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12-Day Ancient China Exploration with Shanxi

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12-Day Ancient China Exploration with Shanxi

Trace the time-honored Chinese history during this private tour. Head from the capital Beijing, then move to Shanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization with precious Buddhism carving collections, featured Ming and Qing dynasty architectures and so many other historical heritages. Next it’s onto Xi’an, where the World-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses will bring you back to the glorious age of China.

DAY 1

Beijing, Arrival

Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, you will be met by your private guide and driver and be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 2

Beijing, City Highlights Tour

On this day you will visit Tiananmen Square, and the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace and Longing Pearl Store.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 3

Beijing, the Great Wall Tour

You will visit to the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section with round trip cable car) and Sacred road. On the way back to the city, you will have a chance to take a picture at the National Stadium and Aquatics Center from the outside.

Beijing - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Beijing - Datong, Hutongs

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Temple of Heaven. Then get close to the local life while visiting hutongs. After the tour, you will be escorted to the railway station for the train to Datong. Upon your arrival in Datong, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Datong - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Datong, Huayan Temple & Yungang Grottoes

Enjoy a tour in this old region to Nine Dragon Screen, Huayan Temple, the Yungang Grottoes. Round Trip Golf Car included.

Datong - 2 Nights
DAY 6

Datong - Pingyao, Hanging Temple

After visiting the incredible Hanging Temple, you will be driven to Pingyao. Enjoy the late afternoon at Pingyao.

Pingyao - 2 Nights
DAY 7

Pingyao Ancient Town

Today you will visit the Ancient City Wall, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, you will have some free time to stroll along Ming and Qing Street.

Pingyao - 2 Nights
DAY 8

Pingyao - Xi’an, Qiao Family’s Compound

After breakfast, you will visit the Qiao Family's Compound before you are transferred to the railway station for the train to Xian. Upon your arrival in Xian, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Xi’an - 2 Nights
DAY 9

Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors

You will visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors in the morning. After lunch, you will visit the Ancient City Wall, the Jade Gallery and the Bell Tower.

Xi’an - 2 Nights
DAY 10

Xi’an - Shanghai, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

After breakfast, you will tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Hanyang Tomb before your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 11

Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden & Highlights

Today, you will marvel at the beautiful scenery and exquisite buildings at Yuyuan Garden, and then visit the Yuyuan Market and Jiangnan Silk Workshop. Later, you will visit French Concession. At Xintiandi area, you may experience the colored nightlife of Shanghai local people.

Shanghai - 2 Nights
DAY 12

Departure, the Bund & Nanjing Road

After breakfast, you will walk down the Bund along the Huangpu River and visit Nanjing Road. After, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Datong
Hotel Datong Hotel
Day 6
Location Pingyao
Hotel Yide Hotel
Day 8
Location Xi'an
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Datong
Hotel Garden Hotel
Day 6
Location Pingyao
Day 8
Location Xi'an
Day 10
Location Shanghai
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Beijing
Day 4
Location Datong
Day 6
Location Pingyao
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.
  • 6. Optional activities and others not mentioned.

More information

  • Single supplement:
  • Economy accommodations:
  • low season: US$302 per person
  • shoulder season: US$376 per person
  • High season: US$397 per person
  • Comfortable accommodations:
  • low season: US$387 per person
  • shoulder season: US$489 per person
  • High season: US$498 per person
  • Luxury accommodations:
  • low season: US$759 per person
  • shoulder season: US$861 per person
  • High season: US$926 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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