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Our 37 China small group tours with the best deals all year round cater to the individual traveler, couples, seniors and small groups alike, allowing one and all to experience China in all its mystery and to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.
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Our best small group China tours of 2019/2020 from US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, German, Brazil and many others have attracted participants in a wide range of areas with its affordable prices. Among them travelers from US, UK, Australia and Canada account for about 75% of the total guests who join in our luxury China group tours.
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    FAQs on Small Groups

    Why your prices are quite lower than other China tour operators?

    Here are some facts that we offer excellent services in China small group tours while maintaining lower prices.

    First and foremost, our website has long been in the top three hits on major search engines like Google since we offer comprehensive and useful content, as well as accurate and up-to-date travel information. The organic ranking has saved us huge advertising expense, thus enabling our products more competitive.

    Secondly, we are offering tours directly to clients, not through the third party who builds the price up by 20% higher as customary. In this case, we can avoid the middle-man charge.

    Thirdly, we have been in travel E-business for 20 years, due to the increasing number of travelers with us each year, we have set up good and long-term cooperation with the hotels, airlines and many other direct suppliers, so we could always get the best price.

    With these advantages, we are able to offer the clients top quality China tours with the most favorable prices, and that's exactly what we do right now.

    Do I need a visa to China?

    A visa is needed by most visitors to China (excluding visits to Hong Kong). These are easy to obtain from the local Chinese embassy or consulate in your countries or regions. Usually visitors should apply for tourist visas (L). As your travel agency we are pleased to offer a free invitation letter to help you obtain your visa. The visa application process usually takes 5 to 7 working days. For detailed information about a visa, please consult your local Chinese embassy or consulate.

    What are the main differences between small group and private travel?

    We are a reliable, highly respected and well-reputed China tour operator. We specialize in both escorted group tours and private vacations.

    Our small group China tours are best for those who are eager to see the most popular venues in China. There is a wide choice of discounted itineraries with fixed departure dates in our comprehensive group tour list giving the best deals for the years of 2019 & 2020. We make every effort to make you feel like part of a friendly family and get the utmost enjoyment from your trip. Meeting like-minded people is exciting, but making lifelong friends is a great bonus of group travel.

    A private trip is run exclusively for you, your family with seniors or children, or friends and no other people. You may choose an ideal pre-made private itinerary on our website, or we can customize one in line with your specific wishes. All arrangements are flexible to fit your travel style.

    How many people will there be on a small group?

    Unlike those agencies catering for groups of 25 to 30 clients, our group size is 1 to 18 people. It is our belief these smaller groups ensure that members get maximum enjoyment from their trip and have a more meaningful interaction with the guide. In 2018, our average group size was 14 people.

    What is the average age of people on your group?

    According to our statistics in recent years, the average age of our group travelers is estimated at 45. 60% of our customers are middle-aged and senior people, and 40% are young people. You will never be disappointed with the chat with people at your age, or make some cross-age friends.

    What if I arrive early or late for a small group tour?

    No matter how early or late you arrive, we will arrange your airport pick-up without delay. The only thing you need to do is to give us advance notice of your arrival time.

    If you arrive a few days earlier than our scheduled group package, we can book the extra night hotel accommodation and customize private activities for you before joining the group. Likewise, you can also extend your vacation to any of your interested destination after the end of whole escorted group package. We can take care of everything for you if you need.

    Some people may worry about being late for the trip due to an international flight delay or change. In such circumstances, please keep us informed with the updated flight schedule. We will make all necessary alternative arrangements. Rest assured that, whatever happens, our aim is to give visitors a trouble-free holiday experience.

    Is Wi-Fi available in the hotels?

    Yes, all the hotels we use for 2019 and 2020 group tours have free Wi-Fi connections in the guestrooms and lobbies. However, if your China group tours covers a Yangtze River Cruise, the cruise company usually charges extra fees for using Wi-Fi onboard.

    Can I bring my children and how do you charge for my children?

    Sure, children are always welcome to join our top quality China group tours. We quote prices for children according to their age. A child under 12 years old can enjoy great discount on the adult fare on the land service charge and domestic airfares. Travelers aged 12 and over will be charged as adults.

    For infants under 2 years old, we only charge the necessary infant airfares during the guided China tour. But if your trip includes a Yangtze River cruise, you need to pay an extra percentage of the cruise fee for the baby according to the cruise company's policy.

    What airlines do you use during the trip?

    In the main, we book internal air tickets from the four largest Chinese airlines including Air China, Southern Airlines, Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, all which have good safety records. Their service quality, competitive airfares and world-class aircraft have made them reliable choices.

    Can I book my own hotel if I travel with your group?

    Sorry, this is not going to work. Our small groups are all-inclusive escorted China tours. There will be an experienced English-speaking guide and an experienced driver in each city to serve the whole group, so all group members need to stay in the same hotel to maximize the use of sightseeing time and also benefit from the hotel group room rate.

    What time does your group start and end every day?

