China & Yangtze River Cruise, Air, Tours, 10 Nights, From $1,595

Take in China’s epic history and scenery with this cruise package, which takes you from Shanghai to Chongqing along the mighty Yangtze River.

By , Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012, 10:28 AM

Shanghai's Old Town

Start your journey in Shanghai with this travel deal that also includes an eight night cruise down China's scenic Yangtze River.

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The Real Deal This cruise package includes airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Shanghai, with a return flight from Beijing; a domestic flight between Chongqing and Beijing; two nights in the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel; eight nights on the Yangtze River aboard Victoria Cruises' Victoria Sophia, which departs from Shanghai and passes through Nanjing, Wuhan, Yichang, Fengdu, and Chongqing; 25 meals (ten breakfasts, seven lunches, and eight dinners); airport transfers; and all air, hotel, and cruise taxes and fees included, from $1,595 per person.

When Nov. 8, 2012 ($1,595); Oct. 25, 2012 ($1,695).

Gateways Los Angeles or San Francisco (from $1,595); add $100 for New York City.

The Fine Print All air, hotel, and cruise taxes and fees are included in the package price. A $170 China visa fee is not included and may be added to the package or arranged independently before travel. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $700. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No booking deadline; based on availability.

Contact Affordable Asia Tours, 888-737-2743,

Why It's a Deal According to a recent Kayak search, airfare from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with a return flight from Beijing, starts at $864 in mid-November (China Eastern Air). Add to that $167 per person for two nights at the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel, and you'd be paying $1,031, taxes and fees included, just for international airfare and two nights' hotel accommodation. For only $564 more, this package includes the international airfare and night in Shanghai, plus the eight-night cruise, domestic airfare from Chongqing to Beijing, airport transfers, and 25 meals.

More Affordable Asia offers a number of optional excursions. For an additional $120 per person, guests can purchase the Victoria Cruises Shore Excursion Package, which includes tours to the Nanjing City Wall and bazaar, storied Mt. Huangshan, the Guqin Terrace in Wuhan, the Three Gorges Dam and Lesser Three Gorges, and either Shibaozhai, Fengdu or Wanxian. For an additional $60, guests can add a full-day tour to Suzhou, the "Venice of the Orient."

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