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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Yangtze River - Shanghai

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-13
  • Early Bird Promo: from US$ 2371/p US$ 2171/p
  • Travel period: Mar 1-Oct 31, 2018
  • Offer ends: Nov 30, 2017
  • 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.
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Day 1: Beijing, Arrival

Say Hello to China! When your flight lands in Beijing, your local guide is ready to meet you at the customs exit, holding a pick-up card with your name. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to ramble around on your own.

Day 2: Beijing, City Highlights Tour

In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City. With a history of 600 years, this royal palace continuously delights visitors with imposing pavilions, elegant ornaments and lively historic stories. In the afternoon, you will admire the Temple of Heaven, where emperors in ancient times worship Heaven for a good national harvest. 

Tonight, a recommended entertainment is Chinese Kung Fu Show, which shows the thrilling Chinese martial art for you.

Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. After breakfast, you will visit the Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round-trip cable car included), the Chang Tomb and the Jade Gallery.

Day 4: Xian City Tour
On this day you will be free until your local guide escorts you to the railway station for your train to Xian. Upon arriving in Xian, your local guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Then you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where you can see monks continuing to live here peacefully. Later take a stroll through Muslim Quarter  - the most famous local snack street in Xian. And following to see the Chinese folk culture performance Shadow Puppet Show in Gao’s Courtyard.
Day 5: Xian, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors.  These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum. Continue to visit Xian Art Ceramics Factory for knowing how to make the warriors in the past. 

After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls which is the most well-preserved ancient wall in the world, if you prefer, a cycling on the wall is highly recommended for you. Last stop will be Xian’s ancient Bell Tower, one of the landmarks of the city.

Tonight, the gorgeous Tang Dynasty Show is a wonderful choice if you wonder how to spend the entertainment in this historic city. 

Day 6: Xian - Guilin, Reed Flute Cave

Today you are free to relax or pursue personal activities until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin, China's most scenic city. Upon your arrival, your local guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

After a rest, you will head out to explore the Reed Flute Cave, which is known as A Natural Palace of Art, with a short visit to a pearl museum en route.

Day 7: Guilin - Yangshuo, Li River & 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.

The amzing landscape show Impression of Sanjie Liu in Yangshuo is a not-to-miss entertainment which is an optional activity for you.

Day 8: Yangshuo - Chongqing, Chongqing City Tour

In the morning, you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival at Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China, you will have city tour including Yangtze River Cableway, Chongqing Zoo, Three Gorges Museum and the Auditorium at Renmin Square from outside before embark the Yangtze Cruise ship.
Note: shore excursions may differ from different cruise companies.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise, Fengdu Ghost City

Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China's afterlife culture.

After, you'll re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise, Lesser Three Gorges

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous gorges. Deep gorges, green mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the night away.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges Dam, Yichang - Shanghai

Today the last shore excursion takes you to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric complex Mingled with local natural landscape, the Dam can boast as the newest scenic spot on the river.

After the Yangtze Cruise, you will be met by your local guide at the disembarking pier and transferred to the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Shanghai, China's largest city. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your local guide is ready to meet you and escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your own leisure.

Day 12: Shanghai, Yu Garden & Shanghai History Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum which houses lots of art treasures. And then you will visit Shanghai Old Street and French Concession to feel the charm of old Shanghai, followed by a silk workshop. Later visit the elegant Chinese garden - Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market to feel the local life atmosphere there.

If you prefer, considering to enjoy the Acrobatics Show which may bring you a memorable night in Shanghai.

Day 13: Shanghai, The Bund & Jinmao Tower/Departure

Today you will walk down the lively waterfront of Shanghai, known as “The Bund”. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the landmark building, Jinmao Tower, where you can get an amazing bird’s eye view of this “Paris of the East”.

Afterwards, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

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Price Inclusions (Tour starting in China):
- Entrance fees, meals, accommodations and transportation listed in the itinerary.
- English-speaking tour guides during your tour.
- Domestic flight and train ticket listed in the itinerary.

Price Exclusions:
- International airfare
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities
- Travel insurance


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.
Rating: May 27th, 2017

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From: Australia

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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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