Multi-Day Tour

Flavors of China: Xian, Chengdu, & Shanghai (12 days)

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Arrive Beijing To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Flavors of China: Xian, Chengdu, & Shanghai (12 days)


Day 1
Arrive Beijing
Centrally Located Hotel In Beijing None
Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your check-in bags. A local representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel of choice.
Day 2
Beijing, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Beijing Breakfast, Lunch
Beijing City Tour
Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. On the north side of the square is the Tiananmen Gate, which overlooks the Square. It was from the balcony of the Tiananmen gate, on October 1, 1949 that chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. From a huge portrait on the south side of the gate, Mao gazes onto Tiananmen Square, and behind the Tiananmen Gate, inaccessible to commoners for over 500 years, lies the iconic Forbidden City. Continue visit to Forbidden City (Closed on Monday) Commissioned by Emperor Yongle of the Ming dynasty, the Forbidden City was completed in 1420 and was home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9999 rooms, which at its peak, housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all contained within 170 acres. Today, the gates of the Forbidden City lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture. Lunch at local Chinese restaurant.
Wet Market Tour + Cooking Class
Regarded as one of the world’s great cuisines, Chinese food is much loved the world over. In this fun and very much hands-on cooking class try your hand at making some classic Chinese dishes in an exquisitely restored hutong courtyard house. You’ll get to learn about the many and varied regional flavours of Chinese cookery, the use of Chinese spices and condiments, wok and cleaver skills, and of course, make some of your favourite Chinese dishes. Have dinner together and taste the first Chinese meal you prepared by yourselves.
Local Night Food Markets Tour + Wangfujing Eat Street + Tastings
Night Market Tour provides the opportunity for visitors to learn about and experience one of Beijing's most fascinating street food markets. This walking food tour spends time in Wangfujing Eat Street and Donghuamen Night Market, a street market that formally opened in 1984. These food markets, now a magnet for tourists from all around China as well as the world, offers over 100 different delicacies from candied strawberry-on-a-stick to barbequed lamb skewers. For the more adventurous eaters, these markets offer exotic bites, including scorpions, silk worms, beetles, and much more!
Tastings Include
Beijing's favorite dessert, sugar-glazed hawthorns
Yunnan province's sweet pineapple sticky rice
Xinjiang-style cumin-chili lamb kebab
Southwestern Sichuan malatang spicy bites
Stinky tofu(Above tasting is subject to availability and will be changed to similar types if any is not available)
Day 3
Beijing, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Beijing Breakfast, Lunch
Temple of Heaven Martial Arts & Dance Visit
The Temple of Heaven itself consists of a sequence of temples and altars set in a beautifully landscaped park. In Imperial China, twice a year the emperor and a magnificent procession of some 1,000 eunuchs, courtiers, and ministers would leave the Forbidden City for the temple where the emperor would entreat the gods to bless the coming harvest. The dominant feature of the complex is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, which amazingly, was constructed without using a single nail or any cement; the walls and ceiling are supported by four huge timber pillars and a system of intricate timber brackets. Lunch recommended at Lost Heaven (Exotic Yunnan Ethnic Flavor).
Summer Palace Tour
The Summer Palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. It has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century then later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. Three quarters of the area is occupied by the lovely Kunming Lake. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before walking the Long Corridor. This 728-metre corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many from the emperor's travels around the country. As cameras were not available, the emperor would have artists paint the scenes that caught his eye. Transfer back to the hotel with rest of the day free at leisure on your own arrangement.
Day 4
Beijing, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Beijing Breakfast, Lunch
The Great Wall Mutianyu Tour
As one of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall is a must-see on any visit to Beijing. Stand atop one of the ancient watchtowers and cast your eye towards the horizon, taking in the vast scale and sheer beauty of the Wall as it snakes its way across the tops of impossibly steep mountain ridges. Originally a series of smaller walls built to repel northern invaders, it was not until the unification of the empire under Qin Shi Huang Di in 221 BC that the various sections of the Wall were linked up. It is said that more than 300,000 men worked for ten years to complete it. The wall has a pounded earth interior with stone facing walls and stone roadway along the top. It was built wide enough to allow a brace of five horses to gallop between the battlements and was thus used to convey soldiers, arms, and food with great speed to various parts of the northern frontier.
Lunch at the Schoolhouse Mutianyu
Located at the foot of the Great Wall, The Schoolhouse is sustainable tourism project that is housed in a former primary school. It serves Western café style food with an emphasis on fresh local produced ingredients and seasonal produce, much of it grown on site.
Tofu Making Class in Mutianyu Villager's Home
Transfer back to the hotel with rest of the day free at leisure on your own arrangement.
Day 5
Beijing, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Xian Breakfast
Take flight heading to Xian.
