China, Air, 9 Nights, From $1,299
Take in China’s rich history and tour its bustling cities on this escorted itinerary.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Beijing on Air China; domestic airfare to Shanghai; three nights in Shanghai at the Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei; one night aboard an express train to Tai’an; one night in Tai’an at the Taishan Hotel; one night in Jinan at the Litian Hotel; three nights in Beijing at the Jade Palace Hotel; 23 meals; the services of English-speaking guides with tours to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Kong Family Mansion and Forest; transfers and sightseeing ground transportation; and fuel surcharges; from $1,299—plus $170 in visa fees.
When Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 2012 ($1,299); add from $150 for March 15, 22, 29, 2012.
Gateways L.A. and San Francisco ($1,299); add from $130 for Las Vegas; from $190 for Phoenix; from $250 for Houston; from $300 for Boston; from $325 for New York; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Does not include the $170 fee for a required travel visa. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $250. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact China Focus, 800/868-7244, chinafocustravel.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 $947 with taxes for travel in mid-January (Air China). Add to that $58 per person, including taxes and fees, for three nights at the Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei; $35 per person for one night at the Taishan Hotel; $25 per person for one night at the Litian Hotel; and $166 per person for three nights at the Jade Palace Hotel, and your total for airfare and accommodations alone is $1,231 when booked separately. For just $238 more than airfare and accommodations, this package covers the international flight, domestic flight, overnight train ride, nine nights’ accommodations, 23 meals, tours and the services of a guide throughout the trip, all transfers, and all taxes and fees.
More Extend your stay at the Jade Palace Hotel for, on average, $45 per person per night, based on double occupancy.
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