Classic China Tour

Escorted 12-day Tour - Departs July 2, 2007
Beijing • Xi'an • Guilin • Shanghai

If you are interested in joining the tour, please contact
 tpetravel@aol.com or 212-685-1401 and ask for William for more details.

 

The Allure of China

China holds a special place in the imagination. Children across North America grow up believing that if they dig a deep enough hole in their backyards, they eventually will wind up in China. Small wonder, then, that everyone dreams of visiting this exotic, mysterious, and magical place. What would you find when you travel to China? You would discover a vast, diverse country that holds many of the world's most famous and spectacular sights. You would marvel at the modern world's longest continuous civilization (over 5,000 years) today quickly reemerging into contemporary life. You would see a billion smiling faces from all generations, and hear "hello" in a dozen different languages and dialects--including English. You might stay in some of the world's most luxurious hotels. And you would feast in the manner of the emperors. Now is the time to visit China and enjoy your stay there.

          - Message from China National Tourist Office


Golden Route Tour Direction

BEIJING: 3 Nights Jinglun Hotel

  •  Tian An Men Square                    

  •  Sacred Way to Ming Emperors' Tombs                                

  •  Summer Palace with cruise on Lake Kunming

  •  Chang Ling Exhibition Hall

  •  Great Wall

  •  Forbidden City's Imperial Palace & Museum

  •  cloisonné factory

XI'AN: 2 Nights Xi'an Grand New World Hotel

  •  Terra-Cotta Legion                     

  •  Bronze Chariot                           

  •  Circle Vision Movie 

  •  Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

GUILIN: 2 Nights Bravo Hotel

  •  Day Cruise on Li River with lunch board
  • 
Reed Flute Cave
  • 
Fu Bo Hill

SHANGHAI: 3 Nights Shanghai Hotel

  •  Shanghai Museum                                 
  • 
Jade Buddha Temple
  •  The Bund
  •  Entertainment at the Children's Palace

ITINERARY

July 2, 2007: U.S. to BEIJING
Fly transpacific aboard 747 jetliner.
July 3, 2007: ARRIVE BEIJING
Welcome to China's capital, Beijing. You are greeted and escorted to check in to the Jinglun Hotel.
July 4, 2007: BEIJING
Today's tour introduces Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace, with admission to the living quarters, museum and jewelry sections. After lunch, sightseeing at the Summer Palace with a cruise on placid Lake Kunming.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 5, 2007: BEIJING
A highlight of your visit to China today: the awesome Great Wall. After lunch, walk along the Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs and Chang Ling Exhibition Hall.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Special Peking Duck Dinner
July 6, 2007: BEIJING to XI'AN
Morning free; you may wish to shop at Lido Market. Then fly to historic Xi'an, ancient capital of China, and check in to the Xi'an Grand New World Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 7, 2007: XI'AN
View the extraordinary life-sized terra-cotta army, no two alike, buried for over 2200 years; Circle Vision Movie; Bronze Chariot, the collections at Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum and a jade carving factory.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 8, 2007: XI'AN to GUILIN
Today's flight takes you to Guilin, set amidst a valley of dramatic peaks that have inspired artists through the centuries. Check in to the Bravo Hotel. Afternoon touring shows Reed Flute Cave and Fu Bo Hill's dramatic rock formations.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
July 9, 2007: GUILIN
Today brings a delightful cruise on a deluxe air-conditioned boat along the tranquil Li River. Cruise past a breathtaking landscape of dramatic peaks to the market town of Yangshuo, where you've time to browse.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 10, 2007: GUILIN to SHANGHAI
A change of pace as you fly to Shanghai. Tour emporium-lined Nanjing or Huai Hai Road and sightsee the colonial-era Bund, then check in to the Shanghai Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 11, 2007: SHANGHAI
Today a sightseeing tour shows the glories of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum and Jade Buddha Temple. Then see a charming performance at the Children's Palace.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
July 12, 2007: SHANGHAI
Free day to explore on your own. Perhaps take an optional tour.
MEALS: American Breakfast
July 13, 2007: SHANGHAI to the U.S.
Fly homeward today aboard 747 jetliner.
MEALS: American Breakfast

 

