If China—and a selfie on the legendary Great Wall of China—is on your bucket list, here’s your chance. World Spree’s 10-night Middle Kingdom tour is a steal at $1,399, and it includes round trip air fare from Los Angeles or San Francisco (New York is $100 more); all intra-China transportation; accommodations in convenient, 4-star deluxe hotels; 10 American buffet breakfasts and two Chinese lunches; sightseeing tours with entrance fees; professional English-speaking guides; and baggage handling.
The journey starts in China’s capital, Beijing, where you’ll not only climb the 2,600-year-old Great Wall , but also visit Tiananmen Square and the 9,999-room Forbidden City.
In historic Xian you’ll visit China’s greatest archaeological discovery, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which guarded the first emperor’s tomb for 2,200 years, and glimpse rural life in a typical village cave dwelling.
Then it’s on to Shanghai, China’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Here there’s time to explore the city and its shops on your own, or take an optional tour (with lunch and dinner) that includes the 16th-cenury bazaar; the Bund, symbol of Colonial Shanghai; the futuristic Pudong, which you’ll view from a skyscraper, and a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats.
Another day there’s an *optional excursion (by bullet train) to Marco Polo’s favorite, Hangzhou, which is arguably China’s most beautiful city. Included in the excursion are a cruise on the picturesque West Lake, a delicious lunch, a visit to the famous Dragon Well Tea Plantation for a Tea Ceremony, and a look at the Ming and Qing houses on Old Street.
On the last day there’s another optional tour by motor coach to Suzhou, a 2,500-year-old city (the Venice of the East) known for its ancient canals, traditional gardens and silk production, and to the charming little water town of Tongli with its photogenic canals and bridges, cobbled lanes and Ming-style houses and shops.
*Optional tours vary in price from $35 to $80 (for the full-day trip to Hangzhou with bullet train and lunch)
All prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Check it out at www.worldspree.com, click “Destinations,” then “China.”
What’s the Deal?
I have personally gone to China with this company and can say that the value is unparalleled, especially given the quality of the tour guides. Besides that, it is extremely well-organized and you don’t feel as if you are missing a thing.
Although there is no booking deadline or expiration on this tour, you will need a visa, so you should think 75 days ahead before taking the trip so you can take care of these details.