Most travelers travel to China only once in their lifetime. World Spree want to ensure you have all the resources in planning your dream vacation. Please read the following information regarding the level of activity you can expect and your physical requirements specific to this China trip.
This adventure is only for physically fit and healthy travelers and is not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. You must be able to walk approximately 2-3 miles unassisted, to participate in 4-6 hours of physical activities each day, and to tolerate 3 full days at altitudes of 12,000 feet (3,700 meter). Check with your doctor to determine your tolerance for high altitudes.
Our trip includes 3-nights stay in Tibet at an altitude of 12,000 feet (3,700 meter). At this altitude, almost everyone feels some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). These symptoms include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, trouble with sleep, and lack of energy. Talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you have, particularly cardiac or respiratory disease or diabetes, and discuss the potential risk for your travel to that high altitude. Your doctor may recommend medication which can help prevent or treat AMS, especially if you are prone to altitude sickness or have not previously been to high altitudes. Due to the high altitude level of Lhasa, and the potential complexities of health and safety concern - for your protection - you are required to buy sufficient emergency medical coverage as this tour includes travel to Tibet.
- High Altitude of Tibet
This tour itinerary includes a 3-night stay in Tibet at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Discuss with your doctor regarding medication to alleviate altitude sickness, especially if you are prone to altitude sickness or have not previously been to high altitudes. At this altitude, almost everyone feels some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). These symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, trouble with sleep, and lack of energy. Talk to your doctor about whether the trip to Tibet is advisable for you and if you should obtain prescription medication, which can help prevent or treat AMS. Medication to reduce mountain sickness may be advised by your physician and is strongly recommended for a Tibet tour. While you are in Tibet, you must move at a very slow pace.
Catching a cold or cough in Tibet may cause very serious consequences, or even lead to death. If you catch a cold or cough prior to Tibet, you must notify your tour guide or our China representatives (see the "Contact Information" page of your booklet) to cancel the Tibet portion of your trip because of these very serious consequences. If you catch a cold or cough while in Tibet, you also need to notify your guide so we can evacuate you out of Tibet in a timely manner, at your own cost.
- Medical Checkup
We strongly recommend that you have a medical checkup before you take the tour to Tibet (or other destinations with high altitude). This is a must if you have any medical conditions or physical limitations. Let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have, particularly cardiac or respiratory disease or diabetes, and discuss the potential risk for travel to that high altitude (12,000 feet). The hospitals and medical facilities in Tibet are relatively primitive and may not be able to handle your medical condition.
Group Size & Tour Guides
World Spree tour guides are hand-picked, well-trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the feedback from every single World Spree customer. We know the success of your trip largely depends on the quality of our tour guides; therefore, we strive to hire only the best.
For groups of 10 travelers or more, a national tour guide will be assigned to travel with your group throughout your trip. We need a minimum of 6 travelers to guarantee the tour departure. Group size varies depending on the trip, seasonality, airline availability, and special departure dates and events.
The quietvox headphone is provided to this specific tour program when the group size is 15 or more. This means that each tour participant will receive a lightweight, portable receiver that can be worn around the neck or slipped into a pocket to aid in hearing the tour guides. The quietvox headphone is designed for comfort and quality; allowing you and your fellow travelers the ability to easily hear your tour guide's instructions and stories.
Final travel documents will be send to you via email about two weeks prior to departure. This email will include a copy of your electronic air ticket Itinerary(e-ticket), the final tour itinerary, hotel, emergency contacts, and other important information for your trip.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Valid passport is required for all World Spree travelers (U.S. and Canadian Citizens) traveling abroad. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your trip return date. Your passport should have sufficient blank pages for visa stamp(s), per country you are visiting, amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa stamping.
The following visa requirements are specific to U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of other countries must check with the respective embassies and visa agencies to determine what travel visa and personal identifications are required. Travelers who enter, leave and re-enter the same country on their itinerary must check if they require a double-entry or multiple-entry visa.
It is the responsibility of every traveler to obtain and pay for all entry documents (visas, etc.) as required by the laws for each country on your itinerary.
Visa Information - China
Single Entry Visa is Required for this trip
If you hold a passport from another country please contact the Embassy directly or our preferred travel documentation provider, CIBT..
It is the responsibility of every traveler to obtain and pay for all entry documents (visas, etc.) as required by the laws, regulations, or orders of the countries you will visit.
****PLEASE VISIT THE MEMBER AREA WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE WORLD SPREE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR CHINA VISA APPLICATION*******
Please visit the following link for the latest information on obtaining your visa through your local Embassy or Consulate:
Chinese Embassy & Consulate lists
Visa Information - Tibet
A special Tibet Permit is required for the trips including Tibet
World Spree / China Spree will obtain the Tibet Permit in China on your behalf. Due to the sensitivity of Tibet issue, Chinese government implements strict screening for China visa applicants who visit Tibet during their China trips. It is advised that you DO NOT mention Tibet when filling your China Visa Application form and REMOVE Tibet on all supporting documents (trip itinerary, hotel list and invitation letter) of China visa application.
You should send us, by email, a clear copy of your passport photo page as well as your China visa copy so we can take care of your Tibet Permit.