ALL INCLUSIVE FEATURES

  •  Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  •  All intra-China air/land transportation
  •  Escorted by a professional Tour Manager if the group consists of 10 or more 
     people.
  •  10 nights in superior first class hotels
  •  All meals as specified
  •  Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes 
     and service charges
  •  Sightseeing tours, cultural entertainment and other performances as specified
 

EXCLUSIONS

  •  Fees for delivery of tour documentation to international destinations.
  •  Airline and airport taxes, security charges and user fees, both domestic and 
     international, which vary depending on itinerary, are not included in the tour fare.
  •  Transportation of heavy baggage in excess of applicable allowance; cost of 
     passport and visas; and all items of a personal nature.
  •  The customary end-of-tour gratuity to tour managers and tips to local guides and 
     drivers are not included. Tips to restaurant and hotel waiters, chambermaids and 
     porters are not included.
  •  Land fare does not include transpacific air USA/ first point of entry abroad on 
     tour, last point of exit on tour/USA. Transfers between airport and hotel upon 
     arrival and departure not included. Air sectors not included: SFO/PEK, 
     SFO/SHA, SFO/HKG, SFO/BKK, SFO/SIN, HKG/SFO, SFO/NRT, SFO/OSA, 
     NRT/PEK and vice versa.

 

PRICES

Air/Land from New York City: $2,398

Air/Land from Los Angeles: $2,298

Land Only: $1,378

Single Supplement: $400

Optional travel protection policy: $88-$145 (see below)

ADD-ONS

If you are not departing from Los Angeles or New York City, please check with us to see if there is any add-on charge.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Sometimes the unexpected can happen and force you to cancel the trip of a lifetime. To protect your travel investment, or yourself and your property while traveling, we strongly recommend the purchase of the Travel Protection Insurance for $88 (up to age 30), $108 (age 31 to 55) or $145 (age 56 to 65).

TRIP CANCELLATION/INTERRUPTION-UP TO TOTAL TRIP COST
Covered reasons for cancellation/interruption include illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or a covered family member. Other covered reasons for cancellation or interruption of your trip include you or your traveling companion being required to serve jury duty or subpoenaed, having a home damaged by a natural disaster, or being directly involved in a traffic accident en route to departure.

More than just cancellation protection, the plan also provides coverage for:

Schedule of Coverage:
Maximum Per Person Benefit Amount, Up to:
Pre-Departure Trip Cancellation Up to trip cost (see condition in brochure)
Trip Delay (8 hours or more) $200 per day, $1,000 Maximum
Post-Departure Trip Interruption Up to 150% of trip cost (see condition in brochure
Emergency Medical Expense
Accident & Sickness Medical Expenses
Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
Medex 24-hour Assistance Service
$100,000
Included
Included
Included
Baggage/Personal Effects $1,500
Baggage Delay (12 hours or more) $200 per day, $400 maximum
Accidental Death or Dismemberment $50,000

Please contact us for a more detailed description of coverage.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
BOOKING PROCEDURES (1 through 6, see below)
1. RESERVATION REQUEST: Upon receipt of your deposit, written confirmation/invoice and Passenger Information Form will be sent.
2. DEPOSIT: All Deposits and Travel Protection Insurance Fees may be paid by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express), with signed credit card authorization form, or by check.
a.) Receipt of deposit confirms your reservation and is applied toward final payment.
Deposit ............................................................US $300.00 per person
b.) Travel Protection Insurance payment (non-refundable/non-transferable) is due at time of deposit and is in addition to deposit amount.

Rates subject to change without notice. Travel Protection Insurance is recommended. Pre-existing conditions exclusion is waived when insurance is purchased at time of deposit.
3. CHINA VISAS: U.S. Passports with a six month validity AFTER the date of return should be sent to our office 45 days prior to departure date with a completed and signed Visa Application Form with an official passport-size color photo, including payment by credit card or check and is non-refundable once the visa is issued.
Visa………………………………………US $80.00 per person

If you are applying for your own visa: Photocopies of valid passport must be sent with deposit in order to process the booking. Passenger names must be as listed on the respective passports; any corrections required are subject to a $10.00 change fee.

