We asked the tour company to arrange our Honeymoon trip to China and Thailand.We chose this travel specialist based on the detailed local knowledge they had (especially of China), the great service and responsiveness to our questions (they really thought along with us) and the superior quality hotels and value they had to offer. Christina from our China tour operator was very, very helpful both before as well as during the trip. As an example the travel agent helped us to get rebooked and rescheduled when we faced a flight delay between X'ian and Chengdu.
Examples of how our tour distinguished itself from the other offers:- Most detailed itinerary of all tour operators and most importantly tailored to our request (other operators gave us a standard looking brochure)- Consistently provided the highest rated accommodation options (as rated on tripadvisor and booking.com) of all tour operators while maintaining a very competitive price. For example we stayed in the Four Seasons for 3 nights- Very responsive and knowledgeable staff during the offer period. When we asked for specific requests (e.g. Da Dong roast duck as the Beijing duck restaurant instead of the more standard tourist places) Christina really helped us out. During the trip Christina always ensured the local guides and hotels were aware of our situation and we even received complimentary upgrades because of this.
There were many memorable parts of the trip. In general we loved the breadth and knowledge of the guides, the quality of the (cultural) tours and the food. Our top three was:- Visiting an almost empty section of the great wall, thanks to our guide- Szechuan hot-pot and Opera in a top location in Chengdu- The scenery and accomodation in Yangshou county
We would probably spend even more time in the "less well known" parts of China, e.g. Chengdu, Guilin and were possible take even more high speed trains instead of flights as the scenery is amazing and flight delays are more common in China.Something we would do even earlier is to provide feedback to our guides (e.g. we wanted to try more local food instead of the blander westernized chinese food we got on our first lunch) Everytime we provided feedback the guides went out of their way to make it happen.
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