Future Adult/Family Tours:

June 21 - July 4, 2018 Tour of China and the Yangtze River, with an optional extension to Hong Kong

Our 2018 summer tour will cover the major highlights of China, featuring the Great Wall, the Forbidden City of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, a five-day cruise of the Yangtze River, a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute in Chengdu,  the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, then Shanghai and the biggest commercial street in China.  Optional 2-day extension to Hong Kong. 

Spaces still available:  10

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

 

Day 1:  Charter bus ride from DuBois and Clearfield, PA to Dulles International Airport, Washington DC.  Over-night Flight to Beijing.

 

Day 2:  Arrival in Beijing, orientation with tour director.

 

Day 3:  Guided tour of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, informational Peking Duck Dinner

 

Day 4:  Visit the Great Wall of China, a Chinese Tea House, enjoy  a Rickshaw Tour of the Hutong, then we divide the group to experience dinner with local families and see the true culture within their homes.

 

Day 5:  Fly to Yichang and Board a Yangtze River Cruise Fly to Yichang and embark on a cruise of the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia.

Day 6-8 River Cruise, with multiple stops, including Three Gorges Dam, native tribal visit, hanging coffins, sampan ride to Qutang Gorge and the Meng Liang Staircase, and either Fengdu or Wanzhou.

Day 9:  Disembark from cruise in mountain city of Chongqing and visit the zoo and General Stilwell Museum.  Transfer to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province.

Day 10:  Morning visit to Giant Panda Breeding Research Institute, and great opportunities to view giant pandas. This is one of two places in the world where visitors can pay to hold a young panda.  Afternoon flight to Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China.  Visit:  https://gma.yahoo.com/silly-baby-panda-falls-flat-face-during-public-205129325--abc-news-topstories.html

Day 11:  Visit the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors, with its 6,000 intricately modeled life-sized men and horses.  Visit to  Muslim Quarter and shopping area, known for its incredible selection of foods.

Day 12:  Flight to Shanghai, walking tour of Nanjing-Lu, to visit the longest commercial street in China.  Free time later in day.

Day 13:  Guided sight-seeing of Shanghai, including Jade Buddha Temple and Walking Tour of Nanjing-Lu and the Bund, plus plenty of free time to finish any last-minute souvenir shopping.

Day 14:  Flight home.

 

OR:  2 day optional extension to Hong Kong.  $555 - $670, depending on number of people who take the extension.  Price includes flights, 2 meals/day, hotels, tour director. 

 

Adult price of $5,332 age 20 and older is valid through Nov. 30, 2016, and includes:

 

  • $95 non-refundable deposit
  • $155 all-inclusive insurance (medical, trip cancellation, baggage, etc.)
  • All flights
  • All hotels
  • Breakfasts and dinners daily (also lunches during river cruise)
  • 24/7 multi-lingual tour director
  • All tour bus and river transportation

Not included in the $5,332:

 

  • transportation to Dulles International Airport (or to your nearest airport, if not from the Clearfield County Area.)  We charter a bus from DuBois/Clearfield to the airport. (EF tour company can arrange flights from other departure airports and you can meet the group at Dulles or in Beijing.)
  • lunches (will be included during river cruise)
  • beverages at dinner
  • tipping (tour directors, bus drivers, cruise director)
  • Extension to Hong Kong Days on days15,16

You can sign-up on-line NOW at www.eftours.com/1835656WW

using tour #  1835656WW or by calling EF Educational Tours at 800-665-5364 (9-5 EST Mon-Fri) and using the above tour #.

 

This enables you to make lower monthly payments ($291 if you sign up by Nov. 30, 2016) and secures your place on the tour, as well as the price of your trip.

 

Introductory meeting was held at Bethany Covenant Church, 26 E. Long Ave. DuBois, PA on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

 

 

June 26-July 9, 2017 Galapagos/Machu Picchu is filled with a waiting list.  See below to add your name to the list.

Incan Ruins of Machu Picchu from mid 1400's
Incan Ruins of Machu Picchu from mid 1400's
Barb Simpson with Galapagos Tortoise on tour in 2006
Barb Simpson with Galapagos Tortoise on tour in 2006

Our June-July 2017 adult/family tour will start in Quito Ecuador, followed by visit of the Galapagos Islands.  We will spend several days visiting the islands of Baltra, Isabela, Santiago, and Santa Cruz.  We'll see marine iguanas, giant land iguanas, blue-footed boobies (a sea bird), penguins, and swim with giant sea turtles, dolphins and sea lions.  Our naturalist guides will explain the various wildlife and vegetation, many species of which can be found no where else in the world.