Located on the Guanzhong Plain in central China, Xian is one of the oldest cities in China. With a history that dates back over 3,000 years, Xian was the capital of 13 dynasties including the Qin Dynasty, which first unified China; as well as the Tang Dynasty, often considered to be China’s golden age. Not surprisingly then Xian is a city brimming with history and culture. The main roads on its central axis intersect at the Bell Tower, which is over 600 years old; and Xian is the only large city in China that still has city walls. Its vibrant Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque are a memento of a time when the city was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and had a large population of Muslim traders and merchants. As capital of the Tang Dynasty, Xian (or Chang’an as it was known at the time) was also where Buddhism first took root in China. And of course, the city is also home to the famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 by some farmers digging a well on their property. Today’s Xian is the capital of Shaanxi province and is a vibrant city of over 8 million people that has far outgrown its city walls. In addition to the tourism industry it is also a major centre for China’s burgeoning telecommunications, software and aerospace industries. No doubt China’s first emperor and local boy, Qin Shi Huang, would be immensely proud.
Xian City Wall Tour
First built in the 2nd century BC when Chang’an (as it was then known) was an ancient capital of China, the city wall of Xian is one of the oldest and best preserved in all of China. The existing wall dates back from the Ming Dynasty and was completed in 1370 AD. The wall is about 14 kilometres in length and is surrounded by a deep moat.
Muslim Quarter Night Market Tour
The night market is busy, loud and awesome! The open air food stalls, juice stalls, nuts, fruit, meat and all of it will show a 2000-year old alive ancient capital city-Xian to you. With a strong and China-alike stomach, you are more than welcome to try hundreds of different foods there.
Day 6
Xian, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Xian Breakfast
Terracotta Warriors Tour + LunchOne of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered quite by chance in 1974 by a group of peasants who were digging a well on the outskirts of Xian. These sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were funerary statues made to accompany China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, to the afterlife. The soldiers all vary in rank, posture, height, uniform and facial features and it is believed that there are still thousands of warriors, and hundreds of horses and chariots, still buried in the three pits discovered so far. Further excavations are currently halted as researchers try to find a way to preserve the colourful pigments that cover the statues from disintegrating once they are exposed to air. Nonetheless, the Terracotta army currently on display is an impressive sight and ranks along the Great Wall and Forbidden City as one of the must-see attractions of China. Recommended lunch at Real Love Restaurant.
Small Wild Goose Pagoda Tour
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in 707 and was named after the already existing Big Wild goose Pagoda, which it resembles. This pagoda was originally 45 metres high but damage caused by an earthquake in 1556 resulted in the Small Wild Goose Pagoda getting smaller, with its height being reduced to 43 metres.
Dumpling Class at De Fa Chang Restaurant
Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) is one of the most popular foods in all of China and Xian is famous for its dumpling banquets. De Fa Cheng Dumpling Restaurant, located by the Bell Tower Square, specialises in these tasty morsels, elevating them to a fine art, with an infinite variety of colours, flavours, shapes and sizes. Each dumpling is hand wrapped and stuffed with freshly prepared fillings. Sweet, savoury, vegetarian, fruit-filled and many other different types of dumplings are available, each with its own design!
Transfer back to the hotel after the dinner.
Day 7
Xian, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Chengdu Breakfast, Dinner
Hangyangling Museum
Also called Hanyang Mausoleum, 12.43 miles north from Xian, is the joint tomb of the fourth Emperor Jing (Liu Qi) and his queen in Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD). It is the most intact royal mausoleum and the most important tangible document in the research of burial customs and civilization from this dynasty ever discovered. Emperor Jing's reign, along with that of his father Emperor Wen, known as the Rule of Wen and Jing (180 BC-141 BC), was considered to be one of the golden ages in Chinese history.
Morning transfer to Xian Airport for flight heading to Chengdu.
Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred.
Giant Panda Research & Breeding Center Visit
Founded in 1987, the Centre boasts one of the best panda mating rates in the world—especially impressive since pandas only mate once a year and are extremely picky in their choice of partner! The Centre has two types of 'accommodations' for giant pandas - the Captive Cages and the Semi-nature Enclosures. Most of the giant pandas in the Centre stay individually in the captive cages, which are in fact large enclosures, each consisting of an indoor room and an outdoor courtyard. The semi-nature enclosures are very large wild areas protected by border fences. Those giant pandas that will soon be released back to the wild will be put in the semi-nature enclosures for a long enough period of time for them to adapt to the natural environment. Although food has to be provided, the giant pandas will sleep there, eat there and recover their natural survival skills there until they can be released back to the wild.
Hot Pot Dinner in Kuanzhai Xiangzi District
Wide and Narrow Alley is a very upscale, posh area, with old-style pagoda buildings tastefully renovated. It is a network of three pedestrian alleyways collectively known as Kuan Zhai Xiangzi. It is located west and slightly north of Tianfu Square, and just a block northwest of People's Park. This is an area of really expensive restaurants and tea-houses, but really worth a stroll. As a smaller version of the famous Jinli Street, Kuan Zhai Xiangzi offers many of the same tourist nicknacks, but makes a great outing when coupled with a stroll around People's Park, just 5 minutes away. A big pot filled with hot spicy oil and surrounded by plates of raw meats and vegetables. The pieces of meat and vegetables are sliced very small so they will cook very quickly. Most of the pots used in hotpot are divided into two sections. One half is filled with the spicy oil, and the other is filled with a delicious broth for those who are not a big fan of spicy foods. Restaurants are also more than happy to turn down the heat on request.
Transfer back to the hotel after the dinner
Day 8
Chengdu, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Chengdu Breakfast, Lunch
Sichuan Chili Bean Paste Factory Visit
First see how the famous Sichuan chilli bean paste is made. In Chinese, there is a saying to the effect of, “Without Pixian chilli bean sauce, there is no Sichuan cuisine.” The climate in Pixian County, for which the sauce is named, i s hotter and more humid than the rest of the province, and thus is well suited to the sauce’s production. The sauce must be hand-stirred every day, and on days when the weather is sunny, the lids are opened to allow the Sichuan sun and dew in, giving the sauce its unparalleled flavor.
