9 Days Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express

Xian, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi

Traveler Reviews


Tour Code: TCT-Silk-Road-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Authorized by China Ministry of Railway
  Experience the luxury train China Orient Express with a superior 5 star service
  Suitable for those who are interested in China history and culture
  Adventure from Xian to Urumqi Silk Road tour
 

Best Travel Time: Annually fixed departure dates

Price from $ 2799

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Day 1May 28 or Sep 09, 2020 Arrival Xian
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an or same class

Arrival in Xian, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Xian is a city with over 3000 years history and it is also the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Xian City View
Xian City View

Day 2May 29 or Sep 10, 2020 Xian
Terracotta Warriors, Huaqing Hot Spring

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
Recommended Hotel: Grand Melia Hotel Xi'an or same class

Have breakfast in the hotel, then we drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors, one of the eight wonders of the world. Be excited to observe China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's great army of 8000 life-sized terracotta soldiers and horses in three burial pits. Afterwards,we continue to Huaqing Hot Spring in Mt Lishan. In ancient time, emperors used to come here to bathe and enjoy the scenic beauty. It has become a favorite spa since the Tang Dynasty.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 3May 30 or Sep 11, 2020 Xi’an - Lanzhou - Jiayuguan
Waterwheel Garden

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: China Orient Express Train

After breakfast, we will transfer to train station for high-speed train to Lanzhou. It takes only three hours to complete the 700-kilometer distance on China’s fastest and comfortable bullet train. Upon arrival, meet your Lanzhou guide and visit the Waterwheel Garden. Originated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the waterwheel is the oldest irrigation tool in Yellow River area of Lanzhou. The Waterwheel Garden is a theme garden exhibiting the waterwheel culture. Here, we could appreciate the waterwheel driven by the flowing water all year round to collect water from the river or cofferdam. At 22:00pm, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Jiayuguan. Have a nice night on the train with wonderful evening and morning views of local countryside.

Lanzhou City View
Lanzhou City View

Day 4May 31 or Sep 12, 2020 Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), Overhanging Great Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Plaza Hotel Jiayuguan or same class

After breakfast, have a visit to the Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass), the western end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. It is known as 'the First and Greatest Pass under Heaven', and best preserved and most magnificent military fort in China. Then we drive 7 miles away for the Overhanging Great Wall. It got the named for riding on a mountain ridge that is 45 degrees from vertical and resembling a huge dragon.

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass

Day 5June 01 or Sep 13, 2020 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountains, Shazhou Night Market

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: : Dunhuang Hotel or same class

After a pleasant breakfast, 10:00 special train to Dunhuang, we specially arranged for you on the train institute of Dunhuang experts and professors explain in detail for you. Reaching Dunhuang, we proceed to Mingsha Sand Dunes (Crescent Spring and Sighing Sand Dune) - Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) helps people free from all worries and Crescent Spring purifies people's minds. After dinner, we will continue to visit Dunhuang Shazhou Night Market. It is one of the best night market in China and famous for its tasty snacks, local specialties, and crafts etc.

Mingsha Sand Dunes
Mingsha Sand Dunes

Day 6June 02 or Sep 14, 2020 Dunhuang-Turpan
Mogao Grottoes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel:  China Orient Express Train

After breakfast, let's visit the world famous Mogao Grottoes, which was designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO for its 1600 years accumulated cultural, architectural, and art treasures. There remains 492 cave temple and 45000 square meters of frescos. According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. At 17:00hr, we embark the 'China Orient Express' Charter Luxury Train to Turpan.

Mogao Grottoes
Mogao Grottoes

Day 7 June 03 or Sep 15, 2020 Turpan-Urumqi
Karez irrigation system, Flaming Mountain, Jiaohe Ancient City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Universel Hotel Urumqi or same class

It’s a day for Turpan sightseeing! Visit Karez irrigation system to witness the wisdom of Uygur people. The irrigation system is especially designed for desert. If connecting all these underground channels, the total length will reach more than 5000 km, so it is regarded as one of the three engineering miracles of ancient China, along with the Great Wall and the Jinghang Grand Canal. Thereafter, we move to Flaming Mountain, well known by Chinese people because of the legendary story 'Journey to the West'. It is regarded as the hottest place in China. Then We drive to Jiaohe Ancient City, an island-shaped plateau situated at Yar Town. It is the largest, oldest and well preserved earth-structured city in the world, with a history of 2000-2300 years.

