Great Experience. Return customer!!!! Leila is very professional and efficient. This is our second tour with her. As we were planning to be in Asia for a wedding and had 7 extra days, I messaged Leila to put together a package for me and my husband to visit Vietnam/Cambodia. Leila was very prompt and right away she put something together for me. It took me a while to get back to her because our son was planning on joining us and I was waiting for his response. There was no pressure from Leila. I had to make a few changes and again Leila was very thorough. Thank You Leila. We will keep coming back for more!!!
Review by Jeanomar5 months ago
Our two week tour was flawless from beginning to end. From planning the details, to enjoying the culture and truly loving our experience, we could not be happier! China Odyssey Tours is the very best way to see China. Thank you!
Review by MSKaranja Sziebert7 months ago
We have just signed up with China Odyssey Tours.
We wanted to visit China for 2 weeks and sent off a request to several Chinese tour companies. Leila from Odyssey quickly answered and came up with a very nice plan for us with hotels, River cruise etc. so we decided to go for it. She also helped us to get the Chinese Visa.
So far the company has been very good and responded very quickly to all our questions via e-mails, so now we are confidently looking forward to our holiday.
Christina & Michael
Review by Katrina Day7 months ago
We have been planning our trip to China with China Odeyssey Tours, and they have been very responsive. We have a tailored itinerary for just our family of three. We have changed the planned timing and duration of our trip, and also changed preferred destinations. We also updated one of our passports and needed a new invitation letter. Despite all of these changes, each request has been quickly and professionally addressed.
Review by Jetrail8 months ago
We have booked a custom made tour through China Odyssey and had great comms throughout as we emailed back and forth adjusting our trip. From the beginning, it was clear that they had the right experience to give us what we needed and now look forward to the tour itself.
Review by Dajahnae Derrow8 months ago
China Odyssey has done an amazing job helping me plan our trip to China. Leila was assigned to work with me and she has been a pleasure, keeping in constant touch. She has accommodated all my requests and has answered all my questions very honestly. Leila and Odyssey have not tried to sell me anything and they have even made slight itinerary change recommendations to give us more sightseeing time. They have a guide set up to meet us in each city we go to, eliminating any worries, including about the language. They've also given us helpful tips about traveling in China that will better prepare us. We feel that with their great help planning, our trip will be a wonderful one. Can't wait!
Review by Khalesh9 months ago
We looked at a range of UK tour companies before deciding to go for a local agent in China. I'm so glad we did we have received personalised help and support backed by in-depth knowledge. We have set up what amounts to a private tour for six people with our own guides and drivers/vehicles. China Odyssey does not supply your International flights but handle all internal travel by train, plane and cruise and their prices are excellent.
Review by MikeBoland9 months ago
We truly enjoyed our visits to Suzhou and Hangzhou. Leila of Odyssey travels did a great job of all the bookings and arrangements with very short notice. We look forward to taking a longer version of our Asia trip with her guidance with Odyssey
Our tour guides Cindy and Jane were knowledgeable and friendly, Jane was like a family and her enthusiasts.
Food arrangements were great.
Leila has been very responsive and adapted well to our plan changes and provided us with the best deal and value for our money.
I would recommend Odyssey to anyone, young or old!,
Review by DebbieDoRight Derrante10 months ago
Created tour with help of Mason Li. Had many email conversations. He always responded immediately. He scheduled everything that we requested in a 16 day tour of China. We added a site and he made all the needed adjustments. We took all of his suggestions about lodging and they were wonderful...way beyond our expectations. Our guides were always on time and exactly where they said they would be. The in country flights-4 of them-were flawless. Our guides were easy to understand; very knowledgeable and willing to share. Any question we had they knew the answer or found it. We were always at ease and felt safe with them and their drivers. We were there in September; would highly recommend this month due to summer heat; Also would avoid October because the chinese are traveling.
Our guides were Felix Rong for Beijing and his driver Mr. Wang; encouraged us to jump into the culture; ordered us a variety of foods; made Tiananmen Square and history come alive for us; especially enjoyed our trip to the Wall!
Betty Jiao and her driver Mr."Horse" guided us through Xian; Terra Cotta soldiers were magnificent; She never rushed us; we had rain-which she worried about-but it did not dim our experience;her excitement was contagious; we asked for an alternative to Muslim street due to rain and she arranged a cultural museum stop which even included a caligraphy lesson!!
