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Day 1 Bangkok

Border Information: If joining in Bangkok, you will most likey enter Thailand at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA code: BKK). Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Bangkok until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader on arrival at the joining hotel with more information about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bangkok before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bangkok. In Bangkok we will stay in a centrally-located hotel with good facilities.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and the countless temples and parks - Cost: THB
Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia - Cost: THB 40
Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple - Cost: THB
Freely explore the vast royal complex of the Grand Palace, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the most sacred temple in Thailand) - Cost: THB 250

Day 2 Aranyaprathet

Today we start our journey with a drive on locally chartered transport out of the capital and through the Thai countryside to the border town of Aranyaprathet. There is a large border market in the north of the town that is interesting to visit where we will stop for lunch.  Border Information: Exit Thailand at Aranyaprathet, enter Cambodia at Poipet. In the afternoon we will cross the border into Cambodia, proceeding through the Thai immigration office then crossing the bridge by foot to the Cambodian immigration office. Once all of the border formalities are complete, we will join our overland truck who will be waiting to meet us on the other side and continue to Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat temple complex. In Siem Reap we will stay in a good quality guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 8 -9 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 3 to 4 Angkor Wat

Today we will have an early start for our included guided trip to the incredible and awe-inspiring 12th-Century Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will have a full day to explore the vast site and then watch the sunset over the temples, a truly magical experience. On the following day we will have free time to explore Siem Reap and to do Optional activities, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Activities(Included)
Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Day 5 Kompong Thom

This morning we have a fairly short drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments. We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins before driving on to Kompong Thom, where we spend the night in the house of a local family. The accommodation is basic and some bathrooms are outside, but experiencing traditional home-cooked food and spending time with people of the village is truly a special experience. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Included)
Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk

Day 6 Phnom Penh

Today we will have breakfast with our hosts at the Komphong Thom homestay, and then drive on to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. In Phnom Penh we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh

Day 7 Phnom Penh

This morning we will have a very moving visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields Memorial. We will then return to Phnom Penh and have a free afternoon to explore Cambodia's capital.
Activities(Included)
Learn about Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

Activities(Optional)
Discover the world's largest collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia - Cost: USD 5
Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh - Cost: USD 7

Day 8 to 9 Kratie

Today we continue our journey to Kratie, situated in the northeast of Cambodia on the banks of the Mekong River. The area is famous for its sunsets, and we hope to spot Irrawaddy dolphins swimming in the river! In Kratie we will stay with local families in their homes. The accommodation is fairly basic but this will be a fantastic local experience. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Included)
Head out on a guided trip to the Mekong River in search of the freshwater dolphins that inhabit the area
Visit the beautiful 16th-century Hundred Pillar Pagoda near Kratie

Activities(Optional)
Hire bikes to explore the area, visit the basket weavers in the surrounding villages, or head to nearby Trong Island for the sunset - Cost: USD 2

Day 10 Don Khon

Border Information: Exit Cambodia at Dom Kralor, enter Laos at Voeung Kam. Today we have an early start to cross the border into southern Laos. If we have been using a chartered bus in Cambodia, we will rejoin our overland truck and meet our co-driver again once through the border. We will then continue to Si Phan Don, otherwise known as the 4,000 Islands. We will transfer by boat to one of the larger islands in the area, Don Khon, and visit the Li Phi waterfalls. We will also have some free time where we have the option to explore the island on bicycles. In Don Khon we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 11 Don Khon

Today we will have a free day in Don Khon for Optional activities and relaxation.

Day 12 Pakse

This morning we will have some more free to further explore the islands before continuing our journey to Pakse. This afternoon we will have an included visit to the magnificent Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mount Phu Kao. In Pakse we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou

Activities(Optional)
Enjoy a traditional massage in one of Pakse's excellent massage centres - Cost: LAK 35000

Day 13 Thakhek

Today we have a full day's drive to the area of Thakhek. Tonight we will wild camp near to Thakhek. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 14 to 15 Vang Vieng

Today we will have a full day's drive to the town of Vang Vieng. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On the following day we will have a free day in Vang Vieng to relax, enjoy the stunning landscapes surrounding the village and take part of the many optional activities available in the area. Popular activities here include trekking, renting a bicycle or rock climbing. In Vang Vieng we will stay in a local guesthouse.
Activities(Optional)
Free time available for optional activities in laid-back Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 30
Head out for a rock climbing trip in the ideal crags near Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 40
Kayak through the stunning scenery of the Nam Song River, and stop off in some of the Khmu villages en route - Cost: USD 40
Trek around the fantastic limestone hills and stunning caves near Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 20
Explore the scared ethereal Tham Phu Kham Caves and Blue Lagoon just outside Vang Vieng - Cost: LAK 20000

