Clients:Quan8880 from:United States of America June 30th, 2016
I like to point out the following personnel worked as a team to deliver an excellent 4D tour package to us. We enjoyed their services and the trip to Guilin, China.
Name Rating Job Role
Shelly 4+ Tour consultant
Jessica 4 Tour guide
Little Chang 4 Driver
Clients:BSinPNS from:United States of America November 15th, 2015
Our guide, Lucas, met us as we cleared customs at PVG airport and took us and our luggage to our waiting vehicle to go to our hotel. He ensured that we were checked in before leaving. The next morning he collected us, took us to the train station for our trip to Suzhou. Again he briefed us on what to expect on the platform and train and when to get off. He remained with us until we were through the ticket turnstiles. He met us on our return and provided a one day tour of Shanghai as arranged through COT. Lucas was an outstanding guide. If we were to visit China again, I would ask COT to arrange the entire trip. It was so nice to have our own guide and to create our own pace. In retrospect, the pricing would not have been much different.
Clients:BSinPNS from:United States of America November 15th, 2015
After a Viking cruise/tour, we spent three additional days in Beijing and had prearranged with COT to see those stops that we were not seeing on the basic tour. Our guide Emma was delightful. Nothing was too much or question too hard. COT had created a day-by-day plan that was perfectly paced. We asked about seeing an acrobatic show and she arranged it. When it was lunch time, she asked us what type of meal we wanted and then found the right place. We had to insist that she join us because we enjoyed her company. If we were to visit China again, I would ask COT to arrange the entire trip. It was so nice to have our own guide and to create our own pace. In retrospect, the pricing would not have been much different.
Clients:SaschaC from:Germany September 25th, 2015
China Odyssey Tours did a fantastic job in creating a 5-day-tour in Beijing which fitted perfectly to our needs (we had a baby and didn't want to do too long tours per day). Everything was greatly organised, the driver and the guide were always on time and helped us to get the max out of it. They were also very flexible when it rained one day and we had to stop - they arranged that we could see the sights we missed due to the rain on another day. All in all a perfect experience, highly recommended!!!
Clients:Tom Kyle from:United States of America July 23rd, 2015
We have been to 35 different countries and NONE have been as enjoyable and well planned as our trip to China. Shelly was a great planner and offered many suggestions to enjoy China more. My only regret is I never got to personally meet and thank her. Almost always the tour guides and drivers were very good and gave that extra help and attention.
Clients:Worldancer18 from:United States of America June 24th, 2015
I must first compliment Carla, our guide from Odyssey Tours. Carla was knowledgeable about the history of all we saw, informed & willing to answer a myriad of questions. China is actually very different from the impression most of have in The U.S.A. I loved hearing about the evolution of the Imperial City, witnessing the beauty and majesty of the city of Beijing. Carla suggested that we take the chair lift to the quieter section of The Great Wall, what a brilliant idea. Although I had never skied & a bit scary, it was fine. The vistas are magnificent, I took a video of the climb, so my family would believe that I was there! We were told about the best Peking Duck restaurant & the food and decor were just that. The service however was not, servers had no knowledge of English, not good at accommodating Westerners. When making reservations, ask in advance for a server who can speak English.We enjoyed Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Palace Museum, beautiful roses & other flowers everywhere in Tiantan Park, Drum & Bell Towers & The Hutong among my favorite historical sights, truly not to be missed. Thank you Carla & China Odyssey Tours for this extraordinary experience. It could not have been possible without your special guides.
Clients:WarrenB from:Australia June 17th, 2015
Our guide, (Whose Anglicised name was " Becky"), was extremely helpful in so many ways. She collected Chris and I when we arrived in Xi'An, and helped us decide what would be the most interesting and enjoyable arrangements for our visit. Becky was very fluent in English, which helped this. Chris was not 100% well, and Becky arranged and re-arranged our itinerary to suit that, and also helped us find appropriate relief. Our tour of relevant parts of Xi'an was very enjoyable, and Becky proved to be have great knowledge of local history, current customs, and local art, with a quick perception of what our interests were. She was a great help in shepherding us through Hotel arrangements, transport arrangements, and saw us safely off on the next leg of our China trip. If we ever get back there, we will definitely try to have Becky to guide us!
