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13-Day China Tour with Chengdu and Yangtze Cruise

Tour route: Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Yangtze River - Shanghai


  • Tour code: ODY-CN-035
  • 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

Say hello to China! When your flight lands in Beijing, your local guide is ready to meet you at the customs exit, holding a placard with your name. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from jet lag or to ramble around on your own.

Day 2: Beijing, City Highlights Tour

On this day, you will first visit Tiananmen Square. Followed by the magnificent Forbidden City - the largest palace complex around the world, you will really be amazed at this imperial palace that emperors and their concubines once lived in. In the afternoon, you will explore Beijing's Hutongs by rickshaw to see the local lifestyle of Beijingers. 

Optional: A spectacular Chinese Kung Fu Show with an impressive display of Kung Fu skills is highly recommended.

Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today, you will visit the Temple of Heaven first, and then drive about 1.5 hour to Mutianyu to visit the Great Wall (Cable cars included). Older but less-crowded than Badaling section, Mutianyu section offers an incredible view of this ancient wonder, including watchtowers and winding walls. 

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an, Summer Palace
After breakfast, you will visit the Summer Palace and the Longing Pearl Store before flying to Xi'an. Upon arriving in Xi'an, your local guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Day 5: Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors & City Highlights

In the morning, you will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum. Continue to visit a Jade Gallery for known jade culture of China. Followed by a pleasant cycling atop Xi'an City Wall (1-2 hours) which offers you a view of old Xi'an one side and modern Xi'an the other side.

Optional: The famous Tang Dynasty Show, as a not-to-miss performance in Xi'an, is highly recommended.

Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu, Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Great Mosque

After breakfast, be familiar with this historic city by visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda which is regarded as a symbol of Xi'an. After that, move to the largest mosque in Xi'an - Great Mosque. Take a leisure stroll in Muslim Food Street before taking the speedy train to Chengdu. 

Upon your arrival in Chengdu - a leisure city as well as the home town of giant panda, be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 7: Chengdu, Giant Panda Tour
On this day, you will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to meet the lovely pandas, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street.
Day 8: Chengdu - Chongqing, Huanglongxi Ancient Town

In the morning, head for the Huanglongxi Ancient Town to discover  this 1,700-years-old town and its old tradition. Later, be escorted to the railway station for train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, be met and then transferred to the dock to board your Yangtze River cruise ship. 

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise, Shibaozhai

Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Shibaozhai, a 12-story pavilion built against the rock. 

Usually there will be a welcome party in the evening, hosted by the captain. This is a good chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise, Shennong Stream

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Shennong Stream. Deep gorges, green mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the night away.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise, Yichang - Shanghai
This morning, take a shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam - the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Later, disembark the ship around 12 pm and meet your private guide at the pier. Continue to wander in the Riverside Park to enjoy your own leisurely time, and then proceed to a local market to learn about the daily lives of locals. Finally drive to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Day 12: Shanghai, City Highlights Tour

After breakfast, you will first have a cultural visit to Shanghai Museum with displays of bronze artifacts, coins, and art. Followed by the former French Concession to feel the charm of old Shanghai. Proceed to a silk workshop to see how Chinese silk is produced. The next stop will be the enchanting Yu Garden. Visiting the nearby bustling Yuyuan Bazaar will let you see the local lifestyle of this city. Continue to the Bund - Shanghai's standout landmark.

Tonight, you may choose to watch the amazing Acrobatics Show as your optional night activity.

Day 13: Shanghai, Departure

After you check out of the hotel, you will be escorted to the airport for your 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
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
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
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.

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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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