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Beijing, China, Air, 6 Nights, From $799

Take a stroll on the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, and roam the imperial gardens.

Beijing

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

(Courtesy harryvg/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal A round-trip flight on Air China to Beijing; six nights at the Hua Bin International Hotel in Beijing; round-trip airport-hotel transfers; breakfast daily; three lunches; three days of guided sightseeing tours of Beijing, including visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the hutongs (ancient narrow alleys) of old Beijing, the Great Wall of China, and the Temple of Heaven; services of an English-speaking tour representative; entrance fees; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $799 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $79.    

When Depart Nov. 16, 23, 2011, Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012; add $20 for Mar. 3, 14, 2012; $100 for Dec. 7, 2011; $150 for Mar. 21, 28, 2012; $200 for Nov. 2, 9, 2011; $600 for Dec. 14, 21, 28, 2011.

Gateways San Francisco; add $120 for L.A., Seattle; $300 for Chicago, Dallas; $330 for New York City; $350 for Miami; $480 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.    

The Fine Print The starting rate includes a $200 cash payment discount. Airport taxes are an additional $79. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $199. China Spree will take care of your China entry visa for an additional $170 ($140 consulate charge plus a $30 service fee). This is a group tour, and minimum group size is 10 passengers (average group size can’t be provided at this time, since this is a brand-new tour package). 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 A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare between San Francisco and Beijing starts from $836 with taxes for travel in mid-November (Air Canada). Add to that $476 per person, including taxes and fees, for six nights at the Hua Bin International Hotel in Beijing, and your total for airfare and accommodations alone is $1,312 when booked separately. For $434 less, China Spree’s Timeless Beijing package covers the international flight and six nights’ hotel—plus some meals, three days of guided sightseeing, round-trip airport-hotel transfers, and all hotel taxes and fees.  

More You can add an optional
day excursion featuring visits to the Lama Temple, Panda Pavilion at Beijing Zoo, Beihai Park, and a Peking duck dinner with a performance show ($80 per person, including lunch and dinner). Additional nights are not available as travelers would lose the reduced group airfare, making the package no longer a deal. Land-only package starts from $299 per person for six nights.

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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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