Jiaohe Ancient City
Jiaohe Ancient City

Day 8 June 04 or Sep 16, 2020 Urumqi
Heavenly Lake, Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Recommended Hotel: Universel Hotel Urumqi or same class

After breakfast, visit Heavenly Lake on Tianshan (boat tour). The mountain Lake stands 1980 meters above sea level and features picturesque scenery of snowcapped peaks. It a great pleasure to boat travel Heavenly Lake, with a layer of magical color covering the lake, and hearing many beautiful myths and legends. Then head for Urumqi, and visit Xinjiang  Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar
Erdaoqiao Grand Bazaar

Day 9June 05 or Sep 17, 2020 Departure Urumqi
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Today is the day of farewell to your memorable Silk Road trip and the unique China Orient Express. After a pleasant breakfast, free at your own leisure till the assemble time for the transferring to airport for the flight back to your hometown or next destination. Bon voyage!

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

1. For travelers who plan to take China Orient Express from Xian to Urumqi or Urumqi to Xian
9-Day Route in June: Xi'an-Lanzhou-Jiayuguan-Dunhuang-Turpan-Urumqi or vice versa
Tour Date: May 24-Jun 01 (Route A: Urumqi to Xi'an), May 28-Jun 05 (Route B: Xian to Urumqi)
                   Aug 28-Sep 05 (Route A: Urumqi to Xi'an), Sep 09-Sep 17 (Route B: Xian to Urumqi)
 
Route
Date
Type of Cabin
Quotation
Single Supplement (S.S.)
S.S. in Hotel
S.S. in China Orient Express
(A) Urumqi—Xian
(B) Xian—Urumqi
(A) 05.24-06.01
(B) 05.28-06.05
Quad
-
$450/p.p
Triple
-
Twin
$2799/p.p
$700/p.p
Diamond En-Suite
$3199/p.p
$1500/p.p
 
Route
Date
Type of Cabin
Quotation
Single Supplement (S.S.)
S.S. in Hotel
S.S. in China Orient Express
(A) Urumqi—Xian
(B) Xian—Urumqi
(A) 08.28-09.05
(B) 09.09-09.17
Quad
-
$560/p.p
Triple
-
Twin
$2899/p.p
$700/p.p
Diamond En-Suite
$3399/p.p
$1500/p.p
Note: Diamond En-Suite is luxury double room with personal wash room and shower room in each room. The above price is based on 2 persons sharing a room. If one person would like to stay a room, he or she need to pay single supplement.
 
Remarks:
1. All prices in US dollars;
2. Prices subject to change without any further notice;
3. Service charges are not included, Current rate for all services is total of USD150.00 per person (or USD160 p.p or USD170 p.p)
4. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control
5. We reserve the right to distribute passengers of sharing cabins; in case the cabin cannot be share, the cost applies on the passengers in the cabin
6. Children age under 11, will be credit only the difference on hotel room costs

Price includes:
1) EXPERIENCED TOUR MANAGERS
Our experienced tour managers and their assistants are selected for their travel knowledge and organizational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your voyage of a lifetime. We receive many exceptional passenger comments about our Tour Managers and their aim is to ensure you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

2) ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TRANSFERS
Arrival and departure transfers are included.

3) HOTEL AND ONBOARD ACCOMMODATION
Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the train’s public areas, you will find your hotel room or cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. Hotel and onboard accommodation as described in your individual tour itinerary are included in the tour price. All hotels are of 5 star standard or, in certain locations, the best available. Room upgrades are available on request and at extra cost.

4) ROUTE GUIDE, ITINERARY AND INFORMATION PACK
When you board the train there will be a brochure in your cabin detailing more about your journey and the places en-route. Our Tour Manager will organize a programed of briefings on the cities or places we visit and, each evening, will issue a programed for the next day’s touring schedule.

5) BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY
All departures feature one or two uniquely designed restaurant cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine off the train.

6) DRINKS WITH MEALS ONBOARD
A drinks allowance is included with lunch and dinner.

7) ON BOARD SERVICE
Throughout your tour you can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unobtrusive. The high ratio of staff to passenger’s means there is always someone available should you need assistance.

8) ON BOARD DOCTOR AND MEDICAL FACILITIES
To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the doctor is on hand to give primary care as required.

9) 24 HOUR SERVICE ATTENDANT
Your car attendants provide 24-hour housekeeping and bedding turndown services, with one attendant always on duty to assist you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin. Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

Price excludes:
1.International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
2.China Entry Visa Fees
3.Excess Baggage Charges
4.Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, drinks from the bar car, laundry, spa treatments, hairdressing.
5. Single Room Supplement.
6. Tip: Full Service Staff Tip in total USD150.00 per person (or USD160 p.p or USD170 p.p) (Train staff, Special train porter, the tour leader, local driver and local guide).

