2015 Family Tour to China

Supporting Adoptee identity means so much more than simply providing
opportunities to learn about birth country culture.
 

* * * REGISTRATION OPEN NOVEMBER 1st * * *
(families from all agencies are welcome!)

 

Holt was the first agency to pioneer the concept of heritage tours for international Adoptees in the 1970s. With adult Adoptees in leadership positions and working on our staff and Board of Directors, and thanks to many years of experience working with children in orphanages all over China, Holt is uniquely qualified to offer a special homeland experience for you and your family.

  • 50+ years of unparalleled history and expertise on adoption
  • Strong ties with the Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China
  • Direct involvement of professionally-trained adult Adoptees on our tours
  • Highly capable resident staff in China to assist with foster family and finding site search

Holt’s upcoming tour in 2015 will last two weeks. The Main Tour will run from June 28 to July 13, 2015. Individual family itineraries will vary depending on preferences and Add-on tours. You will visit places of educational and cultural interest including well-known and beautiful tourist sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and the mountains and rivers of Guilin; private local homes; and public places like schools if their schedules allow. You will also participate in activities and visits significant to the story of your child's adoption from China, which is absolutely central to Holt's heritage tour philosophy. We try to arrange itineraries to give participants an overview of the variety of urban and rural life around China.

 

If you are interested in registering for our tours, 
please complete and submit a preliminary interest form online:
https://www.holtinternational.org/tours/china/register.php

 

Tour Itineraries

Our planning process is ongoing. Actual itineraries will depend upon our government partners in China, the amount of interest expressed, and staff availability. Every family’s itinerary is likely to be different. We will keep everyone on our interest list updated should plans evolve.

 

MAIN TOUR:

  • Dates June 28 to July 13, 2015.
  • Open to families with Adoptees 9 years old and older.*
  • Co-escorted by an adult Adoptee.
  • Facilitated by bilingual guides from Bridge of Love Adoptive Service in China.
  • Visit famous sites in Beijing – like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden CityXi’an – like the Terracotta Warriors and the ancient city wallthe mountains of Guilin, scenic Yangshuo, Li River Cruise, and home province with orphanage/finding site/foster family visit (where possible).

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR:

  1. Tour the Bifengxia Panda Reserve in Chengdu with an opportunity to pet a live baby panda (July 13 to 16, 2015)

Note: A trip to visit a second orphanage after the main tour may be added in addition to the add-on option above.

As Holt is not a travel agency we are not able to accommodate additional travel requests while your family is in China. We thank you for your kind understanding!

Holt's 2013 Family Tours to China

 

*We strongly recommend that all children participating are at least 9 years old at the time of travel. Our tours are developed with an older Adoptee in mind and include some presentations and discussions about abandonment and adoption in China, birth families, finding sites, foster families, and other such heavy topics. Your family will receive support on how to prepare your children for this experience prior to and during the tour.

 

Participants on this China Tour will:

  • Holt's 2013 Family Tours to ChinaExperience the culture, customs, and history of China presented by the local people
  • See everyday life in China: Chinese schoolchildren, local homes, cultural activities, from big city to village life
  • Visit a number of famous Chinese tourist sites such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Terracotta Warriors, the mountains of Guilin, and enjoy the beauty of the diverse Chinese landscape
  • Learn the inside story of adoption, orphanages, and child welfare in China from real experts
  • Meet people who touched Adoptees' early lives before they found their forever home. Visit their orphanage, foster families, and sites of significance to their adoption story (wherever possible)
  • Travel with a group of Adoptees who are all experiencing their homeland visit together
  • Travel with a group of Adoptive Parents and Relatives who are also reminiscing about the memories of a pivotal event in their lives, and visiting locations that represent a paramount moment in their families’ histories
  • Enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Tours will be open to families of children adopted from any province and through any agency; families will separate mid-tour to visit orphanages, and reconnect with the main group in Guilin.

Note: For each year’s tours, we expect to announce exact dates in the Fall of the year prior. Contact Holt for up-to-date details.

 

ESTIMATED COSTS:

Your exact tour cost will vary, depending upon your child's home province and other personal choices. However, we anticipate that the average cost for adults (ages 12 and up) will be between $3,300 and $3,400 per person and $2,970 per person for children under age twelve. This cost does not include potential provincial fees, personal choices, some costs in China and international airfare between the U.S. and China.

 

If you are interested in registering for our tours, 
please complete and submit a preliminary interest form online:
https://www.holtinternational.org/tours/china/register.php

 

If you have any questions about our tours, please send your interest email to samanthag@holtintl.org or call 541-687-2202, ext 118. We hope you can join us on a future family tour to China.

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