The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, with a return flight from Shanghai on Air China; intra-China flight from Beijing to Shanghai; three nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La; four nights at the Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel Limited; 10 meals including daily American buffet breakfasts and three lunches; sightseeing tours and entrance fees per itinerary with English-speaking guides; escorted tours of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the "Bird Nest" where the Beijing Olympics were held, and tours of the Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong areas of Shanghai; from $1,039 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 2013, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 ($1,039); add $50 for Mar. 7, 14, 21, 2013; add $100 for Nov. 1, 8, 2013, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 2014.
Gateways San Francisco, L.A., and Houston ($1,039); add $60 for New York City.
The Fine Print Package price reflects the cash discount price ($1,039). 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 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. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $280. 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 multicity round-trip airfare from San Francisco to Beijing and Shanghai starts at $978 in late November (China Eastern Air). Add to that $212 per person for the flight between Beijing and Shanghai, $280 per person including taxes for three nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La, and $376 per person including taxes for four nights at the Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel Limited, and you're spending $1,846 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $807 less, this travel package gives you airfare and seven nights in two Chinese cities, flights between them, a number of escorted tours with English-speaking guides, entrance fees, some meals, and all taxes and fees.
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