Traveler Reviews Feedbacks & Photos >>

5.0

BAFARAT

5.0

During the three days in BEIJING,we visited the Tiananmen square,forbidden city,temple of heaven,the Great Wall,summer palace etc.Our tour guide Eric was very helpful and knowledgeable.We were so lucky to have Rebecca as our tour agent,she organized everything for us and we really enjoyed it.It was one of the most enjoyable locations I ever spent.
EBTraveler

5.0

With forty years of travel to the far corners of our world we have encountered many guides. Like most travelers some have not been very good, some decent and the rare few that are outstanding. During our three weeks in China last month we encountered just such a rare individual. Our guide in Guilin was a young women named Ping (I'll provide her email later). Ping demonstrated knowledge and command of the history, stories and culture all along the way. Beyond that, Ping exuded infectious enthusiasm not only for our touring, but for us personally as well. We had a serious medical issue occur suddenly, in fact one of us went into diabetic shock. It was four in the morning but no matter, after calling Ping she took command and arranged for the hotel to send us, with a car, driver, and assistant to a hospital. Upon our arrival there was Ping who obviously thru on some clothes, got on her motorbike and rushed to meet us. There she not only served as translator but as though a family member, she became invested in our proper care and recovery. Truly remarkable to have such a person supporting you. In small ways she flavored her guiding with a sense of our interests and preferences, like the day we mentioned our love of pomegranates and the next morning there she is smiling and with samples for us as a treat. When we left a jacket behind, once again was on it as Ping arranged for its shipment to out next stop and tracked it until it was in our hands. Beyond that, Ping was in frequent contact to make certain of our full medical recovery and to offer her help where or whenever it might be needed while in China. Amazing! Ping can be contacted at bellakanas@163.com Sheila Hertz, Howard Entin
Candi S

5.0

Raylene did a wonderful job organizing our tour to meet our time constraints. She answered all questions very efficiently. Our tour guide Rocco met us at the airport and the Driver was waiting near by. I have specific dietary restrictions and the guide was extremely helpful communicating that with the restaurants. The trip was so easy and we always felt safe. My husband and I are looking forward to booking a more extended trip in the future. There is so much to see and the food is wonderful!
bob

5.0

My wife and I chose TCT to plan a two week private tour of China for us and we are very glad that we did. Yocky, our travel planner, was excellent and everything worked out exactly as she had told us it would. The guides were well chosen and by and large spoke quite passable English. The younger ones sometimes tended to try and cram too much to do in one day for an older couple, but they were very flexible and quite willing to make minor alterations to our set progamme on our request. All in all, I would recommend TCT to anyone who wants an in depth look at China and its people.
Kihei.Goldilocks

