The Augustana Band's 2015 Tour of China

Augustana Band in China
The Augustana Band typically has toured during the January Interim break, and beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year, has made it a practice to travel overseas during the January term (thereby earning academic credit) once every four years.  Their previous tours included China in 2003 and 2007. In January 2011, the Band traveled to Egypt and were in the country for the first few days of the Egyptian revolution. In 2015, we return to the fascinating People's Republic of China and invite you to join us!  The following itinerary will be updated as further details become available.

Itinerary (as of April 15, 2014)

Fri. Jan 2         Noon                           Band members return to campus from holiday break
                        1:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Rehearsal
                        4:00 – 6:00 p.m.          Class sessions
                        7:00 – 9:00 p.m.          Rehearsal/class sessions

Sat. Jan 3        All day                        Rehearsal/class sessions

Sun. Jan 4      11:00 a.m.                   Load out for Washington Pavilion Concert
                        1:00 p.m.                    Dress Rehearsal
                        3:00 p.m.                    Concert begins
                        5:00 p.m.                    Load out







Mon, Jan 5      All day                        Rehearsal/class sessions

Tue. Jan 6       9:00 – 3:00 p.m.         Rehearsal/class sessions
                        8:00 p.m.                     Load out
                        11:00 p.m.                   Depart for Minneapolis Airport
Wed Jan 7       7:30 a.m.                     Delta #2536 to Seattle (Sea-Tac) arr 9:06 a.m.
                       12:40 p.m.                     Delta #589 to Shanghai
                        5:25 a.m.                     Delta 4670 from FSD to MSP arr 6:29 a.m.
                        9:05  a.m.                    Delta 199 MSP to Seattle, arr 10:45 a.m.
                        12:40 p.m.                   Delta 589 to Shanghai

Thu. Jan 8        6:15 p.m.                   Arrive Shanghai PuDong airport and transfer to hotel




Fri. Jan 9        All day                         Full day of sights in Shanghai including:
                                                           The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Silk Factory, French Concession,
                                                           Chenghuang Temple, First Congress Museum
                        Evening                      Chinese Acrobatic Show
Sat. Jan 10     Morning                       Old Town walking tour, Jade Buddah Temple, Jinling East (Music) Road
                        Afternoon                    Rehearsal      
                        Evening                      Concert in Shanghai
Sun. Jan 11    All day                        Visit to Zhujiajiao Water Town

Mon. Jan 12    All day                          Bus transfer to Hangzhou and visits to Chinese Medicine Museum,
                                                             Confucius Temple and possible Concert
Tue. Jan 13     Morning                        Visit to Tea Mountain and Village
                        Afternoon/Eve              Rehearsal and Concert

Wed. Jan 14   All day                          Travel to Wuhan via Chinese rail

Thu. Jan 15    All day                          Visit to Hubei University, exchange activity and concert

Fri., Jan 16     Afternoon                     Visit to Hubei Provincial Museum and Bell Show
                                                             Free time for independent exploration
Sat. Jan 17     Morning                        Visit to East Lake and Yellow Crane Tower
                        Afternoon/Eve              Rehearsal and concert
Sun. Jan 18     Morning                        Coach transfer from Wuhan to Yichang
                        Afternoon                      Board Cruise ship, commence Yangtzee River Cruise
                                                             Note:  Actual ship to be assigned in June, 2014
Mon. Jan 19   All day                          Three Gorges Dam and ship locks.  Tribe of Three Gorges excursion.
                                                             Xiling Gorge.
Tue. Jan 20    All day                           Daning River “Small Gorges”, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, 
                                                             White Emperor City

Wed. Jan 21   All day                           Excursions to Fengdu or Shibaozhai, cruising


Thu. Jan 22    Morning                        Arrive Chongqing and transfer (flight) to Xian
                        Afternoon                     Visit Terra Cotta Warriors, the Muslim Quarter, Ancient City Walls
                                                             Xian Bell and Drum Tower
Fri. Jan 23       Morning                      Touring continues
                        Afternoon/eve             Rehearsal and concert
Sat. Jan 24      Morning                      “Bullet Train” (High speed rail) from Xian to Beijing 
Sun. Jan 25    Morning                       Free
                        Afternoon/Eve             Rehearsal and evening concert
Mon. Jan 26    All day                          Beijing touring:  Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square,
                                                             Pearl Factory, Temple of Heaven

Tue. Jan 27    All day                           Visit to Great Wall of China, Jade Factory, Night Market







