Our third trip to China with China…
Our third trip to China with China Odyssey - and our 5th trip (India/Vietnam) in total.
The 'Angel by our side' on all our tours has been "Leila" who has adjusted and arranged all tours to suit our interests. Accommodation in all cases has been delightful - as have been our drivers and very patient guides. I am a photographer, and being able to stop and take our time wherever, and whenever we chose has been wonderful - such accommodation when travelling with a group would not be possible.
We are at present in discussion with Leila regarding a forthcoming 6 day stop over in Bangkok.
Our last trip to China in April 2019 saw us visiting the mountainous regions of Zhangjiajie including Mount Tianmen where the famous glass bridge and glass cliff walkway are to be seen. Amazing topography where you are literally up in clouds. Cable cars ride through the mountains and appear and disappear like a necklace through the swirling mists.
Next stop the ancient town of Fenghuang. A picture postcard, unforgettably beautiful town.- some built on sticks and reflecting in the river. Some citizens dressed in local costumes. Magical at night.
Kunming with it's famous stone forest, a must, as is Dali with its multitude of beautifully decorated Buddhist temples.
We thought we had arrived in heaven when the abundance of garden and spring flowers in full bloom, occupied every inch of ground space in Lijiang. Words cannot express the beauty - and all reflected in its gently flowing small river. Fancy bridges cross the river at intervals and from arches above hang roses, wisteria and and trails of streamers from the weeping willow trees all along the river banks. Lanterns hang from every building.A photographer's dream!
Next stop Shangri La - in Tibet, according to our Guide - (but not so, according to our Chinese guide when we arrived in Leshan). Oxygen sickness can strike most tourists in these higher altitudes up to 3600 metres. Need to take medication with you - and oxygen canisters can be bought at most pharmacies
Shangri La is another picture postcard city, surrounded by snow capped mountains and hills, and yaks can be seen pulling wooden ploughs in the fields guided by the husband and wife farmers, as in biblical times.
Leshan - we visited the BIG Buddha - carved from the rocky cliff face in 700 AD. We were not impressed by this figure and the cost of the boat ride was exorbitant. Next stop Mount Emeishan - a very long, steep climb of 1600 steps - not including the cable car - which carried 100 passengers each trip!! Magnificent monument and temples at the summit which is above the clouds. Lots of wild monkeys line the track stealing food!
Last but not least Chengdu - home of the panda at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Set in beautiful gardens pandas are out and about and easy to see very close up - go early before they go back to sleep. You will get a delightful video of a group having breakfast together - bamboo shoots - just a metre away beside the fence.
You will have fun with Odyssey (Odynovo) I guarantee you a trip of a lifetime!
Review by Cliftonville7 months ago
Travelled with them to china. Excellent communication and they took a lot of time with details of the trip and particularly my hotel requests. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and we had a driver too. We saw so much more. We went to Guilin, Yangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. They took us to the airport for internal flights and , in one case, had to switch our flight as the booked flight was cancelled. We did factor in two rest days as it was a busy trip. Highly recommend. They really wanted us to have a good experience.
Review by JavK Maccabee7 months ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our second holiday with Indochina Odyssey Tours to Japan. We did have a problem with the first train. We didn't realise the massive station in Tokyo wasn't Tokyo station and missed our train due to being at the wrong place. We had 6 minutes to get our connecting train. We had to go right across to the other side of the large station and up and down escalators, but we made it! We also had to get a taxi to take us to a join on tour when we could have picked it up opposite our hotel later and would have had time for breakfast. The hotels were really good, especially Hakuunrou Ryokan Japanese Lodgings in Yudanaka, owned by a lovely man and lady who couldn't speak any English, but we managed to work things out anyway. The Japanese people were really kind and helpful. One even gave us umbrellas when we got caught in the rain. I would recommend this trip. The blossom is beautiful. I've just done a presentation on it for the Women's Club. I think a lot of them want to go now.
