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China

Climate & Seasonality

The vast size of China means climate differs significantly across regions, but in general, the best times are between April through November. We always avoid travel during Lunar New Year (usually end of January through mid-February) and the National Day holiday due to massive overcrowding. Many areas in China are too cold to visit in deep winter and have reduced air quality.

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter China. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Do not drink tap water. We will provide bottled water for you. Make sure seal is unbroken if purchasing water.

Pickpockets are not common, but it’s still important to be vigilant in crowded streets, gift shops, etc. If you have a backpack, wear it in front. Peddlers in streets & squares often distract travelers. Protect your personal belongings including phones & cameras.

 

Language & Etiquette

Few locals speak fluent English.  Many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  Emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so locals can read it.

Our guide will share some basic phrases, but to connect with locals better, picking up a pocket phrasebook is a great idea if you’d like to get more in-depth.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most hotels include TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers.

Restrooms

Asian-style (squat) toilets are often found in China. Western-style also available - our guides will let you know where to find cleaner facilities. Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided, it is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms. In case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Chinese Yuan for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, most major cities, and some hotels. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

Visas are required to enter China for US & Canadian passport holders. Passports must have at least six months of validity. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

China presently issues a 10-year tourist visa - Please apply before departure.

 

IMPORTANT: If you previously applied for a 10-year visa, and it was affixed to your expired passport, you MUST bring both your current and old passport with you.

  • How to apply: Apply directly in person through your nearest consulate, visa company, or your travel agency. If an address in China is requested, please use the first night's hotel on our itinerary.
  • Requirements: Passports with at least 6 months validity, visa application form (Form V.2013), 2 passport photos, credit card (no cash accepted).
  • Processing time: Please allow 5-10 business days
  • Processing cost: For guests local to Los Angeles: $190 USD per person (consulate fees), plus shipping. Not included in tour fare. For guests outside the Los Angeles area: please contact us for consulate fee information. 

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival.

 

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$20USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be met before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming from your local carrier before departure. 

Land line dialing

China

China Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to China

[Tel] 00+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+86+area code+ phone number

 

[Cel] 011+86+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in China is: 220-240V. Type “A/B, or I.” Power adapter needed for many electronics. Some hotels may lend adapters, but we suggest bringing your own. Please make sure your devices can accept the higher 220V range. If not, a transformer will be necessary.

Japan

Climate & Seasonality

Japan's four seasons are famously distinct and each season offers beautiful and unique experiences.  The exact climate depends on the area of Japan. Generally speaking, the most popular times are end of March or early April and October or November for cherry blossom (sakura) season and fall foliage respectively.  To avoid the crowds, it's a great idea to consider early March, late April, September, or December.

Avoid travel during the Golden Week and Obon Festival national holidays as many places will be overcrowded. We normally do not offer tours during these periods because the quality of travel will be negatively impacted.

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter Japan. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Tap water in Japan is potable, but we will also provide bottled water for you.

 

Language & Etiquette

Few locals in Japan speak fluent English.  Many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  The emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so locals can read it.

Our guide will share some basic Japanese phrases, but to connect with locals better, picking up a pocket phrasebook is a great idea if you’d like to get more in-depth.

In some areas, it is customary to take off one’s shoes before entering. Hence it is important to wear clean socks.  To follow this custom, we suggest shoes that are easy to take off. Do not wear shoes on tatami mat floorings; they are very fragile

Onsen baths are a deeply relaxing & memorable experience unique to Japan.  Help preserve purity of the bath by taking care not to contaminate the water with soap or a washcloth; contamination may be offensive to locals. Clothes or swimsuits are not permitted.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most Hotels include: TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers.

Restrooms

Asian-style (squat) toilets are often found in Japan. Western-style also available - our guides will let you know where to find cleaner facilities. Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided, it is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms; in case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Yen for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, post offices, and some 7-11 stores. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

US & Canadian passport holders do not need to apply for a separate visa to visit Japan (up to 90 days). If you are holding a passport from another country, please contact us. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

US Passports are NOT required to have 6 months validity (but it’s still a good idea, just in case!).

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival.

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common in Japan, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$25USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be prepared before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming with your local phone carrier before departure. 

Land line dialing

Japan Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Japan

[Tel] 001010+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+81+area code+phone number

 

[Cel] 011+81+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in Japan is 100V. Type “A/B.” Most outlets in Japan do not have the third grounding pin, so bring an adapter if your devices require one (laptops, etc)

 

Peru

Climate & Seasonality

The best time to visit Peru is during May-October (winter season in Peru), known for drier weather and sunny days. June and July are considered the best time to go, and the peak season, so reserving early is highly recommended.

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter Peru. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Do not drink the tap water. We will provide bottled water for you. Make sure seal is unbroken if purchasing water.

Pickpockets are common, it’s important to be vigilant in crowded streets, gift shops, etc. If you have a backpack, wear it in front. Peddlers in streets & squares often distract travelers. Protect your personal belongings including phones & cameras.

