Small group tour of Yunnan, China
From £2875 including UK flights.
Room sharing can be arranged or a single supplement is £350.
Visas are not included.
Fully licensed and ATOL bonded.
Description of Small group tour of Yunnan, China
Discover an intriguing and little visited region of China on this small group tour of Yunnan. This remote province in the south of China borders Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam and Laos and is incredibly diverse, both in terms of its culture and its landscapes. The province is ethnically highly diverse, with more than 25 different ethnic minorities living here, alongside numerous minor groups.
In the far south, there are tropical jungles where elephants roam freely, while way up in the north, discover the snowy mountains and yaks of the Tibetan Plateau. There is no shortage of dramatic and extraordinary natural sights to explore and admire, such as the Stone Forest, Tiger Leaping Gorge and the sacred Shibao Mountain. There are fascinating and atmospheric old cities, too, including the walled city of Dali and UNESCO listed Lijiang.
The tour includes a perfect mix of celebrated and UNESCO recognised sites, plus lesser-known gems and throughout there’s ample time to wander through local markets, soak up the busy street life and meet the charming local people, in what has to be China’s most friendly province.
1 Reviews of Small group tour of Yunnan, China
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2018 by Richard Peters
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge and having tea with a Tibetan family in their home.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you want something off the beaten track, where you won't see many other westerners, go for this holiday. You'll discover a completely different world with a
mix of cultures which will be difficult to find anywhere else.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes it benefited the local people we came into contact with.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was great - a never to be forgotten experience.
PlanetAs a tour operator, we are committed to responsible tourism as follows:
Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travelers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices
Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
PeopleLocal products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.
Local awareness: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.
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