The prices below are given as an indication, they may vary slightly according to the seasons or the availability of hotels.
Price per person based on
Driver + Partial Guide
Driver + An English-speaking guide throughout the trip
2 510 $
3 266 $
1 933 $
2 358 $
1 728 $
2 016 $
The mentioned hotels with breakfast.
Transfers by private vehicle with the driver during the whole journey. For the group without a guide, if necessary, the driver will also act as a guide.
Accompaniment by English-speaking guides (if this option has been chosen).
For the group without a guide, a smartphone will be given on your arrival. You will always be in touch with our 24-hour service. We are going to offer you restaurants with their locations, you can also try cashless payment anywhere in China (we rarely use cash in China for payment).
Meals mentioned in the program (a Beijing duck dinner on day 04, in Xi’an on day 06, lunch in Shangri-La on day 09).
Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
Plane tickets: Xi’an/Lijiang (economy class, including tax).
The high-speed train tickets: Beijing/Xi’an, Dali/Shilin (second class).
Ticket for the Forbidden City on day 04 (must be reserved in advance).
One bottle of mineral water per day per person.
The price does not include
Lunches and dinners.
Entrance tickets for tours and activities, to be paid for directly on site (approximately RMB 1,009 per person). 50% reductions sometimes for travelers over 60, free possible for those over 70.
Tips for guides and drivers (It is recommended 120 RMB / day in total for the driver guide).
Accident, repatriation, and health insurance.
The visa fees.
You can also check out our organized small group tours here
To facilitate your stay, we suggest that you change your quotes on arrival and departure at the current exchange rate. The formalities to be completed in Chinese banks are particularly tedious.
For each city, we have recommended two or three hotels for you to choose from below. The first hotel listed has been pre-selected by Ciel Yunnan.
If you have more days for your trip, it’s possible to add/choose the extensions/excursions associated with this trip.
The authentic Nuodeng Village in Yunlong (+ 1 day): Located 180 km from Dali, on the old tea and horse road leading to Tibet and Burma, Nuodeng is a small village perched on the hillside and accessible only on foot. On-site, you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest salt wells in the region. The steep streets of this village lead to the imposing temple of Confucius and his monastery located at the top of the village, which enjoy a superb view of the valley.
Wumu and Baoshan(+ 2~3 days): Built at the beginning of the Mongolian dynasty, Baoshan and Wumu are the two most beautiful villages in Yunnan. Perched on a natural promontory, these fortified Naxi villages overlook the Yangtze. The scenery on the river and the terraced fields are breathtakingly beautiful.
Lugu Lake(+ 1~2 days): Located north of Lijiang on the border with Sichuan, Lugu Lake, with an average depth of 40 m, is the second deepest lake in Yunnan. It stretches over an area of 48 km², and its crystal-clear deep blue waters combined with coniferous forests offer a sumptuous landscape. Travelers can ride a horse around Lugu Lake or drive the canoes to the three islands inside it.
Guilin: Longji Rice Terraces and Yangshuo(+ 2~4 days) Guilin is famous for its strangely harmonious rocky landscape, furrowed by erosion, and the unusual beauty of its hills sculpted by rice fields at altitudes endlessly on crests.
The best times for this tour are from March to June and from September to early November when temperatures are mild.
Beijing September and October are the best months to travel to Beijing. The temperatures are mild and it is very sunny.
Spring (April and May) is also a good time to visit Beijing. It’s a little hot and dry but temperatures vary greatly between day and night.
Summer (June and September) is long in Beijing. Températures regularly reach 40 °C.
Beijing has a cold and dry winter from December to February. It is sometimes sunny, but temperatures often drop below 0 ° C. Warm clothes are necessary.
The best time to visit Xi’an is from March to May. In March, the temperature is between 8 ° C and 14 ° C while in April and May, they rise to 20 ° C.
It is also a good time to enjoy your stay in Xi’an in September and October. But the weather is very rainy in autumn and the sky is often cloudy. Temperatures can be a little cool depending on the day.
Summer is both hot and humid.
Winter is from November to February. It snows from time to time and temperatures are generally low. The coldest month of the year is January, the average temperature is 0 ° C. So you need to wear it accordingly.
You could travel to Yunnan all year-round. But the best seasons for this tour are in spring and in Autumn (between April and early June) and in Autumn (between September and early November) when temperatures are mild. The summer is pleasant and the climate is cool. Although it rains from July to the beginning of September, it will not pose any problem for your cultural trip.
It is cold in Shangri-La in winter from December to March of the following year. The temperature is 10 degrees during the day and below zero in the evening. Warm clothes are essential.
15 days | Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Deeply explore northern Yunnan and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range dotted with extraordinary encounters with minorities living on the borders of Tibet.