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Moscow - Uglich - Yaroslavl - Goritsy - Kizhi - Mandrogui - St. Petersburg







Day 1 USA - Moscow

Fly overnight to Moscow.


Day 2 Arrive Moscow

Arrive in Moscow, where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. This evening, enjoy dinner and live piano music on board.


                    




Day 3 Moscow (B, L,D)

Explore Russia’s enigmatic capital on an included city tour this morning, admiring highlights such as the colorful onion domes of St.Basil’s Cathedral, legendary Red Square, Tverskaya Street and GUM. This afternoon, marvel at imposing red-brick towers, extravagant palaces, and historic Cathedral Square on an included trip to the Kremlin, where gleaming gold domes and cupolas sit atop three of the Kremlin’s best-known architectural treasures: the Dormition, Annunciation, and Archangel Michael Cathedrals. You may enjoy optional tours to Armory museum or attend an exciting Circus performance (pre-book only). You may also join an optional Moscow by Night Metro Tour.


                    




Day 4 Moscow (B,L,D)

This morning, explore Moscow further or take advantage of one of the optional excursions available, including a trip to Sergiyev Posad, a tour of the New Maiden’s Convent or Tretyakov Gallery. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board and a live concert


                    




Day 5 Uglich (B,L,D)

Enjoy a Russian Language Lesson and a traditional Russian Song Class this morning as you cruise to Uglich, one of Russia’s Golden Ring cities. Explore this fascinating 12th-century village on a walking tour that includes the former Kremlin, the haunting Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, and the Transguration Cathedral before returning to your ship for this evening’s folk concert.


                    



Day 6 Yaroslavl (B,L,D)
Another Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl is one of Russia’s best-loved towns. View the city’s highlights on an included bus tour to see the exterior of the Church of Elijah the Prophet before visiting the colorful local market, the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker, and the Governor’s House Art Exhibition. Back on board, and experience a Russian Tea Ceremony.



                    



Day 7 Goritsy (B,L,D)


Slowly wake up in the morning as you cruise across White Lake. In the afternoon, reach Goritsy, a quaint village settlement near the famous Kirill-Belosersk (St. Cyril) Monastery and enjoy a visit to the intriguing Museum of Icons. Tonight, feast on a traditional Russian dinner before tonight’s Vodka and Blini Tasting Party (Optional on Ms Nikolay. Chernyshevsky).



                    



Day 8 Kizhi (B,L,D)

Cruise to Lake Onega’s picture-book island of Kizhi for a visit to the impressive Museum of Wooden Architecture. Famed for its distinctive Transguration Church with 22 cupolas, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to many other ancient wooden buildings, painstakingly relocated from all over Russia. This evening, enjoy a pirate-themed dinner on board.


                    




Day 9 Mandrogui (B,L,D)
Built to resemble a traditional Russian hamlet, Mandrogui is set amidst pretty parkland on the banks of the Svir River and is peppered with pretty wooden buildings topped with colorful tiles and woodcarvings. Enjoy the shops and artisan workshops before tucking into a tasty Russian treat: a succulent shashlik kebab. On board this evening, enjoy Captain’s Dinner before getting the chance to star in tonight’s talent show.


                    



Day 10 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
St. Petersburg is Russia´s second largest and second most important city - the Northern capital of the country, Russia´s cultural center, and considered the world´s “Northern Venice” due to its extensive system of canals and islands. This morning, admire St. Petersburg’s historic centre on an included tour and take in highlights such as the Old Stock Exchange and Smolny Conventthe impressive Winter Palace façade, Peter & Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospect with its ornate onion-domed Church of the Resurrection and beautiful St. Isaac Cathedral. After lunch, visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum on an included excursion.



                    



Day 11 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Peterhofwhere you will visit the beautiful lower park and see the exterior of the palace. In the afternoon, why not take an optional transfer into St. Petersburg to explore the city at leisure.



                    




Day 12 St Petersburg (B,L,D)
Today’s optional excursion takes you to Pushkinhome to the luxurious summer palaces of former Russian royalty. You may visit Catherine Palace to marvel at the many lavish chambers, such as the famed Amber Room. This evening, join the optional excursion to a Russian Ballet


                    




Day13 St Petersburg Departure(Disembarkation) (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport and y back to your sweet home.

                    




Due to heavy traffic, bad weather and unforeseen circumstances, the timing of excursions and on board activities is subject to change.