Museum of Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class
Next, visit the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine and learn to cook a few dishes yourself Today, you will visit the only museum in the world dedicated to the culture and history of a local cuisine. Exhibits range from antique utensils to models of dishes to a small farm with livestock. For many guests, the highlight is the outdoor courtyard holding hundreds of large clay pots for fermenting chilli bean sauce, one of the defining features of Sichuan cuisine. When you’ve finished feasting your eyes on the museum’s offerings, try your hand at reproducing some of the famous dishes at the cooking school in the museum. Your private class will be taught by an English-speaking instructor, who will show you how to make two classic Sichuan dishes. Afterwards, the fruits of your labour make for a tasty lunch.
Wenshu Temple Tour + Local Tea Ceremony
Traditionally, tea ceremonies in Chengdu involve a three-piece tea set, namely the teacup, lid and tea tray. In fact, teapots are not even used to make tea in this region; the te a is instead made inside the porcelain teacup with its fitted lid. Tea trays are traditionally copper. The tea made with these sets must be of appropriate colour, fragrance, taste, and form, but most importantly, of proper Sichuan flavour.
Transfer back to the hotel after the dinner.
Day 9
Chengdu, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Shanghai Breakfast, Dinner
Morning transfer to Chengdu Airport for flight heading to Shanghai.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide.
Situated on the estuary of the mighty Yangtze River of China, Shanghai was originally a small seaside fishing village settled since before the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). It wasn’t until 1927 that Shanghai was officially declared a city. By then Shanghai was already bustling and had been a centre of international commerce, finance and trade since the mid 19th century when it was declared a treaty port after the first Opium War. Shanghai of the twenties and thirties was a truly cosmopolitan city with a reputation to match. Today’s Shanghai has regained it’s place as China’s preeminent financial capital, and with a population estimated to be in excess of 19 million it is also the largest city in China. It is without doubt the fastest paced city in China and is well on its way to once again being an exciting multicultural metropolis that blends effortlessly the modern and the traditional.
Bund Walking Tour
The Bund, also called Zhongshan Road, is Shanghai’s iconic waterfront and regarded as the symbol of the city for hundreds of years. It starts from the Baidu Bridge, which is at the connecting point of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, to the East Jinling Road and winds southeast for about a mile. Walking along the Bund, which is at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the unique shape of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side as well as the tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Shanghai Cuisine Banquet
Tonight you will have a local Shanghai Cuisine banquet at Xian Qiang Fang.
Day 10
Shanghai, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Shanghai Breakfast, Lunch
Old Town & Yuyuan Garden Tour
A place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Now a popular tourist destination, Yuyuan began as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years - and all of his savings - to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. That is why he called this garden "Yuyuan"as "yu" in Chinese means "peace and health". During the past 400 years, Yuyuan, although restored and reopened several times, was most often in disarray. Due to the decline of the Pan family after Pan Yuduan's death, Yuyuan gradually fell into disuse. Although the local caretakers improved the garden, several civil conflicts in the mid-19th century caused great damage. In 1956, the Shanghai city government reconstructed the garden and restored it to its former splendor.
Dim Sum Lunch
Among scores of different types of dim sum, Pan fried dumplings (Sheng Jian Bao in Chinese) and steamed Little Bun (Xiao long Bao in Chinese) are the most popular ones in Shanghai. Both are with pork stuffing.
Shanghai World Financial Center Visit
The Shanghai World Financial Centre, with its unique rectangular opening at the top of the tower for wind tunnelling is an instantly recognizable landmark in the Shanghai skyline. Currently the third tallest building in the world, it has a level located above the opening that offers a birds eye view of the city from the world’s highest observation deck. Dinner highly recommended at Hakkasan (Paid on clients’ own arrangement)
Day 11
Shanghai, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Shanghai Breakfast, Lunch
Taste of Daily Life Tour
If you’re looking for a green refuge from Shanghai’s concrete jungle, there are plenty of parks to recharge your batteries in. Shanghai's parks are splendid places for a stroll, combining scenic vistas with people-watching. They are particularly lively at dawn, when locals gather for their morning exercises ranging from taiji quan (tai chi) to ballroom dancing. Due to the scarcity of play space for children, nearly all parks have a children's section, however small or dilapidated. You will visit featured Shanghai old alleys and vegetable market, and visit a native family, lost yourself in the pleasure of learning Shanghai dialect, chatting and making friends with local people. You and your family will freshly experience the local life of Shanghai people and their warm hospitality. Lunch at local family for homemade food.
Kitchen Cooking Studio: Dumpling Making Class
Located in a 19th century garden house, The Kitchen offers cooking classes of a wide range of cuisines, and provides cooking party services. Everything they do is rooted in a passion for fresh, authentic, soulwarming food. Founder & Executive Chef Norris Chen takes inspiration from seasonal ingredients and “non-additive” cookery concept to create the “Kitchen Exclusive” recipes. The studio’s well-equipped kitchen, centrally located in the former French Concession area, has a classic marble island and a cozy dining area. It is an exclusive retreat for people who appreciate the joy of cooking.
Day 12
Shanghai, China
Centrally Located Hotel In Shanghai Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to continue on to your next Avanti destination!

