Luxury Tour Testimonials
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Great Civilizations Along the Silk Road
Barbara and I have just returned from Bryn Mawr College’s tour, guided by Joseph Wang. The tour was a complete success, full to the brim, overwhelming – as we hope it would be, and has given us much to digest and think about.
Our first order of business is to tell you how delighted we were to have Joseph as our National Guide. From our Beijing pre-tour to our farewell at Shanghai Airport, Joseph was always a step or two ahead of us. He anticipated needs we hadn’t even thought of and provided for them.
On the first day of our full group, Joseph had to address one traveler’s missing luggage containing medication, and another’s misplaced passport. He resolved both matter flawlessly.
Joseph’s knowledge of his country – past, present, and likely future – is encyclopedic and was delivered matter-of-factly, one grown-up to another, with no airs or pretense. His kindness was evident at every turn. Xi’an required quite a bit of walking and I observed the gentleness with which he suggested wheelchairs to several in our group who really needed them. He made the idea seem to be the travelers’ rather than his own. Remarkable diplomacy! I marvel at his patience with my attempt to learn a few word of Mandarin, including the use of correct tones.
Joseph is also a teacher, and our questions yielded understanding from him everywhere we went. His ability to explain nuance and shades of meaning on any subject is what we would expect at a university level but rarely on a travel tour.
As we said in our farewell dinner toast, we were enriched by not one, but two professors in our company
Bryn Mawr’s, Bob Dostal, gave us wonderful perspective on China’s history, economy, politics, and religion in two formal presentations and numerous sidebar conversations.
Barbara and I have traveled extensively in our 60-plus years, and only Salih Orgun in Turkey rivals Joseph as a guide.
Thank you for this extraordinary tour which we will remember the rest of our lives. Xièxiè, Joseph.
Barbara and Bruce Morgan, Bryn Mawr Alumni
Southern Minorities of China Tour
“I am pleased to return the evaluation form for our recently completed trip. As with our previous experience with Cal Discoveries/China Advocates, the trip has been a positive experience and well deserving of an “Excellent” rating.
The China Advocates trip design, planning and itinerary was frankly amazing. It was a true “Insider’s” view of the areas and communities we visited and far beyond what we could have planned using western guidebooks as a resource. In looking back at our experience and comparing our travel with the Insider’s China promotional brochure, our guides must have had a check list of what was promised. Other than the couple of situations beyond control (museum curator’s family situation and Li River flooding that canceled the Impression’s show), the trip was as promised if not more.
Special thanks must be given to our “local guides” for both their knowledge and for their personal attention to our comfort and care. They went far in expanding our understanding of modern China, the traditional ways and the peoples of China.”
E. Hee, UC Berkeley Alumni
Hawaii Tour at the Historic Mansion—Hilo House
“We have completed our Authentic Hawaii tour and moved on to Maui for four days on our own. I cannot tell you how wonderful our time on the Big Island was. We completely fell in love with Kari (our tour director), Sheyenne and Stephane (our guides). Their hospitality is unsurpassed. We woke up today missing them already. I had high expectations for the tour, and they were greatly exceeded. We did things not on the plan, things we never imagined doing. They filled our time their fully, and beautifully. It was a somewhat strenuous experience for 70+ year old folks, but well worth the effort, and we left the Big Island in better condition, and better educated, than when we arrived. Anytime one of us would ask a question about something on the island, or notice something along the way, Sheyenne or Stephane would say, “Do you want to see it?” They were clearly focused on seeing that we enjoyed our visit. They always seemed to be prepared for each activity, providing helmets and headlamps for exploring a lava tube, chairs for the beach, and wonderful authentic elements for the picnics. It was amazing to see them climb trees for fruit, to take pictures, or whatever need might arise. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The Hilo House was a wonderful accommodation. Kari does such a fine job managing it, and quickly learned everyone’s preference for morning coffee, eggs, etc. Annie (the breakfast chef) does a wonderful job in the kitchen and is a real pleasure in her service. The meals provided by the local farmer and his family were the best on the island, I’m sure. And the Hawaiian couple who did the cultural show on the last evening were a perfect ending. In conclusion, I give this tour my highest recommendation. Anyone interested in knowing the real Hawaii should have this experience. The tour name is most appropriate. And, before I close, thank you, so much, for your part in putting this together for us.”
