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China Odyssey

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,493

The ultimate locally escorted tour for China visiting Imperial Beijing, the ancient capital, Xian, exotic Guilin and vibrant Shanghai with a day to the beautiful Suzhou. Most meals included.


This locally escorted tour is the perfect introduction to the highlights of this fascinating country. The tour covers four major tourist destinations all unique in their own individual ways.

Imperial Beijing is full of historical treasures. Start with the world’s largest public square, Tian An Men Square after which experience a return to the days of the Imperial Dynasties by visiting the Forbidden City, also known as the ImperialPalace. The Hutongs of old Beijing with their narrow alleyways will reveal a lifestyle still active but no longer generally in vogue.

The Great Wall of China will never disappoint the visitor with its stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Walking on the wall is an exciting experience. The beautiful Temple of Heaven is where the Imperial Emperors used to worship and the SummerPalace is the retreat to which they escaped from the heat.

Next stop is Xian, the ancient capital and old walled city with its famous Terra Cotta Warriors discovered not so long ago although they are 2000 years old. Also a visit to a local rural farming community will be unusual. One evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show.

Sub tropical Guilin is one of China’s most beautiful cities. As you cruise the Li River you will marvel at amazing mystical landscapes.

The final stop is Shanghai, a city which combines the traditional with the contemporary.  Enjoy a walk on the Bund and a performance of the world renowned Acrobatic Show. A day to Suzhou, one of China’s most beautiful cities is included during your stay. You will enjoy visits to an ornamental garden and an embroidery factory as well as have a cruise along the network of interesting canals.

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,493

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

Welcome to China. You will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or take a stroll through this bustling capital city.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel

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    New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel



    This deluxe hotel is situated on one of Beijing's main thoroughfares, Jianguomenwai Avenue and it is centrally located. All 500 rooms are spacious and comfortable. Other facilities at this hotel include; an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, laundry room, sauna and shops. The ...

    This deluxe hotel is situated on one of Beijing's main thoroughfares, Jianguomenwai Avenue and it is centrally located. All 500 rooms are spacious and comfortable. Other facilities at this hotel include; an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, laundry room, sauna and shops. The hotel has a selection of restaurants and a coffee shop plus a bar. This is an elegant and contemporary hotel with all the facilities one would expect of a deluxe hotel and the hotel is excellently located.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Bar(s)
    • Basketball
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Beijing

You will begin today's touring by visiting Tian'anmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Later, visit the Forbidden City, whose acres of splendid 15th century halls and pavilions, graced with imperial treasures, now comprise the Palace Museum, Treasure Gallery and Imperial Garden. Enjoy a Chinese lunch in a beautiful setting near Tian'anmen Square. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to experience the back streets of Beijing, known as the Hutong, on a pedicab (rickshaw) ride. This evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

The Great Wall

Today you will visit the magnificent Badaling section of the Great Wall of China, located approximately one and a half hours northwest of Beijing. The Badaling section was built in 1505, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. This section is one of the best preserved, easiest to traverse and most visited areas of the Great Wall. Enjoy stunning views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history, which winds its way far into the distance. Arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon for a rest or perhaps some nearby shopping. Tonight, enjoy an authentic Peking Duck dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Beijing to Xian

This morning, visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest. There are usually many locals practicing Tai Chi here and you will get a chance to practice Tai Chi with a Tai Chi master yourself! After lunch, visit the prestigious Summer Palace where past emperors and empresses spent their time enjoying the vast gardens and man-made lake. This afternoon fly to the ancient capital of Xian (included), a veritable treasure trove of Chinese culture.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Branley Hotel

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    Branley Hotel



    The Branley Hotel is a contemporary high-rise hotel ideally situated close to the Tang dynasty city wall and park. The hotel offers 318 modern and stylish rooms, 3 dining options, an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

    The Branley Hotel is a contemporary high-rise hotel ideally situated close to the Tang dynasty city wall and park. The hotel offers 318 modern and stylish rooms, 3 dining options, an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