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On this delicious journey, you will taste your way through the country's exotic culture and ancient history. Learn to cook local dishes, visit a famous night market to see savory and strange offerings, try your hand at dumpling making, see the only city in Asia to have a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, test your spicy limits with Sichuan cuisine, enjoy an interactive hot pot meal, and much more including gorging yourself on delectable dim sum!

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Sorrento and Anacapri

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2013

Great planning by Michelle Bemis using Sorrento as our home base and traveling to Pompeii and Amalfi coast from there. Easy train to Naples too. Everything was perfect and the hotels she booked could not have been better locations and better food.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Very Good

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

Avanti did a great job. Great facilities,tours and they were alwayas on time and where we expected them.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Ann Tiemeier


By: Maria G

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

The tours and properties that Avanti Destinations had for Greece were fun and fancy. The small luxury hotels they offer for the stay in Santorini were wonderful and beautiful. The half day Akritiri and winery tour around Santorini was fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Smith

Wonderful Trip!

By: Cindy13

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Avanti provided first class service and accommodations. I will definitely be looking to utilize them again on my next trip to Italy.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz


By: packrat

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2013

Euroscope provided our tours on a recent trip to London/Paris. We were picked up at our hotel at 8:45, instead of 8 am and the driver left us in Montemarte at 11:30. The wine and cheese "tasting" was a joke. Same with the Louvre Museum tour. It was supposed to be from 5:30 to 8:30. We were picked up at 5:15 pm but didn't get into the museum until around 6:30. The tour ended exactly at 8:30. The guide was fine. We are hoping for a partial refund for these 2 tours.
Travel Advisor:  Jan Hammond
Not Recommended

Hotel Park Amsterdam...good location but real disappointment

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2014

we found the hotel to be much less than expected.  Little things like non working tv, slick looking bathroom which was slick causing injury.  When we left we asked to show our destination to driver, we were assured by hotel employee that the driver knew.  Well guess what?  He did not and dropped us at wrong dock.  We walked about 1/2 mile with luggage, we arrived to cruise frazzled.  
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By: Counselor

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2014

The travel package with Avanti was great! A driver was there "on time" at all of our destinations awaiting our arrival! The only problem was that the vehicles were a bit small and not very roomy at all! 
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schelling

Things we taken care of

By: Sharlene & Walt

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2014

Did most of the communication with Sharon so not sure where they fit in but it all worked out.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Organista

Avanti Tours

By: Bobbie

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2014

The tours we took were wonderful. They were informative, and enjoyable despite the cold and rainy weather. We did feel however that St. Petersburg tours were quite pricey.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Benigno

Dependable Service

By: Sugar

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2014

They were there waiting for us as promised. Friendly, helpful driver.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem



Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2014

all the people that did our tours were knowledgeable and always on time
Travel Advisor:  David Helfrich

Super Friendly Service

By: Sarita

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2014

Our trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu was fantastic. We were met by Nohemi Nunez and was able to explain all the transfers and itinerary. She even went out of her way to assist us with retrieving duplicate travel documents for our kids. She then returned them to us at the hotel in time for our travels to Machu Picchu. She made several wonderful recommendations for us while we stayed in Cuzco and was prompt at meeting us again on our return trip from Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu Victor Hugo was our tour guide and was very good at pacing the tour so not to tire us out. He seemed very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Avanti was always meeting us promptly to get us to the next leg of the trip.... couldn't have done it without their assistance.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz
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Great accomodations

By: Niteowljune

Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2015

What great properties you all represent! Our favorite was Belvedere Hotel in Davos, Switzerland. Lovely hotel, awesome amenities, tasty food, cigar cave for the guys, close to town and skiing, attractive room with patio and mountain view.
Travel Advisor:  Lori Rogers

Expert tour guides

By: Stephen1952

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2015

Awesome tour group!!
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Well done!


