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.
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, chinaspree.com.
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.
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