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12-Day China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Shanghai

  • Tour code: BasicTour-Best-20
  • Early Bird Promo: from US$ 2265/p US$ 2065/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
Upon your arrival at Beijing International airport, your private guide will meet and escort you to meet up with your private driver. Then you will drive to the hotel for relax and recover from the jetlag.
Day 2: Highlights of Beijing
After breakfast, we will admire the Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City with its palace complex of 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall. After that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Forbidden City from the Jingshan Park. In the afternoon, you will be introduced to the Beijing Ancient Royal Observatory (from Ming and Qing Dynasty).
Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today’s full day private tour will take you to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, about 1.5 hours drive), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and surrounding landscapes. Continue to a visit to the Chang Tomb, an imperial tomb of Ming Dynasty and stop at a Jade Gallery indulging in the jade culture of China.

Note: Tonight, you can consider enjoy the optional Chinese Kung Fu Show to immerse yourself in the charm of Chinese martial art.

Day 4: Beijing - Xian, Summer Palace
After breakfast, you will explore the exquisite Summer Palace before drive to the train station with a private vehicle and guide. The high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Xian takes about 5.5 hours ride.
Upon arriving in Xian, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out to discover what this amazing city has to offer.
Day 5: Stunning Terracotta Warriors
Today’s tour begins with the Ancient City Walls. And then explore the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk in and marvel at the scene that the 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. Afterward, discover the Xian Art Ceramics Factory and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before take a walk to the Great Tang All Day Mall in the evening.
Day 6: Xian - Chengdu, Local Family & Muslim Street
After breakfast, you will visit the Great Mosque, one of the largest mosques in china, and wander the backstreets of the local Muslim community. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for onward flight to Chengdu.
Upon your arrival at Chengdu, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own.
Day 7: Chengdu, Giant Pandas & Wenshu Temple
Today begins with a visiting to see the lovely giant panda in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will enjoy this cheerful morning with this bamboo-eating animal. Followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can sit in its tea house for a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu at Jin Li Old Street.
Day 8: Fly to Guilin & Karst Landscapes
Enjoy the private transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival at Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your private guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.  You will then admire the amazing Reed Flute Cave and stop at a Pearl shop this afternoon. 
Day 9: Guilin, Li River Cruise & Countryside Tour
It is a relaxing day begins with a Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. The crystal Li River lined with peaks and pinnacles make visitors a feeling of stepping into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will enjoy the countryside tour by bicycling or car (about 1-2 hours) to a picture-postcard landscape.
Note: Enjoy an optional night show Impression of Sanjie Liu which is a wonderful delight.
Day 10: Shanghai City Discovery
Fly to Shanghai this morning. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your private guide will meet and escort you to check in the hotel.  This afternoon, you will witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of Shanghai Financial Center. Follow by a visit to a Silk workshop.  
Day 11: Shanghai Water Town Tour
In the morning, drive to the historic Zhujiajiao Water Town (about 50 minutes drive) where is a good place to enjoy being away from the big city. Continue to visit the representative of the Chinese classic garden - Yu Garden, and the nearby Yu Market which is a bustling bazaar in old town of Shanghai.
Day 12: Shanghai Departure
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Staying at comfortable 4-star hotels from US$ 2265 2065 pp
Travel between Mar 1 and Oct 31, 2018
Book before Nov 30, 2017
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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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Clients: Christine Dwyer Johnson

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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
Rating: May 28th, 2017

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WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
Rating: May 28th, 2017

Clients: Lucia MacQuarrie

From: Canada

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Alex Quan
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

Clients: Brian Fulmer

From: Australia

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

Clients: Alicia Dunbar

From: Australia

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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!
Rating: May 27th, 2017
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