Beijing & Shanghai, Air, 8 Nights, From $999

Explore the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing before flying to the markets and temples of Shanghai with this China travel deal.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Visit the Temple of Heaven during your time in Beijing with this travel deal.

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The Real Deal This vacation package to China includes airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, with a return flight from Shanghai on Air China; five nights at the Pentahotel Beijing; three nights at the Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel Shanghai; intra-country flights and all transfers; all taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges; and a full American buffet breakfast daily; from $999 per person.

When Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 2012, Jan. 6, 2013 ($999); add $50 for Nov. 12, 18, 2012, Feb. 17, 2013 ($1,049); add $100 for Nov. 5, 2012, Mar. 3, 2013 ($1,099); add $150 for Mar. 24, 2013 ($1,149); add $200 for Dec. 24, 2012, Apr. 14, 2013 ($1,199).

Gateways San Francisco ($999); add $100 for New York (JFK).

The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($999). Call SmarTours to reserve and send a $300 check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Package price does not include the fee for a Chinese Visa (approximately $130). Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $249. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Jun. 28, 2012 ($999); add $400 if booked after Jun. 28, 2012.

Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773,

Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfare between San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai starts from $840 in late November (Korean Air). Add to that $384 per person with taxes for five nights at the Pentahotel Beijing, and $130 per person with taxes for three nights at the Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel Shanghai, and you're spending $1,354 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $355 less, this vacation package gives you airfare and eight nights' accommodations in two Chinese cities, flights between them, transfers, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.

More Several optional tours are available from Beijing, including a full day guided tour of the Forbidden City and Summer Palace with lunch for $65 per person, a full day guided trip to the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs for $65 per person with lunch, and a half-day tour of the Lama Tibetan Buddhist Temple and a trip to the Beijing Zoo for $40 per person. Tours from Shanghai include a full-day city tour with lunch for $50 per person, a cruise along the Huangpu River at night for $35 per person, or a full-day trip to the canal city of Suzhou for $65 per person with lunch.

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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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