Wed. Jan 28   All day                          Beijing Zoo (pandas), Visit to Hutong, Peking Opera, Silk Market

Thu. Jan 29    5:50 p.m.                     Depart Beijing, Delta 188
                        6:05 p.m.                     Arrive Detroit
                        7:50 p.m.                     Group One & Three leaves Detroit for MSP, arriving 8:53 p.m.
                        9:40 p.m.                     Group Two leaves Detroit for MSP, arriving 10:32
                        9:50 p.m.                     Group Three leaves MSP, arriving Sioux Falls at 10:48 p.m.
                                                            (Groups One and Two will be met in MSP by coaches to return to FSD)



This link will take you to Augustana's Studio Abroad Program through which your registration takes place.

Alumni, parents and friends register through Brad Heegel.


Note:  Special "fortune cookie awards" of $100 will be given to the

18th, 33rd, 65th and 84th registrants with deposits.


Program Conditions:

Tour Manager:  Brad Heegel   (Contact Brad Heegel with questions about this program at or by phone at 605.274.5508.)


$5,595 based on a minimum of 85-95 paying participants
$950 Single Accommodations Supplement
Band Members:                             $4,950, plus $150 *IPO Administration Fee 
Non-Band Members:                     $5,595, plus $150 IPO Administration Fee
Non-students (alumni/parents)    $5,995, plus $150 IPO Administrative Fee
Note:  The lower cost for band members is due to band member and Music department fund raising.  Prices above based on a minimum of 85-90 paying participants.  Course cost is carefully calculated on a specific group size based on contracted rates. One less paying participant could impact program cost. 
*International Programs Office


$500 Application deposit due with submission of online application through Studio Abroad.

$500 Second deposit due October 1, 2014

 Balance due upon receipt of statement

Above costs based on exchange rates and tariffs in effect as of above date; subject to change in the event that there is a fluctuation of more than 4%.

Air transportation (included in program costs)

Flights based on currently contracted airfare by Delta Airlines subject to restrictions and cancellation penalties by the airlines; current taxes and fuel surcharge of $507.10 are included and subject to change until ticketed.
NOTE: Airfare is based on a negotiated group airfare. A minimum of 10 participants must travel on group flights. 100 seats are being held (80 departing MSP and 20 departing FSD); additional space may not be available or may incur additional cost.

Surface travel/transfers:

By private motorcoach as indicated in the itinerary, luxury cruise; 2nd class rail.

Accommodations and meals:

Twin-occupancy at accommodations as indicated or similar with buffet breakfast daily; all dinners and all lunches as indicated in the itinerary (beverages excluded).

Program arrangements:

As indicated in the itinerary including entrance fees for sites indicated; services of site guides for tours of; tour related gratuities (drivers, guides, included meals).

NOTE: Participants with special needs may incur surcharges for additional services. Handicap accessibility varies significantly from country to country.

Cancellation and refund policy:

Should cancellation occur prior to 90 days before departure, the initial deposit will be refunded less a $100 fee per person.  In addition to any airline penalties, the following specified costs are non-refundable: 60-89 days: full deposit; 46-59 days: 50% of program price; 15 - 45 days: recoverable costs only (possible forfeiture of entire program cost); cancellations received less than 15 days from departure will receive no refund.  Cancellations must be submitted in writing; the date such notification is received by Seminars International, Inc. is the cancellation date.  Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.


Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated; beverages except at breakfast; optional entertainment and excursions; any baggage charges; all personal items, such as telephone calls, laundry expenses, individual room service; trip cancellation insurance (information available through Seminars International); departure taxes (if applicable); passport fees; and visa fees (if applicable). Note: Most countries require passports to be valid up to six months after the scheduled return.

Participants are responsible for ensuring that they meet passport and visa requirements of each country visited. If required, passport and visa information must be received by Seminars International 45 days prior to departure; late information will result in additional fees.

Management and responsibility:

Seminars International (SI) acts only as an agent and neither SI nor any employee or appointee nor any other person, party or organization or agency collaborating with it is or shall be responsible or liable for any injury or loss, accident or damage, delay or deviation or curtailment, howsoever caused or arising or the consequences thereof, which may occur during any part of the travel or program or during such free time as the members may elect to spend independently on program.  The airlines or commercial carriers concerned are not to be held responsible for any acts, omissions, or events during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances.  The passage contracts in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, will constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of this program and/or passenger.