The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from Los Angeles to Beijing with a return flight from Shanghai on Air China or another available carrier; domestic airfare between Beijing and Yichang and between Chongqing and Shanghai; nine nights' accommodations, including three nights at the Tiantan Hotel in Beijing, a four-night Yangtze River cruise with Victoria Cruises, and two nights at the Bund Riverside Hotel in Shanghai; a full-day tour of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs; a half-day tour of Shanghai's more than 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden and the historical Bund financial district; entrance fees; all ground transportation; daily breakfast; all meals aboard the cruise; and all air and hotel taxes. From $1,599 for a nine-night trip, plus a cruise service charge of $22.50.
When Dec. 5, 2012, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, 2013 ($1,599); Feb. 20, Mar. 6 ($1,629); Mar. 13 ($1,689); Mar. 27 ($1,779); Mar. 20 ($1,789); Dec. 19 ($2,149).
Gateways Los Angeles ($1,599); add $80 for New York.
The Fine Print Does not include a cruise service charge of $22.50 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $343. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
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Why It's A Deal On a recent Kayak search, we found multi-city airfare between Los Angeles, Beijing, and Shanghai for $816 in early December (on a joint itinerary with Alaska Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and China Eastern Air). The Beijing-Yichang flight is $235, while the Chongqing-Shanghai flight is $254. Add that to about $166 per person for the three-night stay at the Tiantan Hotel in Beijing, $470 for the Victoria cruise, and about $72 for the two-night stay at the Bund Riverside, and you'd pay at least $2,013 for airfare and accommodations alone if you booked this trip independently. For $414 less, this deal also includes guided tours and excursions, entrance fees, and all ground transportation.
More Travelers can add nights in Beijing from $25 per person, per night, and in Shanghai from $34 per person, per night. Several optional tours are available, including a half-day tour of Old Beijing's hutongs ($69 per person) and a full-day visit to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Beijing Zoo ($119 per person).
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