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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

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13-Day Best of China Tour with Yangtze

This 13-day tour has always been a top choice for first-time visitors to China. Covering the most representative destinations in China like Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin and the Yangtze River, it will take you to feel the time-honored Chinese history, the vibrancy of China's top metropolises, the colorful minority culture and the charming scenery along the Yangtze River and the breathtaking karst landscape along Li River.

DAY 1

Beijing, Arrival

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

Beijing, City Highlights

In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, then you will enter the splendid Forbidden City. With a history of 600 years, this royal palace continuous delight visitors with imposing pavilions, elegant ornaments and lively historic stories. In the afternoon, you will admire the Temple of Heaven, where emperors in ancient times worship Heaven for a good national harvest. Tonight, a recommended entertainment is Chinese Kung Fu Show which shows the thrilling Chinese martial art for you. Read more

Beijing – 3 Nights
DAY 3

Beijing, Great Wall Tour

No China tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. After breakfast, you will visit the Great Wall (Mutianyu section, round-trip cable car included), the Chang Tomb and the Jade Gallery.

Beijing – 3 Nights
DAY 4

Xian City Tour

On this day you will be free until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arriving in Xian, your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Then you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where you can see monks continuing to live here peacefully. Later take a stroll through Muslim Quarter – the most famous local snack street in Xian. And following to see the Chinese folk culture performance Shadow Puppet Show in Gao’s Courtyard. Read more

Xian – 2 Nights
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DAY 5

Xian, Terracotta Warriors

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. These 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. Continue to visit Xian Art Ceramics Factory for knowing how to make the warriors in the past. After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Walls which is the well-preserved ancient wall in the world, if you prefer, a cycling on the wall is highly recommended for you. Last stop will be Xian’s ancient Bell Tower, one of the landmarks of the city. Tonight, the gorgeous Tang Dynasty Show is a wonderful choice if you wonder how to spend the entertainment in this historic city. Read more

Xian – 2 Nights
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DAY 6

Guilin, Reed Flute Cave

Today you are free to relax or pursue personal activities until being escorted to the airport for your flight to Guilin, China's most scenic city. Upon your arrival, your local guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After a rest, you will head out to explore the Reed Flute Cave, which is known as A Natural Palace of Art, with a short visit to a pearl museum. Read more

Guilin – 2 Nights
DAY 7

Yangshuo& West Street

After breakfast, you will be driven to Zhujiang Pier (40-minute drive) to start your boat cruise down the picturesque Li River, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin, until you get to Yangshuo County. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes. Visitors feel they have stepped into a traditional Chinese painting. After checking into your hotel, you will be free to explore Yangshuo and its famous West Street. The amzing landscape show Impression of Sanjie Liu in Yangshuo is a not-to-miss entertainment which is an optional activity for you. Read more

Guilin – 2 Nights
DAY 8

Chongqing City Tour

In the morning, you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. Upon your arrival at Chongqing, the largest city in Southwest China, you will have city tour including Yangtze River Cableway, Chongqing Zoo, Three Gorges Museum and the Auditorium at Renmin Square from outside before embark the Yangtze Cruise ship. Note: shore excursions may differ from different cruise companies. Read more

Yangtze Cruise – 3 Nights
DAY 9

Yangtze River Cruise

Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for 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. After, 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 10

Lesser Three Gorges

Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the 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 to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to party the night away. Read more

Yangtze Cruise – 3 Nights
DAY 11

Three Gorges Dam

Today the last shore excursion takes you to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric complex Mingled with local natural landscape, the Dam can boast as the newest scenic spot on the river. After the Yangtze Cruise, you will be met by your local guide at the disembarking pier and transferred to the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Shanghai, China's largest city. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your local guide is ready to meet you and escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at your own leisure. Read more

Shanghai – 2 Nights
DAY 12

Shanghai History Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum which houses lots of art treasures. And then you will visit Shanghai Old Street and French Section to feel the charm of old Shanghai, followed by the a silk workshop. Later visit the elegant Chinese garden - Yu Garden and the bustling Yuyuan Market to feel the local life atmosphere there. If you prefer, considering to enjoy the Acrobatics Show which may bring you a memorable night in Shanghai. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 13

Shanghai, The Bund

Today you will walk down the lively waterfront of Shanghai, known as “The Bund”. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the landmark building, Jinmao Tower, where you can get an amazing bird’s eye view of this “Paris of the East”. Afterwards, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Read more

Shanghai - 2 Nights

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
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Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 11
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Xian
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 11
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 6
Location Guilin
Day 8
Location Yangtze Cruise
Day 11
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$558 per person
  • High season: US$582 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • shoulder season: US$679 per person
  • High season: US$720 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • shoulder season: US$985 per person
  • High season: US$1057 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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