Price Guide

  • The above prices are New York city/Atlanta/Boston/Phoenix/Washington D.C departures only.
  • Add USD$200 for Dallas/Salt Lake City/Anchorage/Orlando/Charlotte/Tampa/Fort Lauderdale/Paml Beach/Southwest Florida
  • Add USD$250 for Raleigh/Buffalo/Pittsburgh/Baltimore/Detroit departures
  • Add USD$300 for Los angles/San Francisco/San Jose/Seattle/Chicago
  • Add USD$350 for San Diego/Denver/Sacramento/Portland/Las Vegas departures. 
  • Please click on your selected date/ price to book. All Price in USD



Departure Dates   Middle Deck Upgrade from $100pp
Return Date N/A Main Deck
2017/07/03 2017/07/15 N/A USD$3099.00
2017/07/10 2017/07/22 N/A USD$3199.00
2017/07/24 2017/08/05 N/A USD$3199.00
2017/07/31 2017/08/12 N/A USD$3299.00
2017/08/21 2017/09/02 N/A USD$3299.00
2017/09/04 2017/09/16 N/A USD$2799.00
2017/09/11 2017/09/22 N/A USD$2899.00
2017/09/25 2017/10/07 N/A USD$2699.00
Single Supplements +USD$799


Payment plan

• A USD$300/person non-refundable deposit at time of booking
• A USD$1200/person air-ticket fee at 6 months prior to the departure
• Balance due 3 months prior to the departure


Price Includes

• International airfare from New York city/Atlanta/Boston/Phoenix/Washington D.C in economy class.

• Accommodations in outside cabins, with private bathroom facilities,  individual temperature control and large scenic window

• Meals as indicated in the programs

• Captain’s welcome dinner and farewell dinner

• Excursion programs detailed in the itinerary (Optional tours are  available on board)

• Luggage handling to/from the ship

• Nightly entertainment and dancing

• Arrival and departure transfers

• Airport and port taxes $480/pp



Price Does Not Include


• Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/ souvenirs

• Any personal expenditures• Insurance

• Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members (EUR 7-8/person, per day.)

• Guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion

• Russian Visa fee


  • RussiaMs «Lev Tolstoy» 4*

    Ms «Lev Tolstoy» is a comfortable four-deck vessel, which named after a Russian novelist. The cruise ship features all outside cabins with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. It oers onboard facilities, such as a pool with bar, a restaurant, bar, musical lounge and a souvenir shop. The 379 ft. long and 49 ft. wide MS Tolstoy accommodates 160 passengers in 80 spacious staterooms.

                      

  • RussiaMs « Nikolay Chernishevsky» 3.5*

    Ms « Nikolay Chernishevsky» is a four-deck vessel that has been speci_cally designed to sail along European waterways. Named after a famous Russian democrat and philosopher, Nikolay Chernishevsky underwent a full refurbishment in 2012 to upgrade and modernize its onboard facilities. Nikolay Chernishevsky features all outside cabins with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The ship can hold up to 254 passengers.                   

             

Moscow: Armory Chamber (Pre-book only) Euro 65 Per Person


Moscow: The Circus (Pre-book only) Euro 75 Per Person


Moscow: Moscow By Night & Metro Euro 40 Per Person


The Catherine Palace & Park + Paul the First Palace & Park Euro 95 Per Person








Do your homeworkbefore your departure; the following information will help you prepare for atrouble free China vacation

Travel DocumentsFlights to China Passport & China Visa Upon Arrival Baggage InoculationMedication Internet Your Tour Guides Currency Time Difference Electricity WaterMeals Climate Dress & Laundry Mail Media Cell phone Telephone Camera,Memory Card Toiletry Shopping Packing for a China TourGratuities TravelInsurance Jet Lag Precautions Canada Duty-free

Your Travel Document

Make sure that youhave

1. Valid passportready

2. Obtain the rightChina visa.

3. Check your namespellings on your airline tickets, it must matches EXACTLY your name on yourpassport.

4. Check the weatherin the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage light andsmart.

5. Call the airlinerelated to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary request placedas soon as you receive your airline tickets.

We recommend you maketwo copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitatereplacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at homewith friends or relatives. Carry the other one along with a passport size photowith you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your ChinaTour itinerary and contact information with family or friends at home so thatyou can be contacted in case of an emergency.


Flights to China

Contact your airlineto confirm flight number and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving forthe airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, thatluggage can be checked through to your China destination. For transpacificflights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduleddeparture time.

In case you choose toarrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must takethe following facts into consideration before booking any flights. NexusHolidays Group Inc is not responsible for any missed connections andpenalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you topurchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:

• For transpacificflight, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of departure time.

• It takes at leastone (1) hour to clear customs and claim your checked baggage.

• For domestic flight,you must check in at least two (2) hours prior to departure time.

