General Information

Our Tours
Each tour has been carefully planned with different features to take in the most popular cities and the most important cultural and historical relics of each region, and to show you as many sides of the country as possible. The tour programme is usually full each day from early morning to early evening.


Itineraries
The itineraries which we have carefully compiled provide a general guideline, and occasionally may have to be varied due to local conditions e.g. the sequence in which cities and places are visited. In such an event, the programme and the number of days of the tour will not be affected. Final travel arrangements will be advised with your travel documentation. Transportation arrangements between cities, by air or by train/coach, may sometimes, though rarely, be subject to disruption or delay. We have no control over such variations as all final arrangements are at the discretion of the State Tourist organisations.


Airlines
We use various scheduled airlines for our tours. Sometimes, though rarely, we may have to change the airlines as listed in the itinerary, to improve the travel schedule.


Hotels
We have selected specific 4 / 5 star hotels throughout our tours although we cannot always guarantee the availability of our choice. In such circumstances, similar or better class hotels will be provided. The price of the tour is per person based on the occupancy of a twin or double bedded room by two persons.


Single Room Supplement
In many cases, single rooms are twin rooms offered for single occupancy. Single rooms may be arranged on request with supplement, except on board the Yangtze cruise where single rooms are not available.


Yangtze Cruise
We have selected the best ship available for our tour. Our modern luxury river cruiser, although it cannot compare to an ocean going liner, due to its restricted size, offers comfortable cabins with private facilities (including shower), outward facing windows, air conditioning and TV.. On board facilities include a dining hall, beauty salon, lounge, coffee room, gym, games room and an observation platform.


Meals
Please refer to each tour itinerary for the meal plan.
For all tours, Western (buffet style) breakfast will be provided daily at your hotel.

  • In China, lunch and dinner, as specified in the itinerary, will be in a variety of Chinese cuisines, at local restaurants.
  • In Vietnam and Cambodia, lunch and dinner will be provided at local restaurants, as specified in the itinerary.
  • In India, the meals as specified in the itinerary, will be provided in hotels.

Tour Escorts and Guides
Groups of ten or more passengers are met on arrival in China by a national guide, who will accompany the group throughout the trip. In addition, on arrival in each city, the group will be met by a local guide. Smaller groups will be met on arrival in China and will be looked after by local guides in each city. For special or large groups an experienced tour escort/leader will accompany the group from Dublin and throughout the trip.


Health
Vaccinations and/or inoculations are not a requirement for travel in China at present. However, you may wish to seek further advise from your own health consultant.  For other countries, please contact your own health consultant for advise. Our tours involve quite a lot of travel, therefore tour participants should be in good health. Persons whose health is impaired through illness, or who suffer from some physical handicap or who are pregnant, are advised that these tours may not be suitable.


Visa Information
All travellers joining any of our tours irrespective of nationality, are required to apply for a Visa.  Passengers should hold a full 10 year passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the return date. All Visa applications will be processed by Sino Irish Travel.


Baggage Allowance
Baggage allowance is restricted to one piece of check-in luggage not exceeding 20 kg. Airline charges for excess baggage can be very expensive.


Additional Information
Any other relevant information such as weather, local conditions, currency exchange rate etc, will be advised before each departure.