Day 16 to 17 Luang Prabang

Today we will travel via the spectacular mountainous roads of northern Laos to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we have a short drive to a small Hmong hill tribe village called Ban Long Lao. This Hmong village is where we begin our 4-hour trek to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls. This afternoon you have time to relax and swim in the many warm turquoise pools. We will return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. In Luang Prabang we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.
Activities(Included)
Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools

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Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang - Cost: USD
Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture - Cost: LAK 30000
Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill - Cost: LAK 20000
Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang - Cost: LAK 20000
Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes - Cost: USD 25
Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Cost: LAK 25000

Day 18 Luang Prabang

Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, you will most likey enter Laos at Luang Prabang International Airport (IATA code: LPQ). Today will be a free day to explore the beautiful city of Luang Prabang until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader on arrival at the joining hotel with more information about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Luang Prabang before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Luang Prabang. In Luang Prabang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel
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Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang - Cost: USD
Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture - Cost: LAK 30000
Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes - Cost: USD 25
Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang - Cost: LAK 20000
Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill - Cost: LAK 20000
Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools - Cost: LAK 20000
Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Cost: LAK 25000

Day 19 to 21 Luang Namtha

This morning we drive through the stunning countryside of northern Laos to the small town of Luang Namtha. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). In Luang Namtha we will have two free days to enjoy the many optional activities available in and around Luang Namtha and the nearby Nam Ha National Park. Popular activities here include hiking and trekking in the National Park. In Luang Namtha we will stay in a local guesthouse.
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Cross the border into Laos and relax in peaceful Luang Nam Tha - Cost: USD 35
Optional rafting, kayaking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park - Cost: USD 25
Get into the heart of the Nam Ha national park by trekking deep into the forests and mountains of the area (1 or 2 day treks available) - Cost: USD 20
Take a relaxing river boat cruise down the Nam Ha or Nam Tha River to explore the beautiful national park from the water - Cost: USD 20
Learn how to prepare several unique northern Lao dishes at a cooking class in Luang Namtha - Cost: USD 30

Day 22 Mohan

Border Information: Exit Laos at Boten, enter China at Mengla. This morning we will cross the border into China and begin our journey through the southern Chinese region of Xishuangbanna. We spend the next few days overlanding through this beautiful area, stopping off at towns, villages and local markets along the way. Tonight we will stay in the border town of Mengla while your crew finalise the paperwork to enter our truck into China. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Day 23 Xishuangbanna

Today will be a full day's drive through Yunnan province towards Kunming, most likely reaching the town of Mojiang or Yuxi en route. Tonight we will stay in a local hotel en route. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 24 Shilin Stone Forest

This morning we will complete our drive to the incredible Shilin Stone Forest. We will have a free afternoon exploring the stunning and bizarre rock formations of the Stone Forest. We will stay in a loel hotel tonight near to the Shilin Stone Forest. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Included)
Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest

Day 25 Kunming

Today we will drive to Kunming, the vibrant, modern capital of Yunnan province. We will have a free day to explore the city's sights. In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming - Cost: CNY 6
Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province - Cost: CNY
Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets - Cost: CNY

Day 26 Kunming

Border Information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG). There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city of Kunming, its museums and its parks. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kunming before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kunming. In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Activities(Optional)
Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming - Cost: CNY 6
Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province - Cost: CNY
Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets - Cost: CNY

Day 27 to 28 Dali

Today our journey begins with a morning drive to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore the area and for optional activities such as some short treks in the nearby Cangshan mountains or hiring bicycles to ride around the Dali lake. In Dali we stay in a friendly hostel or guesthouse with good facilities.
Activities(Optional)
Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people - Cost: CNY 40
Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes - Cost: CNY 150
Discover the ornate 9th-century Three Pagodas of Chongsheng, some of the tallest pagodas in China's history and the symbol of Dali - Cost: CNY 120
Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route - Cost: CNY 50
Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai - Cost: CNY 100

Day 29 to 31 Lijiang

Today we drive further north through Yunnan province to the beautiful 'Old-China'-style town of Lijiang, the base for visiting the world-famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following 2 days we will have free time to explore the town of Lijiang and its surroundings. One very popular excursion here is to go on a 2 day/1 night trek along the high trail above the Tiger Leaping Gorge - this is by far the best way to see the gorge from some truly incredible vantage points, and we will have the opportunity to take this trek during our time here (staying in a local guesthouse on the trail on the first night and returning to Lijiang for the second). For those that don't want to do the full trek, your crew will also be able to arrange a trip to the low sections of the gorge, where there is a flat walkway to various viewpoints. In Lijiang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the beautiful natural scenery and traditional buildings in the Black Dragon Pool Park - Cost: CNY 80
Head out for a day of trekking around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking in some of the most incredible scenery in China on a clear day - Cost: CNY 80
Explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area by cable car - Cost: CNY 280
See the incredible 'Impressions Lijiang' cultural show, demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area - Cost: CNY 270
Freely explore the area by bicycle and discover the Naxi villages surrounding Lijiang, such as the beautiful village of Baisha - Cost: CNY 20
Head out for a 2-day self-guided trek along the high ridge of the sensational Tiger Leaping Gorge - Cost: CNY 200
Go on a shorter trek along the flat base of Tiger Leaping Gorge to enjoy the scenery from below - Cost: CNY 125