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

We worked with Kristy Adler of Avanti and were extremely happy. The Avanti network helped us all to work together to create a wonderful trip to France.
Travel Advisor:  Kristy Adler

Happy Travelers

By: Martha7915

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2015

Victoria was very helpful on the planing of our trip. She was very helpful and she gave us plenty of advice and suggestions.

Expert Service

By: DarioA

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2015

Avanti services provided smooth well coordinated services that made our trip very enjoyable.

Outstanding Trip to Italy and France

By: Christl

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

Florence was amazing! Private cooking class & tours were marvelous, especially private tour of the Uffizi including rarely seen Vasari Corridor (built 1564 atop Ponte Vechio). Private tour to Siena & home winery with lunch was awesome. Can't rave enough about 8-day Florence stay including Hotel Bernini. Second week was totally different and not as memorable, but fascinating nonetheless: toured Bordeaux wine area on Viking River "cruise" which was more floating hotel than cruise (in comparison, 15-day cruise Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking Braggi last year was awesome!). Private tour of Hine Cognac house in Jarnac was outstanding as was trip to Saint Emilion to view top wineries. Final 3 days were in Paris (superb hotel: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal). Very private gourmet dinner cruise on Don Juan II (Yachts de Paris) was grand & pricey, but well worth it for scenic tour & luxury. Private guided driving tour of Normandy to pay our respects (14 hrs - top guide again) was excellent
Not Recommended


By: Lynn

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2015

We had several occasions when the transfers we had paid for did not materialize. We were double charged at one hotel. Was that because we never received the original vouchers. They were sent to the wrong address. The hotels were acceptable. The rail travel was substandard even though we supposedly had first class seats. The seating was open so that didn't help and the air conditioning was not working on two of the trains. The rental cars were in the wrong driver's name which caused problems and caused us to have to pay extra for another driver. We were not able to use one of our prepaid train tickets due to our flight being redirected to Rome rather than Milan. That was not Avanti's fault but none the less a problem.

Great Tour company

By: John L

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2015

I was very pleased with our recent trip to Italy through Travel and Transport and Avanti Destinations. They arranged pick up and transfers for each part of our trip and each was executed perfectly despite some airline delays. They also arranges private tours of Rome, The Vatican and Pompei. Each was perfect with a very pleasant and fully English-speaking guide.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Kurschinski
Not Recommended

Limited service

By: Richard 75

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015

If all you want is a trip to London to see the sights, Avanti tours is very good. If you plan other activities or side trips outside of London I think the options are limited.
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Good Experience

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2015

Friendly, well-informed guide who arrived on time and provided a first-rate tour of Normandy.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Mixed experience

By: Mccartjd

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2016

Transfers from the port to hotel and hotel to airport were exceptional. Very well done. Tours in Rio were mixed. We weren't expecting full busloads of tourists and in one case the guide was trying to give the tour in four languages making it very difficult to align what we were seeing to his description. A problem with one bus lacking air conditioning was fixed quickly by getting a replacement bus. Seeing Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf were worth the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

They have you covered!

By: Europe 2016

Reviewed on: 17 May 2016

Even when the flight of one person in our group got delayed by five plus hours, Avanti was on the job. We called our travel agent, Izumi Ogawa at Vision Travel, and even got her out of bed in the middle of the night! We were worried that the the transfer service, arranged by Izumi through Avanti, wouldn't be there when the delayed flight arrived. But we worried for nothing. Izumi assured us that Avanti keeps track of things like delayed flights and would be there for the pick up. She was absolutely right. The transfer service was there to meet the delayed flight and the last person in our group enjoyed an excellent ride in a luxurious van to our hotel. Many thanks to Izumi and Avanti.
Travel Advisor:  Izumi Kirchmayr Ogawa

Fantastic service!

By: CWH21

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2016

Nanci helped us plan a fantastic honeymoon to Ireland! From the wonderful places we stayed to the tours and activities she recommend. It was a trip of a lifetime! We will definitely be using her again for future trips!
Travel Advisor:  Nanci Cain

Great service

By: Ncy55

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2016

We had great success with Avanti tours. All our drivers were very friendly and professional and always on time. We requested a bigger vehicle because of baggage, etc. and they were always very nice big vans. Very happy with their service.
Travel Advisor:  Candace Dupps

Great private tours!