Gwen Lv and her driver Mr. Chen were our Guilin contact; because of weather our schedule was changed and we walked the rice field in the late afternoon;evening;she subtly urged us to the top; it was a perfect day; the hotel and food were superb; the history well told. We had had a problem with our credit card and Gwen loaned us money. She encouraged us to attend the light show and we were so glad she did. she shared all about the minority groups which was delightful. She accompanied us on the Li river cruise and taught me how to take panoramic pictures on my phone!
Lucy Xi waited @ the airport when our flight was delayed an hour and got us to ship on time.
Amber Tan met us when ship docked and arranged a lovely meal.
Avril Wang gave us a whirlwind tour of Shanghai with good history.
Sophie Lee accompanied us to our final flight home. She was very easy to talk to and charming. Would have been great to spend more time with her.
We have talked about China, Odyssey and our tour guides non-stop since getting home. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. We will definitely tour with this agency in another country.
I think they have spoiled us for any other kind of tour experience.
Steve and Jan Young
Review by Canuckoverseas11 months ago
Our two week China Odyssey tour was awesome. The organization and guides were always professional and provided great history and knowledge of China. The experience was super and we will definitely use Odyssey tours again for future vacations!
Review by Jahaida Chulo1 year ago
Before you go to China, I strongly suggest you book with China Odyssey Tours and ask Shelly to be your travel coordinator. I had booked a river cruise along the Mekong River. Since we were traveling all the way to Asia, we decided to visit China. We tried a local travel agent but were not satisfied. I found Shelly from Odyssey Tours. She worked with me; for example, as part of the tour, I was able to book my own hotels for cities that had the hotel brand we used (using our points). She arranged a private guide and driver for each stop in China. They met us at the airport or train station on time; walked us into the airports and waited online with us to check in our luggage. Our tour price included transportation between cities (plane/train), hotels in cities we didn't have points, meal allowance for lunch, all entrance fees; peking duck dinner and more. One of the most interesting things we did was to visit a local's home to make dumplings. The lady of the house made us the best meal we had on our entire trip. (Great find Shelly!) The guides took us to the local eateries. I went to Beijing, Datong, Luoyang and Chengdu. Our top favorites: Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Great Wall Mityua, the Hanging Temple and Grottoes in Datong, visiting the Panda Bears in Chengdu + a lot more! I want to let you know that our private tours, to the cities and sites we wanted to visit, cost a little more than a group tour (about $200 more). I can't say much more but that China was our favorite spot we visited; probably because of all the meticulous work done by Shelly (we also visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand). Also Shelly supplied you with the welcome letter to submit for your China Visa.
Review by Crisanta Derrow1 year ago
This was the best decision we could have made while traveling in China. They were very friendly and helpful. Our tour guide, Jack, was perfect! He was friendly and very knowledgeable. He ate lunch with us a couple of days so that we could try new things that we wouldn't have knows to order for ourselves. Having a personal guide and driver made it so that we could enjoy our trip and not have to worry about food, travel, language, etc.
Review by MatthewJ Wartemberg1 year ago
My family recently returned from a 12 day, 5 city tour of China with China Odyssey Tours, and I highly recommend this company. We all had such a wonderful time! Our travel consultant, Reinself, was very helpful with the planning process. He was quick to reply to my questions and able to make adjustments to our itinerary so that we could see everything we wanted. We loved the concept of a private small group tour. We felt like such VIPs with our wonderful guides and drivers taking great care of us. One big bonus was that we often got to skip lines at the major sites because our tour guides, with their official licenses, were able to bypass these for us. The price was very reasonable — far less than we would have paid in the U.S., Europe, Japan, etc., and the 5 star hotels were luxurious. I was impressed by how much food we were able to get with our meal allowances. We were also grateful that there weren’t shopping excursions that many companies do. There was only one silk store in Shanghai, and they did give us some demonstrations and we didn’t feel pressured to buy. (We did want the chance to get some small souvenirs, and there were plenty of opportunities for that.)