    Facilities

    • Car Parking
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Doctor on Call
    • E-Concierge
    • Events planning service
    • Guest Services Desk
    • Laundry Service
    • Limousine Services
    • Restaurant
    • Shoeshine
    • Spa
    • Valet Service
    • Wellness Center

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Day 5

Xian

Visit the thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors which have been on guard for 2,000 years. The incredible individually sculpted warriors, discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers, have been touted as the archaeological find of the century. This afternoon you will visit the Grand Mosque, one of the most renowned mosques in the country, and the Muslim quarter. Tonight enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner and Tang dynasty performance.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Xian to Guilin

This morning, embark on a tour to the Huxian Village, famous for its farmers' paintings, where you will be greeted by a traditional Lion Dance and gain insight into the art and traditions of this rural area. Afterwards travel to the airport for a short flight to Guilin (included), one of China's most picturesque cities. The landscape has been an inspiration to Chinese painters for centuries, with its breathtaking limestone mountains, tree-lined streets, rice paddies and the meandering Li River.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sheraton Guilin Hotel

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    Sheraton Guilin Hotel



    Visit the Sheraton Guilin Hotel, ideally located along the Li River in the heart of the enchanting city of Guilin. Guilin has been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists for centuries, thanks to its breathtaking scenery rich in limestone crags, deep caves, and lush ...

    Visit the Sheraton Guilin Hotel, ideally located along the Li River in the heart of the enchanting city of Guilin. Guilin has been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists for centuries, thanks to its breathtaking scenery rich in limestone crags, deep caves, and lush paddy fields. Now, with the completion of a full renovation, the hotel is as beautiful as the landscape it calls home.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Li River Cruise

Today cruise the Li River, one of the most mystical landscapes in the world. The river meanders through steep hills and green fields offering spectacular views. Lunch is served on board. After the cruise, you will have some time to shop, stroll, bicycle or people-watch in the many cafes in the beautiful town of Yangshuo. Later, return to Guilin.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Guilin to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai (included), the largest city in China and the second largest metropolitan area in the world. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this photogenic city.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Vista

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    Holiday Inn Vista



    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or ...

    Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is in a strategic location, 10 minutes' drive from the city centre, with good transport links to the rest of Shanghai. Surf the web with complimentary wireless Internet in modernist Jing Lobby Lounge, amid sleek geometric sculptures and muted colours. Or simply unwind in the uncluttered surroundings of your air-conditioned guestroom. With our extensive meeting facilities, doing business at Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is a breeze. It's a short stroll to cafes in the trendy Suzhou Creek area and the tranquil Temple of the Jade Buddha. Hop in a taxi to reach the shops on popular Nanjing Road. Enjoy Western and Asian cuisine on the sunny terrace outside Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista's relaxed Inn Place Cafe. Chinese Wen Xuan Restaurant serves authentic local and Cantonese dishes.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking

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Day 9

Shanghai

Today's sightseeing includes a visit to the elegant Yu Yuan Garden in the heart of Old Town, bustling Nanjing Road, the legendary Bund, and the Shanghai museum. This afternoon is at leisure for your own exploration. Tonight, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic performance, one of China's oldest arts. You will be amazed by the performers' marvelous acts of strength, flexibility and gravity-defiance.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Suzhou

Today you will make a daytrip to Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". Visit the Humble Administrator's ornamental gardens, explore the historic Pingjiang Road district and take a cruise on the Grand Canal. Stop in Tongli Village before returning to Shanghai for a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport by high-speed Maglev magnetic train for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017 Small Group Tour: Apr 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 21; Sep 1 Sold Out, 8, 15; Oct 13, 27.

2017 Private Tour: Daily.

2018 Small Group Tour: Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 20; Sep 7; Oct 12, 26; Nov 2.

2018 Private Tour: Daily.

*Please note that the order of sightseeing in Beijing may be altered based on arrival day.


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights accommodation in first-class and deluxe hotels
  • Domestic flights within China
  • Guided touring/overland travel/transfers as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Please note: there is a compulsory local payment of $210 USD per person cash to be paid on your arrival. This covers the cost of tipping for your guides, drivers and porters for the duration of your trip

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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