Clients:Worldancer18 from:United States of America May 31st, 2015
Betty, the guide is young, smart, lovely & friendly. She was extremely knowledgeable and interjected facts about where we were & what we were seeing, that you don't find out in books. Our afternoon making dumplings & having lunch with a local family was wonderful & gave us true insight into the daily lives of the local people. Our day with her was timed so well, we were able to visit all the iconic sights, without feeling rushed.
Clients:docbay24 from:United States of America May 25th, 2015
I am writing this review while at the airport waiting to leave China after our group of 6 had a wonderful 2 week tour and wanted to thank China Odyssey for a most memorable trip ! We are all well seasoned travelers and usually make our own arrangements for our travel abroad and felt that trying to organize a trip to China was a bit too daunting due to logistics and lack of communication with locals. To give some reference, we started in Beijing, Xian, Guilin, 3 day Yankzte cruise, Yangshou, then ended in Shanghai. We really enjoyed Xian the most due to its rich history, Terracotta soldiers and will not forget our guide, Leo, who made a lasting impression on each of us. (See separate review of Leo). Our itinerary was very busy for about 10-12 hours per day and felt that we were able to see all of the important highlights of China. The 5 star hotels that we stayed in ( Raffles Beijing, Shangri-la Xian, Shangri-la Guilin, Westin Bund Shanghai) were very western, clean, modern, luxurious and comfortable for our group, especially the sit down toilets! Each of the hotels also had a very expansive buffet breakfast that rivals any buffet in San Francisco that was all included! The Shangri-la in Guilin was one of our favorites due to its resort feel, pleasant staff, quiet rooms, comfy bed , awesome river views and probably one of the best breakfast buffets that we ate. We left Guillin on a boat trip up the Li River and took us to Yangshou for an overnight stay which was not worth it. One suggestion to improve on this itinerary would be to only have a 2 hour tour of Yangshou and then return to Guillin to stay another night at the Guiilin Shangri-la hotel to relax and enjoy the resort and pool. It would have been a nice break in the busy schedule. The Yangshou resort was not up to the same standards as the other hotels and did have mosquitos in the rooms with "rock hard and very uncomfortable beds". I am not able to give this hotel nor the town high marks as a place to visit and is only worth a couple of hours to tour around. I felt that the value that we received from the cost of the trip was well worth it ! The food allowances were more than adequate to enjoy local cuisine in each city and even if you want to splurge on getting a more expensive meal, it would not amount to much out of pocket costs due to the strong dollar. The hotels were all top notch with the only exception for the Yangshou resort and all of the hotels one would easily spend $275 per night if paying cash. For the most part, our private tour guides were good with the exception of Leo, who was very much a different quality of guide due to his knowledge, personality and experience. The guides were also flexible if there was something else you wanted to see or wanted to skip anything on the itinerary. Some guides were stronger than others but that was to be expected. The only expenses that we incurred were tipping the drivers and guides. I would not bother spending more money on other higher priced tour companies! Each of us felt that the arrangements and communication were very timely and organized and felt that we were well taken care of from our guides. The transportation to and from the airport was also flawless! We had absolutely no problems during our 13 day tour. I have to give high marks to China Odyssey for a job well done and would recommend this tour company to anyone that wants to have a quality, budget conscious trip that will make you feel like royalty !
Clients:Radtraveler58 from:United States of America May 16th, 2015
China Odyssey Tours and our guide, Mandy, are fantastic. All aspects of our tour went very smoothly. Transportation to and from all of our destinations in and around this very busy city is done safely. We stayed at the Raffles Beijing Hotel which I highly recommend for its location, room, excellent service and staff. Mandy's knowledge of Beijing is outstanding. China Odyssey Tours is an excellent value and I can recommend without reservation.
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