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“Great start to our China tour”

China Odyssey Tours
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Xitang Water Town Private Day Trip from Shanghai
Ranked #18 of 118 Tours in Shanghai
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Owner description: China Odyssey Tours Shanghai office, not only providing private Shanghai tours, but also custom China tour packages for worldwide travelers. With over 20 years of experience in tour operation, we have the expertise to tailor-make personalized tours with the best value for money to meet our customers' needs. Shanghai is known as the Paris of the east, a seamless blending of Easternand Western culturesThe Bund – the landmark of Shanghai, always be the best place to view Shanghai, nearby, the Nanjing Road is a famous shopping paradiseShanghai – a museum of architectures, exquisite Yuyuan Garden – a tranquil garden to relax; magnificent Jinmao Tower, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center display Shanghai’s present; Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall brings you to review Shanghai’s futureShanghai Tours by ThemesAs the largest city of China, Shanghai’s charm lies in the seamless mix of modern and traditional, east and west. Except for Shanghai basic tours, we at China Odyssey Tours offer you more Shanghai tours by themes for you to explore the charming Shanghai. Shanghai tours for family, Shanghai tours for senior, Shanghai tours for students and kids, Shanghai luxury and leisurely tours, will give you a chance to know more details about Shanghai.
Montreal, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“Great start to our China tour”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We booked our 16- day tour of China with the meticulous and excellent help of Leila of China Odyssey tours (COT), all via internet. We only had the trip advisor reviews as recommendation! After several emails working on our itinerary, I sensed thru Leila's prompt response and knowledgeable information that COT was a professionally operated agency. We were so relieved when we stepped out of the arrival area in our first stop, Shanghai, and found our names held up by our guide, Avril. From then on we knew we were not alone in China but had a whole team caring for us. Although our friends think we were crazy to visit 6 cities in 16 days, we never felt exhausted because COT took care of all the details: hotels, flights, transport, entrance fees, etc. Avril was able to transmit to us not only history and facts but the essence of Shanghai and its neighboring towns. For example, we now understand the philosophy and significance of the elements of Chinese gardens after we visited Yu Garden. We enjoyed exploring the water town of Zhujiajiao, and eating the local delicacies like steamed white fish, Shanghai red cooked pork, rice steamed in bamboo leaves, stuffed lotus roots and the delcious, Xiao Long Bao dumpling. Though not usually into shopping, we asked Avril to take us to try the exquisite teas of the region and to find out more about silk making, both very important to China's history and culture. The tea house where we sampled so many kinds of tea and the silk store where we even got to try to stretch out silk cocoons were great. Too bad the foggy weather didn't allow for good views from the bund or Shanghai World financial tower (aka the bottle opener building because it looks like one). The thrilling acrobat show more than made up for them. Thanks again, Avril and Leila.

Visited May 2013
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ChinaOdysseyTour, Public Relations Manager at China Odyssey Tours, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear gravic33,

Thank you for choosing our service & spending time to write this review. Nothing is more important for us than your satisfaction. It’s a pity that the foggy weather obscured your view from the Bund & Shanghai World Financial Tower. Luckily you liked the Acrobat Show we arranged for you. I have forwarded your warm words to Avril and Leila, and they gave regards to you & your family. We will keep going & wait for your next trip with us!

Thanks & regards,
You’re not alone with Odyssey!
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Cootamundra, Australia
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“AustFarmer75”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Shanghai was the first and last place visited in China - what an introduction to my first visit to China. I expected to have an interesting trip but it was exceeded greatly, the arrangements were faultless, the guides informative and I had a feeling they were guiding from the heart not just doing what was on the list. Most interested in seeing the people more than the attractions but ended up doing both, my guides all probably need to give their ears a holiday after having me with all my questions which were answered. They went out of their way to show me the Chinese people and helped with some of the list things such as the acrobatic show even if I did worry them by insisting that I could find my way home but I did value their help with the Shanghai metro

Visited May 2013
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ChinaOdysseyTour, Public Relations Manager at China Odyssey Tours, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Mark M,

Thank you for writing this review and letting us know that you enjoyed the Shanghai trip arranged by us. We know that traveling is not just sightseeing; it's more about meeting new people, trying new food and experiencing local culture and lifestyle, etc. So we’re committed to showing you the real China with our heart and making your travel more meaningful.

