Bus Group Day Tour: Best Value Li River Cruise - Yangshuo

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all the hotels in Guilin City center.
  • Return Details :
    Your downtown Guilin hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Enjoy the breathtaking landscape of Karst Mountains, fishermen with cormorants, rice fields, and local villages along Li River during this 3 to 4-hour cruise. Arrive in Yangshuo, where you will have a chance to visit surrounding areas and explore bustling local market. Savor a nice lunch and take advantage of free time in Yangshuo.

Highlights

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Lunch included

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Know More about this tour

You will be picked up from your downtown Guilin hotel in the morning along with fellow visitors to catch the Li River cruise boat. It is an approximately 45 minutes ride from downtown Guilin to Zhujiang/Mopanshan Pier where you will board the cruise boat. Seats of the cruise are preassigned on a first-come-first-serve basis at time of your booking for this tour. The cruise boat sails downstream from Guilin at 9:30am to arrive in Yangshuo at 1:30-2:00pm.

While sitting in the comfortable cabin of your cruise boat, enjoy classic watercolor painting like scenery of lush bamboo forests, rolling karst hills, and steep cliffs along Li River banks as well as the authentic Chinese countryside filled with rice fields, farmhouses, water buffaloes, fishing boats, cormorants, mountain goats, and school children on local ferry.

A simple lunch will be served on-board. You may choose to try some fresh catches from the river at your own expense.

Upon arriving in Yangshuo in the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the West Street and local market, a good opportunity to shop for souvenirs. There are also optional tours in Yangshuo such as a countryside tour, bamboo rafting on Yulong river, Silver Cave, orShangri-La Theme Park. Costs for these optional tours arenot included.
If you choose not to join any of the optional tours, you can just wait for the group in Yangshuo at an appointed time.

At around 6:00pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel in downtown Guilin via coach service for about 1.5 hours. The exact return time is subject to change based on traffic condition.

If you are going to stay in Yangshuo and not back to Guilin, please bring your luggage with you. Your guide will show you how to go to your hotelon-foot through the walking street or by local shuttle service (shuttle cost is not included). Our service will end here.

Inclusions

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Fuel surcharge

Lunch

Hotel pick-up and Guilin south train station drop-off

Entry/Admission - Li River

Exclusions

Gratuities

Optional Tours in Yangshuo

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

The simple lunch on Li River Boat is set-menu uniformly. If you have any dietary restrictions, you will need to order other dishes at your own expense.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infants must sit on laps

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

We offer complimentary drop off service to your hotel located within arctic square in the north, wayaokou in the south and GuiLin BaiYue Hotel in the east.

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Sep-2019

    The other aspects of the tour weren't the greatest. Our tour operator "China Educational Tour" gave us an expected pickup time of 8am several days before and said they'd "double-confirm" the night before. Well at 9:55pm the night before they told us the time was now 7:40 and our pickup spot was a hotel a 10 minute walk away. So we lost a half hour and wouldn't have time for hostel breakfast as we originally planned.
    The guide did a lot of peddling on the bus of various products and an optional tour in Yangshuo. She discouraged us from using the free time in Yangshuo to explore by bike and steered us into the optional tour of "Shangri-La / Shan Shui cultural village" which was inauthentic and a waste of time and money. Yangshuo itself is overcommercialized and herds you through unending rows of touts. The meeting point for the optional tour was confusing to get to in time.

    My advice is to enjoy the beautiful karst on the boat ride, decline any optional tours, and get of Yangshuo by rental bike or scooter to see the countryside by land.

  • 19-Sep-2019

    The other aspects of the tour weren't the greatest. Our tour operator "China Educational Tour" gave us an expected pickup time of 8am several days before and said they'd "double-confirm" the night before. Well at 9:55pm the night before they told us the time was now 7:40 and our pickup spot was a hotel a 10 minute walk away. So we lost a half hour and wouldn't have time for hostel breakfast as we originally planned. The guide did a lot of peddling on the bus of various products and an optional tour in Yangshuo. She discouraged us from using the free time in Yangshuo to explore by bike and steered us into the optional tour of "Shangri-La / Shan Shui cultural village" which was inauthentic and a waste of time and money. Yangshuo itself is overcommercialized and herds you through unending rows of touts. The meeting point for the optional tour was confusing to get to in time. My advice is to enjoy the beautiful karst on the boat ride, decline any optional tours, and get of Yangshuo by rental bike or scooter to see the countryside by land.

  • 07-Aug-2019

    for my first time in my, no so short, life someone live me alone after the tour... The story is that if dont buy the additional tour after the cruise( called the minority people), you cant go back guilin in the same bus with the others tourist, but alone with a public bas after 4 hours waiting. The short story is that i must go back by taxi..850 yuan.. The guide, he cant speak english really(chen) a mixed between china stupid man, dont want.really explain me was a public bus, and i was waiting for a touristic bus..so i loose it. Anyway the cruise is good, the place amazing...enjoy..if you can!!!

