Beijing and Shanghai tour from $799

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

Book by: July 21

Travel by: Through 2009

The deal

Jet of on an exciting tour of China with this air-inclusive offer available from SmarTours. This 8-night adventure combines the two fascinating cities of Beijing and Shanghai, with round-trip airfare included from San Francisco and local flights.

Begin your trip with several nights spent at the upscale Marriott Courtyard Beijing Hotel, conveniently located just steps from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Head out on your own to explore this 3,000-year-old city on your own, or choose from among several optional guided excursions. Tours included a full-day sightseeing with visits to the legendary Great Wall and Ming Dynasty tombs ($60), a full-day tour of the labyrinthine old city ($60), and a traditional Peking Duck dinner and Opera performance ($45).

Next, you’ll board your transfer flight to bustling Shanghai, China’s largest city, for a stay at the modern Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista Hotel. Round out your tour exploring the city’s colorful markets and temples on your own, or try an optional guided excursion to Suzhou, the nearby Yangtze River city known as the “Venice of the East.” This tour starts at just $799, with various departures available throughout 2009. Book by July 21 to save up to $800 per couple; reservations made after this deadline cost $400 more per person.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Be sure to book by July 21. Anyone reserving after this date will need to pay $400 more.

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