Review by Abhearst Kavelkin8 months ago
We had private tour (6 persons) in Vietnam/Cambodia organized by Odynovo tours.
(We actually left in Bangkok and 4 our friends spent one more week in Thailand).
We had the great experience starting from the booking process that was handled by Laura Li from Odynovo tours. The tour was perfectly organized, everything was on schedule and met or exceeded our expectations. The special thanks to our tour guides:
Mr. Tung(Alex), and Mr. Victor in Vietnam and Mr. Sothy in- Cambodia. They took great care about us and did everything to make our trip very memorable.
Review by Deuglan9 months ago
Absolutely superb - the tour exceeded expectations. Odyssey tours and their ability to understand my needs for in all aspects of my trip was excellent. Would highly recommend for future tours.
Review by Genevi Degioanni1 year ago
I have yet to experience a tour with Odyssey but have had excellent service from Nikki trying to arrange our Vietnam Tour for 2019. It has been complicated by the fact we had 5 families to try and meet at different times. Thanks Nikki .
Review by Vahter Uplejs1 year ago
We just completed a one-month tour of China and Vietnam organized by Odyssey and can highly recommend this organization! From the initial planning of the trip our Odyssey Consultant, Femando Shen, provided us with valuable suggestions on where to go and what to see. Femando made sure he understood our specific interests/type of trip we wanted, and his suggestions built on these expectations. As we had expected, it took time for us to close on the details, but the trip proved the detailed planning was well worth the effort.
All the hotels, and cruises recommended by Odyssey were excellent.
The tour guides and drivers at each location were always time. The guides also made sure to select restaurants in line with our request for authentic regional dishes. The variety and quality of where they brought or directed us for meals made us want to rename the tour…the Gourmet Tour! Luckily, we did a lot of walking, so we were able to enjoy the excellent meals without guilt or weight gain.
Our guides were always willing to adjust the planned tours to try to give us the best experience possible. This included an unscheduled visit to a Vietnamese village and the Moat walk in Guilin.
All our guides added an extra dimension to our far east adventure, providing valuable background information on not only the sights but daily life in both countries. We very highly recommend the valuable service the Odyssey guides provided.
Odyssey also impressed us by living up to their slogan ‘You are not alone with Odyssey’. We witnessed them arrange for a doctor to meet a traveler who had gotten ill and the guide to accompany them. It was reassuring to know as ‘a stranger in a strange land’ one would not be alone if facing an emergency. Congratulation Odyssey for demonstrating your slogan was actually practiced!
Review by Bafford1 year ago
We had an amazing tour organised through My Odyssey Tours. Our travel consultant, Vincent Ruan, was very helpful and responsive to our questions from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
Review by Matbroad Derrow1 year ago
Vincent from Odyssey China was great to work with. He was prompt and developed a wonderful itinerary for us. The guides he organized were excellent, met us at the airport and looked after us from start to finish, handing off us to the next colleague in the next city. Edward in Beijing and Aria in Xian had great knowledge, stories and sense of humour. We really loved exploring China with them, and had an excellent time that was seamless and no problems. Very easy and extremely interesting and fun. Highly recommend the group to arrange your trip.
Review by Yeovrajsingh1 year ago
Our trip to Morocco was wonderful---As always -Odyssey Tours does a great job planning an itinerary--providing good guides and drivers. The company will allow you to book your own lodgings and airfare--if you wish
Haley--from Odyssey Tours-- assisted us and even called us during our tour to make sure everything was ok
We have used this tour company on four occasions----and highly recommend using them for travel vacations
Review by Yahni1 year ago
Just returned from a fab holiday in China organised by reinself wei. He was a pleasure to deal with and and the tour travel guides cars and hotels were were all of a great standard. I would definitely use them again and wouldnt hesitate to recommend them.
