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12-Day China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

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12-Day China Essences with Chengdu Pandas

Immerse in the rich historical heritages that Beijing offers. Admire the great wonder of Terracotta Army in Xi'an, soak up in the marvellous natural landscape that Guilin presents. See the big city of Shanghai with mixed charm of east and west. Extend the tour to Chengdu, famous for its particular leisure lifestyle and home to the lovely giant pandas, to have a close encounter with these unique and cute animals!

DAY 1

Beijing, Arrival

Upon your arrival at Beijing International airport, your private guide will meet and escort you to meet up with your private driver. Then you will drive to the hotel for relax and recover from the jetlag.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 2

Highlights of Beijing

After breakfast, we will admire 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. After that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Forbidden City from the Jingshan Park. In the afternoon, you will be introduced to the Beijing Ancient Royal Observatory (from Ming and Qing Dynasty). Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 3

Beijing, Great Wall Tour

Today’s full day private tour will take you to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, about 1.5 hours drive), the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking on the venerable ramparts, you will amaze at the unbelievable constructions and surrounding landscapes. Continue to a visit to the Chang Tomb, an imperial tomb of Ming Dynasty and stop at a Jade Gallery indulging in the jade culture of China. Note: Tonight, you can consider enjoy the optional Chinese Kung Fu Show to immerse yourself in the charm of Chinese martial art. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Beijing-Xian

After breakfast, you will explore the exquisite Summer Palace before drive to the train station with a private vehicle and guide. The high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Xian takes about 5.5 hours ride. Upon arriving in Xian, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out to discover what this amazing city has to offer. Day photos: Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Stunning Terracotta Warriors

Today’s tour begins with the Ancient City Walls. And then explore the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk in and marvel at the scene that the 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. Afterward, discover the Xian Art Ceramics Factory and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before take a walk to the Great Tang All Day Mall in the evening. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 6

Local Family Xian

After breakfast, you will visit the Great Mosque, one of the largest mosques in china, and wander the backstreets of the local Muslim community. Your private tour ends at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before driving to the airport for onward flight to Chengdu. Upon your arrival at Chengdu, met and escorted to the hotel by private guide and drive. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or head out into the city for a little adventure on your own. Read more

Chengdu - 2 Nights
DAY 7

Chengdu, Giant Pandas

Today begins with a visiting to see the lovely giant panda in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will enjoy this cheerful morning with this bamboo-eating animal. Followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can sit in its tea house for a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu at Jin Li Old Street. Read more

Chengdu - 2 Nights
DAY 8

Guilin & Karst Landscapes

Enjoy the private transfer to the airport for flight to Guilin. Upon your arrival at Guilin, the most scenic city in China, your private guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. You will then admire the amazing Reed Flute Cave and stop at a Pearl shop this afternoon.

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 9

Li River Cruise,Guilin

It is a relaxing day begins with a Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. The crystal Li River lined with peaks and pinnacles make visitors a feeling of stepping into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will enjoy the countryside tour by bicycling or car (about 1-2 hours) to a picture-postcard landscape. Note: Enjoy an optional night show Impression of Sanjie Liu which is a wonderful delight. Read more

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 10

Shanghai City Discovery

Fly to Shanghai this morning. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your private guide will meet and escort you to check in the hotel. This afternoon, you will witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of Shanghai Financial Center. Follow by a visit to a Silk workshop.

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 11

Shanghai Water Town Tour

In the morning, drive to the historic Zhujiajiao Water Town (about 50 minutes drive) where is a good place to enjoy being away from the big city. Continue to visit the representative of the Chinese classic garden - Yu Garden, and the nearby Yu Market which is a bustling bazaar in old town of Shanghai. In the morning, drive to the historic Zhujiajiao Water Town (about 50 minutes drive) where is a good place to enjoy being away from the big city. Continue to visit the representative of the Chinese classic garden - Yu Garden, and the nearby Yu Market which is a bustling bazaar in old town of Shanghai. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 12

Shanghai Departure

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Shanghai - 2 Nights

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Chengdu
Day 8
Location Guilin
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Changdu
Day 8
Location Guilin
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 6
Location Changdu
Day 8
Location Guilin
Day 10
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$300per person
  • shoulder season: US$327 per person
  • High season: US$353 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • low season: US$386 per person
  • shoulder season: US$469 per person
  • High season: US$518 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • low season: US$687 per person
  • shoulder season: US$815 per person
  • High season: US$903 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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