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TRAVEL AIRE 's 12th Annual Exclusive Escorted "American Aviators VIP Tour of China"
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General information is below.
Please CLICK HERE to view ITINERARY page which shows details of the 17-day Tour.
Call us toll-free at (866) 669-2288 or E-mail us at ChinaVIPTour@aol.com.
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***Reserve your space ASAP
to **GUARANTEE** space on the 2017 VIP tour.
***We are once again gathering a VERY special group of people for this very special tour,
including family members of the Flying Tigers AVG , 14th AAF, and CBI.
We are treated as a special VIP DELEGATION from the USA each year
To sign up for our 2017 tour, please refer to the instructions in Item #2 of the FAQ page. While we do take note of your intentions by E-mail or by phone, mailing in your deposit check with your completed and signed Reservation Form is the only way to actually hold space on the tour or on the inevitable wait-list. The Reservation Form is also on this web site In the list at top-right of this page) and can be either printed out for filling out by hand OR filled out online, typing directly into it; then printed out for signature and mailing with your deposit check.
The FAQ page also answers most of the early questions commonly asked by all. Just CLICK HERE to view the FAQ page now or click on the link to the FAQ page on the upper right-hand side of this page to take you there. Once you have signed up, you will be given instructions for how to access more tour specific support as well as another future section which will be location-specific for tour guidance and suggestions for airline travel, each city destination, and the cruise ship, etc.
Note: We continue to strive to keep our high-end tour offered at a low-end rice by utilizing both this web site and the use of E-mail for two-way communications. It is very important that you either have your own access to the Internet OR can arrange to have a friend, neighbor or family member offer to provide this on your behalf if you yourself do not use a computer.
Note: If you are or know someone who is a Flying Tiger from WW II (AVG, 23rd FG, 14th AAF, CBI Hump Pilots, etc., incl. ground support) - and is in good health for international travel - and would like to be included on the 2017 tour as one of our special VIPs, please call us at (866) 669-2288. We also like to include family members of these WW II heroes to view the land their relative(s) helped to save.
PLEASE NOTE: We have been so honored and privileged to escort a number of Flying Tigers with our group over the past 11 VIP tours. It is so wonderful to see how the Chinese receive these fine heroes from days gone by and still remember them with such awe and respect. We hope to be able to escort more in 2017 but cannot promise this at this time as age is taking its toll on these remarkable heroes. We do have several who are in their 90's who are hopeful of going and have had 4 in their 90's tour with us before. Regardless, we do expect to have a some very special people with us and will keep you informed as the departure date looms closer.
We promise the same historic and amazing VIP tour and 2017 promises to be not only the best tour ever but WILL BE our LAST PERSONALLY ESCORTED TOUR. We hope to continue to offer this annual tour into the future anyway because of our passion for China and our shared WW II history. We have been going to China since the 1990's and enjoy a wonderful relationship and friendship with Mr. KC Ma of Asia Holiday Travel. Mr. Ma has been very supportive as we have developed our own special version of his basic marvelous tour of China. Our clients truly come away with a 1st class experience for a remarkably low price and wonderful memories and many new friendships. We know the very high quality of this tour will continue into the future even without our personal participation on the actual tour itself because of Asia Holiday Travel
12th Annual American Aviators VIP Tour of China of special interest to Aviators and WW II History Buffs:
-----Special permission from the Guilin government to visit the old WW II YangTang Flying Tigers airfield & explore Gen. Claire Chennault's old Command Cave as well as tour the new Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum there.
-----Attend a dedication ceremony and official flag-raising of the Chinese & USA flags together with the Flying Tigers flag - with heavy media coverage. USA college band members may join us there and perform at the ceremony.
-----See the restored C47 on display at the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park following its historical re-enactment Hump from Australia scheduled for later this summer or fall.
-----Tour as VIP guests the huge (16,000 sq. ft.) NEW Flying Tigers Exhibition Hall & Museum.
-----Enjoy a special evening VIP Banquet with local dignitaries - with T.V. and News Media coverage.
-----Participate in a donation ceremony of artifacts for this new musuem at the evening VIP banquet.
-----Receive a special rubbing from the stone tablet inscribed by Mrs. Claire Chennault (Anna) as a gift to everyone by the Mayor of Guilin.