4. FINAL PAYMENT:
a.) Air/Land Payment:
Due 75 days prior to departure and may be made by check or credit card, with signed authorization form.
b.) Land Only Payment:
Due 75 days prior to departure and may be made by check or credit card, with signed authorization form.
c.) Late Payment Fee:
$50.00 per person if payment is not received by 75 days prior to departure.
d.) Reservations made within 75 days:
While booking early ensures the widest choice of availability, we welcome your spontaneous travel plans. Final payment on bookings made less than 75 days prior to departure is due within three days of receipt of invoice to avoid the late payment fee, and is accepted by certified check or credit card, with signed authorization form.
e.) Administrative Handling Fee:
A nominal $50.00 per person administrative handling fee will be assessed on new reservations made within 30 days prior to departure.

The tour operator, reserves the right to cancel bookings not paid in full by the due date. During peak travel periods, it may be necessary to request your final payment more than 75 days prior to departure date, or to modify your tour arrangements to accommodate unforeseen circumstances due to the high demand for air, cruise and hotel space. You will be notified immediately should this situation arise.

5. REVISION FEES: A per-person fee for each revision will be assessed for any changes in air and/or land arrangements after the booking number has been issued and is under deposit. From initial reservation through issue date of documents/tickets:
     US $15.00 per person (plus supplier's penalties)
Once documents/tickets are issued, changes are not permitted and air tickets are non-refundable.
A change in departure date, or from one tour to another, is considered a cancelled trip and cancellation penalties will apply.
6. CANCELLATION FEES: All tours:
75 days or more before departure…………………...……US $300.00* per person
74 to 45 days before departure…………………………....US $350.00* per person
44 to 16 days before departure………………………..…..US $400.00* per person
15 to 1 day before departure…………………………..…..US $500.00* per person

*Plus any charges assessed by land suppliers, cruise companies and airlines, in addition to any revision fees.

On or after departure date………....100% forfeiture of the tour price per person
AIR INFORMATION:

The tour operator will provide air transportation in conjunction with all land tours, based on the applicable air fares on United Airlines and participating carriers, subject to the rules and regulations of the class, fare and service of the individual airline. Tours that are published inclusive of air utilize contracted net fares in effect at time of printing (October 1, 2004) and are subject to change by the airline. Due to special contracted net agreements, supplements or credits for air deviations may not be equal to published air fare differentials.

Domestic carriers provide air transportation in China and Asia. Air fares are subject to change and any increase in air fare is not included in the tour fare.

Depending on air fare class used, the air fare may be non-refundable and subject to full cancellation penalties. Tour fare does not include any increase in air fare due to increase in fuel cost and/or for any other reason. Tour extensions may incur weekend surcharges. The tour operator endeavors to follow the itineraries precisely; however, if flights are not available at the scheduled time, we reserve the right to modify the air and land arrangements for smooth operation of the tour.

BAGGAGE:
Baggage allowance differs for the transpacific and China sections of your tour. US transpacific allowance is two pieces of checked baggage. Maximum weight/size for each piece is 50 lbs./62 inches (sum of three dimensions). One carry-on not to exceed 45 inches (sum of three dimensions) is allowed. Baggage allowance within China is one piece of baggage not over 44 lbs. per person, plus a carry-on. Baggage in excess of one piece per person will result in excess baggage fees to be paid immediately upon demand. The tour agent does not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to baggage or passenger's belongings. It is at passenger's risk throughout.

LAND INFORMATION:
REFUND ON UNUSED OR CHANGED TOUR ARRANGEMENTS: Portions of land arrangements, hotel accommodations or any other service or feature of the tour which are not used are neither refundable nor exchangeable. Travel Protection Insurance and Visa handling fee is nonrefundable. Refund claims must be made in writing within 20 days of the termination of the tour. A written statement from the Tour Manager certifying the exact services not rendered must be attached to this claim.

International and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time. If you make your own flight arrangements, the tour operator will not be responsible for any loss resulting from cancellations, delays, or changes in flight schedules.

Note: All tour fares shown are based on the present value of foreign currencies in relation to the US dollar in effect on October 1, 2004 and in current tariffs on the same date and are subject to change. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure for any reason. In such case, a full refund of all payments will constitute full settlement with the passenger.

The airlines concerned are not held responsible for any act, or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger's contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tours and/or passenger. Any and/or all transportation companies herein mentioned shall have or incur no responsibility for liability to any traveler aside from their liability as common carriers. The carrier's international tariff is available for inspection by the passenger and will govern all aspects of the air transportation.