With its sheer limestone peaks jutting up from the Li River, Guilin is straight out of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, and remains one of China's most breathtaking sights. Nicknamed Heaven on Earth it truly is a destination one cannot miss. Cruise on the renowned river and view green hills and crystal clear water.
PLEASE NOTE: When combined with your cruise itinerary, you may be required to secure a multi-entry visa for China well in advance of your voyage. Please check with your travel professional for more details.
Guests should schedule their homeward-bound flights to depart from Hong Kong's International Airport.
DAY 1 - HONG KONG/ GUILIN
Disembark the ship and identify luggage pier side. All excess luggage will be stored at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong until your return at the end of the tour. Before your flight to Guilin, you are met by the local Silversea representative who will take you to visit to the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden. Lunch will be served at the airport before your departing flight to Guilin. Check-in at the hotel, the balance of the day is at your leisure.
Dinner tonight is served in the hotel. Afterward, a short transfer takes you to Tianhu Pier where you can witness the ancient tradition of fishing with tamed and trained cormorants. Return to the hotel for the evening.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Guilin, China
DAY 2 - GUILIN
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting out for a scenic cruise on the renowned Li River. Have your camera ready for photos of the uniquely shaped limestone peaks, verdant bamboo groves, and idyllic views along the way. The portion of the river you see has been called a "one-hundred-mile natural art gallery." A buffet lunch is served onboard the cruise.
Disembark the vessel at Yangshuo and spend some time enjoying the scenic and quiet countryside. This glimpse of Southern China's country life shows you the flora, fauna, rice paddies and small bridges which are rarely visited by tourists.
From this idyllic setting, board your transportation for a closer look at country life. The fields, the water buffalos, the zigzag lanes and the fresh air allow you escape from the noisy metropolis. Your visit includes a stop at the Yulong River Scenic Area. The Chinese word 'Yulong' refers to 'meeting a dragon'. Local legend has it that a dragon from the East Sea strolled across the Yulong River and, being deeply impressed by the attractive landscape, decided to stay there forever. The villagers living on the river bank saw the dragon several times, and hence the river is so named. The languid river is surrounded by a primitive, but pure, natural landscape, combined with green bamboo forests and rolling hills.
Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Take a moment to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel at the end of your meal for a well-deserved nights rest.
Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel - Guilin, China
DAY 3 - GUILIN/ HONG KONG
Following breakfast at the hotel, check out of the hotel and start for the airport with a few interesting sites enroute. First stop is Reed Flute Cave, named after the stand of bamboo near its entrance that were used to craft flutes. Inside the cave there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which date back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). These ancient inscriptions tell us that the cave has been an attraction in Guilin for over 1,200 years.
Your next stop is at Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is considered by many to be the symbol of Guilin and its karst landscape.
At the end of your tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before bidding farewell to Guilin and checking in for the flight to Hong Kong. Once there, return to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner is provided at the hotel this evening.
Overnight at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel - Hong Kong
DAY 4 - HONG KONG
Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning. The local Silversea representative will be on hand to assist with your transfer to the airport and your departing flight.
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(Upgrades to Business-class may be available for an additional charge)
Days 1 & 3: Hong Kong / Guilin - flight duration approximately 1.5 hours
Please pack one small bag to take with you to Guilin. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Chinese flights (maximum 44lbs/20kg). The remainder of your luggage is stored at the hotel until your return to Hong Kong.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for China. Please secure your visa for China prior to arrival. If you are combining this land program with a cruise itinerary that also calls on the People's Republic of China you should obtain a multiple entry visa. The consulate may request a Letter of Support listing the program details. If so please make sure your passport details are added to your GIF profile, 90 days prior to sailing.
This tour requires a good amount of walking, some strenuous, and some over uneven terrain. Therefore it is not recommended to guests in wheelchairs.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.