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12-Day China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Shanghai

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-20
  • 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
Upon your arrival at Beijing International airport, your private guide will meet and escort you to meet up with your private driver. Then you will drive to the hotel for relax and recover from the jetlag.
Day 2: Highlights of Beijing
After breakfast, we will admire 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. After that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Forbidden City from the Jingshan Park. In the afternoon, you will be introduced to the Beijing Ancient Royal Observatory (from Ming and Qing Dynasty).
Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today’s full day private tour will take you to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, about 1.5 hours drive), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and surrounding landscapes. Continue to a visit to the Chang Tomb, an imperial tomb of Ming Dynasty and stop at a Jade Gallery indulging in the jade culture of China.

Note: Tonight, you can consider enjoy the optional Chinese Kung Fu Show to immerse yourself in the charm of Chinese martial art.

Day 4: Beijing-Xian, Summer Palace
After breakfast, you will explore the exquisite Summer Palace before drive to the train station with a private vehicle and guide. The high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Xian takes about 5.5 hours ride.
Upon arriving in Xian, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out to discover what this amazing city has to offer.
Day 5: Stunning Terracotta Warriors
Today’s tour begins with the Ancient City Walls. And then explore the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk in and marvel at the scene that the 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. Afterward, discover the Xian Art Ceramics Factory and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before take a walk to the Great Tang All Day Mall in the evening.
Day 6: Xian-Chengdu, Local Family & Muslim Street
After breakfast, you will visit the Great Mosque, one of the largest mosques in china, and wander the backstreets of the local Muslim community. Your private tour ends at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before driving to the airport for onward flight to Chengdu.
Upon your arrival at Chengdu, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own.
Day 7: Chengdu, Giant Pandas & Wenshu Temple
Today begins with a visiting to see the lovely giant panda in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will enjoy this cheerful morning with this bamboo-eating animal. Followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can sit in its tea house for a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu at Jin Li Old Street.
Day 8: Fly to Guilin & Karst Landscapes
Enjoy the private transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival at Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your private guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.  You will then admire the amazing Reed Flute Cave and stop at a Pearl shop this afternoon. 
Day 9: Guilin, Li River Cruise & Countryside Tour
It is a relaxing day begins with a Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. The crystal Li River lined with peaks and pinnacles make visitors a feeling of stepping into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will enjoy the countryside tour by bicycling or car (about 1-2 hours) to a picture-postcard landscape.
Note: Enjoy an optional night show Impression of Sanjie Liu which is a wonderful delight.
Day 10: Shanghai City Discovery
Fly to Shanghai this morning. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your private guide will meet and escort you to check in the hotel.  This afternoon, you will witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of Shanghai Financial Center. Follow by a visit to a Silk workshop.  
Day 11: Shanghai Water Town Tour
In the morning, drive to the historic Zhujiajiao Water Town (about 50 minutes drive) where is a good place to enjoy being away from the big city. Continue to visit the representative of the Chinese classic garden - Yu Garden, and the nearby Yu Market which is a bustling bazaar in old town of Shanghai.
Day 12: Shanghai Departure
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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
ChengduMinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel standar hotel star No 88, Northern Road of Xiaojia River, No 4 of the Southern Part of Yihaung Road, Chengdu, Sichuan Tianfu Sunshine Hotel comfortable hotel star No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Sofitel Chengdu Taihe deluxe hotel star 15 Binjiang Middle Road, Sichuan Province CHENGDU, CHINA
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
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

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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: 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.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.
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
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