By: Neelo

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2016

We enjoyed all the tours and the private transfers were excellent. The drivers and guides all spoke perfect English, and the vehicles were spotless.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

another great vacation

By: johnny easy

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2016

hi,once again christine planned the perfect trip for us.all hotels were great & in the right location for each destination.our guides in italy made the trip truly enjoyable,we're already looking forward to our next trip to ireland,thanks to christine & blue skies travel
Travel Advisor:  Christine Van Vorst
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Barcelona tour was great!

By: TGlide

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2016

Our Avanti Barcelona Sightseeing Tour with Lunch was exciting. This tour was full of all things Barcelona! We definitely feel like we got the best highlights of this wonderful city. Our tour was actually divided into 2 tours with lunch in between the tours. Nothing on our voucher indicated this and it would have been nice to know so we would have known more how our day was structured. Our first tour guide Amalia, was very knowledgeable, bubbly and charasmatic! She was concerned about everyone on the tour and wanted us to have an enjoyable tour. We even went on a tram ride with a view overlooking Barcelona, an unexpected surprise. The afternoon tour guide was not as personable but was sufficient. Our tours consisted of bus transportation and walking tours. The main negative on this tour was that it ended in the middle of a busy street in Barcelona and we were not transported back to our Wamos tour location that we left from. We were all just left to find our way in a Foreign city!
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem
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Good and better.


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

We have used Avanti services in the past and been very satisfied. We recently use Avanti services when we traveled to Florence, Italy and Athens, Greece. The semi-private walking tour we booked in Florence was one of the best we've ever had. The two tours we booked out of Athens--Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo--were satisfactory but could have been better had they been equipped with the broadcast/hearing devices we were provided on several other tours.
Travel Advisor:  Rachelle Sherman

Wonderful Trip

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2017

The package that was put together for us was wonderful. We experienced everything that we wanted to and definitely got every penny out of our trip. We stayed in 2 5-Star and 1 4-Star hotel/resort for much less than we would have expected and they were all in very beautiful and convenient locations. Our taxi/ferry/travel schedule was put together very well and easy to understand. The tours that we had were great experiences, really fun and helped us immerse ourselves more into the local culture and history. The only downside was that we were told that we would have a gift in the room included in the last hotel and that gift was not there - and the hotel did not know anything about it. Considering that was the only thing that was wrong with the trip though, it was pretty easy to overlook. It was still a very wonderful trip and we would definitely recommend Avanti Destinations to other travelers.
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Chappelle

Italy 30th

By: Ed and Nina

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2016

All Very nice! Palermo hotel accommodations were not up to par but the staff was very nice.
Travel Advisor:  Gima Aboukhater

Hotels selected very convenient for activities

By: Arthur

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2016

And reasonably priced.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Bown

Avanti good

By: maura

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

Our experience with Avanti was good. thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Asia Cruise

By: Kim G.

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

They were wonderful! All of our transfers were perfect and the tour of Hong Kong was exactly what we wanted!
Travel Advisor:  Sheryl Graddon

Viet Nam tour

By: pup

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2017

excellent company. We always felt well taken care of. Itineraries, knowledge of the guide and the hotels were all wonderful. I would not hesitate to travel with them again
Travel Advisor:  Lorraine Brunzlick

Paris & Italy

By: JimJim & Bebe

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

Hotels, flights and trains were all as expected. Documents were on time and everything was as planned. Would highly recommend Avanti.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Amazing Asia

By: Asia 2017

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2017

This is our second trip that our Advisor, Izumi Ogawa, used Avanti Destinations. And just like the last time, Avanti used top notch partners to execute their well thought out plans. And it doesn't seem to matter what part of the world they are focusing on. Our first experience with them was a trip to Europe and this time, on the opposite side of the globe, Indochina. From Italy, Switzerland, and France the first time to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos this time. It didn't faze them even a little bit. They only seem to have one speed...maximum performance! Even in a remote area like Luang Prabang, they provided a well spoken and knowledgeable guide to usher us for a full day on two wonderful tours...Tham Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si Waterfalls. In the past we have been subjected to tour guides that were supposedly speaking English, but we weren't entirely sure. Not with the partners that work with Avanti. Not only very understandable but also personable and just plain nice. Great job Avanti.
Travel Advisor:  Izumi Kirchmayr Ogawa

great flights

By: Zeta girl

Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

they can get you the best deal in flights, car & hotels.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska


By: AB1234

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

We had no problems using Avanti on our trip
Travel Advisor:  Gianna (Jenny) Serena


By: trip

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

no problems at all
Travel Advisor:  Gianna (Jenny) Serena
Not Recommended

Avanti Tours

By: Robert and Nancy

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2017

As a whole the tours were fine. Well planned and very professional. I would however NEVER recommend the hop on/ hop off bus in London. London is so crowded we basically just sat in traffic 1/2 of our first of two days with a hop on/off pass. The narration of the "City Tours" bus left much to be desired. They just basically said "here is Buckingham Palace" no details or history etc. We finally decided to take the subway ourself and saw much more of London. People would be much better served by just buying an oyster pass and traveling on their own. The hop on/off tour in Edinbrugh was much better as that is not a crowded city and the tour was much more organized.

