Clients:Max G from:United States of America December 12th, 2016
Our trip to China (Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai) through Odyssey Tours was wonderful--a trip of a lifetime! We worked with Wendy to plan our trip and Wendy was great. Wendy created the perfect itinerary for us. Through our back and forth emails she was able to pick up on just what we wanted and allowed us to customize our trip to see additional sights and to add extra days to visit with family. We wanted to experience the culture and we did! Plus, the Courtyard 7 hotel was the perfect place for us. So historic and we loved being in a hutong. The hotels in Xi'an and Shanghai were also great, and in safe and convenient locations.
We had a different tour guide and driver in each city. All were wonderful and went out of their way to make our trip special. Our flight was delayed in Chicago and Alice, our Beijing tour guide, was waiting for us at the airport at 11:30 pm--9 hours after our scheduled arrival and was terrific about picking us up at that late hour. Alice made sure to fit everything into our time in Beijing and included extra things. Alice has a keen interest in history and was great about explaining the history and culture of the area. I found she purposely built on what we learned the previous day and helped us to learn and make sense of everything. Alice was willing to start our tours early and never complained about staying longer than expected with us. Our driver, Mr. Lee, was exceptional. He also worked late sometimes to ensure we would arrive back to our hotel safely. Traffic was crazy in Beijing but I felt safe with Mr. Lee as our competent driver. He was very personable and we enjoyed each day with both Alice and Mr. Lee. I can't say enough good things about both of them.
Clients: Max G from:United States of America December 12th, 2016
Our trip to China (Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai) through Odyssey Tours was wonderful--a trip of a lifetime! We worked with Wendy to plan our trip and Wendy was great. Wendy created the perfect itinerary for us. Through our back and forth emails she was able to pick up on just what we wanted and allowed us to customize our trip to see additional sights and to add extra days to visit with family. We wanted to experience the culture and we did! Plus, the Courtyard 7 hotel was the perfect place for us. So historic and we loved being in a hutong. The hotels in Xi'an and Shanghai were also great, and in safe and convenient locations.In Xi'an, we were met by our tour guide, Eric. He was so warm and friendly and once again went out of his way to make our tour easy and special. Eric recommended great restaurants and activities for the evenings which enhanced our tour. He recommended the opera followed by the traditional 16 dumpling dinner, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Eric also has a strong interest in Chinese history and was able to help us navigate the sites quickly while telling us much more information than we could have discovered visiting historical sites and museums on our own. My husband forgot his bag at the Terracotta Warrior museum and Eric figured out a way to recover the bag. We were very grateful.
Clients:CarlfromMontreal from:Canada November 30th, 2016
Booked our China holiday with Wendy of Odyssey Tours. What a great experience. All our guides and drivers were knowledgable professional friendly and extremely helpful. Not a complaint about the whole tour from Shanghai with our guide Avril to Suzhou with Miss Feng who along with the driver went well past the expected, handling a medical situation. Xi'an and the terra cotta warriors with May proved a pleasant few days exploring the area. Sabrina was great in Beijing with her insights and commentaries along the Great Wall and the Ming tombs despite the snow and cold. Thank you all for a once in a lifetime experience. Will definitely recommend Wendy and Odyssey Tours to anyone contemplating visiting China.
Clients:Andres Yi from:United States of America November 19th, 2016
This is a long due review but I wanted to take the time to share my positive experience with Oddysey Tours. My family and I used this tour company to visit China in early August. Their customer service is outstanding. Wendy, our travel agent, was extremely helpful and accommodated all of our requests with no issues - we got to visit HK, Shanghai, Guilin, Xi'an and Beijing in 2 weeks. She was always on top of everything even during the trip! The hotels booked and the transportation were also great even though we went with an economic option. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly as well: Leo (Xi'an) and Robin (Guilin) were off the charts and made our trip a unique experience! Overall, we were more than happy we used Oddysey tours and would certainly recommend it to anyone planning to visit China.