W. Slate, Emory University Alumni
Grand China Tour: the Silk Road, Yunnan, & Guilin
“Thank you for organizing and monitoring our three-week trip to China. Everything worked out perfectly. Traveling to different parts of the country gave us a wonderful overview of the many geographical and cultural differences in China. My favorite must see places were Dunghuang, particularly the Mogao Caves, the terracotta warriors near Xian, Xizhou village (and the Linden Center lodge) and Longji village (and the Li An Lodge). All of our guides were professional, knowledgeable and helpful. They made traveling easy and pleasant. Our hotels were first class. The restaurants chosen by China Advocates gave us an opportunity to sample many unique cuisines. We appreciated that our guides helped us to choose local favorites off the menus.”
Magic of Tibet Tour
“We’re back in Shanghai after a totally mind-blowing trip in Tibet. All very well organized. Our guide in Tibet was superb, with endless knowledge of the country’s history and religion.” Private Traveler
Classical Highlights of China Tours
“We had the trip of a lifetime and made some great new friends on the trip. Your planning and tour guides are the best.”
R, and L. Fields, Alumni Traveler
“We learned so much about Chinese life from the forthright and honest discussion with our guides: extremely valuable. I came away with a completely new and deeper understanding of China that can’t be gleaned from the Western press. I was also very impressed with each guides’ knowledge of their country’s history and its relation to present day life and customs. Finally, each of the guides was excellent English speaker, making it easy for us to learn so much from them. I conversed with a professional Chinese translator on one of the train trips. Her English was not as good as any of our guides.”
“We wanted to thank you for coordinating our outstanding trip to see the Grandeur of the Middle Kingdom. The trip was extremely well planned and well executed. The reason for my email is to tell you of the outstanding Tour Director we had. She was extraordinary as she dealt with all logistical issues in an efficient and professional way, she was ALWAYS there for ALL of us answering questions, explaining the nuances of what we were seeing with a historical perspective, being friendly and outgoing at all times and showing she really cared about each of us on the trip and wanted it to be a very special experience for all of us. China Advocates excelled as trip planners and sponsors. Their tour director’s leadership made the trip very special. She was dealing with a very intelligent well-read group and she enabled both our group and her to learn from each other.”
“I will say that our China Advocates guide, is the most outstanding guide I have ever known. She could answer any question we asked and we were an inquisitive bunch. The whole tour went off without a glitch and as a past producer, I know how hard that it is for perfection to be obtained, but y’all darn near pulled that off!!! 99% of perfection is enough! Thank you so much.”
“We are so grateful to everyone at China Advocates for creating and incredible introduction to China and to our amazing guides. We have both have had the good fortune to travel extensively in our lives, but we agree that no trip was better than this one. It just could not have been better. We can’t wait to go back.
“I just had a very VIP family travel through China with China Advocates for two weeks and am very appreciative of the hands-on approach of CA, knowing that my clients were being well taken care of.”
-Earl Davis, Casto Travel
Whether it is a major trip for high-end clients, requests for just one city hotel and sightseeing, or an unusual off the beaten path visit, China Advocates handles everything quickly and professionally. Their guides are terrific and go all the way to ensure the clients are enjoying their trip. I continue using them for all my China travel and highly recommend that you do so also.
-Liz Spander, Casto Travel
I just had lunch with the my clients yesterday and they could not say enough how much they enjoyed their tours with China Advocates—they said their guide was the best and they loved their cooking school. They are one of my top clients and did not know your company until recently. I was really excited to hear this. I will pass this onto my co-workers as we are always looking for quality companies. Again thanks and I hope to have other business for you.
-Joan Lovell, Worldview Travel