Clients:Barbara Parkinson from:United Kingdom April 19th, 2017
Odyssey Tours are fantastic! I emailed several companies with details of what I wanted to do and only Odyssey came up with exactly what I wanted. Maple Zheng at Odyssey was great! She was the only one who had really read my email and incoporated everything I asked for.She came up with great suggestions and it was no problem to tweak the arrangements when I asked to do the tour another way round enabling me to fly home from Hong Kong. Once on the tour everything went like clockwork. We were met at the right time in the right place by the people we had been told to expect. Everything was made so easy and stress free!We travelled from Guangzhou to Shanghai, then Beijing, then X'ian and then Guilin and Yangshuo and finally onto to Hong Kong. There were no problems anywhere along the way and all our guides were friendly, helpful, considerate and had great knowledge of the history and culture of their areas. They were all very good English speakers and understood all our needs. We would particularly like to mention our guides in Beijing and X'ian Alice Zuo and Cathy Wang they were both great! As were their drivers Mr Yu and Mr Ma! Kathy was so lovely and she even bought us personalised presents for us to take home to remember our time in China! We travelled by plane apart from Guilin to Yangshuo when we took A boat down the river Li about 4 hours trip, which for us was the highlight of the whole trip! It was absolutely magical! Our hotel in Yangshuo had a lovely balcony overlooking the river and some of the mystical pointed mountains of the area. This was our favourite place on the whole tour. We were taken to a local market to buy food and then to a local restaurant where we had a real Chinese cooking lesson with our own wok station! It was great and we got to eat the food we had cooked. Great fun!We then travelled back to Guilin by car and caught the high speed train ( at times reaching nearly 200 miles per hour!) It was fantasic and so nice to see the coutnryside which was amazing! Nothing like anything you would see in England!We chose to go 4* delux with the hotels and they were all great. The room in Hong Kong was the smallest but space in Hong Kong is of a premium and the lovely rooftop pool and excellent breakfast made up for the lack of space in the room. We travelled Feb/March 2017 so it was still winter in China. There had been snow in Beijing the day before we arrived but temperatures were only similar to England at that time of year. The beauty of it was, it was out of season for visitors to China so the attractions were fairly quite and there were bargains to be had, because trade was slack, in many giftshops! The weather in the south was warmer and quite pleasant in Hong Kong. On the whole we had a fabulous holiday and I am so glad we chose Odyssey Tours to take care of us! I would certainly use them again.Barbara and daughter Emma
Clients: Ian C from:Canada February 4th, 2017
We visited China for a 6 cities tour in 2014 for 18 days arranged through Maple Zheng of Odyssey Tours. Had a great time, guides spoke English well and were quite knowledgeable. Everything went smoothly as Odyssey Tours took care of all the details from the time we landed in Beijing to our goodbyes in Shanghai. We were quite impressed with Maple's patience and understanding of our needs that we contacted her when we decided to return for another visit to China.
Just returned from a 9 days' visit this time, including Zhangjiajie, Kunming, Guilin. The weather was better than expected except on the last day at Zhangjiajie where it turned cold and there was freezing rain at Tianmen Mountain. On our last day in Shanghai after a cruise, our excellent guide Autumn, showed us around Shanghai and we managed to see more in 6 hours than anyone could have in day! Went up to the observatory at Shanghai World Financial Center, and had a great lunch with all the local delicacies in a tea house! Can't say enough for the excellent service from Odyssey Tours and with their guides meeting you at the airport at every stop and seeing you off after helping you check in for the next stop, is priceless. That is the only way to go for a carefree and worry free vacation!
Looking forward to visiting Asia again soon with Odyssey Tours, maybe South East Asia next.
Clients:Beanmaire from:South Africa January 4th, 2017
A friend and I recently had a holiday in China and absolutely loved it. I dealt with Maple Zheng of China Odyssey Tours and her attention to detail was excellent. We were there during the national holiday which was less than ideal and had only 10 days so we wanted a customised trip. She listened to all our requests and always responded promptly to our emails. We were very pleased with our hotels, especially the Moondance Resort in Yangshuo. Our guides had really good English, were well informed and very helpful in reorganising some of our activities to avoid the huge crowds that were everywhere. Their drivers were also excellent. We visited Shanghai, Guilin, Daxu, Longsheng, Yangshuo, Xian and Beijing using planes, trains, a boat and private cars. I cannot fault any part of their organisation and would highly recommend them for anyone planning a trip to China.
Clients:Marthe Anderson from:United States of America December 30th, 2016
Maple Zheng has been extremely helpful in designing our tour of China this upcoming summer. Normally when we travel on big trips we coordinate things on our own but friends told us that would be too stressful in China. Maple was able to take all the cities on my list and create something very unique. She has been very accommodating to all the changes that I have requested along the way. I have 3 kids and our final stop will be at the new Disneyland in Shanghai. She arranged that and many night shows and stops that will appeal to us all. I will definitely be using Maple again to design future trips that are still private yet stress free with an Odyssey guide along to show us where to go.
Clients: Duane A from:Canada December 19th, 2016
As an old couple travelling in the Orient we have commented many times about how wonderful it is to have everything so well planned, timed and laid out. We were treated like Kings and Queens. We couldn't handle our luggage or open a door by ourselves.
Yana and her driver couldn't have been better. Yana suggested an evening performance at the end of the Li River Cruise which wasn't on the itinerary but turned out to be one of the "Oh Wow!" events of Guilin. She was very personable and caring. From our first contact with Odyssey, over a year earlier, everything was handled very professionally and every little detail, to help make for a seamless trip, was attended to ahead of time. Will be recommending Odyssey to all our friends.
