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13-Day China Hiking & Confucius Culture Tour

Tour route: Beijing - Qufu - Tai’an - Jinan - Xi’an - Huangshan - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-036
  • 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: Arrive in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing. Your personal guide will be waiting for you and transfer you to the hotel with the driver. Enjoy the leisure time of the day at your hotel or wander around by yourself.
Day 2: Beijing, the Forbidden City
After breakfast, be picked up and head for Tiananmen Square, and then reach the Forbidden City which used to be the emperor’s home for around 600 years. After getting out from the royal palace, you will move to Jingshan Park to get a panoramic view of the royal palace from the top.
Day 3: Beijing, Temple of Heaven & Great Wall
Today, you will firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where you can not only enjoy the beauty of this exquisite Chinese traditional style architecture but also take part in morning excise such as Tai Chi with local Beijingers. Later, you will be transferred to the Great Wall (Mutianyu section), and spend the rest time of today there. You can take cable car up and do some hiking on the Great Wall to enjoy the majestic scenery.
Day 4: Beijing - Qufu (Confucius' Hometown) - Tai'an
In the morning, you will take 2.5 hours’ high-speed train to Qufu City, which is the hometown of Confucius and known for Family Kong's Mansion, the Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius, collectively called “San Kong”. Take in the Confucian culture and learn its history and inheritance. You will have an unforgettable experience there. Drive to Tai’an City for overnight.
Day 5: Tai'an, Mount Tai
In the morning, you will visit the famous Dai Temple firstly. Later, the Mount Tai, including Puzhao Temple and Bixia Temple, will be your highlight today. Mount Tai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are dozens of temples, stone tablets and inscriptions lining the path to the summit, making the mountain a cultural and natural attraction.
Day 6: Tai'an - Jinan - Xi'an
After breakfast, you will drive to about 1.5 hours to Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, and have a quick sightseeing in the city with Daming Lake, Furong Street and Baotu Spring, and then fly to Xi'an. When you arrive in the ancient capital in Chinese history, local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel.
Day 7: Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors & City Wall
Today’s first highlight is the notable Terracotta Warriors, where you will see over 8,000 life-size painted terracotta warriors and horses individually sculpted from real-life models and arranged in battle formation. Later, visit a jade gallery and then the second highlight, the Ancient City Wall, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient fortresses in the world. Finally, end the tour with a relaxing stroll through the Muslim Street where you will get a general idea of the daily life of Chinese Muslims.
Day 8: Xi'an - Mt. Hua - Xi'an
Mt. Tai in Shandong is the paramount one of the Five Sacred Mountains, while Mt. Hua about 120km east of Xi'an is the most arduous one. Today, you will take a 2-hour drive to Mt. Hua. After arrival, take cable car up to the starting point at North Peak and then hike through the north peaks to the middle peaks. The scenic hike lasts around 5 hours, including a simple lunch. After that, take cable car down the mountain and drive back to hotel in the city of Xi’an.
Day 9: Fly to Huangshan, City Sightseeing
Spend some free time until your guide and driver escort you to the airport for your flight to Huangshan City. On arrival, local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to do a relaxing tour through Tunxi Ancient Street and try some local snacks.
Day 10: Mt. Huangshan

Leave for Mount Huangshan in the morning and arrive at Yungu Station 1.5 hours later, and then take the cable car to the top of the mountain. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch before hiking to Brush Pen Peak, Begin-to-Believe Peak, Lion Peak and Xihai Grand Canyon. Along the way, you will marvel at the legendary pines, picturesque rocks and the sea of clouds for which Mt. Huangshan is well-known. If weather permits, you will have chance to watch the stunning sunset from the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion.

Day 11: Mt. Huangshan - Shanghai

You are highly recommended to get up early to catch the spectacular sunrise of Mt. Huangshan. Later, come back to hotel for breakfast and then set off to descend the mountain. On the way to the mountain foot, you will see Flying Rock, Brightness Apex and Turtle Peak

Your driver is waiting for you at the foot and will escort you to Hongcun Village to spend some unhurried time in the beautiful rural area. Be driven to the airport and fly to Shanghai after that. The local guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel and help you to check in.

Day 12: Shanghai, the Bund & Yu Garden

Today is for city sightseeing. First visit Chinese classical garden landscape architecture at Yu Garden and taste some local snacks while wandering through Yuyuan Market. Come to a silk workshop to learn how China silk is made. Take an afternoon stroll on the Bund and the Former French Concession. Ascend to the 100th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center where you can meet the skyline of Shanghai. 

If you still have energy, watching an optional acrobatic show is a wonderful experience in the evening, or get back to the hotel to enjoy leisure time in your own way.

Day 13: Depart from Shanghai
Feel free to try some exploration until your personal guide and driver come to pick you up and leave for the airport for your departure flight. It is time to say goodbye and have a nice trip.

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
HuangshanHuangshan baiyun hotel standar hotel star Tianhai scenery district Huangshan,Anhui China Beihai Hotel comfortable hotel star Huangshan scenic area
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

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.

Reviews on: China Hiking & Confucius Culture 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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