5.0

Our tour: Beijing, Xi`an, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghi When we first made our inquires, we thought we would be hooked up with a group but due to our dates, it turned out to be just my husband and I. It was one of the best tours we’ve been on and we travel the world. First, we were immediately notified of a hotel upgrade prior to leaving home due to a National Holiday they declared in China. Our first hotel was close to the center of Beijing and everything would be shut down due to the Military Parade scheduled. Upon arriving in Beijing at 4:30am, we learned from our “super” guide, Grace, that all tours would be shut down for that one day also. Not a problem. We ended up going to the Great Wall and the Summer Palace the day before the shut down. We had plenty of time at both locations plus a delightful lunch on the way to the Great Wall. The day after the shutdown, was to the Temple of Heaven, (actually a wonderful park with everyone doing everything from dancing to playing checkers) then on to Tian`anmen Square. Here the decorations were still up from the parade and it was starting to get crowded but we started early, the Forbidden City and the Rickshaw Hutong Tour. Lunch was part of the Rickshaw tour and was in a local Chinese home. Normally, these might be spread out over a couple of days but we had to compress due to the shutdown and didn’t feel we missed anything. Again, Grace and our driver were wonderful and she knew all the short cuts etc… Then they drove us to the high speed train. Grace arranged our tickets and even boarded the train with us to make sure we were in the right seats, Loved this girl!! We were met in Xi`an at the train station by _____and driven to the Ramada Bell Tower. First on the agenda was the Ancient City Wall. This wall is about 40 feet high and probably 15 feet across. It isYou popular to rent bikes and ride around it (lots of tandum bikes) or walking or jogging. The whole distance is about 6 miles around. (visible from Google Earth) Then on to Terracota Army Museum. This is about an hour drive out of the city. This is a large complex. I don’t know what I was expecting but I didn’t expect buildings other than the hugh one built over the warriors. Lunch was provided at a restaurant on site. Back to Xi`an and a quick stop at the Wild Goose Pagoda. Here you are given into the care of a Pogoda volunteer to take you thru the grounds. The next morning we had some time before our flight to Chongqing so ___ took us to the Shaanxi History Museum. This museum has some wonderful exhibits that are well worth the time. Our flight was met by the local guide and driver and they took us to the Victoria Llanna. I can’t tell you how fantastic it is to have these guides to move you around and look out for you. There is no way we would have known to hire a local porter to carry our luggage to the boat They put a suitcase on each end of a bamboo pole and carry it down probably 60 cement stairs to a 50 foot metal walkway on drums extending out to the boat. I had to hold on to the rail just to walk across to board the boat. No way I could have handled luggage. Our guide recommended the proper fee to the porter and fended him off when he wanted more. Registration is on board the boat. Our guide helped us with that and then off he went. On board, you are seated with a group of other travelers. We were called the Foreign Independent Travelers. We had couples from France, Israel and Australia at our table. The meals are oriental but it is easy to find something you like. Every meal was buffet except for the final night. Always breads, eggs, meat and various fruits for breakfast. Lunch and dinner had rice, chow mein, various meat and vegetable dishes and always watermelon. In the bar area, I found an ice cream bar that was my daily reward! The different Georges were beautiful. On one you stop and board smaller boats to go deeper into the Goddess stream. At about 11pm on the final night, you start through the locks of the three gorges dam. Two boats go through at a time. Take a nap so you can stay up for this transition. When we arrived in Yichang, another very competent guide came on board and collected us. Hired a local porter for us and up the hill we went to the car and driver. Then on to the Yichang Airport to catch our flight to Shanghi. Our guide walked us into the airport and made sure we had our boarding passes. In Shanghai we were again met and taken via the MagLev train to the Marriott Puxi Hotel. The MagLev operates out of the Pudong airport so if you want to ride on this, you need to arrive at the right airport. (our son said we had to do this so, there you go) Our day in a took us to the Jade Budda Temple, YuYuan Garden, Old Town, Oriental Pearl Tower (clear observation floor-like you are standing on air), Nanjing Road and the Bund. All doable in one day and at an easy pace. I’m not a shopper but did take my picture at the Apple Store to show I was there! Next morning we went to Watertown. This is a town with canals (think Venice) that is 1700 years old. Walked the streets and took a cruise on the wooden boat. Very peaceful amid the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. On to the Hongqiao Airport for a flight back to Beijing. (We were on Hawaiian Airlines so needed to go in and out of Beijing ) Our last day in Beijing we went to the Pearl Market to shop. This is where one goes to by knock offs. High end handbags, electronics, toys etc. (Flight crews go there to shop) This is not a souvenir shop. The next morning another guide and driver showed up to take us to the Beijing Airport. A guide and driver are the way to travel China and Top China Travel does it well. All guides were English speaking and paid attention to any requests we had
Rich H

5.0

I come from Poland and I visited China with a 60 pax group to China last month. Janet was in charge of all the arrangement of our group in China. She stayed with our group throughout our stay and she was with us to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. She was very helpful and all the arrangement was very well and especially in emergency situations - someone got lost, missing luggage The entire stay in China was wonderfull. I hope it shortly to come back here with my family :-) I am pleased to recommend to everyone Top China Travel and Janet’s service . Rich55
mikremedios

5.0

We had a family reunion of sorts in China. Ten of us started in Shanghai, and went through Xian to Beijing. Lily was fantastic (and patient) to work with as we spent months arranging the details. All transfers went perfectly, and all of our guides went the extra mile to make the trip really memorable. We had Vickie in Shanghai, Sally in Xian and Cathy in Beijing; all were outstanding. We were traveling with my 83 yr old mother in law who needed extra care in certain places and all guides made sure she was handled with the utmost care and respect. It was awesome to see! I would highly recommend this company, and would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you Lily and all our guides for a fantastic trip!
Michelle L

5.0

The tour wasn't that bad, we visited the forbidden city, temple of heaven and the summer palace in one day. The tour guide Vic was nice and if we had some questions he tried to answer that. We also went to the pearl market where my friend bought some pearls for a good price. To cut a long story short the trip was fine but my friend and I we wished we had more time to look around in the forbidden city and summer palace.
MartinBaxter58