Review by PederseNN1 year ago
I’m so glad I went through Odyssey tours for this trip. They made everything so easy and stress free. I loved how you had a say and could personalize your entire trip. Of course they give you a layout that’s prefilled with must-see things but it’s entirely up to you on what you see and do. all of our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Some weren’t as great as others but they did the job. I liked the fact that the total sum included our visas and also entry into any of the sights. The connecting flights from one country to another was seamless and there were no mishaps with any of the accommodations. I also like the fact that we could choose how high or low star of a hotel to stay at. We stayed at 3 star hotels which was perfect for us.
The only gripe I had was the 2 hour wait it took for us to go through immigration in Kathmandu. Would there be any way to improve this process and pre-complete our visa before we arrived like in India? Also a informative tip about exiting the Kathmandu airport would be great. There are people waiting to bring your bags to the car aggressively and expect a $20 tip?!. Yes this happened. We will be more than prepared next time If we return. But our initial arrival to Kathmandu was more or less very stressful and overwhelming besides the fact that the representative didn’t come to our aid to prevent these things from happening.
Also a tipping guide in each city would be great. Yes there is a tipping guide for the guide and driver but maybe a more in-depth guide would serve better. For instance in India everything (literally everything) runs with tip. It would be nice to know something like this so that we could be ready with small bills for tipping.
Review by Kblb1 year ago
We worked with Vincent and had a private tour of China with multiple cities, Beijing-Shanghai-Xian-Guilin-Yangtze River Cruise-Shanghai. All the arrangements were very well coordinated. We also had beautiful hotels.
Review by Nerecia1 year ago
We have just returned from a fantastic 25 day tour of Nepal, Bhutan and India arranged by Odyssey. The service experienced, from start to finish, has been of a very high standard and nothing was too much trouble for our agent John Hu, along with our drivers and guides at each destination.
John always replied promptly to our questions and tailored our itinerary to our individual needs, offering helpful suggestions when required. His professionalism and attention to detail enabled us to arrange our trip with minimal stress and, when unavoidable adjustments to our itinerary were required, following cancelled flights by the airline, John offered us timely alternatives to consider.
We had a very full programme including 12 flights. On arrival at each airport we were met by an Odyssey Representative and driver who welcomed us and told us a bit about the area as well as discussing our itinerary on the drive to the hotel.
All our guides were very knowledgeable and took time to explain things clearly. We were also very well looked after by our drivers, who were friendly and helpful and always appeared promptly despite the heavy and often chaotic traffic. The comfortable cars, air conditioning and bottles of water were certainly very welcome following our sightseeing stops.
On a few occasions during our trip we were contacted by area managers to check that we were happy with everything and John also emailed us to enquire how the trip was going.
A big thank you to Odyssey, and particularly John Hu, for helping us to arrange this fantastic and memorable trip.
Review by Yasoomeee1 year ago
Me and my mom went on an adventure to Asia last April with Odyssey tours. There was a long time already that we were willing to travel to the Asiatic continent, even though, we were not sure how save would it be for two women to travel there alone.
I started to search for travel agencies that could provide us a nice and safe experience there and gladly I crossed paths with Odyssey tours. Owen was our contact, very prompt to help and meet our wishes.
We traveled to Nepal, Bhutan and India with My Odyssey tours and every part of the experience was just greatfull. From the car drivers to the guides, everybody was excellent and we really enjoyed a lot every of the three countries we passed through.
I strongly recommend My Odyssey tours by their experience and by their accounted staff.
Review by Huffmum1 year ago
I was really impressed with My Odyssey Tours. We spent 8 days in Vietnam including our travel days. Our travel consultant (Daniel Liang) was really easy to work with. He was really quick with responses back to questions and extremely patient as we built our Itinerary.. The trip itself went smoothly. It was super easy to connect with our guides at the airports (we had 3). The guides and drivers were amazing. Great personalities! We had a private tour so it was easy to be flexible when needed. The hotels were all really nice, clean and comfortable. Each was also conveniently located near markets and entertainment.
I would definitely recommend this tour company as everything went smoothly and we had a great time.
Review by Devra Katrin1 year ago
The hotels were very good, clean, high class service with great facilities the best was Lemon Tree.
