May 16 - May 31, 2019
Shanghai, Qingdao, Yantai, Jinan, Beijing
Destinations: Beijing → Qingdao → Yantai → Jinan → Shanghai
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Sports: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Golf, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Contact: For questions on the Tour, contact Kyle Case (800-562-1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Price: $4,500 per person based on double occupancy, which includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago or New York. Other departure cities may be available for an additional charge. A single supplement is available for an additional $860. A $1,500 (fully refundable) deposit is required to reserve your space.
Itinerary: View the official itinerary
Tour Limit: 40 individuals
Passport: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months before it expires
Visa: American citizens NEED a visa to visit China. There are multiple online services that can help process your visa request, including Visa Express.
The Huntsman World Senior Games Friendship Tour was born in 2010 when 36 intrepid travelers visited China as goodwill ambassadors of sport and cultural exchange. Since that time Friendship Tours have visited Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Barbados and New Zealand. In 2019, the Tour will return to its roots and visit China once again. Please join us from May 16 through May 31, 2019, as we tour unforgettable locales and fulfill the Huntsman World Senior Games mission of fostering worldwide peace, health and friendship.
The Tour will begin with a departure of the United States on May 16. We'll arrive on May 17 in Beijing, tired and ready for bed. We'll transfer to a hotel and get a good night's sleep. On the 18th, We'll have the chance to start off with one of the highlights of the trip, The Great Wall of China. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because we'll be able to walk all over it. We'll have lunch at a local restaurant then head back to Beijing and visit the world famous Summer Palace. Finally, we'll get to see the amazing Olympic structures, the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube that you saw on TV during the Beijing Olympics.
The next day well visit Tian'anmen Square and the incredible Forbidden City which is found at the very center of Beijing and once served as the Imperial Palace for the Emperor. We'll finish the day off with some shopping at the Silk Market where you'll be able to find some greta souvenirs for those who stayed home.
From Beijing, we'll transfer to Qingdao by train. Upon arrival in Qingdao , we'll get to know the city including a tour of the Tsingtao Beer Museum. On the 21st we'll have another competition day. We'll visit Mount Laoshan the next day as well as take a bus to Yantai, a city recognized nationally for its wine.
On our second day in Yantai, we'll have a competition day. On the 24th, we'll attend the Second World Tourism Congress as well as visit the Changyu Wine Culture Museum. On the 25th of May, we'll transfer to Laizhou by bus by way of Penglai where we'll see the Penglai Pavilion also known as fairlyand. In Laizhou we'll visit the Chinese Rose Garden and enjoy a Kungfu show as well as attend the Yunfeng Mixed Martial Arts bout. Then we'll hop on a train for Jinan.
In Jinan, we'll spend our first day competing against local Chinese athletes. Our second day in Jinan will be spent visiting the beautiful Daming Lake and Baotou Spring Park, knows as the Number One Spring Under Heaven. On May 27 we'll have a competition day.
On May 28th, we'll bid farewell to Jinan and ride a bullet train to Shanghai where we will have a night cruise after a short rest on the hotel. The next morning we'll have one more competition day. On our final day in Shanghai, we'll visit the Yuyuan Garden and Market as well as the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.
May 31st we'll bid farewell to China, with a treasure chest full of friendships and memories that will last a life time.
The Friendship Tour to China includes:
- First entrance fees to scenic spots as listed.
- Private vehicle, driver and an excellent English-speaking guide.
- Meals (Chinese food) as shown in the itinerary table marked with“B/L/D”.
- 3 or 4-star hotels are based on double occupancy rooms. Daily breakfast is included. Special room requirement is always subject to the availability upon check-in.
- 2nd-class seats for bullet trains as shown in the itinerary.
- Round trip Airfare (Economy class) from USA gateway cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York) to China (if not these cities, we keep the right to get the price different)
- Travel insurance. (This does not include cancellation insurance. We STRONGLY recommend that you purchase from an online vender such as insuremytrip.com or Allianz Travel.)
- Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
- Gratuities to the tour guide, driver, hotel bellboy.
- Services not mentioned in the itinerary.