China, Air, 10 Nights, River Cruise, From $1,404

Combine the best of Beijing with a leisurely cruise down the Yangtze River with this rock-bottom wintertime special.

By , Friday, Jan 6, 2012, 2:00 PM

Great Wall of China

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Starting January 26, 2012, all packages including airfare are required to include taxes and fees in the price. Please contact the tour company to see if the cost of this package has been affected. Additional restrictions/baggage charges may also apply. See deal link below for a full list of terms and conditions.

The Real Deal Three nights in Beijing at New Otani Hotel; a seven-night round-trip Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang, including all shore excursions, aboard Victoria Cruises; 10 breakfasts, seven lunches and eight dinners; domestic flights and all transfers; hotel taxes; the services of local, English-speaking guides with tours to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Three Gorges Dam; admissions fees to all scenic spots; from $1,404—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $95.

When Feb. 14, 21, 2012 ($1,404).

Gateways L.A. or San Francisco ($1,404); add from $100 for New York.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $95 in estimated airport taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $700. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No book-by date; based upon availability.

Contact Ritz Tours, 888-345-7489,

Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare between L.A. and Beijing starts from $884 with taxes for travel in mid-February (American Airlines). Add to that $236 per person, including tax, for three nights at New Otani Hotel, and $1,035 for a seven-night Yangtze River cruise including shore excursions, and you’d be paying $2,155 for the international flights, river cruise and accommodations alone. For $656 less than that, this package covers round-trip international flights, three nights’ hotel accommodations, a seven-night river cruise, plus 25 meals, domestic flights, all transfers and sightseeing ground transportation, the services of English-speaking guides and all taxes and fees, and offers the added convenience of all-in-one booking.

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