WHICH GUIDED TOUR TO CHINA IN MAY???

Old Nov 20th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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WHICH GUIDED TOUR TO CHINA IN MAY???

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My friend and I are in the throws of picking a guided tour to China in May and are completely at sea. The more we research, the crazier we get.
We would like not too large a group that stays at centrally located 4 and 5 star hotels in Shanghai, Beijing. plus the usual tourist cities and a Yangtze River cruise. I have already been to Bangkok and Hong Kong and don't wish to repeat myself. We have 2-1/2 to 3 weeks time.
I am anxiously awaiting your replies.
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Old Nov 20th, 2005, 08:31 PM
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take a look at pacific delight....groups are not all that small, but not huge either...
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Old Nov 20th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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In 2002, after much internet searching, I found a tour group that I doubt many have heard about. It's out of SLC and caters primarily to people from that area.
We are from Tucson and found the group to be wonderful traveling companions. In checking their web site, I see they have a May 30 tour that may fit your needs.
Our trip with them to China was outstanding. If interested, go to funforlesstravel.com. The itinerary is slightly differentt from the one we were on, which included Guilin, but not offered now. However, they go to Dazu, which was amazing, and not too many tours go there.
I think you'll find they give great value for the price. I'll let it go at that, or you may think I'm their agent.
Hope this is helpful.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 07:55 AM
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Check out Uniworld. Some of their groups are large, but you can weed them out.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:49 AM
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Ritz Tours!!
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Old Nov 22nd, 2005, 03:50 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies.
Can you go into a bit more detail and let me know why you suggested these tours?
Has anyone gone with Odysseys or Laurus or Eldertreks or Protours or China Focus or Isram or Uniworld or smarTours or Pacific Delight?
If you have would you be good enough to clue me in on their good or bad points, please!
Help!
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Old Nov 25th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Please someone who had traveled with one of these groups let me know how it was!
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Old Nov 25th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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Hi JudySue

May I respectfully suggest that you can find a wealth of info and opinions about these companies by searching for them on the Asia and other forums.
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Old Nov 26th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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If the tour group you are looking for is Odyssesys Unlimited, you can read my reveiw of a tour we just took with them to the Damatian coast on the Europe page. My feelings about the group are mixed, as you will see. If you have further questions about them, post a question with my name.
We have taken several trips to China and other parts of Asia with Abercrombie and Kent and they are fantastic, but they are also quite pricey. We first went with them because our travel agent told us they were the best. We agree, but know they aren't the right group for everyone. We have found their escorts to be outstanding, and the whole experience incredible. I have some background in archeology and anthropology and find their experts satisfy my desire for information on culture and history. Their maximum group size is 22, but we have had only one that size. Others have been from 7 to 18 people.
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 08:26 PM
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Thanks everyone for your trouble. I appreciate your replies.
Is there anyone who has had experience with any of the other tour companies?
Please, let me hear from you.
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My husband and I are researching the exact same thing, and are interested in any more info you can glean. I did hear from someone who enjoyed their Ritz tour and we were thinking of using them. However, we have lots of frequent flyer miles and had hoped to use them to upgrade our flight to business class and Ritz won't allow that so we're still looking. It is very confusing and I'm not finding a wealth of specific info comparing the tour companies. Would appreciate any further info.
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Singapore has many reputable Travel Agents conducting very frequent tours to China at reasonably low price and good quality. Most airlines stopover at Singapore, you may consider such arrangement and add Singapore in your itinerary.
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Old Dec 4th, 2005, 12:34 PM
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I highly recommend smartours/friendlyplante. they are one and the same. We've taken 3 different trips with them. outstanding value, great hotels, locations and guides.
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Old Dec 4th, 2005, 06:04 PM
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Hi K,
I, also, have taken 3 tours with smarTours and have found them very good. Their China tour includes a few days in Hong Kong. I was fortunate to have picked up a fantastic offer (25,000 frequent flier miles NY to Hong Kong when they first started their non-stop service.) My daughter and I spent a week there, so I don't want to repeat
Hong Kong since we have a relatively short period of time to see China.
I do agree that they give you very good value.
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Old Dec 4th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Art,
You describe a very positive China experience. What is the full name of the agency you used and where is it located.
Thanks.
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Why take a tour? It is easy to fly or train around the country as long as you have the name of the next destination and hotel written in Chinese characters. I have travelled three times to China and have never taken a tour. Take a small phrase book.

It is very difficult to see China tho, there is so much pollution.
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Old Dec 7th, 2005, 05:41 PM
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Thanks everyone.
We are still checking.
Has anyone taken one of the Laurus China tours?
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Old Dec 9th, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Good posts on Laurus from 2004 on this site, but nothing current. Would love to hear from someone who has used them this year.
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Old Dec 11th, 2005, 07:32 AM
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Has anyone ever heard of Gate 1 tours?
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Old Dec 12th, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Artmarth,
Where is the China tour group you referred to in your earlier reply and what is its name?
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