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Over the Mountains Self-Drive Yunnan Mountain Roads

Travel days:  12 days
 /  11 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program are in economy class and include airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program are in air-conditioned vehicles
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in specified hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner).
  • 24 hours TUI China telephone hotline (German and English speaking): +86 13910187388
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Hotel
    On request
  • Difficulty Level :**
  • Best time to visit: September – December
  • Strolling the charming streets of Dali
  • Adventure on the Burma Road
  • Horse riding through Shangri-la
  • Trek the 'Tiger Leaping Gorge'

Travel content

Take the wheel and experience the thrill of this part road, part off-road adventure through some of China's most amazing scenery. Setting out from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, follow the trail to charming Dali. From there, depart from the tourist route for some off-road driving in the lovely setting of the charming Yunnan countryside. Leading you to Zhongdian, the location of the famed Shangri-la and Tiger Leaping Gorge, the trail eventually finishes in Lijiang, the perfect location to relax after several days on the road.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive in Kunming (D)
    • Your guide will meet you then transfer to apply for temporary driving licenses
    • Overnight in Kunming
  • Day 2:
    Kunming – Dali (B L D)
    • Fly to Dali in the morning
    • Visit Three Pagodas
    • Pickup jeep in the afternoon
    • Overnight in Dali
  • Day 3:
    Dali – Baoshan (B L D)
    • Following the Old Burma Road, drive to Baoshan
    • Overnight in Baoshan
  • Day 4:
    Baoshan – Liuku (B L D)
    • Drive by asphalt road to Liuku. En route, go trekking in the jungle for about 3 hours
    • Overnight in Liuku
  • Day 5:
    Liuku – Lanping (B L D)
    • Take the main road up to Lanping
    • Overnight in Laping
  • Day 6:
    Lanping – Weixi (B L D)
    • Today's route will be partly offroad via pretty meadows and villages, partly on the main road to Weixi
    • Overnight in Weixi
  • Day 7:
    Weixi – Liming (B L D)
    • Drive offroad to Liming
    • Overnight in Liming
  • Day 8:
    Liming – Zhongdian (B L D)
    • Enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Yantgze River, drive by paved road up to Zhongdian, a Tibetan prefecture
    • Upon arrival, visit Napa area
    • Overnight in Zhongdian
  • Day 9:
    Zhongdian – White Water Terrace (B L D)
    • Drive along the back offroad route to visit Singzamlin Monastery
    • Drive to White Water Terrace
    • Visit White Water Terrace (by horse optional)
    • Overnight in White Water Terrace
  • Day 10:
    White Water Terrace – Lijiang (B L D)
    • Drive to Lijiang. En route, trek at the middle of Tiger Leaping Gorge
    • Overnight in Lijiang
  • Day 11:
    Lijiang (B L D)
    • Return the jeep to the rental company
    • One day city tour to visit the old town including a visit to the Mu Family Residence and Black Dragon Pond Park on foot
    • Overnight in Lijiang
  • Day 12:
    Depart (B)
    • Take early morning flight back to Kunming, then transfer flight back home
    • End of services