We visited Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, and Shanghai. Our tour guide in Beijing, Betty, was outstanding. She worked so hard and was so sweet, being there for us all day from start to finish, walking through the magnificent historic sites — Forbidden Palace, Great Wall, Summer Palace, etc., helping to translate all the menu options at meals, and delivering us to and from the kung fu show. In Xian, Eric was great too. He was really knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic historical lesson after picking us up. We loved the Terra Cotta Warriors, ancient City Walls, and beautiful "Tang Dynasty" area. Eric brought us to an awesome dinner place where we could sample a lot of different local foods and even watch them being prepared. Kevin in Chengdu was wonderful, very easy to talk to, and we learned a lot about Chinese life and culture from him. The pandas were of course the big highlight, but the city itself was also lovely, and the Sichuan hot pot meal Kevin arranged was awesome. We were a bit tired by this point and missed the Chengdu show but in retrospect probably should have gone.
From Chengdu we headed to Guilin, where Li took excellent care of us and was was warm and friendly. The scenery was amazing, and it was a nice change from the big cities. We especially enjoyed the Li River cruise and Longji rice terraces. The Impression of Sanjie Liu show was spectacular. Li was so kind as to tell us to just stay in our seats so that we wouldn’t get lost in the crowds finding our way out of the theater. He came back and personally picked us up right from our seats as soon as the show ended. In Shanghai, Jayjay deftly navigated us through the crowds. We were initially disappointed that the originally planned acrobatics show was sold out (it turned out we were there on a national holiday), but the acrobatics show Jayjay found to replace it turned out to be our favorite of the whole trip, the performers were amazingly skillful! We also loved our lunch at Din Tai Fung.
Thank you to all the wonderful staff and guides at China Odyssey Tours!
A couple tips: If you are sure you want to attend a particular show, you might ask that they arrange tickets in advance just in case in is sold out. Also, for the Guilin Impression show, consider the hard seats, which are actually closer than the upgraded bamboo seats.
Review by Sharmelle1 year ago
Our China tour by China Odyssey Tours was outstanding. Roger Lee was our contact at the tour company and he did a fantastic job for us. He was extremely thorough and responsive to every question or request that we sent him. He customized the tour for us and everything came together perfectly. The hotels in every city were great. The Yangtze Explorer river cruise was wonderful. All of our guides did a great job for us. They met us at the airports, train stations, or boat docks and they saw us off to the next destination. The guides helped us check-in to our hotels and even went to the rooms with us to ensure that we were happy with the accommodations. The guides helped us check-in at the airports and walked us to the security Gates. The guides also would accompany us to a bank ATM to make sure that we did not have a problem withdrawing cash. The guides took us to lunch and helped us order the foods that we wanted to try. The drivers were all very good and all of the vehicles were in excellent condition. If you are looking for a great tour of China, we very highly recommend China Odyssey Tours.
Review by Naaddee1 year ago
The hotel in Beijing was supposed to be a non-smoking hotel. This was not the case, unfortunately, and our reporting this to the front desk didn't seem to be of much help. There was an unpleasant older woman on the front desk also.
Review by Bafford Borthistle1 year ago
I chose "China Odyssey Tours" for my travel in Beijing quite by chance: I had decided to accompany my husband in a job trvel there but I had had some problems in getting visa from the Chinese embassey in Qatar (where I live) because of their request of an invitation letter. I didn't know how to do and I was about to give up on my trip when a friend spoke to me about "China Odyssey Tours".
I explined the issue to Mr. Reinself (the travel agent who has been following me in my trip since the beginning) and he, not only solved for my the question of the invitation letter in one single day, but also packed a programme of journey which was completelly tailor-made to meet my needs.
I passed in Beijing 4 awesome days: I enjoyed the amazing views and the historical attractions of the city with a personal car and driver (both impeccable) and a personal turistic guide (Jeff Ma: a very knowledgeable whom I'd like to thank above all for having me feel welcome in China).
I reccommend this company to anyone above all for the professionalism and the availability.
Review by Zemaya1 year ago
Have put a memorable itinerary together for us and look forward to a problem free trip to China. Thank you Joan Qin.
Review by ÊxöTîç Bertl1 year ago
Maple Zheng is a superb travel consultant. The current trip is our second with her, the first being in 2017. For the 2018 trip she carefully designed the itinerary that includes all the must see sights in Beijing, Xian and Chengdu. She patiently answered our questions and made adjustments to the itinerary that we suggested by the next day. We will be calling on her again when we make plans for another trip to China.