Most airline ticketsare issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or canceled withoutincurring additional cost. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while traveling,you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases the airline will haveyou complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacementtickets.


Passport & China Visa

All foreign nationals traveling to the People's Republic of China must travel on a valid passport with at least six(6) months remaining validity after the entry date into China.A tourist visa must be obtained prior to entering the PRC. Please read complete details about Passport & Visa for your China Travel Vacations.


Arrival

A Nexus Holidays GroupInc local Tour Guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area atyour China arrival airport. Please wear your name badge for easyidentification, and look for a Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc sign. If you takecare of the flight to China on your own and book our 'Land only' package, yourairport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure days are excluded. The meteredtaxicab from Beijing Airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ridedepending on the traffic. Optional private transfer is available upon request.The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the "ContactInformation" page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior todeparture of your China trip.


Baggage

We strongly recommendyou travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and onepersonal item per person.


Baggage Allowance

Baggage allowancediffers for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your China trip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checked baggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the two pieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single piece shall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Each passenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions of which shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).


China domestic flightsare more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one pieceof checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition,you are allowed one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 lbs, and one personal itemsuch as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin orunder the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, butthe size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is therule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending onthe local airport and how full the flight is. The checked-baggage rule,allowing only one piece and its weight allowance are usually enforced,particularly in the inland cities.

Overweight luggage inexcess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by thepassenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to payfees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.


Baggage Lock &Liquids

If you departure fromVancouver / Toronto, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it opento your discretion.

China aviation andtransportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checkedbaggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need tolock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. Ifyour bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train stationwill lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lockfor the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.

Liquids & gelsover 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both Canadaand China.


Baggage Precautions

Make sure that you have luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary and contact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aid the airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage become separated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters),valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undevelo pedfilm, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers).Please also refer to Canada Customs information about

Permitted and Prohibited Items.


Baggage Damage/Lost

Nexus Holidays Group Inc will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personal belongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your travel insurance provider. Travel Insurance covering lost and damaged baggage is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leaving the airport.


Baggage Lock

Your checked baggage must be locked during transportation while in China. This is a Chinese regulation. No specification on type of locks as long as there is one.


Inoculation

No inoculation is mandatory for your China travel. However, we remind you that traveling in China does require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized for Hepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note we are not in the position to tell you that you should or should not take certain inoculation. We, therefore, highly recommend that you consult your family doctor to verify your particular needs,or contact your local Travel Clinic for their professional advice. You can locate a Travel Clinic in your area by a Google search using keyword “Travel Clinic” or look at your local Yellow Pages. Some shots need to be taken well in advance.


Medication

If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keep these medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.

Long-term travel over seas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water,food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.

If you are prone tomotion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sicknessmedication or patch to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness alsoincludes air sickness and sea sickness.

If your China tourincludes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended tovisit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice abouttraveling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness of breath and may tire alittle more easily at that high elevation. Medication to reduce mountainsickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers anoxygen bag to you at no cost.


Internet

Internet access isavailable at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc travelitinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for afee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Manyhotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bringyour own laptop, but some hotels do charge for that and it could be expensive(up to $15-18 per day). Wi-Fi is not commonly available in China hotels. Mosthotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a publicarea. Usually you will not have access to WiFi from your hotel room. In orderto use iPad or iPhone in your hotel room, you may buy an AirPort Express fromApple to convert the internet access from the cable modem to wireless. YouriPhone can roam to China but data roaming could be expensive.


China Tour Guides

Please rest assured you are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays Group Inc’s inclusive China package travel. Our travel guiding system in China is comprised of acentralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in eachdestination city, and an extensive network of tour guides.

For a tour group with10 travelers or more, a professional Nexus Holidays Group Inc National Guide (aChinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainlandChina, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing over anypossible difficulties along the trip.

Your National Guide isa licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hoursa day throughout your trip in mainland China (For tours in Hong Kong you onlyhave a Hong Kong local guide). For your convenience, your National guide willgive his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.

In addition to yournational guide, a local guide is assigned along the trip in each destination toprovide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tourarrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guidein the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guidelicense and is eligible to do so.

sFrom time to time,our qualify control manager in the North American office may contact ourcustomers while they are in China to ensure their China tour is progressingsmoothly and satisfactorily.

Nexus Holidays GroupInc local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. Theyare constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluationof each individual Nexus Holidays Group Inc tour group. We strive to hire onlythe best. We know the success of your China trip largely depends on the qualityof your tour guides.


