The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, with a return trip from Shanghai, on Air China; all intra-China flights, transfers, and ground transportation; three nights at the Pentahotel Beijing; two nights at the Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou; three nights at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan; 12 meals including eight buffet breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners; an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; and guided tours of the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian, and the Bund and Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai; from $1,349 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Dec. 1, 2013, Jan. 7, 2014 ($1,349); add $50 for Feb. 11, 2014; add $100 for Nov. 24, 2013; add $150 for Nov. 5, 2013, Mar. 4, 25, 2014; add $200 for Apr. 15, 2014; add $250 for Dec. 25, 2013.
Gateways San Francisco ($1,349); add $129 for New York City.
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($1,349). Call SmarTours to reserve and send a $300 non-refundable check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Based on double occupancy; contact the company directly for single supplement pricing. Air taxes and fees are included in the package price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Oct. 31, 2013.
Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfare between L.A., Beijing, and Shanghai starts from $857 in early December (China Southern). Add to that $199 per person for the flight between Beijing and Xian, $233 per person for the flight between Xian and Shanghai, $175 per person including taxes for three nights at the Pentahotel Beijing, $106 per person including taxes for two nights at the Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou, and $209 per person including taxes for three nights at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan, and you're already spending $1,779. For $430 less, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus all transfers and intra-China transportation, most meals, an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees, and the services of an English-speaking tour guide, and covers all taxes and fees.
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