The Real Deal Vacation package to Beijing includes airfare from San Francisco, L.A., or Houston on Air China; six nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing at China World Trade Center by Shangri-La; airport transfers; daily American breakfasts and three lunches; three days of escorted sightseeing including guided tours of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the "Bird Nest" (where the 2008 Olympics were held), the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace; from $888 per person including all air and hotel taxes and fees.
When Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2013, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, 16, 23, 2014 ($888); add $50 for Nov. 3, 2013, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2014; add $100 for Oct. 27, 2013, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 2014; add $170 for Apr. 27, 2014.
Gateways San Francisco, L.A., or Houston ($888); add $100 for New York City.
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($888). Reserve package online by making a $200 non-refundable deposit by check or credit card. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure and must be paid for by check or money order to qualify for the cash discount. Package price does not include the $170 fee for a China Single Entry Visa. Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. 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 San Francisco and Beijing starts from $921 in mid-November (Asiana Airlines). Add to that $855 per person, including taxes, for six nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing at China World Trade Center, and you're spending $1,776 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $888 less, this travel package gives you airfare and six nights in Beijing, plus three days of escorted sightseeing and guided tours, some meals, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a traditional Beijing acrobatics show with dinner for $35 per person, and a full-day tour that includes a trip to see the pandas at The Beijing Zoo and Peking Duck dinner for $75 per person.
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