Italy Honeymoon

By: Travel

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2017

We had a great experience with Avanti Destinations. We had no issues throughout our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Amber

tour operator

By: jay w

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2017

Lisa is always great
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo

Review of Avanti Destinations 6-17

By: Bryan

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

My dealings were with Tammy Jones-Deem, but to the extent that she relied upon Avanti (for vouchers and reservations), the service was excellent. There was an interim mistake regarding a voucher for a transfer from the hotel in Barcelona to the airport, but that was quickly corrected. The information I received regarding the bookings were clear and timely.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Italian Honeymoon

By: Andy

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2017

Avanti had lots of great options for us to choose from while we were planning and once we got to Italy everything we did was incredible. Their tours and excursions were amazing and I would gladly use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Sandy Walt

Peru-Argentina Trip

By: Anne

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

All arrangements were fine. Tour guides were particularly good.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Klippel

Europe Summer Trip 2017

By: Eurotravelet

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

The drivers were prompt, spoke English very well. The driver from our Rome hotel to the port for our cruise was especially good. He pointed out many things for us to observe on the way out of the city. The driver from the airport in London to our hotel was very good as well.
Travel Advisor:  Rachelle Sherman

Croatia Island Hopping.


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Avanti employed some truly fine personnel who picked us up on time and delivered us to our destination efficiently. They were very welcoming.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska


By: Me

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Everything on our trip went very smoothly. Transfers were there waiting and cordial. Excellent!!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Voelker

South America Adventure

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

An outstanding trip that met and exceeded all expectations. Great job!
Travel Advisor:  Janelle Olinger

Costa Rica

By: Dave and Cheryl

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Very good. Meet expectations
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo

What more could you ask for?

By: independent traveler

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

For the most part, we would recommend Avanti Destinations again for other travelers. We have used this company for travel before and by its reputation chose them for this trip. We had to work with them because our party consisted of two adults and a teen. Finding family accommodations was a bit more difficult. We suggest that this company secure more hotels that are geared toward travelling families. One hotel in Cordoba was particularly difficult to find as we were driving. The hotel, however, sent a young man to a location we could find, and directed my husband to the hotel. Outstanding!!!
Travel Advisor:  George Nagy


By: Heidi

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

The arrangements were all wonderful. The guided tours were all great! We would recommend their services to our friends.
Travel Advisor:  Faye Nemoir


By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Very good. We had a minor issue with a reservation, but it was resolved.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl

Frendly faces in a far away place

By: Mr & Mrs Strimple

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

When we arrived in our destination city it was a little scary not to know the language. We found our Avanti driver and spent the whole taxi ride to the hotel in conversation. He taught us a few common phrases, and showed us some landmarks as we passed them by. Avanti Destinations was with us every step of the way, we never felt lost or unprepared. The whole week was a blast.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl



Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

I really do not know actually, never heard from or talked to anyone with them. There were a few issues with the train tickets etc. but we just figured it out. Would not pay for first class again on trains as we were unable to get our first class seats first because train was late and missed the second train and just had to jump on another and second because there was no indication of which train on the way to Pisa and apparently there were 2 within 15 mins, we got on first one which had no first class and stopped in every town - major pain - and did not know until too late. The second one apparently would have had our seats and been faster but it was very unclear. Also we LOVED the villa, but half way through our time there the Padrone showed up and was loud and rude and the wonderful caretaker disappeared when he was there and we had no recourse. ruined 2 days. had no way to get any assistance.
Travel Advisor:  Rene Maillard

Had a great time

By: Mickie

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

The hotels booked were as described. Ramon's Village was in need of renovations, with no TV in the rooms and noticeable wear. But the ability to book snorkeling and other tours made up for it. Roberts Grove in Placencia was our favorite, with the most friendly, accommodating staff. And the tour we took of the Monkey River was great. But mostly it was the people. The San Ignacio Hotel was the most luxurious, and was a beautiful setting. In addition, the tours from there were the best. They went off without a single hitch, and Fidelio, who was our guide on two tours was so very knowledgeable about the Mayans, and about the native plants and history.
Travel Advisor:  Kathie Stallard

Ireland & British Isles

By: Reviewer

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Very good - wonderful hotels and service
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd


By: Vicki

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Hotel was fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Umbel

Self Guided Tour In Scotland-"The Outlander Tour".