Thank you for your compliment on our tour guides. I’ve shared your encouraging review with all staff in COT. We’re looking forward to serving you again!

Best regards,
You're not alone with Odyssey!
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Sisters, OR
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“Shanghai with China Odyssey Tour guide Chris”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Shanghai was the first objective on our 18 day China Odyssey Tour (COT) planned with Vincent who was very accommodating over several months of planning. We flew into Beijing to see some business friends and COT arranged a ride on the bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai at our request. It was one of the highlights of our trip and I would recommend it to every traveler in China. Only four hours to go between Shanghai and Beijing, cruising smoothly at 300 km/hr on very modern, clean equipment. Puts Amtrak to shame as an antique.

We were met at the Shanghai station by Chris who hosted us for the next three days all over Shanghai along with a very competent, safe driver. She was bright, cheerful, very knowledgeable, prompt, helpful, flexible and a joy to be with. Her English speaking capability was excellent and she was able to answer every question we had. She was very patient and helpful with my wife's silk shopping. I had an unusual request to do some historical research about the Shanghai American School and she took us to the modern campus of the historic school and helped us find a person who was able to answer our questions about the old school. I really appreciate her extra effort. When we told her about our addiction to donuts in the morning and how we had found this bakery close to our hotel, she took us to a wonderful bakery on our walk through the French quarter where we got to sample some excellent cookies. It turned out that every COT tour guide was very attentive to our interests and tailored our tours on the fly to things we were interested in.

If you are interested in a custom tour of China, I recommend China Odyssey Tours highly and urge you to think carefully about everything you are interested in and ask your travel consultant about the odd things too, they can probably set it up for you and when you are in China make sure your guide knows about your interests, they may set up a surprise for you. Each of our guides in Shanghai, Xi'an, Guilin and Beijing was very attentive to our interests and tailored our local tour when possible to focus on things we were interested in.

Visited May 2013
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ChinaOdysseyTour, Public Relations Manager at China Odyssey Tours, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear DeanBilling,

Thank you for your positive review and photos. Glad to hear you had a great time in Shanghai with our tour guide Cris. Shanghai is one of the most modern cities, the bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai is really the highlights.

China Odyssey Tours Specialized in tailor-made private tours in China. When you travel with us, you will get personalized services from a team of travel specialists. Just feel comfortable and secured as your personal travel consultant and a service team are continually checking details from the beginning of tour planning through to the end of your tour. You will enjoy the benefits of independent travel without worrying about the limitations of traveling alone and the trouble of planning.

I’ve shared your warm review with all staff in COT. We’re looking forward to serving you gain!

Best regards,
You’re not alone with Odyssey! 
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Washington DC
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“China Odyssey Tours - fantastic service, start to finish!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

My husband, mother and I just returned from an 18 day China trip that was arranged and managed entirely by China Odyssey Tours. What an incredible job China Odyssey Tours did!

Our itinerary included 6 domestic flights, visits to 5 different regions, hotel bookings everywhere we went, and a bunch of extras to accommodate our needs at some unusual destinations (e.g., attending the Sisters' Meal Festival in a remote Miao village in Guizhou Province). China Odyssey Tours arranged all the logistics, and we could not have asked for a smoother trip.

