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1 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only October Half Term Day Highlights of China NST Educational Visits ® Bringing the curriculum to life

2 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only About NST Travel Group Established in 1967 Europes leading educational travel company Offices in Blackpool, Cambridge and Dublin Offering tailored educational tours for schools, colleges and universities in the UK, Europe and Worldwide Enviable reputation for quality, professionalism and value

3 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Safety & Financial Security NST offers complete peace of mind when placing a booking: NSTs pioneering Safety Management System is externally verified each year. This covers all of your arrangements, including transport, accommodation, visits and 24-hour contact whilst on your tour. NSTs Safety Management System School Travel Forum NSTs pioneering principle of using externally verified safety management systems, to reassure and support teachers, pre-dated the governments support within HASPEV guidelines. This was adopted by the School Travel Forum and is supported by Unions, Headteachers Associations and welcomed by LEA Advisors. Supported by: National Union of Teachers

4 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Air Travel Organisers Licensing ATOL licences are issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, a bond which guarantees financial protection for you. International Air Transport Association As an accredited IATA agent, NST is licensed to issue air tickets on behalf of airlines. Association of British Travel Agents Members offer consistently high standards of trading practice meaning financial arrangements are completely secure. NST offers complete peace of mind when placing a booking: Safety & Financial Security

5 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Visit Objectives We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability and circumstances. Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, DCSF (formerly DfES)

6 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Flights will be to Beijing in China and are normally with Air China or British Airways The group will be provided with meal and refreshments during the flight The flight to China is direct and takes approximately 10 hours The return flights from Shanghai will be appoximately 12 hours China is GMT +8 hours Travel Information

7 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Full programme of visits, including coach transportation, entrance fees and additional local guide services Accommodation on a full board basis (every breakfast, most lunches & evening meals but some Western meals not included to allow more food choice by the students.) English-speaking national guide to accompany your group on tour Travel insurance Whats included WHAT DOES YOUR TOUR INCLUDE?

8 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only First night is spent on the flight travelling from London to Beijing Following 2 nights are spent in Chinas bustling capital, Beijing 1 night on the overnight train taking you from Beijing to Xian 1 night in Xian 2 nights in Shanghai 8 Day Highlights of China BEIJING, XIAN & SHANGHAI

9 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only The following is the proposed itinerary but there may be some rearrangement or possible cancellation of the order of visits due to traffic or opening arrangements. 8 Day Highlights of China BEIJING, XIAN & SHANGHAI

10 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only 10 hour flight departing from London to Beijing Overnight on the flight 8 Day Highlights of China DAY 1: OUTBOUND TRAVEL

11 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only late morning arrival in Beijing You will be met on arrival by your accompanying guide who will remain with you throughout your tour Beijing Olympic Stadium Visit Lunch at Western Restaurant (personal pay) Afternoon visit to: Temple of Heaven Your guide will escort you on your transfer to your hotel in Beijing and assist with your check-in. Evening meal at Chinese restaurant (first meal included) Overnight in Beijing 8 Day Highlights of China DAY 2: BEIJING Temple of Heaven

12 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only 8 Day Highlights of China Morning visits to: Tiananmen Square Continue on to: Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace) Calligraphy Lesson Evening meal at Chinese restaurant Chinese acrobat show Overnight in Beijing DAY 3: BEIJING Tiananmen Square Forbidden City

13 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Full day of visits to: Great Wall of China Lunch and cloisonné factory The Summer palace Pearl factory and shopping Overnight on the train to Xian in 4 berth compartments DAY 4: BEIJING 8 Day Highlights of China Sacred Way Great Wall

14 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Arrive in Xian and transfer to your hotel for Check-in and breakfast Morning Visit to Terracotta Army factory shop Huaqing Hot Springs Afternoon visit to Terracotta Army Tang Dynasty Show whilst enjoying a traditional Chinese banquet Overnight in Xian 8 Day Highlights of China DAY 5: XIAN Huaqing Hot Springs Terracotta Army

15 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Possible morning visit to panda sanctuary This CANNOT be confirmed in advance and may not happen. Afternoon visit to Wild Goose Pagoda City Wall Late afternoon flight to Shanghai Transfer to your hotel for check-in Overnight in Shanghai 8 Day Highlights of China DAY 6: XIAN City Wall Wild Goose Pagoda

16 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only DAY 7 : SHANGHAI 8 Day Highlights of China Visit to: Jade Buddha Temple Yuyuan Garden and shopping Nanjing Road shopping Chinese evening meal Evening western meal and one hour cruise on the Huangpu River Overnight in Shanghai

17 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only After breakfast transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK Evening arrival in UK DAY 8: RETURN JOURNEY 8 Day Highlights of China

18 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Accommodation Accommodation of a 3* standard is provided in each city. Students will be accommodated in twin rooms Your tour is based on a nearly full board basis which includes free breakfast, lunch and most evening meals

19 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Weather

20 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Travel Tips Passport & Visa All students travelling must hold a full passport. Visas are required. We will need to apply for visas in good time, as non-issue of visas is not covered under the cancellation section of your insurance, and you may not be allowed to travel as a result so you may need to renew a passport early. If you have any doubts about passports or visa requirements, please me at

21 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Travel Tips Food & Drink Breakfast, lunch and most evening meals are included in your tour cost. Vegetarian diets can be catered for with advance notice. Lunch in China will be provided at a local restaurant and will be arranged during the day around visits. Evening meals will be at a local restaurant. The local restaurants will vary throughout the tour dependent on visit locations. Therefore a variety of meals will be experienced. Medical There are no compulsory inoculations for travellers to China. Please refer to the Travellers Guide to Health leaflet T6 available from the Post Office

22 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only Money The Chinese currently is the Tenminibi (RMB) or Yuan. We recommended that you change your English money into Yuan before travel. Most guides in China are self-employed and rely considerably on tipping for their skills and service The recommended acceptable minimum level is calculated as £26 per person for the tour duration but that is all included in your cost. Travel Tips

23 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only The visit cost of approx. £1790 includes: Return transportation by air 6 nights / 8 days mostly full-board Travel insurance including cancellation due to ill health or parental redundancy Visits and entrance fees and all travel within China All tipping The cost of the Chinese Visa and the fee from the processing centre for British passport holders. The cost of the tour hoodie worn to identify girls whilst travelling and on visits. As costs of flights are not yet known I have had to build in contingency amounts. Any money left over will be returned to the girls in Yuan for spending money Whats Included?

24 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only The official letter including reply slip and code of conduct is in the letters section of the website First deposit:. If you wish to join this visit, can you please return the reply slip and code of conduct to the payments office by 4th December I will require the initial £170 deposit as a cheque to secure your booking at this stage. The participants will be confirmed before Christmas. If you are not selected for the trip the deposit cheque will be returned. Successful applicants Staged payments: The balance of the cost will need to be paid via cheques for £90 post dated the 10th of each month from January 2013 to June 2014 inclusive. All 18 of these post dated cheques need to given in by the successful applicants to the payments office or contact Mrs Hover by 10 th Jan 2013 to arrange a monthly standing order.. As discussed earlier in this presentation, you will need to ensure that all passport and visa requirements are satisfied. If you have any doubts especially if you do not have a British passport please me at Next Steps

25 CHINA © NST Travel Group. Reproduction permitted by authorised educational establishments only For further information about NST Travel Group, please visit: Further Information


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