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14-Day China Tour with Panda

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

  • Tour code: Essential Tour-Vivid-05
  • Tour Style: 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: individual tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1 Shanghai, Arrival

Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this amazing city for an adventure on your own.

Day 2 Shanghai, City Tour
Today visit some of Shanghai's city highlights. Begin with the Shanghai Museum that houses lots of cultural and historical collections. Later, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and visit the bustling Nanjing Road. Next stop is the Jade Buddha Temple, before getting a bird's eye view of Shanghai from the Jinmao Tower. After that, enjoy some free time at Xintiandi.
Day 3 Shanghai-Suzhou, Suzhou Sightseeing
Today you will be met and transferred to Suzhou and have a one-day tour in this beautiful city. You will visit the quiet and famous Lingering Garden and the Pan Gate and cruise on the Grand Canal to see the old houses along the river and special life of local people. Later visit the No.1 Silk Factory to learn how the pure silk products are made from a small cocoon. After that, get back to Shanghai.
Day 4 Shanghai-Guilin, At Leisure

Free in the day until your local guide escort you to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this dynamic city for a little adventure on your own.

Day 5 Guilin- Longsheng, Longji Terraced Fields
Today's excursion will bring you to Longsheng Autonomous County, where you'll see the magnificent and winding terraced fields, get close to Guilin's minority people and admire their colorful culture. After your tour of this breathtaking area, you will be driven back to Guilin (around 2-hour drive).
Day 6 Guilin-Yangshuo, Li River Cruise & 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.
Day 7 Elephant Trunk Hill & Reed Flute Cave, Guilin- Chengdu

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, Pearl  Museum and the Reed Flute Cave before your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu.

Upon arriving in Chengdu, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Day 8 Chengdu, Giant Pandas & City Highlights
On this day, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street.

Day 9 Chengdu-Xian, Xian City Tour

You will be free until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Then you will start to tour Xian starting with the Great Mosque and Muslim Street.

Day 10 Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights
You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and the Xian Art Ceramics Factory in the morning. After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, also have a Calligraphy Class inside Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 11 Xian-Beijing, Summer Palace

After breakfast, your guide will escorts you to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon your arrival in Beijing, be met and transferred to the Summer Palace (including a boat cruise). After that, go back to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 12 Beijing, City Highlights Tour
In the morning, you will first visit the Temple of Heaven to be amazed by the grand and beautiful architecture and may see local people practicing Taichi there. Later visit the iconic Tiananmen Square and the the magnificent Forbidden City. Proceed to explore the ancient Hutongs and walk through the Houhai Bar Street. 
Day 13 Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today you will have a full day tour to the amazing Great Wall of  Mutianyu section (incl. round trip cable car). And then visit the Chang Tomb and Jade Gallery.

Day 14 Beijing, Departure
You will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for the 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
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
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
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 Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel deluxe hotel star No. 15, Section 1, Ren Min Zhong Road,Chengdu,Sichuan
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
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 Beijing Penta Hotel comfortable hotel star 3-18 Chong Wen Wai Street,Chongwen District,Beijing 100062 PRC The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 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.

Reviews on: China Tour with Panda

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Clients: Danielmacintyre

Travel Consultant:
Shelly Qin
We had a great time visiting the panda base and the chengdu research center. Our tour guide Dana was great. She was very informative and helped us with other things we needed. The driver was great as well. Book with them!
Rating: January 6th, 2015

Clients: Valesvale

From: Italy

Travel Consultant:
Kalinda Fu
We arrived in china thinking to take part of our tour by our selves and part with travel agency.
the travel agency part has been an amazing experincing in both locations Shanghai and Guilin too.

We had two great guys showing us around describing all the best about these places.
We could touch by hand their culture and habits with all confort and services.

Both guides respectively Mr RUN and MR LI have been extremely professional and very good travel mate. They added more value to our trip.

WE strongly recommend ODISSEY TOUR to enrich your experience.
Rating: January 5th, 2015

Clients: Angus2015

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Tom Zhou
Hi I traveled China by myself and Guilin was the first place I visited, After visiting many other Asian counties nothing really prepares you for the language barrier you experience traveling to the more remote parts of china (such as Guilin).