 

Language & Etiquette

Some locals speak fluent English.  Even if they can’t, many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  The emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so locals can read it.

Our guide will share some basic phrases, but it is a great idea if you’d like to pick up a pocket phrasebook to better connect with locals more in-depth.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most hotels include: TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers.

Restrooms

Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided, it is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms; in case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Peruvian Sol for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, most major cities, and some hotels. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

US & Canadian passport holders do not need to apply for a separate visa to visit Peru (up to 183 days). If you are holding a passport from another country, please contact us. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival.

 

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$20USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be prepared before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming with your local phone carrier before departure. 

Land line dialing

Peru

Peru Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Peru

[Tel] 00 +1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+51+area code+ phone number

 

[Cel] 011+51+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in Peru is 220-240V. Type “A/B or C/E/F.” Power adapter needed for many electronics. Some hotels may lend adapters, but we suggest bringing your own. Please make sure your devices can accept the higher 220V range. If not, a transformer will be necessary.

Russia

Climate & Seasonality

The vast size of Russia means climate differs significantly across regions, but in general, the best times are between the months of May through September. Many cities of Russia are too cold to visit in deep winter and have reduced air quality.

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter Russia. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Do not drink the tap water. We will provide bottled water for you. Make sure seal is unbroken if purchasing water.

Pickpockets are common. It’s important to be vigilant in crowded streets, gift shops, etc. If you have a backpack, wear it in front. Peddlers in streets & squares often distract travelers. Protect your personal belongings including phones & cameras.

 

Language & Etiquette

Very few locals speak fluent English.  Many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  Emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so locals can read it.

Our guide will share some basic phrases, but to connect with locals better, picking up a pocket phrasebook is a great idea to get more in-depth.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most hotels include: TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers.

Restrooms

Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided. It is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms; in case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Russian Ruble for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, most major cities, and some hotels. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

Visas are required to enter Russia for US & Canadian passport holders. Passports must have at least six months of validity. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

Russia - Please make sure to have your visa prepared before departure. Apply 60-180 days before tour.

  • How to apply: You may submit your application in person or by mail to your regional Russian visa office (contact us for more details). If you live in the following states, we can help submit an application package to the regional Russian Visa Center: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah.
  • Requirements:
    • Travel confirmation (provided by Supera Tours)
    • Online application (we will complete this for you based on your completed questionnaire - download)
    • One passport photo (different from photo on passport)
    • Passport: Valid for more than 6 months (based on the end of your trip). Must have at least 2 contiguous blank "VISA" pages.
  • Processing time: Please allow 3-5 weeks after passports, application, and photos have been received.
  • Processing cost: $300USD per person (Additional $30USD mailing fee will be charged if we need to mail your passport back when visa is done). Not included in tour fare.

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival. Upon entry to Russia, you will receive a “Migration Card.” This document is critical & must be returned when you leave. Upon arrival, our tour guide will help you pin the migration card in your passport.

 

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$20USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be prepared before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming service from your local phone carrier before departure. 

Land line dialing

Russia

Russia Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Russia

[Tel] 810+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+7+area code+ phone number

 

[Cel] 011+7+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in Russia is: 220-240V. Type “C/E/F.” Power adapter needed for many electronics. Some hotels may lend adapters, but we suggest bringing your own. Please make sure your devices can accept the higher 220V range. If not, a transformer will be necessary.

Taiwan

Climate & Seasonality

Taiwan is a tropical island, so the weather is warm, but still mild enough year-round where we can travel throughout most seasons. The time to avoid is the national 10/10 holiday (we don’t depart tours during this period since it will negatively affect the experience)

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter Taiwan. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Do not drink the tap water. We will provide bottled water for you. Make sure seal is unbroken if purchasing water.

Taiwan is one of the world’s safest countries, but it’s still important to be vigilant in crowded streets, gift shops, etc. Apply common sense to protect your personal belongings including phones & cameras.

 

Language & Etiquette

Few locals outside the city speak English fluently.  Many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  Emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so he/she can read it.

Our guide will share some basic phrases, but to connect with locals better, picking up a pocket phrasebook is a great idea if you’d like to get more in-depth.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most hotels include: TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers, gym facilities.

Restrooms

Asian-style (squat) toilets are often found in Taiwan. Western-style also available - our guides will let you know where to find cleaner facilities. Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided, it is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms; in case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Taiwanese NT for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, most cities centers, and some hotels. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

US & Canadian passport holders do not need to apply for a separate visa to visit Taiwan (up to 90 days). If you are holding a passport from another country, please contact us. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

 

US Passports are NOT required to have 6 months validity (but it’s still a good idea, just in case!).

 

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival.

 

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$20USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be prepared before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming service with your local phone carrier before departure. 

