The Real Deal Vacation package to Beijing and Tibet includes round trip airfare between L.A. and Beijing on Air China; scenic flight over the Himalayas to Lhasa, Tibet, with a return flight to Beijing; six nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La (the first five nights and your last night); three nights at the Jardin Secret Hotel Lhasa in Tibet; all intra-China flights, ground transportation, and transfers; an extensive touring program including entrance fees, the services of a Chinese local guide in Beijing, and a Tibetan tour guide in Tibet; people-to-people experiences with the exclusive Culture InSites program; 19 meals, including eight American buffet breakfasts, five lunches, and six dinners; guided tours of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a rickshaw ride through the old Hutongs in Beijing's Old City, a Beijing duck dinner, an excursion to the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, a trip to the Great Wall of China, guided tour of the Temple of Heaven, Bird Nest, Summer Palace, and a dragon boat ride across Kunming Lake in Beijing—tours of The Red Palace, Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Bakhor Street, and Norbulingka, the former palace of the Dalai Lama, while in Tibet; from $1,899 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Nov. 12, 19, 2013 ($1,899); add $100 for Apr. 2, 9, 16, Nov. 5, 2013; add $200 for Apr. 23, 30, 2013; add $300 for Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 8, 15, 2013; check China Spree's website for more dates.
Gateways San Francisco or L.A. ($1,899); add $200 for New York City (JFK).
The Fine Print Package price reflects the cash discount price ($1,899). Reserve package online by making a $200 non-refundable deposit by check or credit card. Remaining balance is due 50 days prior to departure and must be paid by check or money order to qualify for the cash discount. China Spree recommends an $8 per traveler per day gratuity rate for tour guides and porters, but this fee is at your discretion. Package price does not include a $170 fee for a China single entry visa. Based on double occupancy; contact the company directly for single supplement pricing. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact China Spree, 866/652-5656, chinaspree.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between L.A. and Beijing starts at $885 in mid-November (Air Canada). You would also have to pay $1,052 per person for the round-trip flight between Beijing and Lhasa, Tibet. Add to that $705 per person including taxes for five nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La, and $194 per person including taxes for three nights at the Jardin Secret Hotel Lhasa, and you're already spending $2,836 on airfare and accommodation alone. For $937 less, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus an extensive touring program featuring people-to-people experiences, several guided tours including entrance fees, the services of an English-speaking guide, most meals, and all taxes and fees.
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