The Augustana Band's 2015 Tour of ChinaThe Augustana Band typically has toured during the January Interim break, and beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year, has made it a practice to travel overseas during the January term (thereby earning academic credit) once every four years. Their previous tours included China in 2003 and 2007. In January 2011, the Band traveled to Egypt and were in the country for the first few days of the Egyptian revolution. In 2015, we return to the fascinating People's Republic of China and invite you to join us! The following itinerary will be updated as further details become available.
Itinerary (as of April 15, 2014)
Sat. Jan 3 All day Rehearsal/class sessions
Mon, Jan 5 All day Rehearsal/class sessions
Thu. Jan 8 6:15 p.m. Arrive Shanghai PuDong airport and transfer to hotel
Wed. Jan 14 All day Travel to Wuhan via Chinese rail
Thu. Jan 15 All day Visit to Hubei University, exchange activity and concert
Wed. Jan 28 All day Beijing Zoo (pandas), Visit to Hutong, Peking Opera, Silk Market
This link will take you to Augustana's Studio Abroad Program through which your registration takes place.
Alumni, parents and friends register through Brad Heegel.
Note: Special "fortune cookie awards" of $100 will be given to the
18th, 33rd, 65th and 84th registrants with deposits.
Tour Manager: Brad Heegel (Contact Brad Heegel with questions about this program at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 605.274.5508.)
$500 Application deposit due with submission of online application through Studio Abroad.
$500 Second deposit due October 1, 2014 Balance due upon receipt of statement
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%. Note: A 3% service fee will apply for all payments made by credit card.
Air transportation (included in program costs)
By private motorcoach as indicated in the itinerary, luxury cruise; 2nd class rail.
Accommodations and meals:
Twin-occupancy at accommodations as indicated or similar with buffet breakfast daily; all dinners and all lunches as indicated in the itinerary (beverages excluded).
As indicated in the itinerary including entrance fees for sites indicated; services of site guides for tours of; tour related gratuities (drivers, guides, included meals). The following instrument rentals have been included in the cost: 4 Timpani 32”, 29”, 26” and 23”, Bass Drum 32” – 40”, Chimes, Vibraphone, 3 Octaves, Xylophone 3 ½ Octaves, Glockenspiel 2 ½ Octaves
NOTE: Participants with special needs may incur surcharges for additional services. Handicap accessibility varies significantly from country to country.
Cancellation and refund policy:
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: 60-89 days: full deposit; 46-59 days: 50% of program price; 15 - 45 days: recoverable costs only (possible forfeiture of entire program cost); cancellations received less than 15 days 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.
Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated; beverages except at breakfast; 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); departure taxes (if applicable); passport fees; and visa fees (if applicable). 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. If required, passport and visa information must be received by Seminars International 45 days prior to departure; late information will result in additional fees.
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.