 

From the Galapagos we fly to Peru and visit the ancient city of Cuzco, capital of the Incan civilization for 3,000 years.  Located over 11,000 feet high up in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco can literally take your breath away.  Visit the local markets and enjoy bartering with the natives for their hand-made crafts, jewelry and clothing.  Take the train to the village of Agua Caliente to visit Machu Picchu, a complete Incan village established in the 1400's, then abandoned to be covered over by vegetation and not discovered until Hiram Bingham, Yale professor, uncovered the city in 1911.

 

Return by train to Cuzco, then fly home from Lima.

 

Pricing:

*$6441 for adults age 20 and over

  $5956 if age 19 and younger

 

*This price is valid through March 31, 2015, and will continue to increase as time goes on.  Once you have enrolled on this tour, you are locking in the price, which guarantees that it will not increase for you.

 

Price Includes:

 

  • all flights
  • tour buses in Ecuador and Peru
  • two meals/day
  • 24/7 tour guide
  • local guides in Galapagos and Machu Picchu
  • insurances (medical, baggage, trip cancellation)
  • all lodging

 

Not included in price:

 

  • transportation to Dulles International Airport (or to your nearest airport, if not from the Clearfield County Area - (EF tour company will arrange flights from other departure airports and you meet the group in Ecuador)
  • lunches (will be included in Galapagos)
  • beverages at dinner
  • tipping (tour directors, bus drivers)

 

 

Introductory meeting was held Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Bethany Covenant Church, 26 East Long Ave. DuBois, PA  15801 at 6:30 PM.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, but would like more information, including the tour company's color brochure and applications details, click on "Sign up for a Tour" on the left-hand menu.

 

Day-by-day itinerary:

 

 

Day 1 Monday June 26, 2017   Charter tour bus from Clearfield and DuBois PA to Dulles International Airport near Washington DC.  Evening arrival in Quito, capital city of Ecuador.

 

Day 2  Tues. June 27  Site-seeing tour of colonial Quito, then visit the Imbabura Volcano before journeying on to Otavalo and its handicraft market.  Final stop of the day is Cotacach, known for its leather goods.

 

Day 3  Wed. June 28  Fly from Quito to Baltra Island in the Galapagos.  Short transfer by boat to Island of Santa Cruz.  There we visit the Charles Darwin Foundation Research Station.

 

Day 4-6  Thur, June 29 - Sat. July 1  We will visit a different island each day for excursions that include nature walks, snorkeling, and much more!  Islands will include San Christobal, Isabela, and North Seymour.  Among the various species we will see are iguanas, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and giant tortoises.  Specific details closer to tour date.

 

Day 7 Sun. July 2  Final day to explore the Galapagos, then short flight back to Quito.

 

Day 8  Mon. July 3  Travel 16 miles from Quito to visit Mitad del Mundo - "Center of the Earth", where you can stand with one foot in each of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.  Climb to the top of the monument for a beautiful view of the surrounding area, and visit the Ethnological Museum, before your flight to Lima, Peru.

 

Day 9  Tues. July 4  After breakfast in Lima, we fly to Cuzco, capital of the Incan Empire for over 3,000 years.  Visit a local orphanage, then free time to visit the handicraft markets, or Inca Museum.  You will be at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, so take it easy today!

 

Day 10  Wed. July 5   Travel comfortably by train through the Sacred Valley to the small town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.  We'll divide up into small buses which will take us to the top of the ancient Incan civilization, where we will meet our local guides.  The guides will spend a few hours showing us various buildings and explaining what is known about the Incans, then you will have some free time to explore before returning down by bus to Aquas Calientes for the night.

 

Day 11  Thur. July 6  Spend the morning exploring Aquas Calientes before returning to Cuzco by train.  Your tour director will give you suggestions for how to spend your evening in Cuzco.

 

Day 12  Fri. July 7.  Guided sight-seeing of the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo and Pisac with its market.

 

Day 13  Sat. July 8   Transfer to airport for flight to Lima, then international flight home to Dulles.  We will most likely return back to DuBois/Clearfield on Sunday, July 9.

 

This tour is currently filled with a waiting list.  You can add your name to this tour's waiting list by calling EF's customer service # 800-665-5364 and using tour #1605044AZ

 

Below you will find some photos from the tour we took to these destinations in July, 2006.

 

Possible future tours:

2019 Iceland, Norway, Sweden tour, including cruise of Norway's fiords.   Possible St. Petersburg extension.  More information available in late July of 2017

 

2020  Spring tour of Holland, Hamburg Germany and Denmark.

 

2021 Fall tour of Rome and Southern Italy.

 

Where else would you like to go?

We are constantly looking for new destinations that would interest the folks of our Tri-County Area and beyond. Just send us an email with your suggestions to barbsimpson@hotmail.com.