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Our 35 China small group tours with the best deals all year round cater for the individual traveler, couples, seniors and small groups alike, allowing one and all to experience China in all its mystery and enjoy a vacation of a lifetime.

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Our best small group China tours 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.

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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    5.023 Reviews
    Carol Belew
    United States
    Posted on February 20, 2019
    Everybody in our team said Celine (the guide in Xian) is one of the best guides they ever had. Wow, thanks for your professional organization. My husband and I knew a lot of friends from difficult countries in our group, so we feel excited.
    Posted on February 19, 2019
    Abbey has been fantastic in providing details and giving us info to get the visa.

    Thank you.

    We have yet to start our trip but are looking forward to it.
    Posted on February 17, 2019
    My wife and I did this tour early January. (we are from UK) We really enjoyed the trip and the services of travel china were excellent. The hotels were all very comfortable, the food in the restaurants they selected was very good too. The guides were very knowledgeable and easy going/ helpful. We really couldn't fault any part of the experience and would no hesitation in strongly recommending this company. The trip was also very good value for money. They went the extra mile in assisting with minor things like luggage/ check-in at the airports and when our initial journey was delayed they collected us at 11.30 p.m. at the train station at short notice!!

    We travelled mid-Jan which is low season. Whilst it was cold (-9c in Beijing) and the pollution was bad on a number of days the trade off was that the attractions were not inundated with other tourists. We didn't have to queue at all.

    If you are looking for a guide tour of the main sites in china - this company is excellent
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    Anne S
    New Zealand
    Posted on February 12, 2019
    I was very pleased with the service I got on my journey. Before my visit, I was very concerned that it would be difficult for me to journey as a woman alone, but I felt very comfortable to join a group tour. The fact that the guides and drivers were so conscientious and took care of everything made my experience very pleasant. The combination of the ancient history and the dynamism of modern country is breathtaking, and I was thrilled to be given the chance to witness it and have it personally explained to me. I loved all the places I was taken and the food was delicious. I particularly enjoyed my time in Xi'an. Bicycling on the top of the wall there was a highlight of the trip, and I was grateful to Selina for arranging that for me. I also really enjoyed the home visit there. ... More
    Michael Jewell
    Posted on February 07, 2019
    First, my apologies for taking so long to write this review. I have been very busy at work since my return. In summary, we were very satisfied with your service. You delivered exactly what you promised and I would recommend your service to friends as a trustworthy partner for planning a visit to China.

    Meals: We liked the meals that were provided. It was interesting to try some of the types of Chinese food that are not usually eaten in Europe.

    Guides: All of our guides were good. We particularly enjoyed the company of our guide in Lijiang. Unfortunately, since it is some time ago now, I have forgotten her name.

    Cars/Drivers: All the drivers and cars were good. In particular the driver in Beijing did a very impressive job of making his way in the traffic.

    Finally, I must praise both of the staff for their very helpful and efficient service in arranging the trip. It was a pleasure dealing with your company!
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    Giorgio C
    Posted on January 28, 2019
    Our journey in was very successful and all participants were positively impressed by the organisation and the quality of services offered. Everyone who came with the journey had the opinion that for further visits they would certainly ask travelchinaguide.
    Elizabeth Takao
    United States
    Posted on January 23, 2019
    Thank you for a wonderful tour. I want to comment especially on our first guide, John, who was outstanding from the time he picked up each of our group individually from the Beijing airport and made us feel very comfortable and confident in the tour. He is very patient, kind, has a great sense of humor, and went out of his way to accommodate individual needs. For instance, he helped with one woman in the group who had great difficulty walking and made sure she was always OK. Also, he took me to the hospital in Beijing and assisted my care by translating and accompanying me through the entire process of having sutures removed (which you also helped to plan for). John’s command of English is excellent and I’m sure all of us enjoyed having him as our guide. When we left Beijing for the airport he had already arranged our boarding passes earlier in the day and had our luggage checked. He waited at the airport to make sure everything went smoothly for us. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful young man as our guide and giving the first impression of China to us. ... More
    Posted on January 17, 2019
    The trip was great and we really enjoyed ourselves. Everything went well and our guide was good. Thanks very much for Abbey’s help - we really appreciated her quick and professional arrangements.
    Trevor Matthews
    Posted on January 12, 2019
    Summing up -
    We are fairly experienced travelers. We consider TCG to be one of the most competent and experienced we have ever seen and we congratulate for their excellent services. We would certainly choose TCG again and recommend it to anyone.

    Specifically -
    1. The time spent in each of the cities and venues was well balanced. They had tried to introduce a Chinese home and the occupants to us and this was very different and interesting. A bit more in Shanghai would be useful - we added an extra day.

    We comment on the entertainment arranged - As you know we thought that an acrobatic show should be left out. Late in the piece they substituted Kung Fu dancing. We found this to be a world class presentation by highly skilled people and a very talented producer - it was a highlight.

    2. Meals were all excellent and we could not single any one place as better than another. Our recollection was that we had a smorgasbord style meal in Xian which was not so palatable and stood out because others were so good.

    3. Guides were very good and tried hard to please and worked long hours. All were knowledgable of their cities and language (English) was suitable - some were better than others. We rate Candy from Beijing as an outstanding employee.

    4. Generally drivers had little to do with us, but vehicles were clean and in good order, except for one vehicle which kept stalling perhaps due to driver mishandling. We cannot remember which city not Beijing or Shanghai. Candy's driver was also high on our list as a good ambassador.

    5. We consider that you have chosen excellent hotels for value. Breakfasts were universally good.

    6. The Yangtze tour was worth every penny and the trip would have been much lessened without it, especially the 3 gorges locks.

    Thanks for the great service and the photo frame gift.
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    Posted on January 07, 2019
    I really enjoyed the holiday - thank you Travel China Guide for making all the arrangements, and ensuring that everything went smoothly. I had asked for the holiday of a lifetime and that is what I received. The hotels chosen were very comfortable, the guides were helpful and friendly, especially Betty and Flora. The itinerary was not too overwhelming, and had a good variety of places of interest, and I had time to relax as well. Many thanks again. I will have to start saving up for a return visit. ... More
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