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china 1st time: Tauck or Insider Journeys?

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I am considering a trip to China with DH for 2017. Although we generally travel independently, DH does not want to go to China without an escorted tour. He is not an adventurous traveler. He is happiest in Hawaii, or on a Windstar cruise (small - less than 300 people). I do more adventurous trips with my girlfriends. I do not want to do any cheap tours that involve 'shopping stops' and inconveniently located hotels. We did do an escorted tour of Israel years ago and although I didn't always like the group aspect, we had an amazing tour guide and we went places that I wouldn't have thought to plan on my own. So I am ok with an escorted tour in China.

I am looking at a Tauck tour, pricey though it includes most meals (not just at the hotels), and well located, 5 star hotels. Lots of extras on the Tauck tour and great reviews. It includes a few days in Hong Kong which I am not really interested in.

My travel agent suggested Insider Journeys which has small tours, escorted, as long as there are at least 7 on the tour. She has had great feedback on them from other clients. In looking at hotel reviews, I am not as happy with the hotel choices although they are listed as 4 star. The Inside Journeys does not cover most meals except breakfast. Which is ok as you get to explore a bit more I think. Both include a 3 day river cruise on the Yangze. I can take or leave that, but DH really likes the idea as a bit of a break from the hectic pace of touring.

Any thoughts on these 2 options? I also looked at A & K but they are really pricey!

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