We booked with Odyssey a 4 week long tour of China, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong. We worked with Susan from Odyssey over email to custom tailor the tour to our travel dates and interests, she was very helpful and patient with our requests. She took care of all the accommodations, flights and tours at every destination!
We started in Beijing, where Jack was our guide. His English was great and he was very knowledgeable and adjusted the tour to our pace, so, for example, we were able to check out Jingshan park after visiting the Forbidden City and get a birds eye view of it. We also made time to visit a local tea shop, where we sampled several types of Chinese tea, and with Jack's help we checked out local delicacies on every day of our trip - grilled lamb, noodles, Peking duck! Jack also gave us some great tips for where to go in the evening for shopping and sightseeing and for more delicious food. If you are headed to Beijing, I would highly recommend Jack as the tour guide and Odyssey as your tour operator!
Xian was our next stop and was full of ancient history! Terracotta warriors and Hanyang Tombs were most impressive. We also had an evening to spend at the Muslim quarter of Xian, where a busy night market is and try great street food! In Shanghai we had great time visiting the French quarter, the Bund and World Financial Center (and tried the famous soup dumplings near Yu Garden).
We then visited Taiwan, where our guide was Spencer - he was absolutely great! He took us around Taipei, to Yehliu Geo Park, to Sun Moon lake and back. Once we asked learned about our local food passion, he would literally ask the driver to pull over when he saw a roadside stall selling local fruit or other produce. He also told us a lot of interesting stories about his life and other passions (outside of being a tour guide). He also helped us with directions around Taipei on our free day. We were very fortunate to have him as our guide!!
In Bangkok our guide was Lucky and she also was great - from her we learned a great deal about the history of Thailand and about local traditions and culture.
In short, we are very happy we booked with Odyssey and that we got such wonderful guides as Jack, Spencer and Lucky for our trip!
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