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11-Day China's Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

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11-Day China's Golden Triangle with Yangtze Cruise

Your best of China tour takes 11 days and offers the most visitable and most representative cities in China. Tour the capital Beijing to know about the heritages of various dynasties of China. Take glance of cosmopolitan Shanghai, view the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and take a cruise on Yangtze River. You are not only provided with the top sights with most popular itinerary, but also the essential experience of China.

DAY 1

Beijing, Free Day

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.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 2

Highlights of Beijing City

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. You will end your day by visiting a Pearl Store. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 3

Endless Great Wall, Beijing

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. Later, you will visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round trip cable cars included), the 8th Wonder of the World. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Summer Palace, Beijing-Xian

After breakfast, you will visit the exquisite Summer Palace. As a World Heritage site, it is an imperial summer resort famed for beautiful garden landscaping and fascinating legends of the late Qing Dynasty. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian, one of China’s four oldest historical capitals as well as the start of the ancient Silk Road. After your Xian tour escorts you to the hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Xian,Terracotta Warriors

On this day you’ll first visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors. As one of the most significant archeological finds in 20th century, these 6000 life-size terracotta soldiers and horses in battle formation have guarded Emperor Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum for 2, 200 years. In the afternoon, you will tour the Ancient City Walls, the largest and best-kept city walls on earth. Strolling and cycling on the wall is quite an experience. After a drop by a Jade Gallery, you will proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is a historic symbol of Xian. A recommended entertainment tonight is Tang Dynasty Show which is a chance for knowing more about ancient culture of China. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 6

Xian-Chongqing, Embark

In the morning be familiar with this city by visiting the famous snack street - Muslim Street before being escorted to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival at Chongqing, be met and escorted to the dock for your Yangtze River Cruise. The ship will depart Chongqing at 21:00. Note: Shore excursions may differ from different cruise companies. Read more

Yangtze Cruise - 3 Nights
DAY 7

Fengdu Ghost City

our memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for the Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China’s afterlife culture. Then, you’ll re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff’s hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy. Read more

Yangtze Cruise - 3 Nights
DAY 8

Yangtze River Cruise

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today’s sightseeing will be highlighted by a shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous gorges. Deep gorges, green mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Back at ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the evening away. Read more

Yangtze Cruise - 3 Nights
DAY 9

Three Gorges Dam

Today the last shore excursion takes you to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric complex. Disembark the cruiser at around 12 PM and meet your local guide at the pier. Continue on to stroll around the local Riverside Park and visit the Chinese Sturgeon Park to get a chance to know more about this Yangtze city. Afterward, transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai, known as the "Paris in the East" as well as China’s largest city. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel. Read more

Shanghai - 3 Nights
DAY 10

Shanghai at a Glance

After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum to feast your eyes with the rich collections of art treasures and cultural relics. Then you stop at the Jiangnan Silk Workshop to see how silk is made, followed by the elegant and beautiful Yu Garden and a typical local market Yuyuan Market. In the afternoon, visit the famous Bund and French Section for featured architectures there. And then to Xintiandi, an area combining the old and modern Shanghai together. Read more

Shanghai - 3 Nights
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DAY 11

Shanghai, Departure

You will be free on this day until your personal guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Shanghai - 3 Nights

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 9
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 9
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 6
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 9
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

  • Economy accommodations:
  • shoulder season: US$506 per person
  • High season: US$530 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • shoulder season: US$589 per person
  • High season: US$613 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • shoulder season: US$862 per person
  • High season: US$920 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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