-----Special visit to the largest aviation museum in all of Asia (outside Beijing) with special government permission - much of it built inside a mountain and with acres more on display outside as well as new additional museum buildings housing more aircraft.
-----See all the Great Sights of China in the company of fellow aviators and possibly with some of those who flew and fought there in World War II and/or their family members - hear the stories of those who were shot down and rescued or captured (Please see note at the bottom of this page).
-----Hear the stories of the local Chinese who helped to build the airfields and helped to rescue our downed fliers.
-----Tour Gen. "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell's Museum at his WW II headquarters in Chongqing ("Chunking" in WW II) and visit the new and growing Flying Tiger Museum and Gallery across the street.
-----Explore the Headquarters cave at the airfield used by Gen. Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers of both the AVG and the 14th Army Air Force near Guilin ("Kweilin" in WW II) and meet some of those who helped to create that field out of a rice paddy, stone by stone.
-----Beijing: See Summer Palace, tour Forbidden City and nearby Tiananmen Square, get a special photo op of the 2008 Summer Olympics stadium ("Bird's Nest"), experience the Great Wall before it is crowded with vendors and other tourists - all among many other sights - plus a special tour of the largest aviation museum in all of Asia, ETC.
-----Wuhan/Yichang: Jet to Wuhan. After lunch, tour the fabulous Hubei Provincial Museum, home of huge ancient bronze bells. Then board a deluxe coach for a 4+ hour ride to Yichang though picturesque countryside before boarding our ship in time for dinner.
-----Yangtze River Cruise: Aboard the NEW 5-STAR cruise ship "Yangtze No. 2" - newest & largest on the Yangtze River with 2 elevators & all cabins with private balconies - cruise through the Three Gorges (China's Grand Canyon) & visit the world’s largest dam site - then experience proceeding through the 5-stage locks of this great feat (final stage was completed in 2009). Other shore excursions included with the tour: a special Shennong Stream experience (pulled upstream by "Trackers") or the gorgeous Three Lesser Gorges AND Fengdu or Wanxian to visit a local kindergarden, a street market, and the home of a family relocated by the Three Gorges Dam project - all along the third largest & most beautiful river in the world, ETC. Enjoy lectures by special river guides and take in the scenery from the fabulous and well-appointed top deck (many deck chairs and tables and chairs). Scroll below to find links to info and photos of the ship.
-----Chengdu: Tour both the world-famous Giant Panda Breeding Center and watch the antics of the baby Pandas; then stroll along ancient JinLi Street.
-----Chengdu 5* Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar: www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/chengdu/ctucp/hoteldetail
-----Guilin 5* Lijiang Waterfall Hotel or similar: www.waterfallguilin.com/EN/
-----Xi'an 5* Grand Noble Hotel or similar: www.gnhotel.com/xian_index.php?Locale=en-us
-----Shanghai 5* Four Points by Sheraton, Shanghai, Daning, or similar: www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1986
*****5 Star Cruise Ship*****
NEW 5-STAR "Yangtze No. 2" cruise ship - newest & largest on the Yangtze River - with 2 elevators and all cabins with private balconies. For more information, visit: www.ccotc.com/cruise.do?method=queryCruiseList&typeid=5
*******To VIEW and/or print a ".pdf" of photos from the above CRUISE SHIP, CLICK HERE. *******
Airport flyer being sent out:
******* To open and print a ".pdf" version of the ABOVE flyer , CLICK HERE. *******
Our tour is escorted every year by us personally but 2017 will be the last one we will be able to join in person due to continuing mobility issues. We have been going to China since the 1990's and enjoy a wonderful relationship and friendship with Mr. KC Ma of Asia Holiday Travel. Mr. Ma has been very supportive as we have developed our own special version of his basic marvelous tour of China. Our clients truly come away with a 1st class experience for a remarkably low price and wonderful memories and many new friendships.
The huge new FLYING TIGERS EXHIBITION HALL & MUSEUM
now completed at the site of the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park
Special Event attended May 13 -15, 2014 by 3 key members of the Flying Tiger Historical Organization [FTHO] -
Last updates to Website August 10, 2016