Our initial trip planner Sophie was endlessly patient as we kept refining our itinerary via email exchanges. Once we arrived, our local guides at each stop were knowledgeable, articulate and fun to be with. Our local drivers were dependable, friendly and careful in traffic. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful to my Mom who is 93 (Yes, 93!). For example, they lined up wheelchairs, first floor rooms where necessary, and even a "sedan taxi" (chair slung on bamboo poles carried by porters) to transport her from the endpoint of the cable car on up quite a distance (with a bunch of steps) to our hotel on Yellow Mountain. We had an assigned customer service rep, Maggie, who stayed in contact with us throughout our trip. She did a phenomenal job - willingly (in fact, at her own suggestion) - to re-book some of our flights and hotels when my Mom got a bad cold, allowing us to rest in place an extra day in Xi'An.

In short, if you want help organizing a trip to China and want to be in good hands while you are there, go with China Odyssey Tours! They will do a superb job with the logistics and support you beautifully, start to finish.

If you are considering a trip to China, we strongly recommend you choose China Odyssey Tours to make your arrangements and support you while you are there.

Visited April 2013
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ChinaOdysseyTour, Public Relations Manager at China Odyssey Tours, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Dear SharoninDC,

Glad to know your family enjoyed the trip with us. Thank you for writing a long trip review on Trip Advisor. I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed the time with our team members helpful.

I’ve shared your warm review with all staff in COT, especially Sophie and Maggie. Thank you for recommendation. We’re looking forward to your next trip with us!

Best regards,
You're not alone with Odyssey!
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Our introduction to China”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

My mother and I started our miraculous journey into China by first going to Shanghai. We wanted to do something unique and, not really knowing much about China, thought we would do something unique and save Beijing for last.

China Odyssey Tours made our trip through all of China a breeze. Never once did we have to worry about transportation, communication or safety. Our travel agent, Laura, called our guides at every stop in our journey to make sure everything was going smoothly. It made us feel safe and that everything was taken care of. We have never had such an easy experience traveling abroad.

As for the city itself, it was a marvel to behold. Skyscrapers that touched the sky and reaching as far as the eye could see. The amount of people that occupy the city itself is staggering. Driving through the city and looking at all the high rises made my mind reel just trying to calculate the sheer number of people. And yet, we never felt crowded. The city is immaculately planned and groomed. Despite the knowledge of poor air quality, the trees and foliage looked healthy and green. The Bund was an interesting piece of architectural beauty and going to the City Planning museum really helped to put it all in perspective. The gardens were beautiful and the food was delicious! We were just taken aback at how wonderful everything was.

Our guide, Shawn, and the driver, Mr. Ling, were extraordinarily accommodating. Both were kind and friendly and extremely pleasant to be around. Upon our arrival, Shawn had purchased us local snacks to try out. It was a pleasant surprise and made us feel welcome. He was easy to understand and his taste in restaurants was impeccable. We were provided with bottles of water every day and never had to worry about thirst. Our every need was catered to.

The hotel wasn't anything fancy. But for the price we pay, it was still very nice. The beds are a little hard but that is something you will come to expect and accept about China. For us, it was never a problem. We had so much fun and excitement during the day that, once we got back, we were able to fall asleep no problem. The breakfast in the mornings were to die for. Some of the best food we had on the trip was served in the mornings. And the service at the hotels was always efficient and friendly. We never felt like strangers or foreigners. Everyone was so friendly.

If you plan on going to China, you MUST go through China Odyssey. They are simply perfection.

Visited April 2013
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ChinaOdysseyTour, Public Relations Manager at China Odyssey Tours, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Dear MiroKast,

Thank you for your warm review. Glad to know you enjoyed the Shanghai trip. Shanghai is the largest city in China. The Bund, the City Planning museum and the Yu Garden are the highlights. I hope the good memories the city brought to you would last a lifetime.

I’ve shared your warm review with all staff in COT. Your compliment makes our work more enjoyable and it will definitely let more travelers know Shanghai Thank you for recommendation!

Looking forward to your next trip with us!

Best regards,
Sophie Lu
You're not alone with Odyssey!
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