Day 1 Guilin arrival (includes dinner)
Your guide will meet you on arrival at the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (look for him or her holding a Ctrip sign) and transfer you to your hotel (40 minutes). We recommend you book flights arriving at Guilin before 3:00 p.m.
Elephant Trunk Hill, Banyan Lake and Fir Lake
You'll first visit Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbi Shan) which has been a Guilin icon for centuries. The spectacular Shui Yue Arch (Water Moon Arch) extends into the Li River, forming the elephant's "trunk" and framing a romantic view of the opposite shore's rugged green karst hills. The elephant's "back," covered with lush vegetation, is home to an elegant Ming Dynasty-era pagoda, and the entire hill is mirrored in peaceful river waters flowing past.
Next, wander along the shores of Banyan Lake and Fir Lake (1 hour) which once protected the city and its people from hostile intruders. Today, it's simply a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some of Guilin's most beautiful views.
Overnight at the Guilin Bravo Hotel or Guilin Park Hotel (Deluxe Room).
Day 2 Guilin-Yangshuo (includes breakfast & lunch)
Guilin to Yangshuo Li River Cruise
Picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages make the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo one of China's best-loved scenic trips. Buffalo, waterfowl and astonishing limestone karst rock formations add to the scenery. Nearly every peak and pinnacle has a legend attached to it. Your English-speaking guide will tell you the ancient tales that make this magical stretch of river one of China's richest cultural sites. A Chinese buffet-style lunch will be served on board. (3-4 hours)
Yangshuo: West Street, Big Banyan Tree & Moon Hill
Disembark at Yangshuo and wander along West Street (1 hour). Yangshuo's oldest street boasts a history of over 1,400 years and today presents visitors with a unique and vibrant mix of East and West, all within sight of some of China's most striking scenery. This is a perfect opportunity to shop for souvenirs, enjoy a refreshing drink, people-watch and relax.
Next, visit the Big Banyan Tree, which towers some 17 m (56 ft) and is estimated to be as much as 1,500 years old.
Finally visit Moon Hill to see the intriguing hole found halfway up a mountain that resembles a full moon. You'll view it from different angles and see how it waxes and wanes, just like the real moon.
Overnight at the Yangshuo New Century Hotel or Tangrenjie Hotel.
In the evening, why not enjoy "Impressions San Jie Liu" (1 hour), a spectacular show with over 600 performers, live animals, and spectacular lighting effects all performed on the Li River with the majestic limestone mountains as the back drop (additional fee applies).
Day 3 Yangshuo-Guilin (includes breakfast & lunch)
Return to Guilin & Reed Flute Cave
After breakfast, you'll be transferred back to Guilin where you'll visit Reed Flute Cave which is famed for its beautiful array of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers. Fantastic shapes and colors leap forth from the depths of the earth, resembling beasts, plants and fantastical landscapes. A sampling of the names of various rock formations provides a taste of the cave's amazing sights: Rosy Dawn at Lion Hill, Dragon Form Pagoda, the Primitive Forest, the Crystal Palace and the Hill of Flowers and Fruits. (1 hour)
Your guide will see you off at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport so you can catch a flight to your next destination. We recommend you book flights leaving Guilin after 1:00 p.m.
Note: Child (2-11 years old and less than 1.5 m [4 ft 11 in] tall) price available. Please note in the "special requests" section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Children under 11 years old but over 1.5m in height may be required to pay an additional fee on site.
Experienced English-speaking tour guide
Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
Tips (suggested amount: USD 10-15 per person per day)
Single room supplement
Personal expenses or all items not included in the itinerary
Credit card payment only. Once payment has cleared, Ctrip will email you confirmation, payment information and your itinerary. If credit card payment does not clear, your booking will automatically be canceled.
The cancellation/modification fee is CNY 50 per order if canceled more than 30 working days prior to the scheduled start of the tour, 10% of the order price (applied on per order basis) if canceled 15-30 days in advance, 30% if canceled 8-14 days in advance, 50% if canceled 4-7 days in advance, 100% if canceled 0-3 days in advance. Room rate not refundable for tours departing during May 1-7, Oct 1-7 and Chinese New Year.
You will be contacted at about 10:00 p.m. one day before your scheduled tour to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.
We will pick you up from the airport. Please make sure you provide accurate flight number and arrival time together with your contact information (name and phone) in the "Special requests" section while booking online. Your guide will meet you at the exit gate holding a sign with your name on it. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect contact information.
Child price available (2-12 years old and less than 1.2 m [3 ft 11 in] tall). Please note in the "special requests" section or email us at email@example.com for details. Children under 12 years old but over 1.2 m in height may be required to pay an additional fee on site.
Default number of people per room is 2. Solo travelers and single occupancy rooms will incur an additional fee. To request a single room, please make a note in the "Special requests" section. Supplementary amount will be confirmed by phone or email.
Tour schedule is for reference only and may be adjusted by the guide. If you opt to join only part of this tour, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts of the tour, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the tour that you miss.
All listed meals are Chinese food. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).
This tour is not open to Chinese passport holders.