Augustana Band "Viking Voyage" to China January 2019

Great Wall, Beijing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a truly fascinating place?  The Augustana Band will make its fifth concert/study tour in this magical land. YOU can be a part of the fun and have a life-changing experience!

Description

Cruise the Yangtze River and voyage through historic Xian, Beijing and Shanghai on this privately guided journey fit for ancient emperors and modern-day Augustana Vikings. You’ll explore China's famed monuments and locations including the Forbidden City, spiritual temples and enchanting river gorges. You’ll walk along the Great Wall, come face to face with the Terracotta Army, and visit ancient gardens and Buddhist temples. You’ll experience ancient and modern China at its absolute best (without the crowds and summer heat!) and thrill to the experience of  performing for full houses in some of China’s most spectacular concert halls.

What’s included:

  • Delta Airlines from MSP
  • Twin occupancy rooms in 4 star, first class hotels
  • All meals including full “western” breakfast buffet each day
  • Four-night Yangtze River Cruise with tributary and highlight excursions
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities via private motorcoach, 2nd class rail on bullet train.
  • Services of a full-time Chinese English-speaking guide.
  • All gratuities for drivers, guides, meals.
  • All entrance fees for included sites (see itinerary).
  • Visa fees

Itinerary

Sun, Jan 6      SIOUX FALLS/MINNEAPOLIS. Depart Augustana University by private motorcoach for overnight journey to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Mon, Jan 7     Depart MINNEAPOLIS. Early morning departure from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Delta Air Lines to Shanghai.AU Band in Shanghai

Tue, Jan 8      SHANGHAI. Early evening arrival at Shanghai Pu Dong Airport. Meet your National tour guide and transfer by private motorcoach to hotel in Pudong area for check-in and a group dinner.  (D)

Wed, Jan 9    SHANGHAI.  Sightseeing in Shanghai to include the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Silk Factory, French Concession, C.C.P., First Congress Museum and Chenghuang Temple. Attend an evening Chinese acrobatic show.  (B,L,D)

Thu, Jan 10   SHANGHAI.  Sightseeing in Shanghai to include the Jade Buddha Temple, East Jinling Road and walking tour of Old Town. Evening concert by the Augustana Band at Jiaotong University.  (B,L,D)

Hubei University students with AU BandFri, Jan 11     SHANGHAI/WUHAN.   Morning free in Shanghai for independent exploration. In the afternoon, board train to Wuhan.  Arrive Wuhan in the evening and transfer to the hotel for check-in.  (B,L,D)

Sat, Jan 12    WUHAN.  Visit the campus of Hubei University for a student exchange day and evening concert at the university.  (B,L,D)MV Century Sun

Sun, Jan 13   WUHAN.  In the morning, visit Hubei Provincial Museum, including the Chime Bell Exhibition for a performance on the bells. Visit Optics Valley, East Lake High-tech Zone. Evening concert.  (B,L,D)

Mon, Jan 14   WUHAN/YICHANG/YANGTZE RIVER CRUISES.  Transfer by private motorcoach to Yichang for tour of the city and dinner before boarding the MV Century Sun to set sail on the Yangtze River for a 5-day/ 4-night cruise.  Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on the ship daily. (B,L,D)

Tue, Jan 15    YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Morning shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site at Sandouping, the largest in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks and through Xiling Gorge. Afternoon shore excursion to Tribe of the Three Gorges, offering an interesting glimpse into life in the Xiling Gorge  Dusk on Yangtze, view from cruise shipregion. This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome Party. (B,L,D)

Wed, Jan 16   YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE.  Morning shore excursion to Shennv Steam. Scenic cruising through the Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Continue sailing through Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic gorge. Afternoon shore excursion to White Emperor City, an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.  (B,L,D)

Thu, Jan 17   YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. Morning shore excursion to Shi Baozhai Pagoda in Zhongxian County. This afternoon, enjoy onboard activities. (B,L,D)

AU Band in Qutang GorgeFri, Jan 18     YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE/CHONGQING/XIAN. Cruise ship arrives in Chongqing this morning. After breakfast, disembark for a tour of Chongqing and lunch. Transfer to train station for 2-hour journey to Xian. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Sightseeing in Xian includes Terra Cotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter, Ancient City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square for an evening music fountain show. (B,L,D)

Sat, Jan 19    XIAN.  Continue with touring of Xian this morning.  Attend an evening concert by the Augustana Band in one of the new Xian Concert Halls (pending). (B,L,D)

Terra Cotta Warriors, XianSun, Jan 20   XIAN.  Continue with touring of Xian this morning.  Attend an evening concert by the Augustana Band in one of the new Xian Concert Halls (pending). (B,L,D)

Mon, Jan 21  XIAN/BEIJING. Continue with touring of Xian this morning. Afternoon transfer by private motorcoach to the train station for departure by bullet train to Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing, check in to the hotel. (B,L,D)

