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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

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

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-002
  • 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 Beijing Capital Airport, your personal tour guide is ready to welcome you at the arrival hall exit, with your name board and the logo of Odynovo in hand. Later, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and recover from jet lag.
Day 2: Beijing
In the first day of your China tour, your tour guide will accompany you to start the city exploration from Tiananmen Square. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, get to the splendid Forbidden City - the seat of power since 600 years ago which always amazes visitors from all over the world with its imposing pavilions, elegant ornaments and lively historic stories. Afterward, visit the imperial Summer Palace and enjoy a short boat ride on Kunming Lake if the weather permits.
Day 3: Beijing

It’s not a complete China tour to leave Beijing without visiting the majestic Great Wall. Today, you will get a chance to see it.

After 2 hours' driving, you will arrive at the Mutianyu Great Wall. It is a less crowded section, so you will enjoy the better scenery. Take the cable car up, do some hiking on it, and get down by cable car again. You might spend around 2 or 3 hours on hiking and then drive back with another hour's driving to visit Chang Ling - the largest and best preserved of the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty. On the way back to Beijing, take a stopover at a jade gallery.

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Firstly, you will go to the Temple of Heaven. It was a sacred place visited by the emperors yearly to pray for a good harvest but nowadays has become a public park where you can watch and join the locals to do morning exercises. Later on, get to Hutongs to see traditional houses of old Beijing and try the outdated rickshaw. Afterward, fly two hours to Xi'an and then go to your downtown hotel after arrival with your tour guide's help.

Optional: You could also take a high-speed train from Beijing to Xi'an, which will take around 5 to 6 hours on road. It is a good way to experience local life and a good way to cut down the tour cost. If you prefer it, feel free to let us know.

Day 5: Xi'an
This day will be your most memorable day in Xi’an as you will uncover the mystery of the underground army of Terracotta Warriors. Here, you will be astonished by the thousands of vivid clay statues there in life size. After the tour and a short visit to Xi’an Art Ceramics Factory, drive back to the city to visit Ancient City Wall and the Muslim Street in the downtown.
Day 6: Xi'an - Guilin
Fly to Guilin in the morning (about 2 hours). Upon arrival, your tour guide and driver will welcome you at the arrival hall and escort you to visit the Reed Flute Cave and a pearl store first before getting to your hotel. In the inartificial cave, you will see many stalactites and stalagmites illuminated by colorful lights and learn how they were formed.
Day 7: Guilin - Yangshuo

After breakfast, you will be taken to Zhujiang pier (about 50 minutes by car) to start the Li River Cruise down to Yangshuo. Along the river, you will be immersed in the picturesque scenery formed by towering peaks, bamboo groves and rice paddies. It will take around 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on the water level.

After the cruise, your tour guide will accompany you to walk through the busy West Street and then to head to your hotel. After refreshment for a while, take a countryside tour either by bicycle or by private vehicle.

Day 8: Yangshuo - Guilin - Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise

After breakfast, be transferred to the railway station for your high-speed train (3.5 hours) to Chongqing. On arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the dock to check-in for your Yangtze River Cruise.

The ship usually departs Chongqing at 9:00 pm.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise, Shibaozhai

Have a leisure morning on the board to enjoy the scenery on both sides of Yangtze River. In the afternoon, take the included excursion to Shibaozhai, a historical red pavilion hanging on a solitary hill to serve as a path to the top of the hill where you can get a sweeping view of the surrounding area.

Optional: In the morning, you could take an optional land tour to Fengdu Ghost City organized by the cruise company at your own expense.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise, Shennv Stream

Enjoy another leisure morning while the cruise continues. In the afternoon, join in the group to visit Shennv Stream. Take a wooden flat bottom boat to reach the depth of the valley, relish in the stunning scenery and catch the chance to see original life of locals.

Optional: If you’re interested in Chinese history very much, the excluded optional tour to the White King Town may be a nice choice.

Day 11: Yangtze Cruise End, Yichang - Shanghai
After breakfast, take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam - a must-see wonder of engineering in modern time. Disembark the cruise at noon and then your private tour guide in Yichang will pick you up. Before heading to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, you will have a quick glimpse of the city. Arrive in Shanghai at night and be transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Day 12: Shanghai
Discover the city from Shanghai Museum and trace back to the past from its thousands of collections. Continue your tour to Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market, a silk workshop and the Former French Concession. End today's tour with strolling on the Bund where you can get a microcosm of Old Shanghai dating back to the 1920s.
Day 13: Shanghai, Departure
Today, you will be free until the tour guide picks you up and transfers 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
GuilinGuilin Park Hotel comfortable hotel star 1, Luosi Hill, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001 Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin comfortable hotel star No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi, 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 Banyan Tree Yangshuo deluxe hotel star No. 168 Zhengdong Street, Fuli Town, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi
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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