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11-Day China's Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Yangtze River - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-006
  • 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
When you get out of the custom and arrive at the arrival hall, you will find your private tour guide is waiting for you, holding the Odynovo welcoming card with your name on hand. The guide will take care of you all the way, until you settle down at the hotel. Rest time of the day is free for you to refresh yourself from a long-haul flying.
Day 2: Beijing
Meet the guide at hotel lobby to start your city tour. The first stop is Tiananmen Square, followed by the Forbidden City - the former power seat of old China since 600 years ago. You will spend around 2.5 hours to see the main representatives in this grand royal building complex and listen to the stories about them. After that, continue to the Hutongs where you can learn about the daily life of ordinary people in the city and take a rickshaw ride.
Day 3: Beijing
Start today's tour from the Temple of Heaven, where you can see or join the locals to do morning exercise, and then proceed to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. We highly recommend Mutianyu Great Wall because this part is less crowded but with a very spectacular view. What's more, you can take the cable car to the hillside of Great Wall, which will save you many walking steps. While on it, you can do some hiking to enjoy its beautiful surrounding scenery.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
In the morning, visit the imperial Summer Palace, which is regarded as a masterpiece of Chinese imperial garden. Inside the palace, you will enjoy a short join-in boat ride on Kunming Lake if the weather permits. Later on, have a short stop at a pearl store and then head to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. After arrival in Xi'an, you will be picked up and transferred to the downtown hotel.
Day 5: Xi'an
Today, you will meet the legendary Terracotta Warriors. Terracotta Army is located in the Lintong town, so it will take around one hour from the city by drive. Usually you could spend at least 2 to 2.5 hours there to marvel at this great wonder. After the tour, you will get back to the city to visit the ancient City Wall and Muslim Street. En route, you will make a stopover at a jade gallery.
Day 6: Xi'an - Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise

Visit the Drum Tower and Small Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Chongqing. At the Drum Tower, if lucky enough, you might happen to see a Chinese folk music performance. While at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you can take a calligraphy class.

On arriving in Chongqing, the local tour guide and driver will transfer you to the dock, and help you get on board. The ship usually departs at 9:30 pm and the dinner for the first night is not included. It is better for you to prepare some food with your guide's help before embarking the cruise, or you may like to have a dinner on the board at your own expense.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise, Shibaozhai

Enjoy the relaxing morning when the boat passing by the majestic mountains along the river. In the afternoon, a short visit to Shibaozhai will provide you spectacular views from the top of the mountain. In the evening, there will be a welcome banquet and party. It will give you a good chance to make new friends. 

Optional: An optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City prepared by the Cruise Company is also good for visitors who are interested in mystical legends.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise, Shennv Stream

This morning, the ship will pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, which are two of the magnificent three gorges. So be ready with your camera. Shore excursion to Shennv Stream in the afternoon will show you not only more the primitive natural landscape of Yangtze River before the dam was built but also some touching stories of ancient ancestors.

Optional: Today, you also have the optional tour to visit White Emperor City with additional cost.

Day 9: Yangtze Cruise End, Yichang - Shanghai
The three days' cruise will end with a land tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's important and largest hydroelectric project. After that, you will be taken back to the ship and get ready for disembarkation. Your personal tour guide in Yichang will pick you up and then show you around the city to kill the time before heading to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 10: Shanghai
The highlight city exploration in Shanghai includes Shanghai Museum - one of the best museums in China where you can trace the past from its thousands of collections; Yu Garden - a small traditional Chinese garden dotted with artificial pagodas, pavilions, fountains and some rare plants; Yuyuan Market, a silk workshop, the Former French Concession and the Bund.
Day 11: Shanghai, Departure
It is the time to say goodbye. As the appointed time, your guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight departing Shanghai.

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
BeijingHoward Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing comfortable hotel star 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing 100005,China 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
XianMercure Xian On Renmin Square comfortable hotel star No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, 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 Wyndham Grand deluxe hotel star No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, China
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China Sunrise On The Bund comfortable hotel star No. 168, Gaoyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China Hyatt On The Bund deluxe hotel star 199 Huangpu Road,Shanghai Peoples Republic of China 200080

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


Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


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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Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Reinself Wei
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
Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Wendy Wan
WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
Rating: May 27th, 2017
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
Travel Consultant: 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
Travel Consultant: Leila Deng
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!
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