Tue, Jan 22   BEIJING. Sightseeing in Beijing to include the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven. (B,L,D)

AU Band on Great Wall, 2007Wed, Jan 23  BEIJING. Continue with sightseeing in Beijing at the Great Wall of China. Visit a Jade factory and the colorful Snack Night Market featuring local delicacies and treats.  (B,L,D)
Thu, Jan 24   BEIJING.  Sightseeing today includes the famous Beijing Zoo, Hutongs and the Peking Opera. Enjoy a farewell “Peking Duck” dinner at a local restaurant.  (B,L,D)

Fri, Jan 25     BEIJING.  Day free for independent exploration. Evening concert at the Beijing Concert Hall. (B,L,D)

Sat, Jan 26    BEIJING/MINNEAPOLIS/SIOUX FALLS. Morning transfer by private motorcoach to Beijing Capital International Airport for departure on Delta Air Lines. Upon arrival at Minneapolis-St. AU Band in Beijing Concert HallPaul International Airport, clear customs and transfer by private motorcoach to Sioux Falls. (B)

Accommodations and meals:

Radisson BeijingTwin-occupancy at accommodations as indicated or similar with buffet breakfast daily; all dinners and all lunches as indicated in the itinerary (beverages excluded).

NOTE: Participants with special needs may incur surcharges for additional services. Handicap accessibility varies significantly from country to country.

Costs and Payment schedule: 

Total costs are $5,960, but $4,960 is the cost for the full three-week tour as the University provides a $1000 scholarship per student.  In addition, a $150 IPO (International Program Office) fee is an administrative charge for all study abroad programs.  Participants are required to register in Studio Abroad, as part of the university risk management plan.   By being in this system, we are able to track and offer the secondary insurance policy, EIIA: https://www.eiia.org/internationaltravel/
     Above costs based on exchange rates and tariffs in effect as of above date; subject to change in the event that there is a fluctuation of more than 4%.

     On or before 10/4/2018 - $500 per person due with enrollment.
     On or before 11/8/2018 - Balance due upon receipt of invoice.  
 

The Small Print:

Passports and Visas:

U.S citizens must obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival in China and have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity remaining. Check that your passport is valid up to 7/26/2019 and has two blank Visa pages available. Additional information with tourist visa requirements will be sent a few months prior to departure.

Cancellation and Refunds:

Should cancellation occur prior to 90 days before departure, the initial deposit will be refunded less a $100 fee per person. In addition to any airline penalties, the following specified costs are non-refundable: 90-61 days: full deposit; 60-46 days: 50% of program price; 45-31 days: recoverable costs only (possible forfeiture of entire program cost); cancellations received 30 days or less from departure will receive no refund. Cancellations must be submitted in writing; the date such notification is received by Seminars International, Inc. is the cancellation date. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.Exclusions:

Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated; beverages except at breakfast and where indicated with dinner; optional entertainment and excursions; any baggage charges; all personal items, such as telephone calls, laundry expenses, individual room service; trip cancellation insurance (information available through Seminars International); non-tour related gratuities; departure taxes; passport and visa fees. Note: Most countries require passports to be valid up to six months after the scheduled return.

Deviations:

Some participants may wish to extend their stay or originate or deplane from different cities. Every effort will be made to assist program members who require deviations in air and/or land arrangements for a $75 per person service charge, plus any additional charges levied by the airline.  Once the deviation has been booked, any changes may incur additional costs. Please remember that you are purchasing a group program. Thus, any deviation from the program arrangements will require staff time that is not calculated in the program price.  No refund can be granted to participants who wish to omit portions of the itinerary. All deviation requests must be submitted in writing at least 100 days prior to departure to avoid any misunderstandings.

Exclusions:

Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated; beverages except at breakfast and where indicated with dinner; optional entertainment and excursions; any baggage charges; all personal items, such as telephone calls, laundry expenses, individual room service; trip cancellation insurance (information available through Seminars International); non-tour related gratuities; departure taxes; passport fees. Note: Most countries require passports to be valid up to six months after the scheduled return.
Participants are responsible for ensuring that they meet passport and visa requirements of each country visited.

Management and Responsibility:

Seminars International (SI) acts only as an agent and neither SI nor any employee or appointee nor any other person, party or organization or agency collaborating with it is or shall be responsible or liable for any injury or loss, accident or damage, delay or deviation or curtailment, howsoever caused or arising or the consequences thereof, which may occur during any part of the travel or program or during such free time as the members may elect to spend independently on program. The airlines or commercial carriers concerned are not to be held responsible for any acts, omissions, or events during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passage contracts in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, will constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of this program and/or passenger.

Questions?  How do I register?

Visit with Dr. Unger or Dr. Pennington, but make sure you get all your registration confirmed by early September!