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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangtze River - Shanghai

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-13
  • 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

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: Beijing, City Highlights Tour

In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City. With a history of 600 years, this royal palace continuous delight 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 worship Heaven for a good national harvest. 

Tonight, a recommended entertainment is Chinese Kung Fu Show which shows the thrilling Chinese martial art for you.

Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. After breakfast, you will visit the Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round-trip cable car included), the Chang Tomb and the Jade Gallery.

Day 4: Xian City Tour
On this day you will be free until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arriving in Xian, your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Then you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where you can see monks continuing to live here peacefully. Later take a stroll through Muslim Quarter – the most famous local snack street in Xian. And following to see the Chinese folk culture performance Shadow Puppet Show in Gao’s Courtyard.
Day 5: Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors.  These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum. Continue to visit Xian Art Ceramics Factory for knowing how to make the warriors in the past. 

After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls which is the well-preserved ancient wall in the world, if you prefer, a cycling on the wall is highly recommended for you. Last stop will be Xian’s ancient Bell Tower, one of the landmark of the city.

Tonight, the gorgeous Tang Dynasty Show is a wonderful choice if you wonder how to spend the entertainment in this historic city. 

Day 6: Xian-Guilin, Reed Flute Cave

Today you are free to relax or pursue personal activities until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin, China's most scenic city. Upon your arrival, your local guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

After a rest you will head out to explore the Reed Flute Cave, which is known as A Natural Palace of Art, with a short visit to a pearl museum.

Day 7: Guilin-Yangshuo, Li River & West Street

After breakfast, you will be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will be free to explore Yangshuo and its famous West Street.

The amzing landscape show Impression of Sanjie Liu in Yangshuo is a not-to-miss entertainment which is an optional activity for you.

Day 8: Yangshuo-Chongqing, Chongqing City Tour

In the morning, you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival at Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China, you will have city tour including Yangtze River Cableway, Chongqing Zoo, Three Gorges Museum and the Auditorium at Renmin Square from outside before embark the Yangtze Cruise ship.
Note: shore excursions may differ from different cruise companies.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City

Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for 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.

After, 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 10: Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the 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 to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the night away.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam,Yichang- Shanghai

Today the last shore excursion takes you to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric complex Mingled with local natural landscape, the Dam can boast as the newest scenic spot on the river.

After the Yangtze Cruise, you will be met by your local guide at the disembarking pier and transferred to the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Shanghai, China's largest city. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your local guide is ready to meet you and escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your own leisure.

Day 12: Shanghai, Yu Garden & Shanghai History Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum which houses lots of art treasures. And then you will visit Shanghai Old Street and French Section to feel the charm of old Shanghai, followed by the a silk workshop. Later visit the elegant Chinese garden - Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market to feel the local life atmosphere there.

If you prefer, considering to enjoy the Acrobatics Show which may bring you a memorable night in Shanghai.

Day 13: Shanghai, The Bund & Jinmao Tower/Departure

Today you will walk down the lively waterfront of Shanghai, known as “The Bund”. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the landmark building, Jinmao Tower, where you can get an amazing bird’s eye view of this “Paris of the East”.

Afterwards, you will be escorted 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
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
GuilinHotel Universal standar hotel star #1 JiefangDong Road, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001 Guilin Bravo Hotel comfortable hotel star No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541002, China Guilin Shangri-la Hotel deluxe hotel star 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China
YangshuoYangshuo New Century Hotel Principle Building comfortable hotel star Near Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi P.R, China. Green Lotus Hotel deluxe hotel star No.1 Guanlian Road Yangshuo Guilin Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region China 541900
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: JML1941

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
We enjoyed our visit to Guilin organized by Femando Shen of Odyssey Tours. The real highlight was the Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo: we spent the entire 5 hour cruise on the upper d ck of the comfortable cruise boat enjoying the stunning scenery. This must be one of the most spectacular river cruises anywhere. Our hotel, The Golden Oriole, was excellent with a very good restaurant and in a great location. We very much enjoyed walking along the river and the lake from the hotel both in the early morning and at night to see all the activity there in this beautiful city park. Our guide Henry and driver were both very good, and we can highly recommend this company. We also visited the rice terraces at Longsheng, but found this was hardly worth the long drive to get there at this time of year.
Rating: December 11th, 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: Tayba M

From: Kenya

Travel Consultant:
Reinself Wei
My younger brother and I decided to visit China for 10 days. We are from Kenya and thanks to Rein, (who custom tailored our trip, was professional, helpful always plus I was delighted when he called to check up on us while touring) and the Odyssey team we had an AMAZING time. Guilin was absolutely STUNNING! Took my breath away. Our tour guide David had to be my favourite. Apart from being eloquent, he was like a long lost friend, especially to my younger brother. He made the trip fun and extremely interesting. I remember telling him I wished my teachers back in school were as interesting as he was! I'm back home recommending this awesome Tours to friends! Thank you for taking excellent care of us Rein, you are the best!
Rating: December 8th, 2016
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