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10-Day Classic China Tour

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


  • Tour code: Essential Tour-Classic-01
  • 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: Shanghai, Arrival

Upon your arrival at the international airport of Shanghai, your personal guide will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel with private van and driver. The rest of the day is free for you to refresh yourselves from the long-haul flying.

Day 2: Shanghai, City Highlights

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby at appointed time to start the city exploration from the Bund and the Former French Concession. While walking on the streets full of Western flavor, a picture of this cosmopolitan city in old times may come to your mind vividly. 

Later, you will visit Yu Garden and stroll around Yuyuan Market, and then visit a silk workshop to see how the small cocoons are transformed into elegant silk. After that, ascend to the top of Shanghai World Financial Center to enjoy a bird-view of the skyline of the city.

In the evening, you can to do some further exploration on your own or choose to see the famous acrobatic show which will provide you visual feast.

Day 3: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Fly to Guilin
After breakfast, firstly head to Zhujiajiao to visit the well-preserved ancient town and enjoy its unique water features by boat before going to the airport for flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival in Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 4: Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

After breakfast, you will be driven to the pier (40 to 50 minutes’ drive) to take the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. During the cruise, you will be inspired by the picturesque pastoral views along the river.

After the cruise, take an open air mini-bus to the hotel. Check in and have a short break at the hotel, and then you will have a very special cooking class. The teacher will accompany you to a local market to purchase the ingredients and teach you how to cook some daily local cuisines. When it is done, you can enjoy your works as dinner.

After dinner, you may like to take the optional evening Show of Impression Liu Sanjie, which will serve you with charming ethnic flavors.

Day 5: Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Xi’an
After breakfast, drive back to Guilin to visit Elephant Trunk Hill-the symbol of Guilin city, have a relaxing walk along the Banyan Lake and Cedar Lake to taste the pleasant atmosphere of the historical city. Afterwards, continue to South China Sea Pearl Museum and Reed Flute Cave, and then go to airport for flight to Xi’an. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors

The highlight of today is the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors. You will have enough time to marvel at the grand array with thousands of lifelike clay soldiers, horses and chariots in life-size. After that, you will visit Xi’an Art Ceramic’s factory, Muslim Street and the Great Mosque.

At night, enjoy the optional Tang Dynasty Show if you are interested in Chinese traditional musical and clothes.

Day 7: Cycling on City Wall, Fly to Beijing

After breakfast, you will be escorted to visit the Ancient City Wall before heading to airport for flight to Beijing. As a well-preserved ancient fortress, it is so thickest that you can cycle on the top of the city wall to get a better view of the city. And on the way to airport, have a stop to visit Hanyang Tomb, which is almost as spectacular as the Terracotta Warriors.

When arrive in Beijing, local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to hotel.

Day 8: The Forbidden City

Today, your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:30 am and escort you to the Tiananmen Square, and then you could start the Forbidden City Heritage Walk (4-5 hours) at 9:30am. Besides the three main halls and palaces, your tour guide will show you more sites to help you get an in-depth knowing of the royal family. 

When get out from the royal palace, we will head to Jingshan Park and climb to the top of the hill to enjoy the best panoramic view of the Forbidden City. After that, end today’s tour with a visit to the Ancient Royal Observatory.

Day 9: The Great Wall
The Great Wall is another must-see site in Beijing. Today, you will have a close touch with it. After breakfast, we will drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with cable car up and down) and you can do some light hiking on the Great Wall to enjoy the majestic scenery. Later, pay a visit to the Jade Gallery and Sacred Road before driving back to the city.
Day 10: Beijing, Departure
After breakfast, you will visit the spectacular Temple of Heaven, where you can watch and join the locals to do morning exercises before being escorted to the airport for your flight departing from Beijing.

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
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China The Bund Hotel comfortable hotel star 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China The Westin Bund Center Shanghai deluxe hotel star No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
GuilinHotel Universal standar hotel star #1 JiefangDong Road, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001 Guilin Bravo Hotel comfortable hotel star No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541002, 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
XianSkytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) standar hotel star No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, 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 Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square deluxe hotel star No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004
BeijingDong Fang Hotel Beijing standar hotel star No. 11 Wanming Road ,Xuanwu District, Beijing ,China P.C.100050 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

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

Meals

Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

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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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.
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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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