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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We normally don't use travel agencies but when traveling to China our first time, no language, and no contacts or family there we decided on Stunning Tours. We had a really amazing experience with this company from beginning to end. We were in a total of 10 cities and a river cruise. Lyra our US contact was responsive and made sure we had all the info we needed. Our contact in China Jessica was amazing. She was a blessing. Stayed in touch with us almost daily on WeChat and would answer all of our questions. On our last day in China while in Xian, we met her and her family for breakfast. She is now expected to come visit us in NY!

The Guides - All spoke english perfectly, were all punctual and professional. They shared a ton of knowledge and made sure we got the most out of our days. At every city they were waiting for us at train station or airport, ( we had no stress on that department ), would take care of getting us checked in for departures at airports and train stations all the way to security, would check us in and out of hotels making getting up to the room fast and trouble free, and they made us feel safe at all times. Chi ( Tiger ), KC, Season, Audrey, and Sammy, thank you for all you did.
HOTELS - although most were out of the city center with exception of Xian, they were all clean, comfortable and perfect for our stay. After long days of touring and walking, a comfy bed and warm shower was all we needed. Some hotels were better then others but none were terrible. Some were very good. We'll leave detail reviews on each.

TOURS - They stuck to the itinerary pretty good. Our tour had 16 people total and we all got along great. It is to be expected that the larger the group the stricter the times got. As our tour dwindled to just a few people we got more relaxed experiences and more 1 on 1 with the guides. Over all the tours were fantastic.

SHOPPING STOPS - we were not upset by them because we knew about them ahead of time. They were government owned and probably why we got such AMAZING price on our vacation. We actually learned a lot at the pearl factory, silk factory, jade worskshops, terracotta soldier facility, and tea plantation. After the education part its the sales floor. There is no pressure to buy, but we did buy some things here and there. The prices are very high and we found the same things cheaper outside and online. But we supported the cause and purchased a few things.

MEALS - hotel breakfast were ok. Not great but not terrible either. Some better then others. Plenty of choices and we left with some personal favorites we have now included in NY. The breakfast on the cruise was the best. More western choices and the flavors were amazing. The lunch provided by the tour were very good. Nice restaurants or hotels. Our lunch in Yichan was in a private room with gourmet chef preparing one of the best meals in China.

DAYS OF LEISURE. We took advantage of these days to explore on our own. We are seasoned travelers and get around easy with a map, our feet, and metro or bus. No running behind a group, take your time and take in the city smells, sounds, and experiences.

OVERALL - we highly recommend Stunning Tours. They surpassed our expectations. There is SO much value in their service. They made our first trip to China unforgettable. We will return to China for sure but on our own as we are now seasoned there, but WILL be using them for JAPAN & S.E. ASIA for sure.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Carlos L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time on our tour! We were able to enjoy extra things ~ being part of the group, we would not have seen if we were on our own. Tea factory, silk factory, pearl and jade, etc.. The language barrier was managed well by our guides.. They helped with translating, food ordering, shopping spots and communicating with the local people, as well as, provided information about each sight we went. They also provided bottle water and snacks and help to exchange money.

The hotels were pretty nice (some not close to local shopping and food in order to keep costs down and be comfortable and nice).

The local food is pretty good for the most part but after 10 days you are ready for something new since most food items are the same with a slight variance.

Overall I would definately recommend to friends and family!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank marnieu
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Review of: 8 Day Japan Tour

We signed up for this tour last year. The price was very affordable. Only $1499 per person with air included, very cheap for an expensive country like Japan. Before our trip we have communicated with Stunning Tours for dozens of times when booking the air tickets, purchase seats, upgrade.etc and no matter which travel agent picked up the phone they were always friendly and professional. We received our final documents roughly 3 weeks before the departure. The documents had tour guide info, emergency contact, flight tickets, detailed itinerary included was truly helpful for us to have a better idea of what we would experience. I was originally a little skeptical about the 3 star hotels listed. But they actually turned out to be pretty decent hotels. One thing we noted is that rooms are all small in Japan, especially the hotel in Tokyo. Other than that, the tour was perfect. We were happy with our tour guide Cindy. She did an excellent job explaining Japan's history in the most interesting way. She spoke perfect English too. I was surprised to see how inclusive our itinerary was. It was so unique, you don't find the same itinerary from any other companies, trust me, I did the research. We started the trip in Osaka and visited Hiroshima(the nuclear bomb site), Himeji, Kyoto and Tokyo. The money we spent was well worth it! Thanks Stunning Tours!

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank skillin5
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Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

Took china delight tour from stunning tours china. Flight and tour were of good value. Hotels were far from the city center and all buffet breakfast were included. Lunch was often a road stop and dinners were at the hotel at your own expense. There was no national guide and they used local guides in each city. The included tour were ok, and did visit UNESCO heritage sites, but we're often paired with a shopping stop at overpriced government stores. There is no obligation to buy. Other guest had problems with air tickets and incurred additional cost. Suggest gate1 travel at a higher cost, but better service.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank seniorbudget
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PETERwen8, Manager at Stunning Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Client,
I wasn't able to locate your booking, can you let me know your name which tour you signed up for?

I was quite surprised that you mentioned gate1travel, because we actually use the same shopping stops. It's quite common for China itineraries to offset the overall cost for clients. Purchasing isn't mandatory as you mentioned. And we do our best to limit the shopping time while using it to decrease the overall costs for all our clients,

Have a great day!

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Reviewed September 6, 2019

We traveled with 6 in our group. The organization for pickup, transportation, tours was excellent. The Yangtze River cruise was very beautiful, the cruise boat was not up to par. This is the only reason for 4 stars. I wouldn't hesitate to use this tour company in the future.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Sherry W
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