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11-Day China's Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Yangtze River - Shanghai


  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-06
  • 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, Free Day

Say Hello to China! When your flight lands in Beijing, your local guide is ready to meet you at the customs exit, holding a placard with your name. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to ramble around on your own.

Day 2: Highlights of Beijing City
Today’s tour begins with a visit to the Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City with its palace complex of 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall. In the afternoon, come across the old Beijing by entering into the Hutong with Rickshaw, where you can try your hands at painting a facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper model and learn the stories about the crickets and grasshoppers fighting. You will end your day by visiting a Pearl Store.
Day 3: Endless Great Wall, Beijing
Today you will spend your morning at the Temple of Heaven, a truly perfect site full of history and architecture combined with local atmosphere. If you’re lucky you can do Tai Chi with a local expert. Later, you will visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round trip cable cars included), the 8th Wonder of the World.
Day 4: Summer Palace, Beijing-Xian

After breakfast, you will visit the exquisite Summer Palace. As a World Heritage site, it is an imperial summer resort famed for beautiful garden landscaping and fascinating legends of the late Qing Dynasty.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian, one of China’s four oldest historical capitals as well as the start of the ancient Silk Road. After your Xian tour escorts you to the hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

Day 5: Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights Tour

On this day you’ll first visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. As one of the most significant archeological finds in 20th century, these 6000 life-size terracotta soldiers and horses in battle formation have guarded Emperor Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum for 2, 200 years.

In the afternoon, you will tour the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling and cycling on the wall is quite an experience. After a drop by a Jade Gallery, you will proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is a historic symbol of Xian.

A recommended entertainment tonight is Tang Dynasty Show which is a chance for knowing more about ancient culture of China.

Day 6: Muslim Street, Xian-Chongqing, Embark

In the morning be familiar with this city by visiting the famous snack street - Muslim Street before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. 

Upon your arrival in Chongqing, be met and escorted to the dock for your Yangtze River Cruise. The ship will depart Chongqing at 21:00.
Note: Shore excursions may differ from different cruise companies

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City

Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for the Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China’s afterlife culture.

Then, you’ll re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff’s hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today’s sightseeing will be highlighted by a shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous gorges. Deep gorges, green mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Back at ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the evening away.

Day 9: Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze Cruise Disembark, Yichang - Shanghai
Today the last shore excursion takes you to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric complex. Disembark the cruiser at around 12 PM and meet your local guide at the pier. Continue on to stroll around the local Riverside Park and visit the Chinese Sturgeon Park to get a chance to know more about this Yangtze city.
Afterward, transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai, known as the "Paris in the East" as well as one of the biggest cities of China. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 10: Shanghai at a Glance
After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum to feast your eyes with the rich collections of art treasures and cultural relics. Then you stop at the Jiangnan Silk Workshop to see how silk is made, followed by the elegant and beautiful Yu Garden and a typical local market Yuyuan Market. In the afternoon, visit the famous Bund and French Section for featured architectures there. And then to Xintiandi, an area combining the old and modern Shanghai together.
Day 11: 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

There is no doubt that 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
XianSkytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) standar hotel star No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China Grand Noble Hotel Xian deluxe hotel star 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001 Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square deluxe hotel star No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004
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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I had never heard of China Odyssey Tours until I googled them on the internet and with some nervousness made an initial enquiry with them. Reinself Wei replied to my email and from that moment on I knew this was the agency I wanted to deal with. Thank you Reinself Wei for being our agent. We cannot fault your service. You have given us great service which has been professional, efficient, knowledgeable, prompt and without problems. You have answered all of our questions promptly and given us advice regarding our trip to China. We would definitely book through you and your company again. Thank you very much. Christine and Suzanne
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Clients: Lucia MacQuarrie

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Thanks to our amazing tour planner Alex Quan of China Odyssey Tours we had an amazing tour of 7 cities in China over 16 days. The guides have perfect English and were attentive to everything we needed, ensuring we were happy with our hotel rooms and that we made it onto the trains and planes, and they explained so much about how China operates and what it is like to live in this hugely populated country. I learned so much, and enjoyed every single tour. They gave us choices along the way, and would make extra stops for specific requests. I did not think we needed this much assistance, as I have traveled several times to Asia, but because so few Chinese people speak English, we appreciated dining suggestions and assistance with finding authentic souvenirs. We chose 5 star hotels, even requested a view of the Bund in Shanghai, and we loved every place we stayed. It was a great 4 person tour. Alex was very quick to respond to each and every email. I would recommend Odyssey Tours to anyone. I have never seen such first class service from start to finish. No surprise there are all these amazing reviews. Thank You.
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Brian Fulmer

From: Australia

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Tom Zhou has been putting together our itinerary for China and Hong Kong for next year and to date, I cannot fault anything he has done. His attention to detail and service has been excellent. Really looking forward to the trip that Tom has planned for us.
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We booked our 15 day personalised tour through Leila of China Odessey Tours. Found company on internet so was a little worried if the trip would be ok. Reviewed company on TripAdvisor and the like and seemed to have very good reviews. Our trip was awesome and the company was very obliging. Leila was great to deal with as where all guides and drivers. We highly recommend this company! Thankyou!
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