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10-Day Authentic China Explorer

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10-Day Authentic China Explorer

It is a tour designed for people who want to be an insider to encounter Chinese lifestyle. From China's traditions, landscapes to the modern icons, it is not only a China tour but an experience fusing the culture with the nature. Highlight this 10-day China tour with a Tai Chi class in Beijing, a morning walking in Xi'an, a home stay family in Guilin, and a stroll in the modern buzz of Shanghai. Get close to the real life of ordinary Chinese.

DAY 1

Welcome to Beijing, China

Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, your private guide is ready to greet you at the customs exit. 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.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 2

Enchanting the 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, where you will have a leisurely walk into the local Beijingers’ daily life. 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. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 3

Endless 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 be amazed at the unbelievable constructions and appealing landscape that surrounds 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. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Connecting with Beijingers

Today you will spend your morning at the Temple of Heaven, a truly perfect site full of history and architecture combined with local atmosphere. If you’re lucky you can do Tai Chi with a local expert. Afterward, drive to the train station for the speed train to Xian.Upon arriving, after checking in the hotel, the rest of day is yours to discover what this amazing city has to offer. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

In the morning, you will venture outside the city, touring the wonders of Terracotta Warriors and Horses with over 6,000 painted life-size warriors and horses in battle-ranked formations and the Xian Art Ceramics Factory. In the afternoon, take a tour to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Calligraphy Class. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 6

Local Family,Xian

After breakfast, you will set off to a welcoming local family for a truly unique experience of home-made dishes. If time permits, you can go to market with your host, and also visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese senior life. After lunch, your guide will take you to the local Muslim Street and the Shadow Puppet Show at Gao’s Courtyard. Today ends with a flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your guide will meet you there and escort you to your hotel. Read more

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 7

rural experience,Yangshuo

It is a relaxing day begins with the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. After checking in to your hotel, head outside of the county to discover the authentic rustic scenery by private vehicle or cycling (about 1-2 hours) along the country road, which is a fantastic way to meet locals and feel the countryside atmosphere. Note: if you prefer, a highly recommendation is the not-to-miss landscape show Impression of Sanjie Liu as the night entertainment. Read more

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 8

City Tour of Guilin

On this day, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive) for a visit to the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave and the Pearl Shop. After that, be escorted to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local guide will greet and pick you up to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this amazing city for an adventure on your own. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 9

Shanghai Tour

Discover Shanghai like a local as you walk along the off-the-beaten Shanghai Urban Area (about 1 hour light walking) through the Maoming Road, Bugaoli old buildings and Fuxing Park, with stops to immerse yourself in the daily life of the Shanghai neighborhood. Later take a stroll through the quiet Yu Garden and get a taste of Shanghai’s local life in the Yuyuan Market. Continue to the Jiangnan Silk Workshop and witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 10

Last Glance of Shanghai

After breakfast, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and appreciate the architectural gallery there. Move to Nanjing Road for a leisure stroll in this popular shopping area. After that, you will be escorted to the airport for onward flight home.

Shanghai - 2 Nights

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 8
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Shanghai

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Entrance fees, meals, accommodations; and transportation listed in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing & English-speaking guides as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.

Package excludes

  • Flight, accommodation, sightseeing, meal not listed in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, Internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc..
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc..
  • Excess baggage charges & travel insurance.
  • Optional activities and others not mentioned.

More information

  • Single supplement:
  • Economy accommodations:
  • low season: US$243 per person
  • shoulder season: US$267 per person
  • High season: US$294 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • low season: US$313 per person
  • shoulder season: US$388 per person
  • High season: US$429 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • low season: US$582 per person
  • shoulder season: US$678 per person
  • High season: US$766 per person

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Seth Embers, Belgium

I was going to China for two weeks, and as my journey was partly business, partly leisure, I was looking for a company flexible enough to put together a really tailor-made tour. From the start, Odyssey proved to be just what I needed. I filled out the personalized form on the website, and Maggie Yang contacted me less than a day after. She suggested useful tweaks to my planned itinerary. From that moment on, communication was always positive, smooth and efficient.In total, I went from Chongqing to Chengdu and back; from Chongqing to Xi'an; from Xi'an to Shaolin; and from there to Beijing. All of these trips were by train. Now, I had never taken the train in China before, and I had heard some scare stories about how difficult it can be... But Maggie made it a breeze, booking and sending the tickets to me, and explaining in detail how to read them and how Chinese railway stations work. My first guide in Chengdu, Jim Xu, was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and particularly welcoming. While he was only to take me to see the famous Sichuan opera, he went "the extra mile", as he also advised me on out-of-town visits (Qingchengshan, Dujiangyan, etc.) and actively helped me to book tickets at the best rate. Thanks to him, I made the most out of my time in Chengdu.A friend joined me in Xi'an, and we opted for seeing the city by ourselves, without a guide. (Another sign of our tour's flexibility here.) Conversely, we chose to visit the Shaolin Temple with a guide chosen by Odyssey Tours, Jerry Ma. He picked us up at the station, greeting us with good humor, much-needed cold bottles of water, and a wealth of information about Luoyang, Dengfeng and the Shaolin Temple. He made sure that we took the most out of our brief visit there. By the way, Dengfeng was the only city where we stayed at a hotel booked by Odyssey and not on our own; and I must say that it was a very good choice. The hotel was well-situated between kung fu schools, and minutes away by car from the dazzling Shaolin Zen Music Ritual show recommended by our guide.Let me add that when I had a problem with a hotel I had booked on my own (i.e. not through Odyssey) in Beijing, I contacted Maggie, who was able to sort it out. I much appreciated the personal attention I received throughout the trip as needed, and the swift response whenever I had a question or issue (24/7 service)!In sum, Odyssey Tours provides highly personal and flexible service, very useful pre-travel advice on practical matters such as local transportation, tip rates, etc., and has extremely clear, professional and friendly communication – by email, by phone, by mobile chat. After this excellent experience, I'll definitely go back to Odyssey for more Asian journeys! :) Read more

Lucia MacQuarrie, Canada

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. Read more

Christine Dwyer Johnson, New Zealand

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 Read more

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