Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Yangtze River - Shanghai - Hong Kong
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 jetlag or to ramble around on your own.
In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you will then enter the splendid Forbidden City. With a history of 600 years, this royal palace continues to delights visitors with imposing pavilions, elegant ornaments and lively historic stories.
In the afternoon, you will admire the Temple of Heaven, where emperors in ancient times worshiped Heaven for a good national harvest. Then pay a visit to a Pearl Store.
And if you prefer, enjoy a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show tonight is a wonderful choice for you.
No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. You will visit to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round trip cable car included) which was originally built over 2,000 years ago and renovated in Ming Dynasty, and now is regarded as an iconic site of China with breathtaking scenery when standing on it. Later you will visit the Chang Tomb which is the largest tomb of 13 Ming Dynasty mausoleums before being transferred back to your hotel.
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. Upon your arrival in Xian, your local guide will meet and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
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 Bell Tower,a famous landmark of Xian.
The recommended for tonight is Tang Dynasty Show which may bring you back to one of the most prosperous dynasties in China.
The morning tour will take you to the Great Mosque to appreciate the exotic Muslim architecture and culture,and Muslim Street where you can see the daily life of Xian Muslims. Then transferred to the airport for a flight to Chongqing.
Upon your arrival at Chongqing airport, you will be greeted and escorted to your Yangtze Cruise ship, which departs the city at 9:00 pm.
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.
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.
After breakfast, you will feast your eyes with the rich collections of Shanghai Museum, followed by the Jiangnan Silk Workshop. Then you will visit the elegant and tranquil Yu Garden and explore Yuyuan Market to see the local lifestyle of this city.
In the afternoon, get a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center and then stroll along the famous Bund and Nanjing Road which is the most bustling area in Shanghai.
Acrobatics Show is a recommendation for you tonight to spend your night entertaiment with this awesome performance.
You will be free on this day until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong.
Upon your arrival at Hong Kong, a vibrant metropolis, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Today is free at leisure and you can discover Hong Kong in your way. Do crazy shopping, tour major highlights or visit friends...It is up to you.
Below are our suggested itineraries. If you are interested, please let your travel consultant know.
Option 1 (about 5 hrs) : You will explore Hong Kong's unique blend of Chinese heritage and colonial influences. Your tour will include Victoria Peak, the floating community of Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and Stanley Market of Hong Kong Island. Free in the afternoon.
Option 2 (about 4.5 hrs) : You will be met from the hotel and transferred to Central Hong Kong Park which is the first stop and start tour to visit the below items: Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Rawlinson House, Peak Tram Station, The Helena May Building, St Johns Cathedral, St Josephs Church, Government House (view external only), Central Government Offices (view external only), Former French Mission Building, HSBC Main Building and Bank of China Building. After the tour, be transferred back to your hotel.
Notes: Sections of this tour involve walks up steep hills which may be strenuous for some people.
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 Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Beijing||Dong Fang Hotel Beijing No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050||Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China||The Regent Beijing 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China|
|Xian||Skytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China||Grand Noble Hotel Xian 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 No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004|
|Shanghai||Greenland Jiulong Hotel No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China||The Bund Hotel 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China||The Westin Bund Center Shanghai 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.
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.
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.
Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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