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Dreams of Nature

  • Duration
    23 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
  • Price From
    $6,780pp

Towering pinnacles swathed in mist, sky-skimming mountains and nature at its most verdant are just some of the wonders included on this scenic tour. Indulge your senses with China's most dramatic natural highlights.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 20 , Lunches: 18 , Dinners: 15
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 4Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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Tour Highlights

Our Dreams of Nature tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Dreams of Nature Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those who have a reasonable amount of time and are looking to explore lesser known sections of China and take part in more active touring, with more walking and outdoor activity.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly Overnight To Guilin

    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Guilin

    Fly overnight to Guilin. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

  • Day 3

    Yangshuo's Landscapes

    DAY 3: Yangshuo's Landscapes

    Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with dramatic limestone cliffs, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Later, take a walk through this idyllic wonderland and get an insight into life here. There's an option to take a rewarding hike to Moon Hill for beautiful views.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Tai Chi And Bamboo Rafting

    DAY 4: Tai Chi And Bamboo Rafting

    Start the day with a relaxing and invigorating session of tai chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. This afternoon, there is an option to go bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Drift past verdant riverbanks and under ancient bridges as you paddle on the glass-like water. This evening, you have the option of enjoying the magical Liu Sanjie night show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5

    Reed Flute Cave

    DAY 5: Reed Flute Cave

    Drive back to Guilin and spend the afternoon exploring the Reed Flute Cave and learning about the South China pearling industry at the Pearl Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Longji Rice Terraces

    DAY 6: Longji Rice Terraces

    Travel to the iconic Longji Rice Terraces and head out for a four-hour walk through the traditional rural landscapes. There are several viewpoints boasting picture-postcard views of the extensive rice terraces that cover the hillside in intricate patterns. Drive back to Guilin, with the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 7

    Bullet Train

    DAY 7: Bullet Train

    Take the bullet train to Changsha and then travel by road to picturesque Zhangjiajie, located in Hunan province.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 8-9

    Zhangjiajie

    DAYS 8-9: Zhangjiajie

    A scenic area of over 3,000 sandstone pillars, rising from misty folds of tropical forest and cloaked in vibrant green vegetation, Zhangjiajie's striking beauty is unforgettable. Ravines and gorges, streams and waterfalls and a plethora of endangered plants and animal species complete this idyllic scene. Over the next two days, enjoy some beautiful walks, take a cruise on Lake Baofeng and spend some time exploring Huanglong Cave, also known as 'Yellow Dragon Cave'. Trek to Jinbian Stream and explore the Ten-Mile Natural Gallery. You will also see the famous Yuanjiajie Avatar Mountain and Emperor Mountain.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Yichang

    DAY 10: Yichang

    Catch the train to Yichang and board your Yangtze cruise vessel, home for the next four nights.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 11-13

    Yangtze River Cruise

    DAYS 11-13: Yangtze River Cruise

    A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as you cruise upstream, nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. A voyage along China's riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing extraordinary countryside. Over the next three days, take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Heishan Valley

    DAY 14: Heishan Valley

    Disembark in Chongqing and transfer to Wulong. Stop en route at Heishan (Black Mountain) Valley, a scenic area enveloped by mysterious fog that is home to deep valleys, lush green forests, majestic waterfalls, rivers and streams, caves and wildlife.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Three Bridges National Park And Longshuixia

    DAY 15: Three Bridges National Park And Longshuixia

    Today, visit Three Bridges National Park, a rare geological wonder consisting of three natural karst bridges: Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. Continue to Longshuixia Fissure, a narrow fault line that has been carved out by the river.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Wulong National Park

    DAY 16: Wulong National Park

    Spend the day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wulong National Park – an area of stunning natural scenery with towering limestone karsts, deep gorges, caves and natural bridges. Its remote location has ensured that the park remains relatively unspoilt. Later, return to Chongqing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    Ciqikou

    DAY 17: Ciqikou

    Visit the charming town of Ciqikou and spend some time strolling the streets, admiring the traditional architecture. Continue by road to Chengdu.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 18

    Leshan Grand Buddha

    DAY 18: Leshan Grand Buddha

    Travel to Leshan to see the 71-metre high UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha's presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. View the Buddha from below on a short boat trip. Later, continue to Emeishan.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Explore Mount Emeishan

    DAY 19: Explore Mount Emeishan

    Mount Emeishan is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built on its peak in the 1st-century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20

    Pingle Ancient Town

    DAY 20: Pingle Ancient Town

    Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on the Jinji Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 21

    Chengdu Panda Base

    DAY 21: Chengdu Panda Base

    Spend the morning visiting the giant pandas. This afternoon, absorb the culture at People's Park. People-watching here is an endless pleasure, from the lively locals playing mahjong to the singles looking for love in Matchmaker's Corner. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Sichuanese dinner and an optional 'face-changing' show.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Days 22-23

    Fly Chengdu To Australia

    DAYS 22-23: Fly Chengdu To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

    Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.

  • Nights 2

    Elite Garden Hotel

    Elite Garden Hotel

    In the centre of Yangshuo, the 4-star Elite Garden Hotel offers spacious guest rooms designed and decorated to make you feel at home, all equipped with free internet access, complimentary bottled water and a coffee machine. The private bathrooms include both bath and shower facilities.

  • Nights 3

    Jin Tian International Hotel

    No. 8 Wuling Avenue, Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie, China
    Jin Tian International Hotel

    The Jin Tian International Hotel is situated at Wulingyuan Scenic Area and it enjoys good view and natural surroundings.

  • Nights 3

    Xinliang Hotel

    Xinliang Hotel

    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 4°c
  • 35mm
  • Chongqing
  • 8°c
  • 20mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 6°c
  • 50mm
  • Chongqing
  • 10°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 10°c
  • 92mm
  • Chongqing
  • 14°c
  • 36mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 16°c
  • 167mm
  • Chongqing
  • 19°c
  • 105mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 20°c
  • 218mm
  • Chongqing
  • 23°c
  • 152mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 24°c
  • 243mm
  • Chongqing
  • 26°c
  • 171mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 26°c
  • 193mm
  • Chongqing
  • 29°c
  • 175mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 26°c
  • 155mm
  • Chongqing
  • 29°c
  • 134mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 22°c
  • 108mm
  • Chongqing
  • 24°c
  • 128mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 17°c
  • 111mm
  • Chongqing
  • 19°c
  • 92mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 12°c
  • 69mm
  • Chongqing
  • 14°c
  • 46mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 6°c
  • 35mm
  • Chongqing
  • 10°c
  • 25mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
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Dreams of Nature map

Places Visited: Guilin (1N+2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Changsha - Zhangjiajie (3N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Wulong (2N) - Chongqing (1N) - Emeishan (2N) - Chengdu (1N+2N)

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