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12-Day Essential China for Seniors

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12-Day Essential China for Seniors

Slow and leisure tour for first-visit seniors to China. Enjoy the time strolling in the time-honored Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Walk up to the Great Wall and spend a morning to learn Tai Chi with other old Beijingers at the Temple of Heaven. Soak up the wonders of Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Immerse yourself into the karst landscape along Li River cruise. Tour the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai and ancient water town nearby.

DAY 1

Welcome to Bejing

Designed for senior travelers, this exclusive China tour combines comfort with historical culture, local interacting, scenery and other simple pleasures. 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 jetlag or to ramble around on your own. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 2

The Temple of Heaven

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 take a short stroll on Tiananmen Square and discover the amazing with its palace complex of 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall. It gives new meaning to the word “epic”. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 3

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

This morning you will devote your time to the magnificent Great Wall at Mutianyu (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 to indulge in the jade culture of China. Read more

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Tranquil Royal Garden

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. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Terracotta Warriors & Horses

Today 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 Xian Art Ceramics Factory. In the afternoon, take a walk on the top of the Ancient City Walls which is an ideal way to admire this ancient capital city. Note: tonight you can add on a Tang Dynasty dancing show that takes you back to the Emperor's Palace during the Tang Dynasty. Read more

Xian - 2 Nights
DAY 6

Visiting Local Family

Today 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 the host, and also visit the local Mahjong House to feel the Chinese senior life. After lunch, your guide will take you to the Great Mosque, one of China’s largest mosques, and the Muslim Street to admire the exotic religious architecture and Muslim culture. After the trip, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin, the most scenic city in China. Upon arrival, your local guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel. The rest of day is yours for rest or explore the city on your own. Read more

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 7

Scenic Li River, Guilin

It is a relaxing day begins with the one-of-a-kind 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 in to your hotel, you will enjoy the countryside tour by private vehicle (about 1-2 hours). It’s a fantastic way to discover the non-commercial villages, meet locals and feel the essential rustic life. Note: Enjoy an optional Impression of Sanjie Liu night show which is a wonderful delight Read more

Guilin - 2 Nights
DAY 8

Guilin – Hangzhou

Today, you will be driven back to Guilin (1.5-hour drive), where you will tour Elephant Trunk Hill, and the Pearl Shop before your guide escorts you to the airport for flight to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to the hotel.

Guilin - 1 Nights
DAY 9

Hangzhou - Land of Scenery

After breakfast, you will enjoy leisurely time by rowing on the tranquil West Lake or riding along the beautiful lakefront on electromobile, viewing the beautiful Buddhist sculptures and immersing in the peaceful atmosphere at Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak. Later take a walk in the picturesque Dragon Well Tea Plantation and learn more about Chinese tea culture. Read more

Hangzhou - 1 Nights
DAY 10

Ancient Water Town

You will be escorted to the train station for high-speed train to Shanghai this morning. Upon your arrival, you will be introduced to the historic Zhujiajiao Water Town (50 minute drive from Shanghai). At Zhujiajiao, you will walk through Fangsheng Bridge, Beida Street, and the Kezhi Garden. You will feel as though you have stepped back in time in this beautiful village. After that, you will be driven back to downtown hotel. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 11

Light walking Tour

Today’s tour will take you to the Shanghai Museum to learn about the fascinating civilization. Walk along the less-traveled Shanghai Urban Area (about 1 hour light walking) through the Maoming Road, Bugaoli old buildings and Fuxing Park, with stops to wander through timeless hidden part of the city. Continue to explore the Former French Section and witness the skyline of Shanghai city on the 100th floor of Shanghai Financial Center. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 12

Shanghai & Home Bound

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 Hangzhou
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Hangzhou
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Hangzhou
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$313per person
  • shoulder season: US$336 per person
  • High season: US$366 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • low season: US$426 per person
  • shoulder season: US$501 per person
  • High season: US$534 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • low season: US$740 per person
  • shoulder season: US$878 per person
  • High season: US$971 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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