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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.


  • 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
Trip Advisor 700+ Excellent Reviews
We had a fabulous trip that included Reed Flute Cave, the Li River cruise. The hotels we stayed at were nice and inexpensive. The tour company was very attentive and made every effort to meet our needs. Our tour guide went WAY above and beyond our expectations. — Cyistops from US

Day 1 — Arrival and Classic Guilin

guilin yangshuo tour

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)
Shangri-la hotel
Reed Flute Cave

Day 2 — Li River Cruise and Xianggong Hill

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.

xianggong hill
Li river landscapes

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.

From USD 419p/p

based on 2 persons and 4-star hotel

Service Includes
  • 1-1 consultancy from a Guilin travel expert
  • 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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