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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

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

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-13
  • 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 your flight lands at the airport in Beijing, your personal tour guide is ready to welcome you at the arrival customs exit, holding a picking-up card with your name and the logo of Odyssey Tours. And you will be escorted to your hotel.The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or ramble around on your own.
Day 2: The Forbidden City

In the morning, the guide will pick you up at hotel lobby to start the exploration of this historical city. You will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walk through Tiananmen Gate, and you will enter the splendid Forbidden City which always amazes visitors from all over the world with imposing pavilions, elegant ornaments and lively historic stories. Continue to the Summer Palace afterwards and enjoy a short cruise on Kunming Lake.

Tonight, a recommended optional entertainment Chinese Kung Fu Show will show the thrilling Chinese martial art for you.

Day 3: The Great Wall
No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today, you will see it.After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with round way cable car) and you can do some slight hiking on the Great Wall to enjoy the majestic scenery. Continue the tour to Chang Tomb afterwards and the Jade Gallery.
Day 4: Temple of Heaven, Fly to Xi’an
After breakfast, be escorted to visit the spectacular Temple of Heaven where you can watch and take part in the locals to do Tai Chi morning exercises, and then tour the Hutongs by rickshaw to learn about the daily life of ordinary people in the city, and then head to airport for flight to Xi’an. On arrival, local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 5: Terracotta Warriors
This day will be your most memorable day in Xi’an as you will explore the mystery of the underground army of Terracotta Warriors. Surely, you will be surprised by the thousands of vivid clay statues in life size. After tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Xi’an Art Ceramics Factory, we will come back to the city to visit the Ancient City Wall and Muslim Street.
Day 6: Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave
Fly to Guilin in the morning. Upon arrival, be met at the airport and escorted to visit the Reed Flute Cave and Pearl Museum before getting to the hotel.
Day 7: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo

After breakfast, you will be driven to the pier (40 to 50 minutes' drive) to start the Li River cruise down to Yangshuo. During the cruise, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views, and may even have the illusion that you are in a Chinese landscape painting.

After the cruise, check into the hotel and then explore Yangshuo and it’s the West Street on your own.

In the evening, an optional show of Impression Liu Sanjie will be available for you to get known about the minority groups in Guilin.

Day 8: Guilin - Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise

In the morning you will be transferred to the Guilin airport for flight to Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China. When arrive, local tour guide will escort you to do a city tour before sending you to the dock to get on board.

Firstly, you will experience the Yangtze River Cableway, and then visit Chongqing Zoo to see pandas. The following Three Gorges Museum will give you a general idea about the Three Gorges Dam. You also will pass by Chongqing Great Hall and can stop to see the beautiful building from outside.

Get on board at around 5pm afterwards and be ready for your Yangtze River cruise. The ship will depart from Chongqing at around 9:30pm.

Day 9: Yangtze River, Shibaozhai

Enjoy the relaxing morning when the boat passing by the majestic mountains along the river. In the afternoon, a sort visit to Shibaozhai will provide you spectacular views from the top of a mountain.

An optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City is also available for those who are interested in mystical matters.

In the evening, there will be a welcome banquet and party which will give you a good chance to get known new friends. Just enjoy it!

Day 10: Yangtze River, Shennv Stream

This morning, the ship will pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, two of the magnificent three gorges. So be ready with your camera.

Shore excursion to Shennv Stream in the afternoon will provide you not only more primitive natural landscape of Yangtze River before the dam was built but also some touching stories.

You also have the option to visit White Emperor City.

Day 11: Three Gorges Dam, Fly to Shanghai

The three days’ cruise will end with a land tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. After that, come back to the ship and get ready for disembarkation.

Your personal tour guide in Yichang will pick you up from the dock and escort you to do a quick sightseeing in the city of Yichang before heading to airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 12: Shanghai Museum & Yu Garden
After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to start today’s tour. Firstly come to Shanghai Museum for tracing the past from its thousands of collections, then Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market, a silk workshop and the Former French Concession, end today’s tour with strolling on the Bund.
Day 13: Shanghai, Departure
Today, you will be free until the tour guide pick you up and transfer you to airport to fly home.

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
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
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


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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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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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.
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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.
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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!
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