I was so relieved to see my Guide David waiting for me at the airport when I arrived. It just took alot of the stress out of arriving in this foreign country, and the difficulty of getting to Guilin city from the Airport. My Guide David was a very likable guy, very knowledgeable of his city and its history as well the natural environment around Guilin and very easy to speak to. I spent one night in Guilin before heading to Yanshou and Odyssey Tours set me up with a very nice hotel for the night, I was very happy with my decision to go with Odyssey.

I did the Li River cruise the next day and was escorted to the ferry by David. The Li river Cruise is a MUST DO! It was absolutely fantastic, I did it in early December so the air was fresh but not to cold and the visibility was really good, but the main positive of going to china in the off season is that it isnt as busy. On the day I did the cruise there was 8 ferry's traveling from Guiling to Yangshou but aparently is peak season there can be as many as 80-100 ferrys...

Arrived at Yanshou and WOW, such an amazing town! such a good vibe around it and a kind of party atmosphere, and not as busy as in peak season... very good. I spent 4 nights in Yangshou and that was perfect to fit in the main touristy things, however there is more to do and you could spend weeks there if you were into rock climbing or MTBing.

In all so happy I went with Odyssey tours, very were fantastic and I had a ball!

Oh and when I was dropped at the airport (after my flight had been cancelled and i had been put onto another flight) there was a mass of confusion and they weren't going to let me on the plane, however David was there to the rescue and helped me to sort it out as very few employees it seemed speak English at the airport. Thankyou David!
Rating: January 4th, 2015

Clients: Mischel R

Travel Consultant:
Sophie Lu
I always wanted to see the Great wall of China eversince I visited Xiamen a couple of years back. I usually do my travel itinerary but I know for this one, it's not going to be an easy trip because of the language barrier. So, I decided to work with Odyssey for our 4D/3N itinerary in Beijing. I must say it was a very good decision to choose China Odyssey from the rest. From the time I have sent my initial email query until we were sent to the airport back to the Philippines, I felt the sincere and VIP treatment from all their staff namely Sophie, Maggi, Mr. Wong (driver, forgive me I forgot the name) and most especially our guide, Daki! Our itinerary was customized and everything I have requested for materialized (e.g. there shouldn't be shopping or stops to gem/silk factories). They have also provided us a free pocket wifi! How cool is that?! Our tour guide, Daki, adds a lot of value to the tour package. I think, having someone whom you feel comfortable with during your entire vacation matters. And i am glad we had Daki to share our awesome Beijing experience. She is very accommodating but not too persistent. She lets us decide on things about the trip that made us feel important and well taken care of. She even suggested for us to see the KungFu show (which is not in the original itinerary) and even offered to buy the tickets for us. Eventhough, it is already way past the scheduled trip, she didn't restrict us from taking more pictures or stay longer in one place. She is such a great company and can converse very well in English which makes it really easy for us to convey our requests, questions and concerns. Aside from that, both Daki and Mr. Wong are very prompt and well coordinated. Overall, it was a great vacation, not only because we've seen the great wall of China, but also because we have gained a friend back in China and that is Daki! Take care and more power to you guys!!!
Rating: January 4th, 2015

Clients: Curt A

Travel Consultant:
Agnes Wu
Our guide, Betty, anticipated our needs for comfort and knowledge and was well prepared for the day. She confirmed our level of enjoyment and satisfaction throughout the day. She was extremely energetic and very knowledgeable about the Warriors and her city. The Warriors were an impressive site that lived up to our high expectations. The bike ride around the top of the city wall was fun and a great way to see a lot of Xi'an.
Rating: January 2nd, 2015
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Vince939
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Xi'an tour recommendations

Reviewed January 27, 2015

I booked a tour with China Odyssey that included a visit to Xi'ian and was rewarded with a highly organized tour with a guide, Brittany, who used to work within the Terracotta Warrior complex. So she is extremely knowledgeable about the site as well as personable, very detail-oriented, and has ...

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