Currency

China is very much acash-based society – bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets becauseyou’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buy insurance for theshipped items. Don’t count on ATMs for credit card and bank card cash advances;they are not common in China. Please call your credit card company to notifythem of your trip to China so they won’t decline your transactions made whileyou are in China. Tipping can be made with either Canadian. dollars or theequivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.


Chinese Currency

The Chinese currencyis known as Renminbi (RMB), literally "People's Money". The basicunit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which isdivided again into 10 Fen (cents). Bank of China issues RMB bills indenominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Bronze andnickel coin equivalents exist for the smaller units. As of June. 2016, US$1=RMB6.6, Exchange rate fluctuates daily. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong KongDollars (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less thanRMB. Note, Hong Kong dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you mustconvert all your HKD back to USD before leaving Hong Kong.


Exchanging money

You can change moneyat hotels, China arrival and departure airports, and at Bank of China branches.The official exchange rate is used in most places so it’s unnecessary to shoparound for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggestthat you change money in your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offerforeign currency exchange service supervised by Bank of China. Retain theexchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB to your homecurrency at the end of the trip. Those traveling to Hong Kong can change RMB toHong Kong Dollars there, but make sure you convert all Hong Kong dollars to RMBor your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all ChineseRMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert itback to your home currency at the airport.


Traveler'sChecks

The fact is thatTraveler’s Checks become more inconvenient to use in China, particularly in thesmaller cities and in local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on Traveler’s Checks.

If you are lucky tocash your Traveler’s checks, you will find the advantage of it is obvious: youcan always void them if they are lost. Keep your exchange slip; you will needit when buying back your home currency. We recommend you use only Traveler’sChecks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express andVisa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of U.S. dollars is easier to usethan Traveler's Checks.


US Dollar

Cash advance serviceis not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Pleasenote: foreign coins are not acceptable in China. All paper bills should becomplete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn or defacedbills will not be accepted by local vendors.


Credit Cards

Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchaseinsurance for the shipped items. Please call your credit card company to letthem know you are traveling in China so they won’t decline your transactionsmade during your trip.


PersonalChecks

Personal checks aregenerally not acceptable outside North America.


ATMs (Automated TellerMachine)

Do not count on ATMsin mainland China, although they are commonly used in Hong Kong. ATMs can befound in a growing, but still limited number of large banks in mainland China.You can use Visa, Master card, American Express, Cirrus and Plus to withdrawcash. The network is only available in sizeable cities like Beijing andShanghai. Most ATMs in China can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchangerate on ATM withdrawals is similar to credit cards but there is a maximum dailywithdrawal amount. For credit-card cash advance, service fees apply.


CarryingMoney

You may feel morecomfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Careand good judgment is a must in all travel.


Time Difference

Although P. R. Chinacovers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entirecountry. It is 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time(15 hours ahead of PST in daylight saving time). People in China's far westernregions like Tibet follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the officialcentralized Beijing Time. Please check World Clock for current regional time.

When it's 8 am inBeijing, the time in other Canada cities at Daylight Saving Time is:

Vancouver Calgary /Regina Winnipeg Toronto

5 pm (previous day)6pm (previous day) 7pm (previous day) 8 pm (previous day)

The following is theeasiest way to convert Canada time to Beijing time during Daylight SavingPeriod:

Pacific Time + 3hours, then switch AM and PM. For instance, it is 5 pm in Vancouver, Beijingtime is 8 am, the next morning.

Eastern Time onlychange AM and PM. For instance, it is 8 pm in Toronto, Beijing time is 8 am,the next morning.


Electricity

China's electricalcurrent is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapesand are different from that in North America. Adapters and converters arereadily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if youhave to use them in urgency you are advised to bring along your own adaptersand converters for your North American appliances. As soon as you check-in, youshould contact Housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers andirons are readily available also.


Water

Tap water is notconsidered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China iscommonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water.Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonableprices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which youcan safely make tea.


Meals

Most meals areincluded as specified in your China Tour itinerary. Breakfasts included on yourChina Tour are usually American buffet breakfast to give you a good start forthe day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurantswith a set menu and in a family style.A regular lunch/dinner is composed of6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizesunion and perfection-harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral waterand soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Chinese teais usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duckdinner, Dumping Banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays Group IncInc.


Climate

China is a hugecountry with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in winter.In the south, summer is hot and humid. The rainy season is in July and August.The best season to travel in China is April, May, late September, October andthe first two weeks of November. The climate in Hong Kong is sub-tropical,similar to that of Hawaii. Read more on average temperatures in China's majortourist cities and their current weather conditions.


Dress & Laundry

China is a countrywith few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, shorts, and jeans are widelyaccepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suitvarious weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required. China hotelsoffer laundry service. It is convenient but may appear expensive for someone.The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xian andGuilin. Please check pricing at your Hotel Laundry List from the hotelinformation page of each tour.


