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11-Day Gourmet Journey Through China

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Shanghai

  • Tour code: China Foodie Tour-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: Welcome to Beijing, China
Your unforgettable flavors discovery tour begins with your arrival in Beijing. Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your private guide and driver will meet and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jetlag.
Day 2: Opulent Beijing & Peking Duck Dinner

After breakfast, you will take a short stroll on Tiananmen Square, once the largest square in the world stretching a vast 440,000 square meters. And then discover the amazing 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. It gives new meaning to the word “epic”. 

Continue to admire the incredible Temple of Heaven and pay a visit to the Longjing Pearl Store this afternoon.

In the evening, you will have a chance to taste the awesome Peking duck at the famous Quanjude Restaurant.

Note:
Tonight, if you’re interested, take in a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show as your optional entertainment.

Day 3: Endless Great Wall at Mutianyu, Beijing
Today’s full day private tour will take you to the awesome 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 Sacred Road, an imperial path lined with stone statues of Ming Dynasty.
Day 4: Old Beijing in Hutongs & Speed Train to Xian
Today 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. After the trip, you will be transferred to the railway station for speed train to Xian. Upon your arrival at Xian, your private guide and driver will meet and escort you to your hotel.
Day 5: Wonders of Terracotta Warriors, Xian

This morning you will visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors with over 6,000 painted life-size warriors and horses in battle-ranked formations and a Jade Gallery to indulge in the jade culture of China. Continue on to a walk on the top of the Ancient City Walls and it’s an ideal way to see the old city. Tour ends at the local Muslim Quarter composed of narrow alleys full of colors, smell, taste and sights.

Note: Tonight you can add on a Tang Dynasty dancing show that takes you back to the Emperor's Palace during the Tang Dynasty.

Day 6: Unique Experience of Home-made Dishes, Fly to Chengdu

Today you will set off to a welcoming local family for a truly unique experience of home-made dishes. If time permits, you can go to market with the host, and also visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese leisure life. Enjoy a private airport transfer for flight to Chengdu. 

Upon your arrival, your private guide and driver will pick you up and escort you to check in the hotel.

Day 7: Chengdu - Culinary Capital of China
Your private guided tour 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 endangered and rare lovely bears. Followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can sit in its tea house for a cup of traditional Chinese tea. Get ready to see what locals eat at the Chun Xi Road Pedestrian Street. It’s quite an experience!
Day 8: Cooking Class of Sichuan Cuisine, Fly to Shanghai

This morning you will have a true culinary feast - Sichuan Cuisine cooking class at Sichuan Cuisine Museum. The class will give you a unique course and look inside Sichuan cuisine. You could try your hand at making Kungpao Chicken and Mapo tofu. Enjoy your creation at lunch. Afterward drive to the airport to fly to Shanghai

Upon your arrival, your private guide and driver will pick you up and escort you to check in the hotel.

Day 9: Diversity of Shanghai

Shanghai is known as the most dynamic city in China. Embark on a private guided tour of the city highlights, including the Shanghai Museum, which presents different aspects of Chinese culture, a walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and the lovely Nanjing Road. Later pay a visit to the Silk Workshop to learn how silk is made and buy some quality silk souvenirs as you wish and enjoy the panoramic view of Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center. 

Note: The optional activity for tonight is a stunning Acrobatic Show which can bring you an unforgettable night in Shanghai.

Day 10: Local Food Walks at Shanghai
This half day food walking tour combines food and culture of Shanghai. In the morning, you will first blend with local people doing morning exercises at the Fuxing Park, later, transfer to discover the Shanghai typical house - Stone Gate, which originates from the European style architecture with the combination of local cultural elements. Followed by walking to another local street where you can see different kinds of local street food and a small local market. Try some local dim sum as your lunch today. Tour ends with a stroll through Yu Garden and Yuyuan Market, a street with impressive local street food and trinkets.
Day 11: Depart for Home from Shanghai
You will be free today before a private transfer to the airport for onward flight.

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
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
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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WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
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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
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.
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Alicia Dunbar

From: Australia

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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!
Rating: May 27th, 2017
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