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13-Day China Holiday with Classic Elements

Tour route: Shanghai - Guilin - Chengdu - Xian - Beijing

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-222
  • 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: Welcome to Shanghai, China
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 Discovery

Your first stop is the New Shanghai Natural History Museum where it is good for kids with burning curiosity. Many activities for children are geared towards teaching kids to appreciate the planet. Later, you will visit the Yu Garden, a fine example of the Chinese gardens. After that, you'll drop by at a silk workshop and spend some time to discover the bustling Yuyuan Market. Later,pay a visit to the Bund, the city’s fulcrum.

If you are interested, the fascinating Acrobatic Show will be no doubt your best choice for tonight.

Day 3: Shanghai - Guilin, Reed Flute Cave
Today, you will be sent to the airport for the flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a private guide and sent to the Reed Flute Cave, famed as "A Natural Palace of Art", before visiting a pearl store later.
Day 4: Finding the Minority Villages, Longsheng

Today's excursion will take you to the Longsheng Autonomous County, which is 90 kilometers northwest to Guilin city (about 2 hours' drive) and is home to many different ethnic minority groups such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong, etc. There you will not only see the famous Longji Rice Terraces (also called Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces), but also have chances to walk into the old minority villages along the hillside, chat with the local Zhuang and Yao people and learn about their rich culture.

After that, get back to Guilin city.

Day 5: A Taste of Rural Life, Yangshuo

Today, you'll take a leisurely Li River Cruise. Your camera will be busy as this journey offers you the breathtaking scenery of karst hills as you sail downstream the crystal-clear river. You might also be able to encounter water buffaloes and cormorants. The bamboo forests and steep cliffs are also reminiscent of traditional Chinese paintings. After the disembarkation, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo. Later, you will enjoy some leisure time at the well-known West Street.

The Show of Impression Liusanjie, China’s largest outdoor performance in Yangshuo county, is highly recommended to you for tonight.

Day 6: Guilin City Tour & Flight to Chengdu
Today, take a countryside tour along the Jima Road (by bike or by car) to feel the laid-back ambiance in Yangshuo. Later you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 7: Chengdu Pandas

On this day, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda,from where you will spend a cheerful morning with these lovely pandas, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in a tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorbing the special atmosphere of Chengdu and the Jinli Old Street

In the evening, you may opt to enjoy Sichuan Opera to admire the unique face changing skills.

Day 8: Active Cycling on the City Wall, Xi'an
After breakfast, be transferred to the train station for your high-speed train  to Xi'an. On arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After that, enjoy a leisure time at The Ancient City Walls and take a memorable cycling tour along the top of City Walls which is an ideal way to admire this ancient capital city.
Day 9: Wonders of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an

This morning, you will visit a local family and join them for lunch. You can go to the market with the hostess, help preparing the meals and learn to make dumplings or stretched noodles, surely a memorable experience. In the afternoon, drive out of the city (about 1 hour) to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a significant archaeological discovery in the 20th century known for its grand scale and vivid terracotta statues. Later, drop by the Xi'an Art Ceramics Factory and then get back to your hotel.

The spectacular Tang Dynasty Show reflecting the richness of the gloriousTang Dynasty era at the Shaanxi Opera House will be sure to amaze you tonight.



Day 10: Back Street Fun & Flight to Beijing
In the morning, you will be familiar with this city by visiting the famous snack street – Muslim Street before proceeding to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-story beautiful Buddhism pagoda. There you will also take an interesting Calligraphy Class (about 30 -60 minutes). After that, your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your local guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel. You will take a break or explore a bit further for the rest of the day.
Day 11: Inside the Hutong, Beijing

Today’s tour begins with a visit to the Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City with its palace complex of 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall. In the afternoon, come across the old Beijing by entering into the Hutong with Rickshaw, where you can try your hands at painting a facial make-up of Peking Opera on a paper model and learn the stories about the crickets and grasshoppers fighting.

If you are a Kung Fu lover, the Legend of Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater will be eye-popping for you and sure to meet your demands.


Day 12: Climbing into the Great Wall, Beijing
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will tour the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape which surround the Wall. Descending the Great Wall, you will stop by a Jade Gallery and then take a leisure stroll along the Sacred Road, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and after life stories.
Day 13: Last View of Beijing, Departure
Free day for making your own Beijing discoveries before a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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
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
Longsheng TownPingan Hotel Ping'an Village, Longsheng County 541701, China Longji One Hotel PingAn Village ,The Longji Ter,Guilin,China LiAn lodge Longsheng Pin An Village, Longshen Rice Terraces, Guilin, China Ping'an Village, Heping Town, Longsheng County 541701, 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
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
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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