to new horizons and fresh perspectives.
DAYS 1 & 2
Take a stroll along the famed Bund, visit the serene Yu Garden, the Jade Buddha Temple and Shanghai Museum.(B)
The Peninsula, Shanghai
DAYS 3 & 4
Enjoy scenes of the countryside with a first-class train ride to Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China. Enjoy a boat ride on lovely West Lake and a visit to Guo Village, a full day-tour of Lingyin Temple, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and a visit to a tea plantation.(2B)
Banyan Tree, Hangzhou
DAYS 5 & 6
In picturesque Guilin, visit charming Daxu Old Town. The following day enjoy a full-day Li River excursion from Guilin to Yangshuo. View breathtaking panoramas made famous in Chinese art.(2B)
DAYS 7 & 8
In Guilin, visit the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Then fly to Kunming and visit the renowned Stone Forest, a geological phenomenon of striking limestone pillars.(2B)
Grand Park Hotel, Kunming
The ancient city of Dali is home to the Bai minority. Enjoy a trip on Erhai Lake with its islands, temples and fishing villages.(B)
Regent Hotel, Dali
DAYS 10 & 11
Visit the breathtaking Black Dragon Pond and the Old Town of Lijiang. Take a chairlift ride to view the scenery of Yak Meadow.(2B)
Banyan Tree, Lijiang
DAYS 12 & 13
Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest river canyons. Known as the setting for the mythical Shangri-La, Zhongdian has stunningly beautiful landscapes. Enjoy a visit to a Tibetan family in old town.(2B)
Banyan Tree Ringha, Zhongdian
DAYS 14 - 17
Sanya Depart for Home
On return to Kunming, enjoy a city tour. Then fly to Sanya, a resort city with some of China’s most beautiful beaches. Visit Nanshan Temple with its replicas of Tang Dynasty architecture. On Day 17, fly home.(4B)
Banyan Tree, Sanya
December 31, 2011
From $5,590.00 per person double occupancy.
From $2,994.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.