The drivers and guides were well spoken knowledgeble and very freindly.
Each visit we made was amazing, not to be compared with each other.
I must give particular thanks to MONICA MO, for organising the trip for me and my brother
Review by Ots Matkins1 year ago
John Hu from My Odyssey Tours provided the greatest trip of a lifetime for us through Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. From the initial planning stages he provided excellent advice and ideas. The itinerary covered the major sites. It was comprehensive but also allowed relaxation time at each new hotel/city. Every question I asked was promptly answered. Then the tour, well, it went like clockwork. Throughout the trip he would email and check everything was going ok. I would have no hesitation in recommending My Odyssey Tours and will certainly be engaging their services for our next trip. Thank you again and again John for not just doing your job but for caring in a very friendly fashion that our wants and needs were met. Our expectations were exceeded.
Review by Newbers1 year ago
From beginning to end, this was the best organized trip taken. The email response from Mason was always quick and efficient with a "Happy to Help" attitude. From the moment we landed in Cairo to the last drop off at the gate to leave, our guides, drivers, and representatives were fantastic. They were always waiting for us on arrival and never late for daily activities. Transportation throughout was great and guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. Overall, it was a fantastic vacation. I recommend them 150%!
Review by RmS1 year ago
We just completed an 18 day tour of Malaysia, Nepal and India. Debora Wei was our travel consultant and her service was impeccable. Throughout the planning of our trip we told her our interests and she made it possible to accommodate our requests. I would like to highlight that the service received in Malaysia by our chauffeur guide Mr. Badrul was excellent, as well as Buddish & Ashok in Nepal. Our tour guides in India and our driver throughout the country were very knowledgeable and professional. I would definitely recommend this company without any reservation.
Review by Elvadia1 year ago
We had booked an 8 day Tour of Egypt with Leo Huang and his dedication and attention to detail and prompt correspondence impressed us. This company is the best! Upon arriving in Egypt we were greeted at the airport by Hashem and Mohammed, papers were processed by them. Our Egyptologist tour guides Hazem (Cairo) and Amro (Aswan and Luxor) were the best. Amro taught our girls to read cartouches!! Hazem, your “habibis” miss you! Adel in Luxor was also very helpful and was very available for us. Our trip to Egypt was everything we dreamed it to be and more! Thank you Odynovo. We will definitely travel with you again. We highly recommend this company!
Review by Wrendarr Kozenevskis1 year ago
Review by Santyresa1 year ago
Odyssey Tours has organized two private personalized tours for me: a two week trip to China and a three week trip to Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand. On both occasions, their service was outstanding, everything ran like clockwork, the hotels and tours were fantastic, and they could NOT have been faster to take care of issues. On my trip to China, I emailed them our second morning in Hong Kong to ask them to tell our guide to slow down because we thought she was hurrying us along. Within the hour, they had replaced the guide with a new one. I don't even know how they did it, but they did. I have nothing but good things to say about Odyssey. I will hire them again for our next trip to Asia if they operate in the country.
Review by ConectadoNZ Skandakumar1 year ago
We booked with My odyssey tours for a trip in January to Egypt. Unfortunately, we had cancel last minute as my dad fell ill. Vicky was super helpful and was able to rearrange our trip for April with a minimal cost. We just came back from Egypt and had an excellent time. The guides and drivers were all spectacular. I highly recommend my odyssey tours and am already planning my next vacation!
Review by Sude1 year ago
Just completed our third China visit organized by Odyssey Tours. Our travel consultant Maple Zheng and tour guides Edward Liu in Beijing, Cathy Wang in Xian and Kevin Bai in Chengdu were all superb. The itinerary for the 14 day tour was flawlessly and smoothly followed. The three hotels, the The Regent Beijing, Wyndham Grand Xian South, and St Regis Chengdu far exceeded our expectations and more than lived up to their 5 star ratings. We expect to return to China in 2020 with Odyssey (Odynova) as our guide.