Beijing & Shanghai, Air/6 Nights, From $777

Save more than $700 on this two-city package that lets you explore China's leading metropolises at your own pace.

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai

The Real Deal Multicity flights on Air China, arriving in Beijing and departing from Shanghai; four nights at the Huabin International Hotel in Beijing and two nights at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai; round-trip airport-hotel transfers; breakfast daily; the services of an English-speaking tour representative; hotel taxes and fuel surcharges; from $777 per person—plus airport taxes and fees of $99.

When Depart Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 16, 23, 2011; add $111 for Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23.

Gateways San Francisco; add $120 for L.A., Seattle; $200 for New York City; $250 for Denver; $300 for Chicago; $350 for Miami; $480 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print The starting rate reflects a $200 discount for paying by check or money order. Airport taxes are an additional $99 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $200. China Spree will take care of your China entry visa for an additional $170 ($140 consulate charge plus a $30 service fee). You'll explore independently, so there is no minimum/maximum group size. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact China Spree, 866/652-5656,

Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest multicity fare (San Francisco to Beijing, Beijing to Shanghai, Shanghai to San Francisco) for early January is $969, with taxes (Air China). Add $565 per person for four nights at the Huabin International Hotel in Beijing and $124 per person for two nights at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai, and your total for airfare, accommodations, and hotel taxes is $1,658 when booked separately. For $782 less, China Spree's A Tale of China's Two Great Cities package covers multicity airfare, six nights' hotel, breakfast, round-trip airport-hotel transfers, and all taxes and fees.

More Optional activities include a sightseeing tour of Beijing's imperial treasures ($50 per person, including lunch), an excursion to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs ($70 per person, including lunch and Peking duck dinner), and guided sightseeing in Shanghai ($70 per person, including lunch, dinner, and an acrobatic show). Additional nights are not available as travelers would lose the reduced group airfare.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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