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11-Day Scenic China & Zhangjiajie Tour

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai

  • Tour code: Essential Tour-Spectacular-01E
  • 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
Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Your local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure to ramble in this not-to-miss destination to get touch with the nation's ancient past as well as the China's contemporary culture.
Day 2: Impressive Heritage of Beijing
On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square, the largest plaza on earth. Passing through the iconic Tiananmen Gate, then you will get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Forbidden City from the Jingshan Park, China’s No.1 palace complex famous for its grand royal buildings, exquisite ornaments and priceless treasures.
In the afternoon you will admire the Temple of Heaven and blend with the locals doing exercises inside the huge grounds.
Day 3: The Mighty Great Wall at Mutianyu
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will tour the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape that surrounds the Wall. Descending the Great Wall, you will stop by a Jade Gallery and then take a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and after life stories.
Day 4: Summer Palace & Speed Train to Xian
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: Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights
In the morning, you will venture outside the city, touring the wonders of Terracotta Warriors and Horses with over 6,000 painted life-size warriors and horses in battle-ranked formations and the Xian Art Ceramics Factory.In the afternoon, take a walk on the top of the Ancient City Walls which is an ideal way to admire this ancient capital city.
Day 6: Last Glance of Xian & Flight to Zhangjiajie
Your tour begins with Great Mosque, one of China’s largest mosques, and the Muslim Street to admire the exotic religious architecture and Muslim culture. Your Xian tour ends at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before driving to the airport for onward flight to Zhangjiajie.
Upon your arrival at Zhangjiajie, 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: Avatar in Real Life, Wulingyuan
After breakfast, you will devote your whole day to Wulingyuan Scenic Area.You will first take Bailong elevator up to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area - the most visited area, where mountains are said to be the source for Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain. You will then impressed by the First Bridge Under the Sun, Fairy Maiden Presenting Flowers, Imperial Brush Peak. You will end your tour by touring Mt. Tianzi - The Emperor Mountain (including cable car) and Ten-mile Gallery (including round trip train).
Day 8: Natural Wonders of Zhangjiajie Natinal Forest Park
After breakfast, you will set off on a walk inside the world’s most beautiful canyon-Golden Whip Stream Canyon (2.5-3 hours). Later,you will enjoy a leisurely time at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon which is attractive for its cliffs, lakes, caves and streams. The highlight of today is to explore the world’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge.
Day 9: Symbol and Soul of Zhangjiajie & Flight to Shanghai
Today, you will start your to by taking the longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain(also named Heavenly Gate Mountain), It is regarded as the symbol & soul of Zhangjiajie and is the first recorded mountain in history of Zhangjiajie. You can experience the thrilling walkway and cliff-hanging glass skywalk at the height around 1,500 meters above sea level. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 10: Shanghai City Discovery
Enjoying a Shanghai chronicles visit in the Shanghai Museum for tracing the past, present and future of this charming city from the collections there. 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, follow by a famous Silk workshop. In the late afternoon, you will get a chance to visit the Bund and get a bird's eye view of the modern Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Day 11: Shanghai, Departure
Enjoy a leisure time before heading for the airport for your flight back home.

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
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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Everyone should go to China and see the terracotta warriors. But if you go, you want the best experience, and that is with China Odyssey Tours and their tour guide Cathy. My family of five went over Christmas, 2016. Cathy was such a blessing, she was fun, interesting, insightful and really catered to our individual family needs, and that is not always easy.

We saw the terracotta warriors, but Cathy made it much more than an exhibit. She made the experience come alive. We could almost see the workers placing the soldiers. It was my husband's bucket list and Cathy did not disappoint. Her commentary was exceptional. We will never forget the trip, Cathy made it special.
Rating: February 15th, 2017

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We are in the beginning stages of planning a tour to China. We found Odyssey Tours through reviews on Trip Advisor and we were introduced to Mr. Reinself Wei via email. Mr Reinself Wei has been very helpful in planning our trip, and he has been excellent to communicate with. We are very happy with all the planning and and look forward to our trip.
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My wife and I booked our Odyssey tour with the assitance of Wendy and it was the best trip of our lives. We traveled to Beijing China and it was SPECTACULAR. I can not begin to tell how great the service was from meeting our tour guide and drive at the airport until our last day. My hat goes off to Daniel, our tour guide and Mr. Lee the driver. Also, what I found to be interesting was my wife and I went on our own for a celebratory dinner and Daniel encouraged that we give him a telephone to assure him that we made it in safe. If anyone has the opportunity to travel to Asia, I would encourage them to take advantage of Odyssey for the service is top notch.
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Alex Quan has been amazing, helping us arrange our special celebratory trip to China for 2017. He has made it so easy, and has been so kind when I have asked SO MANY questions. Alex has met every change with a positive can-do attitude. We can't wait to begin our adventure. Thank you Alex, keep up the great work.
Rating: February 14th, 2017

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TOUR COMPANY! PERFECT ITINERARY, TOURS AND SUPPORT!This review is long overdue.My family has traveled to all 50 U.S. States and nearly 40 countries. That said, we had never been to China. After searching for the perfect tour company and itinerary, I finally came across Odyssey Tours. My contact and the person that was intregal in insuring our 18-day tour of China was perfect was Alex Quan. Alex was very pleasant and helpful and worked with me to put together an itinerary that our family will never forget. Equally fabulous, similar but different Hong Kong and Shanghai followed by stunning and beautiful Guilin. The Giant Pandas of Chengdu, The Terracota Army of Xian, and the amazing history of Beijing with its' Great Wall, Forbidden City, Winter Palace and many other sites. These are obviously just the highlight sites however, there are way too many memorable and historic sites to list here. Everything went beautifully with our tours and tour guides. An amazing education and a trip our family with never forget. Thanks again to tour Coordinator Alex Quan along with our fantastic guides; William, Alice, J.J., David (our favorite), Kevin, Erin and Leo. They all did such a great job! We look forward to returning to spectacular China someday and when we do, we'll absolutely use China Odyssey Tours!Thanks again Alex Quan and Odyssey Tours!
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