Clients:Audrey Wilkes from:Canada November 26th, 2016
We used Odyssey to make arrangements for 12 days in China and were very happy with all the arrangements they made. The hotels were lovely and a welcome sanctuary at the end of a day of touring! All flights and trains, transfers, drivers and guides worked seamlessly! Actually a flight from Beijing to Shanghai was delayed due to weather and within an hour we had changed to a high speed train and were able to keep our itinerary on track. That was impressive!! Our guide, Evelyn, took it all in stride and handled it with poise and confidence. Allie in Suzhou was very personable and an excellent guide. In Shanghai, our guide, Robin, managed to track down a lost bracelet (that had sentimental value) and have the driver bring it to the airport for us - all that in a country of 1.4 billion people!! We would not hesitate to use their services again. Your people and services were superb. Many thanks for making our excursion to China such a success!
Clients:Liorpeleg from:Israel November 12th, 2016
We were a group of four couples are good friends, we came to the city of Xian, we were met with a local guide named "Nancy." An amazing woman with a smile and love. She speaks English well. She immediately understood our style so she knew how to make a great trip for us.
Clients:Chris Farthing from:United States of America October 26th, 2016
We booked our 14-day tour of China with China Odyssey Travel. Over the course of several weeks, Karen helped us narrow down our destination cities, select our accommodations, decide what we wanted to see, and arrange all the details. She was helpful and patient with our questions and as we made adjustments. Once we had our itinerary set, she helped us gather what we needed to apply for our visas and then answered questions as we got closer to the trip. Her replies were always prompt, always friendly, and always helpful.Our trip was a custom private tour with English speaking guide, private car and driver, domestic transportation via plane or train, accommodations, most meals, and admission to our chosen sights. We were very happy with our guides and drivers, and the hotels that were selected were very good – we would choose them again. Our trip started in Shanghai. We visited the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, and the 100th floor of the Shanghai Financial Center. (The financial center wasn’t specified with our tour and so we paid for that out-of-pocket and as it was cloudy we couldn’t see very much, so we would probably do that differently, but this is one of the very few things we would change.)Next we flew to Xi’an on China Southern Airlines. We were very impressed with the airline and the flight was pleasant. Our guide met us at the airport and we went to see the Bell Tower, the Muslim Street and the Great Mosque. The next day we started early and visited the Terra-Cotta warriors and then walked along the Xi’an City Walls. In the evening, we went to the Tang Dynasty show.After Xi'an, we took the train to Pingyao, which neither of us had ever heard of before planning our trip. Pingyao is an amazing in-tact ancient town and if felt like we were stepping back in time 700 years. Most of the sights we saw in Pingyao were inside the city walls, and we saw the Confucious Temple, the Qingxuguan Taoist Temple, the Rishenchang Exchange, the Shuanglin Temple, and the Wang Family Compound.Next we took the bullet train to Beijing. In and around Beijing, we saw the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The Mutianyu section was a good choice – it wasn’t too crowded, and it was beautiful! We walked about halfway from where the cable car exits to the end, and then back. We were ill-prepared for just how strenuous this was, but we took our time and just went as far as we wanted. We were smart enough to walk uphill, so coming back was much easier. We also saw the Peking Opera which we were in Beijing, which we enjoyed very much.After Beijing, we flew back to Shanghai on China Eastern. Our last couple of days were spent around Shanghai with a visit to ZhouZhuang (a water town) and then a day at Shanghai Disney Resort. If you go to ZhouZhuang, spring for the “gondola” ride (they called this the Venice of China). It was an out-of-pocket extra for us, but well worth it. Finally, we flew home from Shanghai on Delta Airlines.Making a trip like this was daunting, and having English-speaking guides helped a lot. We got great advice on everything from which souvenirs were a good choice to what to order for lunch and where to go for dinner. In addition, our guides provided bottled- water in most cities, and we always had plenty. In addition to having our guides, Karen was available via phone and email the couple of times I had questions during our trip.A couple of notes – We had Chinese food for most meals, as would be expected. It was not the same thing every day, however, and it was all very good. But, my wife did get a little homesick for something else, and we were happy to find the occasional pizza or hamburger, and even gave McDonald’s a try in Beijing. We enjoyed eating local, but weren’t afraid to look for a break from time to time. Also, my wife dealt with a little stomach-upset a couple of times. China Odyssey was flexible with our itinerary, and Karen and our guide in Beijing helped me to rearrange things to allow my wife a day to recover while still getting to see the things that were most important to her. If you choose a tour agency when planning a trip of this type, make sure you will have that same flexibility if you need it! We didn’t realize it until after we had committed to our dates, but the first of our two weeks was the Golden Week Holiday in China. Most Chinese are on holiday for this week, and transportation and major tourist attractions are unusually crowded. We were nervous about this going into our trip, but it turned out not to be an issue. Karen helped us arrange our itinerary so that most of our plans fell on mid-week days or less-crowded times, and our guides helped also by suggesting we start early. At the Terra-Cotta Warriors, for example, we left the hotel shortly after 7 and the crowds were not bad. As we were leaving the site, we could see the lines waiting to get in and the crowds had grown considerably. Thanks to Judy for suggesting this tiny tweak.Finally, don’t be afraid to set your own pace. One of our guides seem to be in a hurry, but when we slowed down he slowed down with us. We were always free to ask for a little more or a little less time at a given attraction, and it was clear that every aspect of our vacation was tailored to our desires.This was the trip of a lifetime, and I very much appreciate the help and service provided by Karen and our guides at China Odyssey.