Day 32 Panzhihua

Today we have a long drive north through stunning mountain scenery towards China's Sichuan province. Tonight we will stay in a comfortable local hotel en route.  Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 33 to 34 Emei Shan

Today we will continue our drive to the small town of Emei Shan. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore Emei Shan Mountain, one of the holiest sites in Chinese Buddhism and the site of hundreds of temples and an incredible golden statue of the deity known as Samantabhadra. It is possible to walk all the way up the stairs from the base of the mountain, joining the many pilgrims in their journey to the temple complex at the mountain summit, or take the cable car up instead! In Emei Shan we will stay in a local guesthouse.
Activities(Included)
Day trek up the lush mountain of Emei Shan, one of the most important pilgrimage treks in China

Activities(Optional)
Take a cable car ride to the top of Emei Shan - Cost: CNY 120

Day 35 to 36 Chengdu

Today we continue our journey north to the town of Leshan to visit to the Leshan Grand Buddha - at 71m tall, this statue is the largest Buddha rock carving in the world! After our visit we will continue to the incredible city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, where we will stay for 2 nights. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city's parks, streets, and museums, and visit the fascinating and incredibly photogenic Jinli Old Town. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will have an included visit to the fantastic Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. We'll then return to Chengdu for another free afternoon to further explore the city. In Chengdu we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu
See the colossal Dafo Great Buddha in Leshan, the world's largest rock-carved Buddha statue

Activities(Optional)
Ferry trip down the river to see the huge Dafo Buddha in Leshan - Cost: CNY 70
Explore the Jinsha Archeological Site, the capital of the Bronze Age Shu Kingdom who were one of the most ancient civilisations to settle in the area - Cost: CNY 80
Freely explore the narrow streets of the atmospheric Jinli Ancient Street and visit the nearby Wuhouci Shrine - Cost: CNY 60
Explore the cobbled streets of historic Lijang - Cost: CNY 85
Explore the mountain complex of Qingcheng, one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China - Cost: CNY 190
Visit the impressive Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple of Wenshu, containing more than 450 Buddha statues - Cost: CNY 5
Head out for an evening performance of a traditional Sichuanese Opera - Cost: CNY 220

Day 37 Dazu

From Chengdu we will continue to the small village of Dazu, where we visit the Bei Shan and Baoding Shan caves, famous for their brightly-coloured freizes and carvings. In Dazu we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves - Cost: CNY 135

Day 38 Chongqing

Today we will drive on the Chongqing, where we will have time to explore the city and prepare for tomorrow's ferry cruise on the mighty Yangtze River! We will most likely stay in a local hotel in Chongqing tonight, but on occasion our ferry may need to depart tonight, in which case we will have a spare day later in the trip that we can use at our discretion. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 39 to 41 Wanzhou

Today we embark on our Yangtze River Cruise. We travel on a local ferry boat used by local people, a much more authentic and interesting way of travelling than on a tourist cruise. We stay in shared cabins (4 members of the group to each cabin) with private bathrooms and air conditioning where possible. The journey itself usually takes 3 days/3 nights and heads through some areas of stunning scenery, especially near the Three Gorges - the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. The boats usually stop at the Fengdu (Ghost City), Shibaozai Tower, home to the Lanruo Dian (Orchid Temple) and at the three Lesser Gorges at various points on the trip. However due to local conditions, stops cannot always be guaranteed. We will arrive in the city of Yichang and disembark our ferry to rejoin our truck and co-driver and have some free time to explore Yichang and the surrounding area. We will most likely have an included visit to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, on the last day. In Yichang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Cruise down the mighty Yangtze River for 3 nights on a local sleeper ferry
Stop off to visit the 1700-year-old Zhang Fei temple, famous for its exterior red-light decoration
The cruise visits the main sites of the Three Gorges & new Yangtze Dam

Activities(Optional)
Stop off at the White Emperor City, a very scenic spot featured on the Chinese 10 Yuan banknote! - Cost: CNY 180
Stop off to take a boat ride through the stunning Three Mini Gorges - Cost: CNY 220