Review by RPidge1 year ago
We had a great trip. Not having to worry about connections, hotels, where to go and how to get there was great. The guides were all great. They were knowledgeable and professional. We got to see all the best that China had to offer. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Review by ChameleonAvenue1 year ago
5 out of 5, reviewed on May 21, 2018
My husband and I spent 8 days in China where we had our own personal Odyssey guide in each of the cities we visited. From the moment I started liaising with their Travel Consultant Susan Su, every detail was perfect. Susan gave us very clear information about our options for tour, pricing and payments, information about guides and vehicles used, hotels. The extra hints they gave us about visiting China were very helpful. Having our own guide was so easy when it came to entering and navigating all of the main attractions, being dropped off and picked up without hassle, and all the information they had to share about each place we visited. They guided us on where and what to eat, helped us check into each hotel, made sure we were safely seated on our train and ensured we got to our plane safe and sound. Drivers were amazing how they maneuvered safely through all the traffic and the vehicles were comfortable, clean and always had fresh bottled water for us.Our tour was exceptionally good value for money and hassle free, and we would tour again with Odyssey - and would definitely recommend them for China. They certainly know what they are doing and how to do it well.
Review by Patsy Tjiapouras1 year ago
I read a few reviews online and contacted Odessey to find out more info. I didn’t have to wait long to get an email back from one of the consultant who is Haley, she has an outstanding customer service. She gave me advices and help me from the beginning to the end of my trip. Services,tours and tour guides were excellent.
We went to Xian, arrived late at night and was pick up from the airport by Nancy. Again she was our Xian tour guide. We had a good time from the beginning to the end of our trip in Xian. Our kids love her very much!
Our next destination was Beijing, June and Kurt were our tour guides. They are all knowledgeable and do their best to make our trip memorable!
Through my experience, we have to have an English tour guide otherwise it is hard to get around!
Thanks to Hayley, Nancy, June, Kurt and Steven and especially the bus drivers for your hard work to make our trip went smoothly from the beginning to the end :)
Review by Csongor1 year ago
12 Day Tailor Made China Tour with Odyssey Tours
We have just returned from completing a tour of China. Right from the initial preparation of the itinerary with Haley we cannot speak highly enough of the company and its personnel. Arriving in Beijing we were warmly greeted by Moko Ma whose knowledge and sharing of information set the tone for our very enjoyable tour of China. He even flexed the itinerary to take advantage of weather conditions. Great job Moko! In Xian our guide was Donna Wu. She guided us through her local area and in particular the very interesting site of the terracotta warriors. In Chongqing we had a brief journey from the airport to the river and were looked after very well by Cherry. Our next destination was Yichang where we were looked after by the lovely Amber Tan. We wish we could have enjoyed a longer time with Amber as she had so much that she wanted to share with us. In Shanghai we were guided by the very competent and knowledgeable Jeff Zhu who opened our eyes and ears to the wonders of this city. All drivers were very competent and safe when transporting us in very busy traffic conditions.
We need to make special mention of the Yangtze Gold 1 staff and in particular the manager/purser Shirley who made our cruise problem free; particularly with the language as we were the only two non-Asians on the cruise.
Full credit to Odyssey Tours for a memorable tour.
Richard and Rita Tasmania Australia
Review by Skadi1 year ago
The best experience in my life.
The planning side, hotels and staff were all first class.
All 3 guides were on the ball, full of information and most of all were happy doing their job....making us happy!!!
A special mention to yea Yea at Xian....she was so professional but like a close friend...well done
Will certainly suggest your company to all my friends....thank you again
Review by StephJones1 year ago
This company is really the best. Every one of our needs was attended to. They helped us choosing all our food in restaurants and even saw that we got to the correct gate at the airport. This company acts with honesty and integrity and I would highly recommend them.
Review by Liesl1 year ago
This company was amazing! They took care of every detail and kept us up-to-date on developments and opportunities with our trip package. They are very flexible, thorough, and caring. Susan Su, in particular, was very informative, left no detail unattended, was very professional, and very courteous. Thank you Susan and thank you China Odyssey Tours! It is with great pleasure that I award 5-STARS for your help and guidance!