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13-Day China Tour with Tibet & Beijing

Tour route: Shanghai - Chengdu - Tibet - Xi'an - Beijing

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-107
  • 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 in Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this amazing city for an adventure on your own.

Day 2: Shanghai, City Tour

Today's sightseeing will start from the Bund, then to Yu Garden and the Yuyuan Market. Later, drop by the Silk Workshop and proceed to the Jing'An Villa Zhang Garden, a traditional Shikumen(Stone Arched Gates) district. Through walking and talking with the citizens residing there, one can fully appreciate a vibrant, dynamic and complicated urban landscape. At the corner of Wujiang Road, you might take a rest watching how to make Xiaolongbao through the windows, as well as try to taste local dim sun flavor. 

Tonight, a recommendation for you is the famous Acrobatics Show which will bring you a memorable night in Shanghai.

Day 3: Shanghai - Chengdu
Enjoy the free day until you are escorted to the airport for flight to Chengdu. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 4: Chengdu, Giant Pandas & City Highlights

This morning, drive out of the city to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to meet the lovely pandas. Then go back to Chengdu city and visit the Wenshu Temple, at the back of the complex is the Teahouses, a great place to relax you and do some people watching. Walking along the Jinli Old Street, fully appreciate Sichuan’s customs and folk arts and touch the history and local life of Chengdu people. 

A highly recommendation to you tonight is Sichuan Opera with face changing performance as an optional entertainment.

Day 5: Chengdu - Lhasa, At Leisure

You will be free to explore the city on your own until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. When you arrive, your local guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel (around 1.5 hours' drive). After check-in, you are advised to rest at your hotel to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Day 6: Lhasa, The Potala Palace

Your Tibet tour begins with the overwhelming Potala Palace. As an emblem of Tibet, it was the winter palace of Dalai Lama (Tibet’s commensurate pope) and the actual religious center of the region. Every day many pilgrims from all over Tibet trek months and miles to worship their gods and pray for their blessing here. Brilliant religious architectures, sculptures and paintings can be fully-admired here.

In the afternoon, you will visit the centuries-old Jokhang Temple, the holy spiritual center of Tibetans, and walk the circular pilgrim route with local followers at Barkhor Street.

Day 7: Lhasa, Monastery Sightseeing

Today you’ll tour the enchanting Norbulingka Park, which is known as Tibet’s Summer Palace, see the training place of Dalai Lama at the historic Drepung Monastery, and then proceed to the Sera Monastery to appreciate the unique Buddhism scripture debating culture. You will see the daily life of the devoted monks and discover how they enjoy their simple life in these ancient monasteries.

Day 8: Lhasa - Xi'an, At Leisure

Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After a short break, you will be escorted to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and take a calligraphy class there.

Note: The Small Wild Goose Pagoda and calligraphy class are closed onTuesdays.


Day 9: Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors & City Tour

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. Here you'll see over 6,000 life-size Qin Dynasty-era terracotta soldiers, chariots and horses, an army designed to protect Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor, in the afterlife. After lunch, you will visit the Jade Gallery and then cycle along the top of Xi’an’s Ancient City Walls (1-2 hours). When on the wall, you will be impressive by the view of the old city contained within its walls on one side and the modern city that lies without to the other side. After that, have a relaxing stroll through Muslim Street and get some general idea about Chinese Muslim’s daily life.

An optional night show for you is Tang Dynasty Show, which is a dancing performance based on Tang Dynasty background.

Day 10: Local Family Visit, Xi'an - Beijing
In the morning, you will pay a visit to a local family to learn how to make dumplings, stretch noodles, and homely dishes. If time permits, you will have a chance to buy cooking materials at the local market following the host. At noon, enjoy your works as lunch and then go to railway station for your high-speed train to Beijing. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 11: Beijing, Classic Sightseeing

On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square, the largest plaza on earth. Passing through the iconic Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, China’s No.1 palace complex famous for its grand royal buildings, exquisite ornaments and priceless treasures. Continue to the Summer Palace afterward, and enjoy a 15-minute boat ride on Kunming Lake. Your tour concludes with a stop at a pearl store.

Tonight, if you’re interested, take in a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show as your optional entertainment.

Day 12: Beijing, Great Wall Tour
After breakfast, you will tour the spectacular Temple of Heaven, where you can play Taichi with local residents. It is a nice chance for you to chat with them, and even learn some native exercises from them. After that, drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with round trip cable car). Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape surrounding it.
Day 13: Beijing, Departure
Have your own free time until being escorted to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

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 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
ChengduTianfu Sunshine Hotel comfortable hotel star No.2, Taisheng north Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Tibet Hotel Chengdu deluxe hotel star NO.10 North Renmin Road, Chengdu, Sichuan Shangri-La Hotel deluxe hotel star 9 Binjiang Dong Road, Chengdu , ChinaChengdu 610021Sichuan, China
LhasaXinDing Hotel comfortable hotel star 8 Second Jinzhu Road (Jinzhu Er Lu) Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa comfortable hotel star

Room Type:Junior Suite

No 10, Bo Linka Road, Lhasa, Tibet, China
Shangri-La Hotel deluxe hotel star 19 Norbulingka Road, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, 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
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

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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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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