Guilin Li River Cruise


Close  Ditan Park (Temple of Earth) during Chinese lunar New Year festival, Beijing.

Guilin Li River Cruise

The Li River in Guangxi, China, flows from Guilin to Yangshuo, where the karst mountains highlight the famous Li River cruise. The most popular boat tours on the Li River are with the new 4-star and 3-star riverboats. Bamboo rafting is also possible on the smaller Yulong (Jade Dragon) River. Hiking and biking along the Li River through remote villages is a popular activity. It is now possible to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Li River by taking a helicopter.

The tour focuses on China’s most popular destinations; Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai, all wrapped up in a nice 9-day package.  We visit the historical sites in Beijing and Xi’an before venturing into the beautiful region of Guilin and cruise down the Li River to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. The tour concludes in Shanghai, that has grown from a provincial city into an international metropolis on par with New York and Paris.

And, cruise the Li River, China’s most beautiful river journey.

We Love
  • Internal flights as indicated with private airport transfers and assistance.
  • Accommodation is the most luxurious China has to offer.
  • This is a private tour with your own private multilingual guide and driver throughout the trip.
  • Trouble-free travel experiences, as we take care of all the logistics, so that you avoid queuing, irritations and delays.
  • Highly personalised itinerary designed by China specialists with insider knowledge.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts throughout China.
Need to Know
  • Some of Beijing's prime attractions require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before tackling crumbling sections of the Great Wall.
  • Touring includes important cultural attractions and exclusive shopping districts with a private guide.
  • We can arrange private China tours to coincide with festival dates and arrange special activities such as cooking classes, arrange restaurant and spa reservations and other activities, including private airport transfers, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations.
  • We also offer private cultural touring in Lhasa, Tibet and the surrounding region.

Guilin Li River Cruise Cruise the Li River, China’s most beautiful river journey, called the “hundred mile art gallery”.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin & Yangshuo, Shanghai.

Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. One day, hike along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants.

Next, fly to the ancient capital of Xian, once a hotspot on the Grand Silk Road. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas.  – enjoy Xian’s culinary highlights including the city’s markets, the lively Muslim Quarter and dine on dumplings, a local specialty.

Transfer to Guilin, China's most picturesque region and has long been one of the world's most famous travel destinations. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", Guilin has attracted, poets and artists for thousands of years who are inspired by the Karst formations.  Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, China’s most beautiful river journey and called the “hundred mile art gallery”.

Next, fly to Shanghai, located on a delta where the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea. During private touring see the famous Three Temples, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.

Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city tour.

Day 3 – Tour
Great Wall Private excursion to the Great Wall.
Evening Peking Opera performance.

Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Xian Morning transfer and flight to Xian.
Visit Terracotta Warriors and other attractions in Xian.

Day 5 – Tour & Transfer
Guilin Morning private touring in Xian.
Mid-day transfer and flight to Guilin.

Day 6 – Explore
Guilin & Yangshuo Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of Yangshuo villages.

Day 7 – Transfer
Shanghai Optional excursion to Longsheng.
Private transfer to flight to Shanghai for two-night stay.

Day 8 – Tour
Shanghai Private full-day city tour.

Day 9 – Depart
Shanghai Private airport transfer.


  • Beijing:         Four Seasons Beijing, Raffles Beijing, Waldorf Astoria Beijing or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies for Aman)
  • Xian:             Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel
  • Guilin:           Shangri-La Hotel Guilin
  • Shanghai:      Peninsula Shanghai

Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h

Guilin Li River Cruise China

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.

When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.