By: Ken B

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

We were very pleased with Avanti and the tour planned for us on the "Outlander" trip to Scotland. We started in Edinburgh and immediately began using the passes that were provided including the Bus Tour, Edinburgh Castle, the awesome Tea Room, and the Edinburgh Museum. I really thought both were great and the Heritage Pass was a great "bang for the buck" since we were able to use it in many places that were on the tour. The hotel accommodations were quite good for the most part. We were a bit let down with the hotel in Edinburgh but I believe that it would be very difficult to find an affordable hotel so close to the tourist sites there so I personally found the hotel OK especially with the nice breakfast. All the other places we visited and hotels were great and really put us in the mood to be in Scotland, seeing the amazing Scottish Highlands while also experiencing the remarkable history including the story of the Jacobites and the feeling of the Outlander movie. I am out of space
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Chappelle


By: beverly

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

They did a good job on everything - drivers were where they were supposed to be. And they were happy to make an extra stop when half of our party got off at the wrong train stop in Cinque Terre. It was all very nicely done -
Travel Advisor:  Willo Falk

Best Europe trip yet.

By: B

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2017

Fine. Based on the response to our changes, Avanti was accommodating and timely and met expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Diane Stickney Scholl

Dream Italian Honeymoon!

By: Greg & Jessi

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

Everything Jen coordinated was perfect!! The physical documents provided by Avanti after everything was sorted out were incredibly helpful and we're very glad for the assistance!
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Polito Waigand


By: Matt S.

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2017

They coordinated all of our activities seamlessly and allowed my wife and I to maximize our time having fun instead of waiting around for something to do.


By: Brownie

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Perfect, all the places we had to travel was with ease thanks to Tammy setting this up with this company.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Always on time

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Drivers were very helpful and informative about our trip to Athens
Travel Advisor:  Connie Frenzel


By: Tom

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Everything went smooth and the trip was awesome!

Iceland 2017

By: Toni

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Absolutely perfect. No unpleasant surprises. All questions were answered clearly and concisely. Avanti knows what they are doing and I would not hesitate to use their services again.
Travel Advisor:  Annie Humble - Gougler

Smooth trip

By: Beth

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

Everything worked out fine. We had all necessary documents and vouchers and all communication was clear. We did not need to call for any special assistance fortunately!
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila


By: Biz

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Overall our accommodations and travel worked out well, but we did have 2 glitches that we wanted to share with you. The first was when we got to PortoMarin the first day of hiking. When we arrived at the Hotel Villajardin we were told that we had no reservation there and our luggage was not there. The man at the desk made a phone call and then said I know where your reservation and luggage are. They were at the Hotel Ferramentierro- across town! After a very long day of hiking, we were not happy to have to hike across the city to a different hotel. The hotel was fine as we were the accommodations and restaurant. Something shady was definitely going on their end with the reservation...The other was the cancellation of our trip home from Madrid due to "no crew", but we were eventually put on a different flight.
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Avanti Was Fine

By: Quilter Girl

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

I questioned whether all the hotels had hair blow dryers, and Avanti contacted all the hotels to confirm, and I had an answer the same day. That is great service!
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Valdez


By: pattycakes

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

good experience
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern


By: Sally

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

The guides that were provided were extremely knowledgeable and adaptable to the change of plans.
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman


By: Carol

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Fabulous! Great location and charming hotel!
Travel Advisor:  Russ Dunlap

Always on time.

By: Jeka

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Always on time, professionals, clean tour cars, friendly, easy to understand. Being a woman, I prefer the female guides because they know the things I am most interested in and they give excellent tips. The younger males are not the smoothest drivers and they do not seem to be enthusiastic about their jobs. They seem to be distracted and quoting a memorized history brochure.
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Avanti Destinations


Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Avanti planned our recent trip’s hotels, transfers & tours in Paris, Venice & Rome. We were very happy with the folks who took care of our transfers from the airport, train, hotels & tours. They were all very professional & personable. The hotels were all very clean, the staff all very helpful & professional as well. The 1st 2 hotel rooms were a little on the small size but manageable. The 2nd 2 hotel room had a little more “elbow room” & felt a bit more comfortable. We enjoyed the breakfasts at the 2nd 2 hotels the most as they included eggs, sausage & bacon ...not just breads, cakes/cookies, yogurt, cold cereal & a little fruit. All our tours were small group tours with English speaking guides. In the case of the Louvre ended up being a personal tour for us...fabulous! All guides were very professional, well versed in their topics & cared to be sure you got your questions answered, photos taken & safely walked the tours together! Definitely recommend them!
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Cain

Well done


Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

The best part about Avanti tours were the pick ups at the train station and airport. With the exception of our driver in Bologna, all of our drivers were exceptional. So nice to have our train tickets done by Avanti as well. Highly recommend the aforementioned features.
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

Trip to Guatemala

By: kitty

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Very accomodating
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott