Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai
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.
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 Later on, get to Hutongs to see traditional houses of old Beijing and try the outdated rickshaw.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Beijing||Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing 100005,China||Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China||The Regent Beijing 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China|
|Xian||Mercure Xian On Renmin Square No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China||Grand Noble Hotel Xian 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001||Wyndham Grand No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, China|
|Guilin||Guilin Park Hotel 1, Luosi Hill, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001||Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin, Guangxi, China||Guilin Shangri-la Hotel 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China|
|Yangshuo||Yangshuo New Century Hotel Principle Building Near Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi P.R, China.||Green Lotus Hotel No.1 Guanlian Road Yangshuo Guilin Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region China 541900||Banyan Tree Yangshuo No. 168 Zhengdong Street, Fuli Town, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi|
|Shanghai||Greenland Jiulong Hotel No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China||Sunrise On The Bund No. 168, Gaoyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China||Hyatt On The Bund 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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