Clients:John Guh from:United States of America July 10th, 2016
We have returned to the US after 13 wonderful days in China! Our trip was mostly positive!
All of the hotels were very nice. Breakfast was excellent. All of the guides were very good! However, Tracy stood out as the best! Train ride from Beijing to Xi'an was very comfortable. First class was much better than economy class. The surprise of the whole trip was the boat ride on Li Jiang River from Guilin to Yangshuo. We really enjoyed the breathtaking views of the mountains and picturesque country backdrop! Two thumbs up!!!
Lastly we could have spend a couple more days in Shanghai. There was so much we didn't see. I am hoping we can go back to visit again, but it won't be any time soon.
Again we really enjoyed our time in China. The wonderful guides and the 5 star hotel reservations made a huge difference.Thank you again for your gifts and all your help!!!
John Guh & Family
Clients:johnguh from:United States of America July 9th, 2016
Our private guide in Beijing was Tracy Liu. From the moment we stepped off the plane till the train ride to the next city, Tracy took excellent care of us for three whole days. She made it extremely easy for our group visiting China for the very first time. She always had a smile on her face. She took her time to provide us with the history of the locations we visited, tips around the city, checking into the hotel, ordering food for us in the restaurant, and always ending the day with a nice joke! :) Looking back at our whole trip, all of our guides were very good, but Tracy stood out as the best! I would definitely recommend Tracy as a guide to anyone visiting. I hope she receives the recognition she deserves!!
Clients:Jeanette Menendez from:United States of America July 1st, 2016
A group of us (nine) family and friends recently traveled to China. Since this was the first time we were all visiting China we wanted to do it right... After researching various Tours and Companies, we decided to go with China Odyssey. Our Travel Consultant, Karen Yang, was more receptive and flexible than any of the others we had dealt with (other Companies). Karen rearranged and accommodated our excursion as many times as we asked her to, so to meet our needs and preferences. She is very professional. She is great! Our tour included the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. All our Tour Guides were incredible because they spoke English very well, they had a lot of information about China (historical, cultural, etc.) that they were able to share (which is wonderful because I think most of us that travel do it because we love to learn about other cultures, the country's history, and see its beauty), and pretty amazing individuals. A few things about them to mention... Emma in Beijing - what a historian! And thanks for helping us learn about customs and traditions.... Nancy in Xi'an - thanks for the extra tidbits about the love stories within the history, it's part of human nature. Mr. Li - thanks for the overall wealth of information and tidbits about the country, people and its culture, you are an amazing guy! and so on.......In China we saw and experienced more than we thought we would. We saw "History" (Beijing and Xi'an - the Old), we learned more about the Chinese Culture, we saw "Modern" (Shanghai - the New), and then we saw "Nature" (Guilin - AMAZING BEAUTY!)... Odyssey Tours did a nice job to ensure that we got to where we needed to, at the scheduled times, with comfort, and a lot fun (our tour guides), and let us not forget our Drivers... We definitely recommend Odyssey Tours! We will definitely be reaching back to them when we decide to go back to China or another country in Asia. Xiexie!!!
Clients:pmkeating1 from:Australia June 30th, 2016
We tailored made a 9 day tour of China through our travel consultant Karen Yang. This included Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Chongqing and Yangtze River. We couldn't have asked for a more reliable and thorough service. Everything we asked for was catered for, from being met at the train station and taken to our motel, escorted around cities with an endless supply of bottled water as well as well informed guides and professional drivers and then been escorted to airports.
Our tour guide in Beijing was absolutely amazing. Amanda Zhen was very caring, extremely knowledgeable and her English was perfect, we would rate her as being the best guide we have had.
In Xian we again had another great tour guide and driver. Kenny our guide was also knowledgeable and his English was perfect and our driver was very experienced.
We would recommend Odyssey Tours for their value for money, accommodating and extremely easy to deal with. Odyssey do put their customers first.
Clients:dropswell from:United States of America June 30th, 2016
Clients:menendezj from:United States of America June 27th, 2016
Guilin is a natural beauty. If you go to visit China, Guilin is a must do. The Li River Cruise, the Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, etc.. This city is amazing with its natural scenery. I want to thank our tour guide, Mr. Merrick Li (China Odyssey) for making this a memorable part of our China experience.
Clients:Bibi2122 from:United States of America June 26th, 2016
Can't wait to come back!!!!
Guilin was absolutely beautiful. We were there for just short of two days, and it was not enough time to see and experience the "Magic of this City". The cruise through the Li River was wonderful, the Shangri-La Hotel was A-1-A, and I have to "Thank" our tour guide, Merrick Li, for making this an experience of a lifetime for me and my family.
One thing I know that I will definitely go back "Lord willing".
Li, Hope to see you in the near future.
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