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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

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

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-002
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price: from US$ 2887 US$ 2687 per person for the group with two adults & 4-star hotel
  • 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.
  • Book date: July 1 - Nov 30, 2018
  • Travel date: Mar 1 - Nov 15, 2019
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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 square. 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 afterward and enjoy a 15-minute boat ride 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 afterward 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 the airport for flight to Xi’an. On arrival, your 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 the 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 transferred to Zhujiang pier (40 to 50 minutes' drive) to embark on your 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 disembarkation in the early afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo and then enjoy exploring on your own.  you might want to go check out the well-known West Street or sign up optional activities like a countryside tour or cooking class we provide. For recreation tonight, we'd heartily recommend an optional open-air show of Impression Sanjie Liu.


Day 8: Guilin - Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise

In the morning you will be transferred to the Guilin railway station for the high-speed train to Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China. When arrive, your local tour guide will escort you to the dock to get on board. The ship will depart from Chongqing at around 9:30 pm. Are you ready to start your fantastic Yangtze River Cruise?

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.

From US$ 2887 US$ 2687 per person for the group with two adults & 4-star hotel

Early Bird Offer:
1. US$100 off US$1000 per person
2. 15% fully-refundable deposit
3. Free room upgrade at select hotels
4. One free private tour & coupons for your next booking
5. Added bonuses in select cities

Price Inclusions:

1. Entrance feesmealsaccommodations and transportation listed in the itinerary.

2. Sightseeing & English-speaking guides as outlined in the itinerary.

3. Private transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by a private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.

Price Exclusions:

1. Flightaccommodationsightseeingmeal not listed in the itinerary.

2. Visa fees.

3. Personal expenses such as room service, Internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.

4. Gratuities to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.

5. Excess baggage charges & travel insurance.

6. Optional activities and others not mentioned.

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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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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