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7-Day A Tale of Two Cities

Tour route: Beijing - Shanghai


  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-01
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Beijing, Arrival

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of ancient China.

Upon your arrival in Beijing, your local guide will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of the day is yours to acclimatize or explore this dynamic metropolis on your own.

Day 2: Beijing, City Highlights Tour

On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square, the largest plaza on earth. Passing through the iconic Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, China’s No.1 palace complex famous for its grand royal buildings, exquisite ornaments and priceless treasures.

In the afternoon, you will come across the old Bejing by entering into the Hutongs, where you will have a leisurely walk into the local Beijingers’ daily life and try your hands at painting a facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper model.

Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

You will visit to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section), which built along the mountain ridge is an amazing architectural masterpiece. The ancient bricks formed the winding wall which was once as a barrier in Norther China through centuries for what is now Beijing. Continue to visit Chang Tomb the largest of the Ming tombs among the 13 mausoleums in the vicinity of Tianshou mountain. On the way back, you will stop at a Jade Gallery.

Day 4: Beijing-Shanghai, Summer Palace

After breakfast, enjoy a leisure walk inside Temple of Heaven where now is a part for local people to do morning exercise. Then move to the Summer Palace, the best imperial garden in China. 

After the tour, be transferred to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 5: Shanghai, Yu Garden & Shanghai History Tour

Explore this incredible city today! Start with the Shanghai Museum which offering an artistic historical tour of the Middle Kingdom dating from 20 centuries B.C., then stroll around the Bund to see the charming scenery along the Huangpu River, pay a visit to Jiangnan Silk Workshop and ramble in the quiet Yu Garden. Continue to immerse yourself in the local market Yuyuan Market. Later get a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Day 6: Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Old Town
After breakfast, you will visit historic Zhujiajiao village (50 minute drive from Shanghai) - a lovely watertown featured with typical scene "Bridge, River & Houses". At Zhujiajiao, you will walk through Fangsheng Bridge, Beida Street, and the Kezhi Garden. It is a trip stepped back in time. After that, you will be driven back to Shanghai to enjoy a free afternoon.
Day 7: Shanghai, Departure
You will be free on this day until your personal guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel comfortable hotel star 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China The Bund Hotel comfortable hotel star 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China The Westin Bund Center Shanghai deluxe hotel star No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel

Meals

Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

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Clients: Max G

Travel Consultant:
Wendy Wan
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.
Rating: December 12th, 2016

Clients: I3455TXmaryt

Travel Consultant:
Kyle Li
We had a two week trip in Vietnam and 8 days in China through China and Indochina Odyssey. Our tour coordinator was Kyle Li, the 2nd time we've worked with him. We can not say enough good things about this trip as well as the way Odyssey saw to our needs. Vietnam was just spectacular, wonderul scenery, delicious food and friendly people. The guides we had there, Han, Dins and Quanz were just so great in making this a smooth trip and helping us understand the culture and history better. I think I most enjoyed the days in NW Vietnam, trekking. We also enjoyed amazing highlights in Shanhai, Xian and Bejing with the Great Wall being just breathtaking. Our guides in China were Run, Kevin and Alice, all superb ambassadors for China. We are already discussing where our next adventure(s) in Asia will be, and we will be including Odyssey.
Rating: December 10th, 2016

Clients: Kwk6528

From: Singapore

Travel Consultant:
Alex Quan
Beijing is an interesting city with a mix of very modern facilities and buildings together with a lot of historical sites that are just a short drive or walk away. The sheer scale and majestic view of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are a must for any first time visitors. There is even a toboggan ride down from the wall as an alternative to the chair lifts or cable car. Don't be mistaken, even after the ride up to the wall, the walk on the wall is still a big challenge for those who are physically challenged, Besides other sites like the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, we also took a short rickshaw ride through the small alleys (Hudongs) to visit to a traditional household in Beijing. It was a good preview of how multi tier families used to live. Eye-opener for my kids (and us parents) from the modern and westernized cultures.

I must say I had my reservations about taking the internal flight to Xi'an but it turned out to be rather pleasant. Both airports were very modern and well equipped, Xi'an is the place of the famous Terracota warriors build by the first emperor of China. It was an hour ride out from the hotel but a trip that was worth the time. Again, it was an amazing sight seeing the scale of the tomb and wondering how did our ancestors manage such a feat. There was a smaller scale of the "great wall" build around the old city centre centuries ago. Cycling on top of the wall took over an hour but was a good chance to get a quick view of different angles of the city. At night, Xi'an is very colourful literally. The Bell and Drum Towers were lighted up and make fantastic photo stops.

It was was my kids' first time to China and they enjoyed the experience which was greatly enhanced by China Odyssey Tours. The tour coordinator Mr Alex Quan and our personal tour guides Ms Tracy Liu in Beijing and Ms Nancy Song in Xi'an made the trip very smooth and enjoyable. Everything was well coordinated from the moment we landed in Beijing until we left on the last day. The guides were very knowledgeable and the service was top notch. I would strongly recommend Odyssey to anyone visiting China and looking for a guided tour.
Rating: December 9th, 2016

Clients: Niel Mukherjee

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Reinself Wei
We went on a 14 day tour of China organised by Reinself Wei. It was in June 2016 and its memories are still fresh in my mind. It was a perfectly arranged tour and I would recommend Odyssey Tours and Reinself for going to any tour they cover. We started in Beijing and then went on to Xian after which we went to Guilin, then to Chonqing, the Yangtze River Cruise and finally Shanghai. We had different guides in all the above places. They were wonderful, helpful and we simply enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you Reinself for arranging such a wonderful tour for us.
Rating: December 7th, 2016

Clients: Marilyn Barnett

Travel Consultant:
Tom Zhou
I just booked my first China tour with Tom Zhou of My Odyssey. He has been super responsive and very helpful in ensuring that we have exactly the itinerary in which we're interested. He is an excellent ambassador for the company.
Rating: December 7th, 2016
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