The Silk Road & South China

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kunming, China
  • Ends Xian, China
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  • Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore Xi'an and its myriad of attractions
  • Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming
  • Go to the birthplace of the martial art of Tai Chi at Wudang Shan
Starting in Kunming and ending in Xian, the tour The Silk Road & South China is a guided trekking tour that takes 21 days. You will travel through Kunming, Dazu, Xian and 8 other destinations in China. The Silk Road & South China is a group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This is a superb cultural journey through the cities and
provinces of southern China, taking in several temples and other religious
sites from China's three dominant religions, Buddhism, Taoisim and
Confucianism, as well as one of the world's most impressive archaeological
sites, the Terracotta Army near Xi'an.

The centrepiece of this trip is a fantastic 3-day cruise on
the Yangtze River among Chinese families. We travel on the same ferry used by
local people, rather than a tourist ship, through magnificent scenery near the
Three Gorges, stopping off at various sites along the way. Farther south we
have the opportunity to follow the upper trail along the imposing Tiger Leaping
Gorge, one of the great treks of this part of China.

We also explore the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of
Giant Panda Breeding, the best place in the world to see China's most treasured
animal, as well as two of China's sacred mountains, Wudang Shan and Emei Shan.

Accompanied by our local Chinese guide, we'll visit
tucked-away local restaurants and street food stalls, eating as the locals do.
The food is a big part of any journey in China, and as we travel between
provinces we'll have the chance to sample the local specialities, such as
Sichuan hotpot or biangbiang noodles.

5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Laurie K
  • On Sep 29 2018
“I really enjoyed the time with the Drago group. The crew was excellent. Hiking in WuDan mountain area was spectacular!”
5 - Excellent
  • Christopher S
  • On May 08 2018
“Certainly a good experience.”
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • Lesley K
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Like the fact that the cab was open through to the passenger section!”
5 - Excellent
  • Robert W
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Enthusiastic and motivated leaders!”
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  • Day 1: Kunming
  • Day 2: Dali
  • Day 3: Dali
  • Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 6: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 7: Panzhihua
  • Day 8: Emei Shan
  • Day 9: Emei Shan
  • Day 10: Chengdu
  • Day 11: Chengdu
  • Day 12: Dazu
  • Day 13: Chongqing
  • Day 14: Yangtze River
  • Day 15: Yangtze River
  • Day 16: Yangtze River
  • Day 17: Xiang Fan
  • Day 18: Wudang Shan
  • Day 19: Wudang Shan
  • Day 20: Xi'an
  • Day 21: Xi'an
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Ferry, Overnight Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 0 Lunches
  • 0 Dinner
  • Any international flights to Kunming and from Xian are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Silk Road & South China tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Silk Road & South China tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure.

Travel Insurance

The Silk Road & South China tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Silk Road & South China tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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