5.0

After completing an upstream Yangtze River Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing we had a couple of days in Chongqing itself. We decided to organise a full day private city tour and as a result I did some research on the internet as to the options. I quickly discovered that Top China Travel (TCT), who are based in Guilin, not only had the best option but also the best prices. I contacted TCT and was immediately contacted back by Yocky Yang. She was excellent in all aspects in organising the tour for us. All communications (her English was amazing) were made through WhatsApp which worked really well, payment was made through PayPal. The actual Full Day Tour included Peoples Hall and Square, Three Gorges Museum, Huguang Guild Hall, General Stilwall Museum and the Erling Park. A huge and excellent lunch (spicy Sichuan cuisine) was also included. Our guide David (who contacted us the day before to agree hotel pickup timing) was excellent, super friendly, spoke excellent English and was incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of Chongqing. He pretty much let us dictate the speed in which we moved from one place to another, and there were no shopping stops !!! At the end of the tour we expressed a wish to visit Hongyadong as we had heard good reports of this quirky bar / restaurant complex and its amazing views. As we didn't know the way he offered to walk us there which was a nice touch, indeed we had a few drinks together which finished the wonderful day of nicely. Both Yocky Yang at TCT and David our tour guide are highly recommended.
Adventurer568038

5.0

I can’t begin to tell you of our wonderful trip abroad. On behalf of Elayne,Cynthia and myself thank you for our “trip of a lifetime”. You were most responsive in communicating all the planning that went into the trip. Every single detail that you planned went exactly as expected. Not a single problem. Your guides were terrific. Each spoke English and was quite knowledgeable about everything we saw and inquired about. Kurt in Beijing and Chris in Shanghai were great. Especially exceptional was Alex Fong in Hong Kong. He is not only knowledgeable and personable, but so caring and kind to me as I was somewhat limited and walking with a cane. (Please tell him the “3 girls” really appreciated him.) Each means of transportation was exceptional. Each hotel was most comfortable with great services. Each tour was well planned. We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone we know planning a trip to China. Roslyn Hamada
Guide39633

5.0

Our 14-day tour went great. Our online agent, Yocky, was very responsive to all the questions I had before the trip. We were met and sent off at each airport, railroad, and bus ride by local tour guides of TCT who were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and professionals. Thorough in explaining each of the places we visited and gladly took our questions and responded. The hotels we were checked-in were 4 stars as expected, clean and centrally located, clean, and served a great buffet breakfast (included). The respective tour guides effectively managed the time and arranged lunch stops close by the sites we visited thus not wasting touring time. Overall experience was great. Great value for the price of the tour. If we decide to tour other sites in China in the future I will definitely use TCT again.
Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@feitinghome521.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
tvschidambaram

5.0

Ms.Joyce of Top China Travel ( TCT ) made a wonderful program for my family in a short notice. Highly committed and tour operators are excellent and good in communication. Shown us all beautiful places and were amazing. Commitment to time was so good and we never had any problems anywhere.
Ryan S

5.0

We chose TCT for an 11 day/10 night private guided tour trip through Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. Janet helped us plan and finalize the itinerary for our trip via email and phone communication and was very accommodating and helpful during the entire process. She also kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure that everything went smoothly and to our satisfaction. For the city guides, we had Merry in Beijing, Christina in Xi'an, Ji in Guilin/Yangshuo, and Leo and Sara in Shanghai. Each of our guides were helpful and informative and made sure that our needs were met along the way, and all of them were flexible with any last-minute requests or issues that came up. Special mention also for our driver Mr. Ai in Beijing who always made sure that we had water and that we got to our destinations on time regardless of the traffic situation, and likewise with Ms. Luo in Shanghai. Our trip overall was very action-packed and we were able to see almost everything planned on our schedule including some last-minute inserted locations which was a plus. We had a great time visiting on our first trip to China, and would recommend TCT for anyone looking to looking to plan their own trip there.
bjsDenverCO

5.0

We had little time to plan this trip to China and decided a private tour was best for the short time we had available. We really enjoyed the tour 4.5 days in Beijing and 1.5 days in Shanghai. We saw all the highlights, but more importantly our guides talked to us about the people, the culture, the society, etc. We felt very immersed in what we were learning and seeing for those days. The guides were flexible, changing the schedule to accomodate visiting the Great Wall of China on a sunny day. Our hotels were all very nice, and we enjoyed having a driver drop us off right at the entrance to the places we were visiting and picking us up right when we were done. It enabled us to see quite alot in a short amount of time. We enjoyed the one on one contact with our guides (Cathy in Beijing and Sophie in Shanghai.)
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