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12-Day Essential China for Seniors

Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Hangzhou - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-044
  • 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
Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival, meet your guide who is waiting for you outside the arrival hall. You can identify the guide by finding your name and Odynovo logo holding in the hand. It will take about one hour to drive from the airport to the hotel. On the way, the guide will give you some overview information about our capital city and appoint starting time for tomorrow.
Day 2: Beijing
Start the city exploring from Tiananmen Square, the badge of political center of today’s China. Next stop is the grand Forbidden City, which was the power seat of ancient China since 600 years ago. You will be amazed by the imposing royal building complex and the old stories happened in it. Finally, enjoy some relaxing time at the Summer Palace with a short boat riding on Kunming Lake if the weather permits.
Day 3: Beijing
It is the day to the Great Wall! After breakfast, drive about 2 hours to Mutianyu where you can visit the magnificent Great Wall with cable car up and down. After getting on it, some moderate hiking is suggested for you to enjoy more of the superb scenery. Later, proceed to Chang Tomb, one of the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty and have an en-route stop at a jade gallery before heading back to the city.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
Enjoy the last morning in Beijing at the graceful Temple of Heaven. Once the holy place to worship the heaven now has become an earthbound park where you can see how the retired people spend their morning time. If you want, you can join the locals to play Taichi. In the afternoon, take 5 to 6 hours' high-speed train to Xi'an. After arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel by your local guide.
Day 5: Xi'an
This morning is packed with an exciting tour to the legendary Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant archeological finds in the world, and Xi'an Art Ceramics Factory where you can get known of how the great clay army was created. In the afternoon, drive about one hour back to the city and stop to see an underground cave dwelling for indigene in the past. Such kind of old-fashioned may totally disappear soon. While in the city, you will have a leisurely stroll through the Muslim Street, the center of a sizable Chinese-Muslim community in Xi'an.
Day 6: Xi'an - Guilin
This morning, you will visit a local family and learn how to make dumplings, stretch noodles, and some other homely dishes with the host. If time permits, you can follow the host to purchase ingredients or visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese leisure life. After lunch, head to airport for the flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 7: Guilin - Yangshuo
Check out the hotel after breakfast, and then take 50 minutes' drive to Zhujiang pier, where you could embark the Li River Cruise down to Yangshuo. The cruise usually lasts about 4 hours, depending to the water level. Along the river, you will be stunned by the picturesque pastoral views formed with towering peaks and crystal waters. Lunch will be served on the board. The boat will disembark in Yangshuo at about 1:30 pm. After the cruise, you will get through the West Street rammed with various shops, cafes and restaurants, and then be transferred to your hotel. The rest day is free for your own exploration.
Day 8: Yangshuo - Guilin - Hangzhou
After breakfast, ride bicycle or take private drive to enjoy the idyllic countryside scenery dotted with tranquil rice paddies, verdant hills, flowing waters and mottled small villages firstly. Later, drive back to Guilin, visit Reed Flute Cave and a pearl store before flying to Hangzhou. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to the hotel by your tour guide.
Day 9: Hangzhou
Follow your tour guide to discover the poetic charm of the West Lake in the morning. Whether rainy or sunny, you can always enjoy a typical picture with classical beauty of China: tree-lined causeways, exquisite pavilions, stone bridges that contrast with the water, and leisurely boats on the lake. In the afternoon, continue the tour to Lingyin Temple, Dragon Well Tea Plantation and Museum of Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Drugstore. At the drugstore, you can see people come and go to buy different Chinese herbal medicine, just as what could be seen hundreds years ago.
Day 10: Hangzhou - Shanghai
Enjoy a relaxing morning at Hangzhou Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion, where you could see many interesting and traditional Chinese handicrafts, as well try the painting on a round fan.In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 11: Shanghai
Start the city tour from the Bund and Shanghai Museum to get a general idea of Shanghai's part, and then to Yu Garden to discover the difference between the commonality use garden and the royal garden such as the Summer Palace. Later on, enjoy an hour's leisure walking around the urban area: the famous Maoming Road, Bugaoli old buildings, and Fuxing Park. Through the walking, the past, present and future of Shanghai will catch your eyes. Finally, have a visit to the Former French Concession.
Day 12: Shanghai, Departure
It is the time to say goodbye now. When you are ready, your personal guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

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
HangzhouHangzhou Hotel comfortable hotel star No.546 YanAn Road Hangzhou, China,310006 Zhejiang Grand Hotel comfortable hotel star 595 Yan'an Road, Xiacheng District, Hanghzou China Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale - Hangzhou deluxe hotel star No.555 Fengqi Road.Xiacheng District.Hangzhou.China
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.

Reviews on: Essential China for Seniors

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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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