Tour route: Shanghai - Suzhou - Yangtze River - Guilin - Xi'an - Beijing
Say Hello to China. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, your personal guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jetlag.
Today, your first stop is the Bund—Shanghai's standout landmark. And then pay a visit to Shanghai Museum—one of the most important museums in China. After that, your guide will escort you to the famous Jade Buddha Temple and former French Concession. In the afternoon, you will take a walk through Jing'An Villa, a secluded residential community that survives in the space of the skyscrapers. When strolling around Zhang Garden and Wujiang Road, you may find residents making Xiaolongbao through the windows and you may get a chance to try this local dim-sum. The last stop of the day will be the World Financial Center, where you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Shanghai.
The optional activity tonight is the amazing Acrobatics Show which will bring you a memorable experience in Shanghai.
After breakfast, you will take a private car and head to Suzhou.
Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to have city tour in Suzhou includes: the Humble Adminstrator's Garden. Enjoy the gentle breeze while cruise on the Grand Canal. Later visit the No.1 Silk Factory to learn how the pure silk products are made from a small cocoon. Enjoy the Garden Show in the evening.
In the morning you will be driven to Tongli Water Town (20 minutes drive from Suzhou). There you will pay a visit to the Garden of Seclusion and Meditations, the Pearl Pagoda, the Triple Bridge, and Ming and Qing Dynasty Street. After your trip to this beautiful village, your chauffeur will drive you back to Shanghai.
You will be free on this day until your personal guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Yichang.
Upon your arrival in Yichang, be met and escorted to the dock to your Yangtze Cruise ship.
Sailing along the Yangtze River, you will see its amazing natural beauty and real China countryside views. Various onboard entertaining programs such as Taiji Lessons, Chinese Herbal Facial provide you an excellent access to appreciate Chinese culture.
There will be a shore excursion to the world-famous Three Gorges Dam, which is the world’s largest hydro-electric dam with extraordinary sights whatever your views on the project. After the excursion, return to yourship, have a rest and get ready to enjoy the Welcome Dinner Party hosted by the captain in the evening.
The second full day onboard your cruise ship with a shore excursion to the tranquil waters of Shennong Stream or to the picturesque Lesser Three Gorges, which is decided by the ship company according to local weather conditions.
After the excursion, you will sail through the impressive Wu Gorge, a nice chance to take some marvelous photos.
Today your ship will stop for the final shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, an age-old temple complex perched on cliffs above the river with commanding views. Inside the temple, you will see various precious sculptures, paintings depicting the Afterlife world and gain an insight of the mystic Chinese Ghost culture.
After the excursion, re-board your ship and enjoy yourself at the Farewell Dinner Party in the evening.
After breakfast, you will disembark the ship in Chongqing at 09:00 am and be picked up & transferred to the airport for your 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. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Today's highlight is the Li River Cruise. Embark at Zhujiang Pier, cruise down the picturesque Li River. Along the way, amazing rock formations, dense vegetation, water buffaloes, and working farmers will add pleasure to your journey.
After disembarkation in the early afternoon, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Yangshuo. Later, you may enjoy your time roaming the well-known West Street with bars, cafes, and restaurants. If you'd like more recreation in Yangshuo, an optional open-air show of Impression Sanjie Liu would be heartily recommended.
After breakfast, you will have a Countryside Tour in Yangshuo whether by bicycle or by private car. Later, your chauffeur will drive you back to Guilin.Upon arrival, you will have a 1h tour in Reed Flute Cave to enjoy a remarkable view of the combination of nature and light-settings. After that, you will drop by a Pearl Museum to see how the pearls are made and you may find one you like. After the tour, you will take a flight to Xi’an and be escorted to hotel.
Today you will begin your tour from Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974, the 6,000 life-size terra cotta soldiers and horses are an amazing form of funerary art buried, with China’s first Emperor Qin Shihuang, to help rule another empire in his afterlife. Then visit a Ceramic Factory to watch how these statues can be made. In the afternoon, you will walk along the Muslim Food Street to explore a gourmet tour. After that, pay a visit to the peaceful and relaxing Great Mosque.
Tonight is free. You can consider enjoying the famous Tang Dynasty Show as the night entertainment.
After breakfast, you will first visit ancient City Walls and take a Calligraphy Class at Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
After lunch, you will be escorted to railway station for speed train heading to Beijing. Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you up and escort you to the hotel.
On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square, the largest plaza on earth. Passing through Tiananmen Gate,then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City, China’s No.1 palace complex famous for its grand buildings, exquisite ornaments and priceless royal treasures. In the afternoon, you will marvel at the spectacular Temple of Heaven, a holy royal temple where emperors in ancient times worshiped Heaven for a national good harvest.
Night option is Chinese Kung Fu Show which can let you know the charm of this martial art closely.
No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Today you will tour the Great Wall. We have chosen older but less-crowded Mutianyu section for you(Round-trip cable car included) so you can enjoy more of the woderful view. Descending the Great Wall, you will stop by a Jade Gallery and then take a leisurely stroll along the Sacred Road, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and afterlife stories.
Today, you will be escorted to the airport and depart for 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 Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Shanghai||Greenland Jiulong Hotel No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China||The Bund Hotel 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China||Marriott Shanghai City Centre 555 Xi Zang(Middle) Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, China|
|Suzhou||Garden hotel 477, Liuyuan Road, Suzhou||Garden Hotel(Louwailou Tower) 477#, Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China||Suzhou Marriott Hotel 1296 Ganjiang Road West, Jinchang District Suzhou, Jiangsu Province P.R.C|
|Guilin||Hotel Universal #1 JiefangDong Road, Guilin, Guangxi, China 541001||Guilin Bravo Hotel No.14 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541002, China||Guilin Shangri-la Hotel 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China|
|Yangshuo||Yangshuo New Century Hotel Principle Building Near Yangshuo Park, Pantao Road, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi P.R, China.||Leisure Inn Yangshuo (Jiujielou) 17 Diecui Rd., Yangshuo County, Guilin City, Guangxi, China||Green Lotus Hotel No.1 Guanlian Road Yangshuo Guilin Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region China 541900|
|Xian||Skytel Xi'an (Formerly Prince International Hotel) No.32 South Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China||Grand Noble Hotel Xian 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 No. 319 Dongxing Road, Xian, China, 710004|
|Beijing||Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing 1 Nanwanzi Bystreet Nanheyan Street,Dongcheng District, Beijing P.R China (100006)||Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China||The Regent Beijing 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.
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.
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.
Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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