From bustling Hong Kong to the stunning karst mountain landscape around Guilin, the highlights of these two destinations are well known, yet there is always more to uncover. This 6 day snapshot tour reveals the essence of what’s behind a city with ancient history that extends back millennia and modern history that has seen strong English, French, and Japanese influences. Enjoy highlights including Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, and Aberdeen Village. Take time to explore solo too, adventuring through local street markets, food stalls, and more. Balance the senses when you travel to Guilin, home to some of China’s most iconic and recognizable landscapes. The karst stone mountain backdrop visible from your half day Li River cruise will send you back in time, as will a visit to Yangshuo, a small rustic town located downstream from Guilin. Savor every minute of the day trip to the awe-inspiring Longji Rice Terraces where you’ll come face to face with traditional agriculture and the local Zhuang and Yao ethnic minorities who’ve built their lives in the region. Truly eye-opening, you’ll be moved by the simplicity, character, and nature of these people. Including 5 nights accommodation, local guides who love their work, transfers, daily breakfasts, and the opportunity to experience diverse parts of China, you’ll love where this tour takes you.
Arrive in Hong Kong and be ready for adventure when you are greeted at the international airport by your local guide. Enjoy the drive to the hotel, as your driver navigates the traffic and you learn a little about the history and allure of Hong Kong. Once checked in, spend the rest of the day exploring this incredible city. Take advantage of the myriad of food options available to you, including traditional street food, upmarket restaurants, or local foodie haunts. Simply ask your guide for advice.
Meals included: None
Enjoy the excitement of the city after you’re collected from the hotel and taken to Victoria Peak. As the highest point in Hong Kong, the visibility from Victoria Peak is outstanding – you will literally feel you’re high amongst it and looking directly out over Hong Kong’s incredible cityscape. No stop at the Peak is complete without a ride on the Peak Tram and a wander along the Sky Terrace (both included). Journey on to Repulse Bay, a typical Hong Kong beach that is now famous for its eye-wateringly priced real estate – reputed to be the most expensive in Hong Kong. After soaking in the vibe of the bay, you’ll be transported to Stanley Market, the quintessential Hong Kong street market. Known for its collection of typically Chinese curios, collectibles and souvenirs, you’ll have the opportunity to make a purchase or two without the hassle of haggling. Dive into Hong Kong history with a visit to the water-based Aberdeen Fishing Village, an enduring example of Hong Kong’s traditional fishing culture. It’s a great place to try fresh, delicious seafood dishes too, so be sure to ‘save yourself’ for a memorable meal here. Top off the day’s adventure with a Sampan ride on the water. Cruise past the impressive yachts and smaller boats moored on the water while taking in busy harbour life.
Note: Today’s activities are a half day and will be conducted in the morning, however an afternoon Hongkong Island half day tour is also available on request allowing you to adjust to local time. Your local guide can provide advice on lunch, and afternoon and evening activities, including a street or local cuisine food tour and night view of Victoria Harbour. Just ask us!
Meals included: Breakfast
Enjoy vibrant Hong Kong in the morning, perhaps sharing a morning coffee among locals or visiting one of the many famous street markets in proximity to your hotel. With help from your local guide, you’ll be escorted to Kowloon Station to board the high speed train to Guilin. Sit back and relax as the train travels the nearly 600 kilometers at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour. Catch your breath in Guilin where you’ll be welcomed by the local guide. Appreciate their sharing of knowledge and history associated with the beautifully eerie Reed Flute Cave, famous for its ancient stalactite formations and modern clever lighting used to profile the unusual shapes. From there you will be taken to your hotel where you can relax into the evening or ask your guide for tips on the best local food.
Meals included: Breakfast
Guilin is a distinctive destination in China, not least because of its natural beauty. It is ideally located in proximity to the stunning Longji Rice Terraces and its here you’ll spend your day, commencing with collection from the hotel by your guide and driver. The Longji Rice Terraces are both impressive and humbling in the size and ingenuity and you will feel this the moment you arrive. Marvel at the centuries of rice farmers who built the paddies to make best use of scarce arable and water resources in this beautiful mountainous area. Climbing up the rice terraces takes you to breathtaking views that seem to go on without end. Delve deeper into the community with a visit to the minorities culture of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups, who work the rice terraces. A stark constrast to the pace and energy of China’s big cities, today is a special opportunity to connect directly with a local minority group. A firsthand experience of the distinctive colourful clothing, architecture, customs and festivities make this a travel memory to savor. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to your hotel in Guilin where you can relax and reflect on the day’s events.
Meals included: Breakfast
Today enjoy more of Guilin’s natural appeal with a leisurely cruise on the Li River after checking out from your hotel. Leave with your guide from Mopanshan Pier and wind back time as you float past the magical Guilin landscape of karst mountains until you reach Yangshuo. On arrival, appreciate the slower pace and rustic feel of this smaller rural town (by China’s standards). Enjoy a free night and dine with the locals on West Street.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Note: Although lunch is included in the Li River cruise ticket, your local guide can help you arrange an alternative before boarding the boat if you’d prefer.
There is ample time this morning to explore more of Yangshuo, either by bike or boat. Make the most of the available time by hiring a bike to traverse local countryside or even visit the morning market for a firsthand window into local life. If you’re a foodie, we can even arrange an optional cooking class. Leave Yangshuo with lovely memories as you return to to Guilin airport or station to catch your flight/train to your next destination.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified
- Accommodation: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified
- Meals: as specified in the itinerary
- Tour guide: excellent private English-speaking guide
- Transportation: high speed train of Hong Kong/Guilin(First class seat for Luxury tours; second class seat for Superior tours).
- Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
- Government taxes and fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to Hong Kong/from Guilin
- China visa fees
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of a personal nature
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule.
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).