    The full day sightseeing visit usually starts at around 08:30 and ends at about 18:00, timing may change slightly according to the season. For days with evening shows included, we may finish the day at around 21:00.
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      4.8633 Reviews
      Mark Gilbert
      Posted on September 11, 2019
      I was extremely pleased with the service, restaurant and hotel choices and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the guides and drivers. I highly recommend for making travel arrangements in China. I could not have been more pleased. I know I will use the service again in the future.
      Lau Cheong
      Posted on September 11, 2019
      It was a good experience, everything was well arranged, though I feel the food could be better if we could be more flexible to try, local food outside. Besides that, everything was good. The guide was helpful and informative. I like the guide also offers other tips even if it is not inside the planned scheduled and offer us flexibility on how we want to walk certain routes at the sightseeing locations. Overall, it is a good experience, and I would come back and use this service again. Thank you.
      Pradeep S
      United States
      Posted on September 10, 2019
      Visited Tian'amen Square, Forbidden City, Rickshaw through Hutong, Temple of Heaven, Kung Fu Show at Red Theater and the Great Wall and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
      Travel China Guide Tours had arranged outstanding accommodation at the Great Wall Sheraton in Beijing and had provided airport transfer.
      Kudos to Wendy and Candy for arrangements, transportation and guiding amazing group of people on the tour.
      Michael Miller
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      Good communication and helpfulness.
      Christine Rodgers
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      It was an unforgettable first time in China (esp Xian) with a great group of people. Celine is a superb guide in Xian. She has made an excellent effort to make our visit memorable. She has excellent English and is very knowledgeable. She also has a great sense of humorous and made the group very happy and relaxed. She has worked really hard to help each member of the group with any needs that they had, and she has worked hard to make sure that everything was smoothly. Thank you. The audio system (microphone and earpiece) which was used on our first day was really good. I would suggest that theses would be good to use in Beijing where it was very noisy (lots of other tour groups) - it would help us to hear on guide more clearly. The bike ride was an unexpected delight. As was the visit to the local home for lunch. I was really impressed with the standard of the song/music/dance show - a great evening. The mosque market was an interesting shopping experience. I'm not too keen on spending long at organized shopping e.g. factories etc, so preferred this. Thank you. ... More
      Stephen M Johnson
      United States
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      We booked our tour with Travel China because it offered a lot of flexibility so we could see what was most important to us, as well as small groups. Our group started in Beijing with 16 people; by the time we finished in Chengdu there were only 5 of us, as others split off for different destinations. Different guides in each city gave us a lot of local flavor and knowledge. Our thanks to Linda in Beijing, Susan in Xi'an, and Christina in Chengdu. Hotels were acceptable to good, meals were good, transport was good. Multinational group from the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland, nice to meet and talk with people from other backgrounds. We really got the highlights in the cities we visited, as well as really special visits to people's homes in a hutong in Beijing and an apartment (for lunch) in Xi'an. We're glad we made the choice to book this tour. ... More
      Dimitris Palaio
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      Below is my evaluation (on behalf of all the members of our group) to the overall services this company offered to us: Our group took part in a small group sized tour in Beijing. All their services were exceptional. We all enjoyed the meals they arranged for us. Both the environment and service of all restaurants fully met our expectations. We are absolutely satisfied from the service attitude of the drivers and the condition of the cars. The guide (John) was excellent. We are truly grateful to him! We were really thrilled with him in every respect and he always went out of his way to be helpful to us. Congratulations for providing such a professional guide service to your customers, TCG! ... More
      Jean Wolf
      Posted on September 08, 2019
      We got excellent service from travelchianguide for our 8 days China group tour. Our visit was even better than we had thought it might be... it was fabulous and we are already recommending your agency (and Linda, Lily, and Wu as guides) to everyone we talk to who is interested. Linda (our "Candy Girl") (Beijing): the age of our sons, fun, full of energy and with a great sense of humor; Lily (Xian): a sweet, gentle, young mother; and Wu (Shanghai): more our age, very intelligent and interesting; made our trip the fantastic experience that it was. They were all so knowledgeable and so easy to be with. We felt comfortable asking questions and learned so much from them about Chinese culture, history, and way of life. In fact, we told each one of them that if they ever want to come to the United States to learn about us and our country, we would love to have them stay with us as our guests. From talking with other tourists that we met in the group, we believe for sure that we have learned so much more about China by having them for our personal guides. Thank you and keep it up! ... More
      Helen Luu
      Posted on September 08, 2019
      We had a fantastic holiday! It was over heated but still enjoyable.
      a. We were hoping to get many nationalities in the group tour. It was great to see some Americans in the group and they were young so our kids were able to relate to them. There were two other Australian groups so it kind of felt too close to home. It would be great to get more variance in nationalities to make traveling even more interesting. Overall the group were great people to travel with.
      b. The meals were fantastic. A credit to this company. So much to eat and all beautifully presented. The food came out so fast. The home made meals were plain compared to the restaurant meals I must admit. Would have preferred to eat out (swop the home cooked to restaurant). The most preferred restaurant was in Beijing, Xiheyaju. The restaurant in the shopping mall in Beijing was the least preferred of the restaurants.
      c. Drivers were mostly on time. The buses stank with heavy smokes so maybe they should be told not to smoke inside buses.
      d. Apart from being a bit far from the airports, the hotels were all pretty good. Great breakfasts in all hotels. Great with both Asian and Continental styles. In Beijing hotel the reception people were not aware we had three rooms booked and only allocated two initially, but all were fixed quickly in the end. Appreciating the interconnecting rooms given.
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      Carol Foulds
      Posted on September 08, 2019
      Thank you so much for looking after us in your country, we will return and it will be through your company.
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