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11-Day Scenic China & Zhangjiajie Tour

Tour route: Beijing - Xi'an - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-061
  • 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
Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your personal tour guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel safely. It usually takes about one hour's drive from the airport to the downtown hotel. On the way, the guide will give you an overview of Beijing. After settling down in the hotel, you can take a break to recover yourself from jet lag.
Day 2: Beijing
Start your China tour from iconic Tiananmen Square. Next, continue to visit the Forbidden City. In here, you will appreciate hundreds of ancient exquisite architectures and listen to the stories of royal families that were handed down for generations. Get out from the emperor's huge courtyard, and then proceed to the Jingshan Park where you will get a bird's-eye view of the splendid royal palaces from the top of the artificial Coal Hill.
Day 3: Beijing
The whole day's journey will take you to the magnificent Jinshanling Great Wall! Staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Jinshanling section is an ideal place for you to enjoy peace and tranquility of the Wall (about 2.5 hours' drive from the city). You can take about 3 to 4 hours of hiking on it according to your interest and physical strength.
Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an
In the morning, have a visit to the Summer Palace (15 minutes' boat ride on Kunming Lake is included) and enjoy the slow pace of the itinerary. Later on, visit a pearl store if you like. Afterward, get to the railway station for high-speed train to Xi'an. On arrival after about 5 hours, being picked up and transferred to the downtown hotel by your local tour guide.
Day 5: Xi'an
Drive about one hour to the Terracotta Warriors where you could take 2 to 3 hours to marvel at the thousands of vivid life-size clay troops. After that, stop at Xi'an Art Ceramics Factory to see how the astonishing soldiers, horses and chariots were made. In the afternoon, go back to the city and explore the Muslim Street and the Great Mosque hidden in the bustling quarter.
Day 6: Xi'an - Zhangjiajie
Visit the City Wall with a history of 600 years, and take a bike tour on it before heading to the airport. It’s better to try your bike before you ride. En route, detour to Hanyang Tomb that you can get a general understanding of the people's life of the Han Dynasty. Later, head to the airport for the flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, your local tour guide will meet you and accompany you to the hotel in Wuling Scenic Area. It usually takes around 50 minutes' drive.
Day 7: Zhangjiajie
The whole day's tour to Zhangjiajie National Park includes Yuanjiajie (with Bailong Elevator up), the First Bridge under the Sun, Fairy Maiden Present Flowers, Imperial Brush Peak, Mt. Tianzi (with cable car) and Ten-mile Gallery (with round-trip train ride). As private vehicle is not allowed to drive into the park, your personal tour guide will accompany you to take the scenic area's shuttle bus from one spot to another. To avoid the crowds, the guide may adjust the schedule if necessary.
Day 8: Zhangjiajie
You will spend another full day to explore this vast forest park further. Walk for about 3 hours in the beautiful Golden Whip Stream Canyon in the morning. On the way, you may encounter some naughty monkeys. For safety, it is not recommended to feed them or tease them. In the afternoon, proceed to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon where you will be amazed by some unique cliffs, streams or lakes. Most importantly, you can take an adventure on the longest and highest glass bridge of the world.
Day 9: Zhangjiajie - Shanghai
Tianmen Mountain is regarded as the symbol and soul of Zhangjiajie. It is the first recorded mountain in the history of Zhangjiajie. Today, take the longest cable car (30 min, 8 km) to the top of mountain and enjoy its spectacular scenery. Afterward, go to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your personal guide will meet you and take you to the hotel.
Day 10: Shanghai
Begin the city discovery from the Bund where you will see a lot of historical colonial architectures. Next, come to Shanghai Museum for tracing back to the past from its thousands of collections. After that, visit Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market outside the garden, and a silk workshop. Finally, enjoy the panoramic view of this futuristic metropolis from the 100th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center.
Day 11: Shanghai, Departure
Time to say goodbye. When you are ready, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the 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
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: Scenic China & Zhangjiajie Tour

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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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