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marco polo tours

My sister and I are considering a 10 day Groupon tour of China---from Shanghai to Beijing. Has anyone had any experience with Marco Polo Tours??

Chicago, Illinois
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I was looking at the same groupon and can't find reviews for the tour group. If you do find something or end up booking, please post here - I'm seriously considering it!

South Pasadena...
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I certainly will----but I have had no response to my inquiry.

Please let me know if you hear anything....

China
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They offer group tours but not private tours, if you are interested in a group tour, there are Marco Polo Tours, Grand Circle Travel, Wendy Wu Tours, etc.

Good luck,

China Culture Tour

South Pasadena...
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We are wondering about the quality of their tours.

We are contemplating an offering on Groupon. Can you help?

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i am considering the same tour trough groupon from vancouver..don't seem to get any answer..people keep advising me that it is cheaper to do on my own which so far does not seem correct according to my calculations

any feed back i am also interested

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See my impressions in your other post.

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Thanks i did check your reply ..and i have decided to do it on my own almost all the hotels and b+b's that i looked at offer private tours etc so i guess i will be ok.

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We went on the March Marco Polo tour using the Groupon. It was fabulous. Best hotels, excellent meals, excellent guides, great shopping, highway bus, high speed train, most important "must sees" included, and best of all, everything was included in the price except for one side tour (which was well worth taking, BTW). Marco Polo gave us terrific service and advice. Value for money is incredible and I can't imagine how the price is possible without some sort of Chinese government subsidy.

The tour gives you a really good cross-section of life in modern China, with a balance of history and culture. Maybe a little heavy on the classical gardens and short on free shopping time. But you are guaranteed to have a chance to purchase the best pearls, tea, silk, jade, and even traditional herbal medicines, if you are so inclined. You can spend Canadian or American dollars as easily as Chinese yuan. Take lots of cash as a backup to bank cards and credit cards because occasionally they won't work.

Do not hesitate to go! I am dying to go again. You need to be culturally sensitive and recognize that people there don't discuss human rights issues, although they are surprisingly frank about their history, social progress, and dreams for the future. They love us and want to be like us: witness KFCs everywhere, Coca Cola on every table, all the major multi-nationals represented. Food was excellent and plentiful although we missed coffee, dairy products and familiar fresh fruit - but after all you are looking for an authentic experience, or you might as well stay home.

Be prepared to use squat toilets and keep toilet paper in your pockets. Keep small denominations of Chinese currency in your pockets, too, if you have a soft heart when someone with no arms asks you for money. Have fun bartering! There are great deals in the streets wherever you go, but never pay the asking price. Have fun!