The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, with a return trip from Shanghai, on Air China; three nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La; two nights at the Xian Grand Noble Hotel; three nights at the Shanghai Ocean Hotel; all intra-China flights, ground transportation, and transfers; 18 meals, including eight American buffet breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners; a comprehensive touring program including all entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; tours of historic Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a rickshaw ride through the old Hutongs of Beijing, Peking Duck dinner, a trip to the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the "Bird Nest" where the 2008 Olympics took place, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, a traditional dumpling banquet dinner, a Tang Dynasty show in Xian, the Wild Goose Pagoda, Huangpu River, a Shanghai Acrobatics show, full-day trip to Suzhou and the Garden of the Master Fishing Nets—and Tongli, a famous water town; from $1,499 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Nov. 23, 29, 2012, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 21, Feb. 7, 21, 28, 2013 ($1,499); add $60 for Jan. 3, Mar. 7, 2013; add $100 for Mar. 21; check China Spree's website for more dates.
Gateways San Francisco ($1,499); add $50 for L.A.; add $100 for New York City.
The Fine Print Package price reflects the cash discount price ($1,499). Reserve package online by making a $200 non-refundable deposit by check or credit card. Remaining balance is due 50 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. China Spree recommends an $8 per traveler per day gratuity rate for tour guides and porters, but this fee is at your discretion. Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $299 for 2012 dates, from $320 for 2013 dates. 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 between San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai starts at $891 in late November (multiple airlines). Add to that $312 per person including taxes for three nights at the Traders Hotel Beijing by Shangri-La, $94 per person including taxes for two nights at the Xian Grand Noble Hotel, and $136 per person including taxes for three nights at the Shanghai Ocean Hotel, and you're already spending $1,433 for airfare and accommodations alone. For just $66 more, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus guided tours of 15 major attractions in three Chinese cities including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide, all intra-China flights, ground transportation, and transfers, most meals, and all taxes and fees.
More Try an optional tour from Shanghai that includes a trip to the Jade Buddha Temple, People's Square, Shanghai Museum, and a scenic evening cruise along the Huangpu River with views of the Bund, and Pudong, for $50 per person including transportation, entrance fees, escorted tours, and lunch.
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