Colorful Yunnan Travel

713: 10 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Dongchuan - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 9 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at the Karst landscape of the Stone Forest & the splendor of Dongchuan Red Land
  • Tour around the Erhai Lake in a horse-drawn carriage & visit the Bai Traditional House
  • Explore the nearly 1000-year-old town Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire the sheer natural beauty in the Lost Horizon of Shangri-La
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Day 1 Arrival in Kunming
When your flight arrives at Kunming Airport, you will meet our guide at the arrival hall holding a board with your name printed on. Then, he/she will transfer you to the hotel for checking in. After a short rest, you will be guided to start your 10 days Yunnan tour at the famous Green Lake Park. Walking around the park, you can appreciate willows fluttering in the wind, water birds frolicking in the lake, and so on.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Kunming
Stone Forest<br>Photo by our client Ms. Kyla Klauw
Stone Forest
Photo by our client Ms. Kyla Klauw
After breakfast, today's Yunnan itinerary starts with the well-known Stone Forest, a featured large-scale Karst land in China with many limestone peaks. Thereafter, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a famous restaurant. Next, visit a local Yi ethnic minority village - Nuohei Village, which is totally built with stones.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Kunming - Dongchuan
After breakfast, take a 3-hour car transfer to continue your 10 days Yunnan tour to the spectacular Dongchuan Red Land, which is praised as the God's palette. Most of the hills are covered with red soil. This evening, we will stay overnight at Dongchuan.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Dongchuan - Kunming
Dongchuan Red Land
Dongchuan Red Land
In this morning, we will first head to the Damakan Village, an idyllic village surrounded by the red lands. Then, proceed to the Jinxiu Garden, also called the Embroidery Garden, which is the best viewing place to appreciate the beauty of red lands. Standing here, you can see the earth covered by red soil and green plants, like beautiful embroidery. After that, we will drive you back to Kunming.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Kunming - Dali
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kunming South Railway Station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Dali, the next destination of your 10 days Yunnan itinerary.

Upon arrival, our Dali guide will hold a sign with your name on to meet you at the exit. Then, he/she will send you to the hotel and help you check-in. After a short break, you will be escorted to travel around the Dali Ancient City, where you can get in touch with local Bai ethnic minority's daily life. Moreover, you can watch traditional folk houses of local ethnic minorities and appreciate the splendid scenery there. Thereafter, approach the Three Pagodas, which witness the development of Buddhism in this area. Then, we will take a horse-drawn carriage riding to visit the Erhai Lake.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Dali - Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town
Today, we will drive for around 3-4 hours to extend your 10 days Yunnan itinerary to Lijiang. On the way, we will first pass by the Xizhou Ancient Town, and visit the most representative dwelling of Bai ethnic minority - Yan’s Compound. Then, approach Zhoucheng where you will be encouraged to try your hand at the Tie-dyeing, which is a traditional manual skill for printing or coloring cloth. Upon arrival at Lijiang, explore the Lijiang Old Town, which is a well preserved town of Naxi Minority.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lijiang
Black Dragon Pool
Black Dragon Pool
Today's itinerary starts with the Baisha Village, where you can appreciate the famous Baisha Murals. Around noon, we will visit a local Naxi minority's family and enjoy a home-cooked lunch there. Moreover, you can learn to cook local food from the host. In the afternoon, continue your 10 days Yunnan tour at the Former Residence of Joseph F. Rock, who introduced Lijiang to the western countries for the first time. Next is the Black Dragon Pool, where you can watch a clear reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then, we will visit the Dongba Culture Museum, which mainly shows you the ancient culture of local Naxi people.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lijiang - Shangri-la
Today, we will drive to Shangri-La. On the way, we will first make a stop at the First Bend of the Yangtze River. This spectacular turning is shaped like V and then flows to the northeast. Then, head to the Stone Drum Town, also called Shigu Town in Chinese. Afterwards, keep on our trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is famous for its precipitous valley with roaring rivers. When arriving in Shangri-La, our guide will transfer you to the hotel and help you check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery
Your 10 days Yunnan tour in Shangri-La will start with a visit to Songzanlin Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Yunnan. Moreover, it is considered as the Small Potala Palace. After lunch, visit the Potatso National Park, which is famous for its plateau lakes, grasslands and Tibetan folk customs. Inside this national park, we will first take a boat tour around the Shudu Lake, a must-visit fresh lake in Potatso. Later, explore further at the Militang Pasture, the largest pastureland in the park. Finally, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to round off today's trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Departure from Shangri-La
The last stop of your 10 Days Yunnan itinerary is the Dukezong Ancient Town. Within more than 300 years history, Dukezong Ancient Town is characterized by Tibetan style dwellings with white appearance. Then, you will be transferred to the airport to your next destination. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Direct flights from Shangri-La to Kunming, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing and Lhasa are available every day and direct flights to Xi’an are flying every a few days. We are always willing to serve you if you need help booking flight tickets or arranging next trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
DongchuanShanju Hotel Shanju Hotel
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laParadise Hotel Shangri-la Old Town Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Peak season surcharge (public holiday, July & August, etc.)
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