The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes air from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with a return flight from Hong Kong; domestic flights from Shanghai to Xi'an, Xi'an to Beijing, and Beijing to Hong Kong; three nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai; two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an; three nights at the Beijing International Hotel; three nights at the Park Hotel Hong Kong; a touring package, including entrance fees and trips to such sights as the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta army near Xi'an, and Hong Kong's Victoria Peak; all ground transportation, including an airport transfer on Shanghai's unique maglev train; fifteen meals (eleven breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner); and all air and hotel taxes and fees, from $1,899 per person.
When Feb. 19, 2013 ($1,899); Feb. 12, 2013 ($1,999); Mar. 19, 2013 ($2,099).
Gateways Los Angeles (from $1,899).
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. A $170 China visa fee is not included and must be paid separately. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $500. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Oct. 2, 2012; add $300 for bookings made after Oct. 2.
Contact Friendly Planet, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent Kayak search, air from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with a return flight from Hong Kong, starts at $811 in early December (United). Add to that $196 per person for three nights at the Shanghai Mansions Hotel, $110 for two nights at the Grand Noble Xi'an, $203 for three nights at the Beijing International Hotel, and $315 for three nights at the Park Hotel Hong Kong, and the total would be $1,635 per person just for international airfare and accommodation, taxes and fees included. For just $264 more, this package gets you the same international flights, eleven nights in four Chinese cities, and all taxes and fees—plus three domestic flights, ground transportation, fifteen meals, and a touring package with entrance fees to some of the country's most renowned sights.
More Additional pre-tour nights are available at the Broadway Mansions Shanghai from $90 per room, per night, and post-tour nights are available at the Park Hotel Hong Kong from $250 per room, per night. In additional to the included tours, Friendly Planet offers an optional excursion package at $165 extra per person. This package includes a full-day tour with lunch in Suzhou, China's "city of gardens"; a dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty dance in Xi'an; and a full-day tour of Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven. Several other individually-priced optional tours are available for purchase on location.
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