Mail

Your China Tour hotelshave postal service allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. Itusually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. Thepostage is charged in Chinese RMB equivalents to about 50 cents U.S. for apostcard, and 80 cents U.S. for a letter up to 20 grams.


Media

China publishesvarious newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is apopular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publicationslike Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNNor even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.


Cell phone

Blackberry and Iphonecan roam to China, but data roaming could be expensive. Check with your phonecarrier for their special internal roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card inChina to use on your cell phone if your phone is unlocked. You may also get anunlocked tri-band (multi-band) mobile phone from the States (Canada), and buy alocal SIM card as soon as you arrive in China. The cards are prepaid -- e.g.RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at lower cost than the hotelIDD service. For your convenience, you may rent a cell phone. Please visitPandaphone.com for details.


Telephone

Both international anddomestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long-distance ratesin the PRC vary according to distance and are usually inexpensive. Local callsare either at a very low rate or free of charge depending on the hotel.International Direct Dial (IDD) calls made from a hotel room could be expensivewhen the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China's already high IDD rates. Somehotels may request that you pay a deposit before you can access theinternational line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for internationalcalls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simplyconsult your Tour Director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy toassist you.


• Calling NorthAmerica from Mainland China

Dial 00 (internationalaccess code) + 1 (North America country code) + local number

• Calling China fromNorth America

Dial 011(international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kongregional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number

• Essential Numbers inChina


There are severaltelephone numbers that are the same throughout China. However, onlyInternational Assistance and Local Weather Forecast are likely to have anEnglish-speaking operator.


InternationalAssistance: 115Local Directory Enquiries:114Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173


Local WeatherForecast: 121 Police Hotline: 110 Fire Hotline: 119


Area Codelist: CITYCODE

Beijing

10

Guilin

773

Shanghai

21

Wuhan

27

Suzhou

512

Chongqing

23

Xian

29

Hangzhou

571

Nanjing

25

Wuxi

510

Lhasa

891

Canton

20

Chengdu

28

Hong Kong

852



Camera, Memory Card& Film

Your camera bag isconsidered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to yourcarry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for yourChina vacations. A memory card is easy to obtain but may not compatible withyour camera. If you still use conventional camera and film you should be awarethat when flying U.S. domestic and transpacific flights, you should pack allundeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on checked baggage willdamage undeveloped film. Most X-ray machines in China's airports and railwaystations are marked "film safe". However, films with a higher ASArating could be fogged by repeat exposures to X-rays. You should carry suchfilm by hand.


Toiletry

It is wise to bringhand wipes to use before dinner and after toilet. Also bring a handkerchief orbandanas; this can substitute for a hand towel. Always bring your own toiletpaper as it is not usually available in public toilets.


Packing for a ChinaTour

Pack light and you'llsoon find you are better off with less! The best packing question a travelercan ask is "do people where I am headed live without this item"?Don't pack the stuff which is readily available in the hotels where you will bestaying. Don't cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you'll have roomfor the "treasures" you collect along the way. Remember that you willhave access to:

• Convenient, same daylaundry service in all your hotels, if you send clothes in the morning youshould have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For anydestination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.

• A hair dryer andiron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contactHousekeeping.

• Bath accessories inyour private bathroom include disposable tooth brush and toothpaste, comb,soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap etc.

• You can easilypurchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases backhome.

• Virtually anythingyou require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Travelin China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes topack.


Gratuities

Tips are commonlyexpected from foreign tourists to China. Whether they are considered asgratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides.Your China Tour national guide, local guides, drivers and porters areprofessional, conscientious, and most thankful for your acknowledgment.

USD$10 per travelerper day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.

Outside dining:service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)


Shopping

China is the world'sfactory and bargain shoppers' paradise. We are aware of the fact that shoppingis an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries likeChina. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore NexusHolidays Group Inc tours features the minimum arranged shopping stops comparedto all other tours.


TravelInsurance

We strongly recommendyou buy travel insurance to protect yourself and your travel investment againstthe unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.


Jet Lag Precautions

Jet lag happens whenyour body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest andmeals as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms arefatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jetlag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:

1. Get several goodnights of sleep before your trip departure.

2. Set your watch toyour destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and mealsaccordingly.

3. Try to sleep on theplane.

4. Walk around theplane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat.

5. Drink plenty ofwater and fruit juice while flying.

6. Avoid alcoholic andcaffeinated drinks during and after the flight.

7. On arrival, throwyourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until yournormal sleeping time at home.

 





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