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Odysseys Unlimited's 2008 China Without the Olympic Crowds


Newton, MA, December 4, 2007 - Affordable small group tour specialist
Odysseys Unlimited, which travels nimbly in groups of 12 to 24 across the
globe, announces three distinct China itineraries for 2008:  Classic China &
the Yangtze (15 days); China, Tibet & the Yangtze (19 days);  and China in
Depth with Yunnan Province & Yangtze River Cruise (23 days).  The company
invites travelers who prefer the road less crowded to join one of its 38

Not coincidentally, Odysseys Unlimited is offering its China small group tours
regularly from March through November, with the exception of August 2008
when Beijing hosts the Olympic Games.

Complete day-by-day itineraries and pricing for each of Odysseys Unlimited's
China small group tours can be found at or by
calling 1-888-370-6765 to order a free brochure.

Odysseys Unlimited's 15-day Classic China & the Yangtze, priced from $2,795
air, land and cruise inclusive, is comprehensive yet briefer than many China
tours.  Among the small group highlights is the opportunity to ride rickshaws
through Beijing's ancient back roads and alleys (hutongs) and visit the home
of a local family for a rare glimpse of China's traditional communal lifestyle
that is fast disappearing.  Other highlights include Beijing's Tiananmen Square,
Temple of Heaven, and Great Wall; a three-night Yangtze River on a premier
ship of Victoria Cruises; the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian; and Shanghai's
Children's Palace, Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai Museum, and Bund.

Building on Classic China, the company's 19-day China, Tibet & the Yangtze,
priced from $3,795 air, land, and cruise inclusive, also includes a visit to the
Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Chengdu, and an excursion to
the Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  A highlight is three
days spent soaking in the spirituality of remote Tibet, where the small group
stays in the capital city of Lhasa.  Sightseeing here includes Jokhang, Tibet's
holiest temple; the 17th-century Potala Palace, the former summer home of
the Dalai Lama, with some 200,000 Buddha images; and the vast Sera
monastery. Tibetan families personalize the visit by opening their homes for a
visit with Odysseys Unlimited guests.   

Odysseys Unlimited's 23-day China in Depth, with Yunnan Province & Yangtze
River Cruise, is priced from $3,995 air, land, and cruise inclusive.  This
itinerary delves deeper into the China experience, both past and present, by
adding Kunming, historic capital of the Yunnan province; Lijang, in the
foothills of the Himalayas; and scenic Guilin to its classic China itinerary
featuring Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai.  This itinerary features a four-day
Yangtze River cruise.  Among the many highlights of this in-depth exploration
is a visit to the Stone Forest and time spent with the Sani people of Kunming;
an excursion to Lijang's 8,360-foot Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; and a visit
with the native Naxi people of Yu Hu. 

On each of its China itineraries, Odysseys Unlimited's combines the ease of
group travel with the freedom of independent travel, while also achieving the
fine balance of quality and affordability.  The tour price includes all of the
essentials - airfare; high- quality, well-located accommodations; most meals;
extensive sightseeing; and gratuities for local guides, airport and hotel
porters, dining room servers and all drivers - yet still leaves room for
independent exploration and some meals away from the group. Prices are
guaranteed through December 31, 2008, an important feature in the current

The leader in affordable small group travel, named three years running as one
of Travel & Leisure's "World's Best Tour Operators" and as one of 2007's "Best
Outfitters" by National Geographic Adventure, Odysseys Unlimited offers fully
escorted small group tours and small ship cruises in Europe, Asia & the Far
East, Antarctica, the Americas, Africa, and Australia & the South Pacific. 
The company offers guaranteed pricing and fully refundable deposits.

To learn more about Odysseys Unlimited's three China programs or to receive
a free copy of the company's 2008 brochure, please call toll-free (888) 370-
6765, ext. 700 or visit Odysseys Unlimited at

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