7 Days Guilin tour with Yangtze River Cruise

  • Tour Code:YCT09
  • Tour Duration: 7 Days
  • Destination:Chongqing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Yichang
  • Tour overview:This unique China tour allows you to cruise through two of the most beautiful rivers on Earth. Famous throughout the world for its beauty, a cruise down the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is a wonderfully relaxing way to see it. Between Chongqing and Yichang, you will cruise down the Yangtze River on one of its many cruise ships, which resemble floating hotels rather than boats. As you float down the Yangtze River, you will pass through the Three Gorges, and have onshore excursions in some truly remarkable places.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Guilin Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

After your arrival in Guilin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide. Feel free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle arranged by us
Sightseeing: Li River Cruise, West Street

Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. In the morning you will depart from your hotel and be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank.

In the afternoon you will disembark at the old town Yangshuo. Having a history of more than 1,400 years, West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo. Stay tonight at a hotel in this lovely town.

Day 3 Yangshuo / Guilin / Chongqing (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Park

In the morning you will visit Elephant Trunk Hill. Located at the conjunction of the Li River & the Peach Blossom River, the whole hill looks very much like a giant elephant with a long trunk drinking out of the river; it is the symbol of Guilin city.

Then you will head to Reed Flute Cave, which is a vast and very impressive cave system, and one of the most important sights of Guilin. Known as "the Palace of Natural Arts", you can see beautiful stalactites & stalagmites and learn how they are formed.

Afterwards we will make a walk through Seven Star Park. It is one of the best urban parks in China. The park is in the east bank of Lijiang, the largest park in Guilin with the theme of rock caves.

After the tours, you will be transferred to airport to take flight to Chongqing. Arrive in Chongqing, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4 Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Goose Neck Park, Ciqikou Old Town, Panda Room

Today we will visit Goose Neck Park, which is located in the city urban area and has a good view of the city and the roiling Yangtze River.

Afterwards, you will see Ciqikou Old Town, in the city urban area. It dates back to the late Ming Dynasty. The buildings have been restored and well preserved. You will find a lot of restaurants, souvenir shops and local snacks. If you are interested, you can attend daily performances of traditional Chinese music in one of the tea houses.

The next stop will be the Panda Room in the Zoo, where you can see charming naive giant panda, lesser pandas and their offspring.

In the evening, your local guide will transfer you to the dock by a private air-conditioned car to pre-board the ship from 17:00 to 20:00 and departs Chongqing at 22:00.

Day 5 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Transport via: Yangtze Cruise ship arranged by us
Sightseeing: Fengdu Ghost City, Wanxian or Shibaozhai

(8:00-10:00) Shore excursion to either Fengdu Ghost City, Wanxian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions). Then return to the ship and sail towards the magnificent Three Gorges.

Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

Wanxian: One of the most important and largest ports on the Yangtze. It is widely known for its variety and hustling markets. Fifty percent of the city will be resettled after the Three Gorges Dam Project is completed.

Shibaozhai represents the first gem of Chinese architecture to be encountered on the downstream journey. From afar, the protruding 220-metre (720-foot) hill on the north bank can appear to resemble a jade seal, and is so named.

Day 6 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Sightseeing: Shennong Stream

(08:00-13:00) Passing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.
(13:00-16:30) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream.
(17:30) Passing through Xiling Gorge.

Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous Karst formations.

Day 7 Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Three Gorges Dam

(08:00-10:00) Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.
(13:00) Disembark at Yichang

Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man. Formally, the construction of the dam began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be completed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Tourists can get access to the top of the dam.

After you disembarked from the ship, you will be met and transferred to the airport to take your flight to next destination.

Tour Price

1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.