Clients: DRAnderson01 from:Canada December 18th, 2016
We are an old couple who visited Guilin as part of a whirlwind tour of China. Odyssey put together a tour package that fit our limited time to a tee. While in Xi'an Yana was handed our itinerary and between her and the driver they got it all accomplished without a hitch, not an easy job with all the traffic. We were treated like royalty, couldn't lift a piece of luggage or open a door for ourselves. Our accommodations were spotless and the restaurant in the Hotel served up a beautiful buffet breakfast. Said a number of times that we saw and did things we couldn't accomplish on our own, especially in the time we had. Yana was sooo helpful, suggesting an evening performance at the end of the Li River Cruise. It wasn't on the original itinerary but was fantastic. It won't be hard to recommend Odyssey to our friends.
Clients: DRAnderson01 from:Canada December 18th, 2016
We are an old couple who visited Xi'an as part of a whirlwind tour of China. Odyssey put together a tour package that fit our limited time to a tee. While in Xi'an Nancy was handed our itinerary and between her and the driver they got it all accomplished without a hitch, not an easy job with all the traffic. We were treated like royalty, couldn't lift a piece of luggage or open a door for ourselves. Our accomodations were spotless and the restaurant in the Hotel served up a beautiful buffet breakfast. Said a number of times that we saw and did things we couldn't accomplish on our own, especially in the time we had. Nancy was sooo personable and we couldn't help but love her like our own daughter. It won't be hard to recommend Odyssey to our friends.
Clients:Adam Rosen from:United States of America December 13th, 2016
I used Odyssey Tours on our trip to China and couldn't be happier. The service they provided me was outstanding! I was treated like a President. I was a little nervous going to a completely different country across the world but since the moment I landed everything was taken care of. After doing a lot of research on other tour companies we chose Odyssey Tours because of their outstanding reviews, immediate and very helpful responses and their ability to create a custom tour based on our needs and budget. Most of tour companies just gave us their set itineraries and that's it. We are a young group and wanted young tour leaders to show us and go out with us to places that would interest us. For example we wanted to experience the nightlife and older tour leaders may not know what is trending. It's just the way it is. Odyssey Tours, on their own made sure we had young tour leaders who can relate to us and show us what we wanted. Every tour leader and driver were exceptional and became friends with them. They all spoke perfect English and helped us 24/7. I felt very comfortable with all of them. Even with all of the flights, trains and the 100's of miles we traveled, everything went as smooth as possible. Even check us in at the airports and train stations. We never had to wait around and waste time. Every place we went to we cut the lines and once we were done the driver was right outside ready to take us to the next place. We even made changes during the tour and it was quickly taken care of with no excuses or saying we charge for changes. The hotels we stayed at were all first class and even got free upgrades to rooms that felt like we were kings. One morning before Odyssey Tours office was opened I lost my ticket while on the high speed train and couldn't communicate with the train personal Odyssey Tours 24/7 emergency number was there to save me. They immediately emailed me a copy of my ticket and spoke with the train personal to make sure everything was ok. I was very nervous but Odyssey Tours was always available to help me. And to those people who need Wifi 24/7, they got you covered. Each guide caries a Wifi hotspot with them so we were able to send photos and FaceTime with our families on top of The Great Wall to our family's ! I already recommended Odyssey Tours to all of our friends and family. When I plan my next trip to a country they specialize in I am 100% going to use Odyssey Tours. The best of the best!
Clients: skwok284 from:New Zealand December 13th, 2016
Beijing to Hong Kong
Last year my wife and I did a tailor made tour from Beijing to Hong Kong. The tour was arranged by Maple Zfeng from Odyssey Tours. As we have been to China several times we did not want to visit places we've been before. We gave Maple a list of places we wanted to visit and she did the rest. The tour went like clockwork; the tour guides and drivers at all locations were helpful and knowledgeable. The guide and driver provided at Guangzhou were brilliant, with only a telephone number provided they took us to visit my 90 years old sister in Sun-Tong where we had a family re-union and banquet. Maple keep in touch with us during the tour, living up to the company logo' You are not alone with Odyssey' Thank you Maple for all your help and excellent service and we will use you again when we tour Asia.
Places visited include: Olympic Stadium, Aquatic Center and National Museum in Beijing, Terracotta soldiers and city wall in Xian, Chongqing - Yangtze River Three Gorges, Guangzhou, Sun-Tong for family re-union and banquet, and Hong Kong.
Sam and Lenor Kwok
Clients:Joshua Morin-Baxter from:United States of America December 13th, 2016
"We have a family of 5 and our 15 day trip to China arranged through Maple was the trip of a lifetime. We Had very complex arrangements that changed multiple times juggling arrival city, times and departure cities and times and in-country connections. I am very demanding and wanted our trip to be perfect. I worked through a large number of possible itineraries with a large number of tour companies because my children ranged from 9-17 yrs and I wanted an experience that would be special for each of them. Maple was exemplary from her initial contact to the final arrangements and follow up emails. Her knowledge of each component of the trip from visas to flights to in country trains both overnight and high speed was informed and accurate. Her knowledge and recommendation of specific cities and age appropriate activities was spot on. I was especially worried about the hotels that they would be appropriate for our family. Her recommendations were excellent. Making an investment in time and money for a trip like this requires either personal knowledge of the area or a leap of faith to trust the person who arranges it. With Maple that trust is well deserved."-Brian Baxter (Father of Joshua Morin-Baxter)
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