Day 42 Xiang Fan

This morning we will have some free time in Yichang or visit the Three Gorges Dam if we did not have time yesterday. After lunch we will drive to the town of Xiang Fan, en route to Wudang Shan.  In Xiang Fan we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 43 to 44 Wudang Shan

Today we will continue our journey with a drive to the beautiful Wudang Shan Mountain Reserve, the birthplace of the martial art of Taichi and the location of the filming of 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'. We will also try to stop at the Purple Cloud Monastery en route if time allows. Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools. In Wudang Shan we will stay in a local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Trek up the Tianzu Peak to visit the Taoist martial arts school and numerous temples on Wudang Shan

Day 45 Xi'an

Today we will drive to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free afternoon on arrival to explore the city of Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter. In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 46 Xi'an

Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY). Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! There will be a group meeting today at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. This afternoon we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an. In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Activities(Included)
Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

Day 47 Xi'an

Today we will have a free day to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset - Cost: CNY 40
Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China - Cost: CNY 30
Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China - Cost: CNY 30
Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures - Cost: CNY 90
Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world - Cost: CNY 80
Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties - Cost: CNY 80
Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057 - Cost: CNY 50

Day 48 Yan'an

Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an. Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site. In Yan'an we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Activities(Included)
Visit the Revolution Museum and the Yangjialing Headquarters site, the former headquarters of Mao Tse Tung's Communist Party during the revolution

Day 49 Lijiashan

Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families. In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests. Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
Stay overnight in a local guesthouse built into a cave, in the cliff-side village of Lijiashan

Day 50 to 52 Pingyao

We will set off early this morning for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan. We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours. We will stay for 3 nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City. In Pingyao we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Activities(Included)
Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan
Freely explore the old town of Pingyao, a well preserved walled city that offers a fantastic glimpse into 'Old China'

Activities(Optional)
Visit the incredible Shuanglin Temple near Pingyao, with its 2000 colourful sculptures of various gods and warriors - Cost: CNY 25
Visit the 10th-century Zhenguo Temple, one of the oldest wooden buildings in China - Cost: CNY 25
Take a day trip out to the impressive Wang family compound and the Zhang Bi underground village near Pingyao - Cost: CNY 205
Take a day trip to the photogenic Mian Shan Mountain Resort, and explore the incredible array of buildings and scenery there - Cost: CNY 160

Day 53 to 54 Wutai Shan

This morning we continue to the stunning mountainous area known as Wutai Shan, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major centre of pilgrimage in the country. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore the area and visit its incredible array of temples and religious sites. In Wutai Shan we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Explore the myriad of temples at Wutai Shan, one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Chinese Buddhism

Day 55 to 56 Datong

Today we will drive to the city of Datong. We will have an included visit to the incredible Hanging Monastery en route. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves.  In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Activities(Included)
2 nights to explore Datong's Hanging Monastery and the stunning Yungang Caves
Explore the phenomenal site of the Yungang Caves, a network of 252 caves containing over 51,000 incredibly crafted sculptures of Buddha from the 5th and 6th centuries

Activities(Optional)
See the beautiful and ornate Nine Dragon Screen, a screen of glazed tiles depicting nine multi-coloured interweaving dragons - Cost: CNY 10

Day 57 Jinshanling

This morning we will drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall. In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Included)
Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, one of the most spectacular stone sections of the wall

Day 58 to 59 Chengde

This morning we will spend some more time exploring the Great Wall of China. We will then continue with a short drive to the city of Chengde. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort. In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Activities(Included)
Explore the Imperial city of Chengde, summer home to the Emperor's family
Explore the incredible Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde, a vast park with a variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China

Activities(Optional)
See the beautiful Putuo Zongcheng Temple, modelled after the famous Potala Palace in Tibet - Cost: CNY 80

Day 60 to 61 Beijing

Today we complete our journey to China's chaotic and evocative capital, Beijing! Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to fully explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing. In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Activities(Included)
Guided visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

Activities(Optional)
Discover all about the varied and interesting history of China at the National Museum, with its huge collection of over a million artifacts - Cost: CNY
Head out to see an acrobatic or martial arts show in Beijing, always an incredible mix of athleticism and choreography - Cost: CNY 250
Explore the Ming Tombs - Cost: CNY 60
Explore the vast Temple of Heaven, once the site of an annual religious ceremony conducted by the Emporer to pray for a good harvest - Cost: CNY 10
Visit the beautiful Tibetan-style Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple) in Beijing - Cost: CNY
See the iconic modern 'Bird's Nest' Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2008 Olympic Games - Cost: CNY 50

Day 62 Beijing

Border Information: if leaving in Beijing, you will most likely exit China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Beijing. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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