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3-Day The Essence of Guilin

The Essence of Guilin

This 3 days Guilin and Yangshuo tour will allow you to relax in a world of tranquil natural beauty. Marvel at the beautiful timeless countryside on one of the best cruise boats on the Li River. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Li River meandering among hundreds of karst hills from Xianggong Hill. Our tours are private and customizable, which means only your requirements to meet, flexibility, and no hurrying.

Tour Highlights

  • Relax on a top-class guided Li River cruise, enjoying spectacular landscapes
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Li River meandering among karst hills
  • Explore Guilin's best cave, with your guide's stories of its peculiar formations
  • Flexible, no rush, no fixed schedule; relax and travel at your own pace
  • No strangers with you, just your wishes to meet, no wasting time

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Suggested Itinerary

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

Day 1 Arrival and Classic Guilin

Welcome to Guilin! No matter whether you're arriving by plane or bullet train, your private guide will be ready to meet you at the arrival hall. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will be waiting to show you the most beautiful sights of Guilin.

Let's start with the symbol of Guilin, Elephant Trunk Hill. Take signature pictures, listen to the legend of how an elephant turned into a hill there, and find out the secrets hiding in the belly of this "elephant".

After lunch, spend a literally cool afternoon in the Reed Flute Cave. It's a pleasant temperature year-round and fun to see the amazing array of limestone formations highlighted in neon lights.

At the end of the day, your private guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel and assist you with check-in. Enjoy a relaxing evening.

Hotel options:
  • Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (5-star location and facilities, 4-star service)
  • Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (best in Guilin)
colorful rocks in Reed Flute Cave Reed Flute Cave
Day 2 Li River Cruise and Xianggong Hill

Karst hills, graceful bamboo groves, and fishing cormorants - the charming views of the Li River are the essence of Guilin. While most tour groups have a 3-star cruise, we will arrange a 4-star cruise (the highest level, with better facilities and buffet lunch) to ensure you have the best experience of the river's charm.

Arriving at Yangshuo, it's time to explore a hidden gem of the Li River - Xianggong Hill. It is considered to be one of the best places to enjoy a bird's eye view of the Li.

After the tour, sit back and relax, as our private transport returns you to your hotel in Guilin.

a white cruise boat on Li River Li River Cruise
xianggong hill Xianggong Hill
Day 3 Guilin Departure

We will arrange with your guide to pick you up and see you off based on your schedule.

Tips to Tailor-Make Your Tour

If you only have two days for Guilin and Yangshuo, the arrangement above is the best solution for classic landscape lovers, however…

Of our customers who spend two nights in the Guilin area, 60% chose to spend at least one night in Yangshuo, and 20% opt for two nights. Yangshuo offers a relaxing country-resort atmosphere and various activities: photography, cooking classes, tai chi lessons, farming experiences, and even rock climbing. Create your own Guilin tour following local experts' suggestions.

If you would like to spend more time in Yangshuo, please feel free to let us know.

Tour Price

FromUSD 419p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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