Please read the below information to ensure that you understand the terms and conditions for booking a tour with us:
After finalizing the itinerary with your travel consultant, a 20% deposit is due to confirm your booking. No reservations will be made until we receive the deposit. If you would like us to make airfare or train reservations, we require full payment for those reservations. Final payment is due 30 days before your departure date. If you book a tour less than 30 days before your departure date, full payment will be required to confirm your reservations.
We accept the below payment methods, please see this page for more details
- International Bank Transfer to China (USD and other major currencies accepted)
- Domestic Bank Transfer in China
- WeChat Pay
- Credit card payment online via Paypal (5% service fee)
The quoted price for a tour is not guaranteed until a deposit is made. Old Road Tours reserves the right to alter the price of the tour up until we receive the deposit if running the tour at the quoted price is no longer economically feasible.
If you need to cancel your tour after booking, please refer to the below cancellations terms:
- 60 days+ before, we will retain the deposit plus the cancellation fees for any train tickets
- 31-59 days before departure, we will retain 50% of the tour cost plus the cancellation fees for any train tickets
- 7-30 days before departure , we will retain 70% of the tour cost plus the cancellation fees for any train tickets
- If you cancel less than a week in advance, we will retain the full cost of the tour plus the cancellation fees for any train tickets
If for any reason you do not complete any portion of the tour or leave the tour after departure, no refund will be given unless Old Road Tours makes an exception.
If we need to cancel a tour up to 30 days before departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or any other external events that makes the tour not viable for us to operate, we will make a full refund minus any cancellation fees levied by hotels, airlines, train ticket offices, etc. where we cannot get a refund. If we need to cancel a tour less than 30 days in advance due to any of the above reasons, it is up to our discretion about the refund amount. This is why we highly encourage purchasing trip insurance.
Last Minute Bookings
We are happy to make last minute bookings and we try to be as flexible as possible, but due to the inconvenience of making last minute arrangements, we will add a 300 RMB fee to your tour cost.
Due to the unpredictable nature of travel in China, and especially in Xinjiang Province, Old Road Tours reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary before or during the tour. If we need to make changes to the itinerary prior to your arrival, we will notify you and discuss suitable alternatives. During the tour, if changes need to be made, we will also let you know and discuss suitable alternatives. Traveling in China is always an adventure so please prepare to be flexible!
Train tickets are subject to availability. We reserve the right to change the ticket type or mode of transport depending on availability. If your requested train or train ticket class is not available, we will let you know and present you with alternatives.
Purchasing Airfare or Train Tickets
You are welcome to book your own airfare and train tickets. We cannot purchase airfare, but we can purchase train tickets for you. We generally encourage you to book your own airfare online and we will direct you to the cheapest websites and give you guidance on which flight(s) to book. Airfare prices fluctuate throughout the year but it is generally cheapest to book 1-3 months in advance and the summer months (July-August) will be the most expensive. We recommend you use Chinese booking websites like Ctrip as international sites such as Expedia, Kayak, etc. often charge much higher prices.
Train Ticket prices in China never change but train tickets can be more difficult to purchase and availability is often limited, especially during busy travel times such as July and August, Chinese New Year, and the first week of October, which is a national holiday and many local Chinese are traveling. We are happy to help you with purchasing your train tickets. Tickets can be purchased 30-60 days in advance depending on the tickets. Generally, overnight sleeper trains can sell out very quickly, even on the first day they go on sell. High speed train tickets can often be purchased very last minute as the prices are higher than the normal trains and many locals will opt for the cheaper options. If you request for us to book a certain seat or sleeper class on the trains, we will do our best to fulfill your request, but due to the unpredictable nature of the train ticket system in China, we will inform you if we cannot and offer alternatives. We recommend booking at least 60 days in advance if you will also need to purchase train tickets for your journey.
Requests for Changes to the Itinerary
If you want to make any changes to the itinerary prior to paying the deposit, we are happy to do that. After you pay the deposit, we will confirm all the reservations, i.e. hotels, guides, drivers, etc. If you want to make any changes to the itinerary after this, you will need to pay a fee of 100 RMB per request plus any fees charged by the hotel, train ticket offices, and other service providers for making these changes, which we will outline for you. If you would just like to add a day or more to your trip, then no fee will be charged unless it means having to change an already confirmed reservation.
Travel Documents and Visa Application
Most international travelers will need a visa to travel to China and it is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the visa. We will help you in any way we can and provide a letter of invitation along with advice for the application, but as we are not the Chinese Embassy, we can only advise you on the application process, but you will need to check with the embassy in your location about required documentation and steps. As we have Americans on our team, we are most familiar with the application process for Americans and generally, Americans do have the easiest time of applying for Chinese visas, but we do also have lots of experience assisting Europeans, Australians, and other nationalities. If you would like to use a visa agency to assist you in the visa application process, we can make recommendations.
Once you obtain your Chinese visa, you can also enter Xinjiang, no other permits required. There are certain areas like the Karakoram Highway where we do need to obtain a simple permit for travelers to visit. In these cases, we will need you to send a copy of your passport and any other members in your group. Failure to do so, will result in us not being able to arrange the trip for you and no refunds will be made.
If you ask us to purchase train tickets, we will also need clear passport copies for each member of the group.