  • 11-Jul-2019

    We do not recommend a tour through this company, though they could have had an off day. Hotel pickup was later than the time they told us to be ready. It was also chaotic; the car driver was stressing we needed to quickly get in when it was he who was running late in the first place. And we weren’t the last ones to get picked up. Once we got on the large group bus to head to the river, the tour guide did not balance speaking in Chinese and English. He spent most of the ride speaking in Chinese, even showing pictures, and then when he switched to English, he spoke shortly, was extremely difficult to understand (even for a native English speaker who is also bilingual), and what we did understand was only about logistics. Finally when we got to the pier, we had to wait 30 minutes while he was issuing tickets. It was very disorganized and got confusing because half the group was going on a boat ride 30 minutes later. Yet somehow we’d have to meet up after the ride in Yangshuo to catch the bus back to Guilin. Directions were unclear as to the meet-up location and time. And even worse, the first wave of people to go realized we only had 10 minutes to get on the ferry when the guide handed us the tickets last-minute. So many of us had to run to the boat. And we never saw our tour guide after that. Luckily, we had planned to bring our luggage with us and stay in Yangshuo, foregoing the last part of the tour back to Guilin. We truly can’t imagine how that must be for those who needed to go back. We’ve done multiple tours over the past five years, and unfortunately, this is my first low-star review. The river cruise itself was beautiful, and is still a must-do, but I imagine there are better ways to do this than through this tour. Hope this feedback can be helpful and that this tour company can better support their staff to success.

  • 22-Sep-2018

    river boats are comfortable and faster, but less romantic than motor or even manual driven rafts - but considering we travelled with all our luggage (for 3 weeks), probably a more logical choice. magnificent views from the roof terrace on the boat - stayed there nearly during the whole journey, despite unbearable heat (35+ deg C); consider using a hat; breathtaking landscape, similar to certain areas in Vietnam. next time will go slower, stop in some village, and maybe find a demonstration of traditional cormoran fishing. And enjoy with no rush :)

  • 19-Jun-2018

    El crucero por el rio Li fue muy interesante. Los paisajes maravillosos con distintas formaciones de las montañas. El servicio en el barco fue bueno. El aspecto negativo es que son demasiados los barcos que realizan el trayecto por lo que las fotos y vídeos estarán llenas de otros turistas. Cabe mencionar que realicé el viaje en el mes de agosto, es decir, temporada alta. Aun así lo recomiendo ampliamente

  • 27-Jan-2018

    Excellent tour

  • 21-Jan-2018

    Er ging van alles mis doordat we geen Engels sprekende gids hadden. We hadden die wel geboekt en ervoor betaald!!
    We hebben een klacht ingediend bij de customer service en hopen hier op een reactie.
    Deze tour voldeed volstrekt niet aan onze verwachtingen, ook vanwege de goede ervaringen met onze 4 andere touren bij Viator.

  • 21-Jan-2018

    Er ging van alles mis doordat we geen Engels sprekende gids hadden. We hadden die wel geboekt en ervoor betaald!!
    We hebben een klacht ingediend bij de customer service en hopen hier op een reactie.
    Deze tour voldeed volstrekt niet aan onze verwachtingen, ook vanwege de goede ervaringen met onze 4 andere touren bij Viator.

  • 25-May-2017

    The rating of the trip is absolutely negative. The local agency contacted by Viator cannot guarantee an adequate service we paid US170, 2 Travelers. Here's the history:
    At 11:00 pm we get a call .The agency informes us that picking at the hotel paid in advance is not guaranteed and explains us where the new meeting place is.
    During the boat trip the guide communicates the obligation to make an extra visit this means: to be paid, not included in the 170US to a theme park Chinese Wonderful, or something like that.
    We refuse to participate to this trip because of the absolute lack of scenic and cultural content and we are abandoned. They arrange a ride by bus after 4 hours and they draw a map asking us to take a picture in order to find the picking place attached, Please dont laugh.
    To be alone without guidance paid! for 4 hours in a nasty and desolate village Yangshuo represents a shame for any tour operator.
    We decide to arrange the return to Guilin by ourselves and we pay in addition to the US170,00 paid to Viator the taxi to the bus station, the bus to Guilin and the taxi from the bus station to our hotel.
    I forgot: the included lunch on the boat was low low low-level.
    Shameful. Especially if you have paid US 170 1.170,00 rmb in China
    We enclose the coupon so you can check the program of our trip and delete this local tour oprator from the list of your suppliers.
    China is a wonderful country populated by wonderful people.
    Make sure you do not facilitate the villains

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