24 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Senior Travelers
In China, many attractions offer discounts on entrance fees but only to Chinese domestic senior travelers. As a local senior travel expert, we have very competitive tour pricing and occasionally offer senior discounts. Please let us know if you are over 60 years old when submitting an enquiry.
For the discovery of the highlights of China, it is an easy activity level without much hiking involved, such as Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Guilin and Shanghai. You will easily explore China if you are able to climb and descend stairs, walk between 2 to 3 miles a day. You will enjoy a wonderful China vacation on your own pace on the private tour with exclusive tour guides and drivers. If you are an adventure fan or interested in hiking, please simply share with your travel consultant. They will arrange some best activities for your exploration.
Yes, it is no problem to travel in wheelchair at most attractions. Top highlights in China are wheelchair accessible with ramps and many restrooms are wheelchair friendly. Some natural sceneries like mountains, ancient towns with old bumpy roads and bridges make commute difficult for travelers with mobility issues, and we will suggest avoiding these scenic spots.
It is recommended you bring enough medications based on your trip length with a few days extra. Please also bring with you the prescriptions for each medicine you take and their chemical names as they might have different names in China.
In the Superior Class Tours, 4-star hotels and second high speed train seats are included. The Luxury Class Tours include 5-star brand chain hotels and first high speed train seats. Both classes enjoy equally excellent service provided by Elysian team.
4-star hotels recommended by us are clean and comfortable with great locations either in the city center or the cities' CBD area for your convenience. They are the most chosen hotels by our clients for both value and comfort.
On our private tours, you will travel exclusively with your own party and will be taken care of by your exclusive tour guides and drivers throughout your trip in each city from your arrival in China till your departure. Your guides will pick you up at your hotels each day and accompany you to visit each attraction, sharing with you legendary and historic stories together with the local life of the people. They will answer any questions you might have about China or explain to you anything interesting you see.
Yes, your private tour guide and driver will be waiting for you with your name board at the arrival hall no matter how early or late you arrive to transfer you to your hotel.
Yes, our tour activities are well balanced with free time. You will have free afternoons upon your arrival or free mornings before departure to walk around the neighborhood on your own. Also free nights during our tours are a great chance to experience the vibrant night life at each location. Your tour guides will help write down some notes in Chinese for your convenience.
Shopping and restaurants are usually within walking distance to your hotels. If you would like to go somewhere further away, the best and most comfortable transportation is taxis. In China, you need only wave to stop a taxi. All taxis in China are required to use meters with an average starting price of $2. Taxi drivers in China do not speak much English so please ask your tour guides to write down the Chinese names of the destinations you would like to visit.
Yes, China is one of the safest countries to travel to and it very safe to go out for a walk at night. Plus, all hotels recommended are centrally located close to shopping centers and restaurants, making it even easier to walk around the area at night.
We notice many of our clients prefer paying on the spot for food rather than prepaid meals. This allows more freedom and greater flexibility for food choices and time of eating. Thus we leave lunches and dinners for your own choice for a more flexible and authentic food experience. Meanwhile, you do not have to risk losing money once deciding not to eat or not ordering food of equal value. All our tour guides are equipped with the best knowledge of quality restaurants based on your preferences and tastes.
Yes, meals will be included for you upon request if you prefer them included. Please just share your ideas with your travel consultant.
Yes, all your tour guides will be informed in advance of your allergies and special dietary needs and will help order/arrange meals accordingly.
Yes, please share your requests for the seats with your personal travel consultant and your desired seats will be reserved for you accordingly.
Yes, train tickets with seats next to each other will be issued for your group to travel together on the train ride.
You need carry your luggage on board the high speed trains. Most major train stations are equipped with elevators and escalators to get down to the platform. Porter service is available in basically all major train stations and your guide will help you arrange the service if you need.
Yes. China's tourist attractions are becoming more equipped with western style toilets. Restrooms are signposted clearly, and your local guide will always indicate their location and availability during your trip. Small attractions and restaurants do not provide western toilets. High class restaurants and large shopping malls provide western style restrooms.
You could tip your guides and drivers on the last day of each city. Either dollars or Chinese Yuan are acceptable. You could tip them based on your convenience.
Our tour packages do not include China Visa service. We will provide supportive documents e.g. our company info, invitation letter and final itinerary to help you apply your visa. All our clients have successfully obtained their visas with our help.
To confirm your booking with us, a 30% deposit is required. The balance for your tour needs to be paid 30 days before your tour departure.
Yes, we understand if you must cancel the trip sometimes out of necessity. A written application for cancellation of the trip is needed. Cancellation 20 days prior to your tour departure, no cancellation fee is required. Please learn more about the Cancellation Policy here.
Yes, after confirmation of your booking, detailed China Travel Tips will be sent to you with detailed trip itinerary, guides information, emergency contact information, weather, etc. to help you better prepare your China trip.
Yes, you enjoy great flexibility on your private tours. Changes can be made free of charge upon receiving your written application. Extra cost occurred or fees charged by third parties e.g. airlines, hotels, etc. is your responsibility to pay.
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