How do I get more information or make a booking?
Please contact us here
Where can I find your booking conditions?
Please click here
Are Chinese visa fees included?
Do you help with the visa process?
Yes, we do. Closer to your departure date we will be in touch with a step by step guideline of how to apply. You will need to send off your group's passports for about 3 weeks. Passports should not expire earlier than 6 months after the date of your return from China and there should be at least 2 blank pages to allow space for the visa.
Are flights included and what is your ATOL number?
Yes, ATOL 10834
What is your free staff ratio?
We normally include 1 free staff place for every 10 paying participants, but we are flexible with this. Please contact us for more details.
Can you arrange travel insurance?
A fully comprehensive school group travel insurance policy is included as a matter of course in all our quotes. For more information please see our booking conditions.
What is my luggage allowance?
Each airline has different policies on luggage allowance and it is best to visit your airline’s website to check the latest allowance. Here are some of the most popular airline links:
British Airways Baggage Guide
Lufthansa Baggage Guide
KLM Baggage Guide
What are the current hand baggage restrictions?
Air Travel Hand Baggage Rules
This handy site details what you can and can't carry in your hand baggage, including current restrictions on the quantities of liquids and size and type of hand baggage allowed.
Where can I get the latest travel advice?
For the latest travel advice please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website
Will I need any vaccinations?
Please click here for up to date travel health information provided by the NHS.
What money should I take?
It is wise to take some Chinese Yuan, also known as "Renminbi", with you to China. This will save the whole group needing to withdraw money on arrival, although ATM’s are not difficult to find. You can also take GBP cash to change once there.
What is the current exchange rate?
Please see this handy currency converter for the latest rates
How much should we budget per day?
All meals and entrances are included, so you will only need additional money for souvenirs and snacks. There is no shortage of temptation in China for keen shoppers, but we suggest allowing for a minimum of £5-£10 per person to cover the snacks and bottled water.
Do we need to tip anybody?
We ask that you recognise the service your receive from your local guides and drivers. We will provide you with a gratuity guideline in our quote.
Are there any hidden expenses?
Never. Our aim is to include as much as possible in our quotes so you can work out exactly how much money your students will need in China. There will be no hidden costs on tour - everything will be explained clearly beforehand. There are, however, some items we cannot include this far in advance, for example tickets for evening activities, as these are dependent on schedules and ticket availability which we usually will not know until two months before departure. Nearer your departure time we will look at all the options for your group and inform you of ticket prices. The only other items your students will need extra money for in China will be for snacks and any souvenirs they may wish to buy. Gratuities are not included, but we suggest you collect this money in advance of departure.
Do you organise UK airport transfers?
Yes we do. Just let us know of this requirement at the outset.
How will we get around China?
A coach is included for all your sightseeing activities
What is the overnight train like?
This is usually a highlight of the trip for most students. Carriages are made up of 9 compartments with 4 beds in each. Compartments can be locked from the inside and there is space to store luggage under the bottom two berths and above the top two. There are two toilets, one at the end of each carriage. Your guide will travel with you to assist with any language issues.
What is the time difference between the UK and China?
China is GMT +8hrs
What type of plug socket do they use in China and do I need an adaptor?
There seems to have been some indecision in China about which style of socket to use, so they use both as per the picture, but not on all plugs, so make sure you can plug into both designs. Electrical power is 220V 50Hz. Please check your equipment to see if you need a 120V to 220V converter. We recommend you bring this with you from home rather than trying to find it on tour.
What clothes should we bring?
If visiting over the autumn and winter months it is advisable to prepare for the worst and pack a good warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves, plus a water proof jacket and sensible shoes. Remember you’re likely to be outside a great deal as well as walking between sights of interest. Layers are best.
If travelling in spring and summer it is possible to pack lighter clothing, however always be prepared for the rain. Again, sensible footwear is essential.
Will there be hairdryers in the rooms?
Some hotels provide hairdryers in some rooms although it is unusual for students to have one in their rooms. We would suggest where students are sharing a room they take one or two hairdryers between them.
What will the food be like?
All meals will be included on our China tours, some at your hotel, some in local restaurants. These will be either set menu or buffet style but there will always be plenty of choice. We will take details from you of any special dietary requirements to ensure that meals are arranged with these requirements in mind.
Checklist of essential items to bring
- Photocopies of passports
- Spending money
- Standard European continental power adaptor 220v
- Camera (perhaps suggest not to bring expensive video cameras)
- Hairdryers if not supplied by your hotel
- Toiletries and travel tissues
- Medications and supporting prescriptions or letter from your GP
- Food supplements if you are on a special diet
- Small suitcase and daypack