Clients:Julie Gillespie from:Australia November 6th, 2016
My husband and I toured with China Odyssey in September his year. I could not recommend this company more highly. From assistance with booking and visas prior to travel, to our amazing experience in China, we had the holiday of a lifetime. Thank you Wendy at Head Office in Guilin for your prompt responses to our emails and follow up of every request. The itinerary was perfect for our first trip to China. Thank you Wiliiam for looking out for us in Hong Kong. We had been before but appreciated the transfers to Disneyland and the conversation! Autumn gave us an amazing experience in Shanghai. I don't do heights but she cajoled me ( in the most supportive way
Clients:Rossana Gurrieri from:Australia October 19th, 2016
I visited China in May 2016 and used China Odyssey Tours to help us see the best in China. We were very happy with their service and hospitality. Wendy was our consultant and did a fabulous job organising all the different places we wanted to see. Our trip ran smoothly with no hiccups and I would definitely recommend China Odyssey for anyone interested in visiting China.
Clients:Norma Johnson from:United States of America October 19th, 2016
My friend Margaret Sampson and myyself took a 2 week Odyssey Tour in September arranged by Wendy Wan. We could not have been more delighted with her careful planning. I was a little apprehensive to travel so far and leave us in unknown hands and wondered about the outcome. She delivered everything as promised and felt completely comfortable throughout our trip. The hotels were wonderful and our guides had expert knowledge and were really warm nice people. Our itinerary included everything we wanted to see. CiCi in Beijing and Amber Yan in Xian were outstanding.I want to say how delighted we were with The Tea Cosy Inn. It's charm and the family was a place you wanted to stay longer.Thank you Wendy and everyone who had a part to allow us to have our memory of a lifetime.I do want to say thank you to our driver in Shanghai who showed up the 2nd day with his grandchild's stool for me to step on to get in the van. Please let him know how really nice it was of him.I will highly recommend Odyssey Tours.Again thank you and the nice people we met.Norma Johnson
Clients:Racht41 from:United Kingdom October 6th, 2016
We had 1 full day in Chengdu at the end of a 12 day Odyssey tour. We wanted to see the Pandas but also explore some culture of the region. Our guide Mr Jim was absolutely fantastic. He advised we go early to the Panda Research facility so we followed advice and arrived 4 minutes after opening at just after 7:30am. He walked us straight to the Panda nurseries which gave as an amazing chance to see all the baby pandas before the crowds had arrived. After 3 hours being guided around the research centre Mr Jim took us to have traditional Chinese tea in a bamboo park by the river. We had great fun learning to drink the tea in a traditional way and we were taught how to play Majong! Jim brought several snacks for us to try and we spent a lovely couple of hours sipping tea and playing Majong! Later we went to an beautiful old temple in the old part of the city.
In the evening Jim took us all to a restaurant themed as a Red army revolution mock-up. We enjoyed the famous Chengdu hot-pot while being served by waiters in Red army uniforms. A truly unique and very fun experience. Top marks to an excellent guide.
Clients:Racht41 from:United Kingdom October 6th, 2016
We have just returned from a 12 day Odyssey tour starting in Guilin. Lucy our guide was very attentive and did a great job of showing us around. After the 4 hour trip down the river admiring the scenery we were driven to the Tea Cosy Hotel which is just charming (and had the most comfortable beds during our entire stay in China!). Lucy took us on a 90 minute bike ride through the local village and into the surrounding rice paddy fields which was a real highlight for us. Lucy was very knowledgable about the area and even taught us to read our first Mandarin characters. I would highly recommend both this tour and guide
Clients:DanielBeryl from:United States of America October 2nd, 2016
We felt that the Odyssey tour with our guide Sunny was the best possible way to see and learn about Xi'an. He knew exactly where to go and the quickest way to get there avoiding lines and busiest times. He was very knowledgeable, a wealth of information, and always patient in answering questions.
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