Land line dialing

Taiwan

Taiwan Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Taiwan

[Tel] 00+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+886+area code+ phone number

 

[Cel] 011+886+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in Taiwan is: 110V. Type “A/B.” Most outlets in Taiwan do not have the third grounding pin, so bring an adapter if your devices require one (laptops, etc)

Vietnam

Climate & Seasonality

In Vietnam & Cambodia, the climate is very diverse. November through April is the optimal travel period given the drier season and temperate conditions. It is important to avoid travel during the Vietnamese New Year celebrations or Tet. The New Year celebrations fall in late January or early February, and many locals travel during this time, so transport and accommodation options are often overcrowded.

 

Health & Safety

Vaccinations are generally not required to enter Vietnam or Cambodia. We suggest discussing travel plans with your physician. Please bring personal medication - foreign prescriptions not accepted.

Do not drink the tap water. We will provide bottled water for you. Make sure seal is unbroken if purchasing water.

Pickpockets are common. Be vigilant in crowded streets, gift shops, etc. If you have a backpack, wear it in front. Peddlers in streets & squares often distract travelers. Protect your personal belongings including phones & cameras.

 

Language & Etiquette

Few locals speak fluent English.  Many are happy to help, but communication may be difficult.  Emphasis in schools is on written rather than oral English. If you have trouble, jot it down so locals can read it.

Our guide will share some basic phrases, but to connect with locals better, picking up a pocket phrasebook is a great idea if you’d like to get more in-depth.

 

Comfort

Amenities

Most hotels include: TV (basic & fee-based) refrigerators, safe deposit box, soaps, shampoo, slippers, blow-dryers.

Restrooms

Asian-style (squat) toilets are often found in Vietnam & Cambodia. Western-style also available - our guides will let you know where to find cleaner facilities. Toilet paper & towels are usually not provided, it is recommended to carry tissues and a handkerchief with you.

Our buses do not have restrooms; in case of long drives, we usually break every 60-90 minutes.

 

Currency

Please bring enough cash for conversion into Vietnamese Dong for snacks or shopping. Bring new, crisp bills as some locations will not change worn currency. Many vendors are cash only.  Shops which take credit cards usually accept Visa & MasterCard.

Shops in Cambodia accept USD, but make sure to prepare some small bills.

Direct ATM withdrawal with your debit card is also a good option. Exchange rates are usually favorable, and you do not need to carry a lot of cash on hand. International ATMs available in airports, major city centers, and some hotels. Don’t forget to check with your bank for international fees on credit card/ATM usage abroad and advise them of travel plans so they may pre-authorize transactions.

 

Passports & Visas

Visas are required to enter Vietnam and Cambodia for US & Canadian passport holders. Passports must have at least six months of validity. Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays related to invalid passports or visas.

Vietnam - Please make sure to have your visa prepared before departure (no landing visas).

  • How to apply: Directly through your nearest consulate (traditional visa), online via evisa service, through your travel agent, or Supera Tours.
  • Requirements: Color copy of your passports with at least 6 months validity.
  • Processing time (for e-visa): Please allow 10 business days after passports, applications, and photos have been received.
  • Processing cost (for e-visa): Single Entry e-visa is $25USD per person (we can help process - charge will be additional $5 or $30USD total per person). Not included in tour fare. Must be applied before arrival. 

Cambodia - Please apply online directly with the Official Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Cambodia.

  • How to apply: Official website only; no offline option available (how to).
  • Requirements: Passports with at least 6 months validity, digital passport photo, credit card.
  • Processing time & cost: Please allow 3-5 business days. 
  • Processing time & cost: $40USD per person. Not included in tour fare. 
  • IMPORTANT: The Cambodia visa is only valid for 3 months from date of application. Please make sure to apply no earlier than 3 months before arrival.

Immigration forms available on inbound flights and will need to be completed and presented to customs officials upon arrival.

 

Stay Connected

Public wifi networks are not always common, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$20USD per evening (tax included).  

Pro Tip for Internet Connectivity

You may also opt to purchase a pre-paid SIM before you depart (phone must be carrier unlocked). To do so, 2 requirements must be prepared before traveling:

·         You must have a carrier UNLOCKED GSM compatible phone

·         You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased (check Amazon, some airports in destination).

If connectivity is critical, and you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but slightly more expensive option is to purchase international roaming with your local phone carrier before departure.  

Land line dialing

Vietnam Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Vietnam

[Tel]+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+84+area code+phone number

 

[Cel] 011+84+cellphone number

 

 

Cambodia Dial to USA/CAN

USA/CAN Dial to Cambodia

[Tel]+1+area code+phone number

[Tel] 011+855+area code+phone number

 

[Cel] 011+855+cellphone number

 

 

Electronics

Voltage in Vietnam is: 220-240V. Type “A/B, G, or C/E/F.” Power adapter needed for many electronics. Some hotels may lend adapters, but we suggest bringing your own. Please make sure your devices can accept the higher 220V range. If not, a transformer will be necessary.