McDonogh School



June 11-27, 2020


Passport & Visa 


U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions


A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.


All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.


 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.


Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.


120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price


45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued


Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:


  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade


The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us


Standard of Conduct


Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.


Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Thursday, June 11th, 2020- Depart

Take a flight from the USA to Beijing International Airport (PEK)


Day 2: Friday, June 12th, 2020- Tianjin

Arrive at Beijing International Airport and meet your private guide and driver at the airport. Take a private coach bus to the school in Tianjin and meet your host families to begin the homestay program.


Day 3-Day 8: Saturday, June 13th-Thursday, June 18th, 2020- Tianjin

Homestay with host families in Tianjin


Day 9: Friday, June 19th, 2020- Tianjin-Nanjing

In the morning after breakfast, transfer to the train station with a coach bus and take a bullet train to Nanjing. There, meet your tour guide and transfer to the hotel with a private coach bus. Explore Nanjing with your tour escort before having dinner at a local restaurant and spend overnight in Nanjing.

Day 10: Saturday, June 20th, 2020- Nanjing

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then spend the day having a city tour with visits to Yangtze River Bridge, over the longest river in Asia and the third largest in the world! Continue to visit Presidential Palace, or the China Modern History Museum- formally the office of the President to the Republic of China. Afterwards, visit Zhonghua Gate, the ancient defensive complex, and Confucius' Temple. Later, visit Qinhuai River and the adjacent free market. Have dinner at a local restaurant and spend overnight in Nanjing.

Day 11: Sunday June 21st, 2020- Nanjing

Eat breakfast at the hotel then spend the day visiting Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum, situated at the food to the second peak of Mount Zijin, and Ming Xiaoling or the Tomb of the Hongwu Emporer, the founder of the Ming Dynasty, for the day. Have dinner at a local restaurant and spend overnight in Nanjing

Day 12: Monday, June 22nd, 2020- Nanjing

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then continue to visit Nanjing Museum, one of the largest museums in China. Then, visit Massacre Memorial Hall, memorializing those that were killed in the Nanjing Massacre by the Imperial Japanaese Army. In the afternoon, visit Xuanwu Lake and former foreign embassies in the Gulou Area of the city. Eat dinner at a local restaurant and spend overnight in Nanjing.

Day 13: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020- Nanjing-Hangzhou

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then take a private coach bus to to the train station and take the bullet train from Nanjing to Hangzhou. Arrive in Hangzhou and take a private coach bus to transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the West Lake by handboat and see the freshwater lake that is surrounded by numerous temples, pagodas, gardens and islands. Continue to visit Lingyin Temple, the Buddhist temple of the Chan sect and one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China. Afterwards visit Feilai Peak that sits near the Lingyun Temple and is a must-see in Hangzhou. Eat dinner at a local restaurant and spend overngiht in Hangzhou.


Day 14: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020- Hangzhou

After breakfast, visit Meijawu Tea Village, that grows the famous Longjing Tea, and has numerous tea houses and beautiful tea fields along stone paths. Then, visit the Museum of Hu Qing Yu Tang, or the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Afterwards, visit Leifeng Pagoda, a five story tall tower located on the West Lake. Eat dinner at a local restaurant and spend overnight in Hangzhou.

Day 15: Thursday, June 25th, 2020- Hangzhou-Wuzhen

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then take a private coach bus to drive to Wuzhen where you will pay a visit to Jiangnan Hundred Beds Museum, and learn about the finely-crafter beds from the Ming and Qing dynasties to modern times. You will also visit Mr. Yu Liuliang's Coin Display Room, and see a performance at the shadow-puppet theater. Continue to visit Lu Pavilion before eating dinner at a local restaurant and spending overnight in Wuzhen.


Day 16: Friday, June 26th, 2020- Wuzhen- Beijing

After breakfast, take a private coach bus to the train station in Hangzhou and then take the bullet train from Hangzhou to Beijing. Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Beijing, including visiting the bookstores in the Wangfujing market, then have dinner and spend overnight in Beijing.

Day 17: Saturday, June 27th, 2020- Depart

In the morning, after a final breakfast at the hotel, take a private coach bus to the airport for your flight home.


Program Price & Payment Terms


$3,895 is based on a minimum of 15 students (if less than 15 students, we will update the price accodingly) 

Included in this price: 


  • English Speaking Tour Escort

  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc


  • Round Trip Airfare

  • Private transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the program

  • Private coach bus transfer from Hangzhou to Wuzhen

  • 1st class seat bullet Train from Tianjin to Nanjing

  • 1st class seat Bullet Train from Nanjing to Hangzhou

  • 1st class seat Bullet Train from Hangzhou to Beijing


  • 4 nights hotel in Nanjing, with breakfasts and dinners included

  • 2 nights hotel in Hangzhou, with breakfast and dinners included

  • 1 night hotel in Wuzhen, with breakfast and dinner included

  • 1 night hotel in Beijing, with breakfast and dinner included

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

Travel insurance, including: health, trip delay, luggage loss or delay for all participants 

2019-2020 Payment Schedule


Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020


Last Payment Due: April 10, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy


120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee


45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued