If you want to go to China, Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com) has a package that's earned it designation as our Smart Deal of the Week. Ten days of travel costs just $1,199, but you absolutely must act quickly -- this trip is extremely popular and selling out, and the booking deadline is June 17. The advertised sale price reflects a savings of up to $600 per couple and the November 25 departure, but trips for September 2 and 30, priced from $1,599 and October 21 ($1,499) are available, too. November 4 is available from $1,399; the departure on the 18th is sold out. Or, if you can wait until next year, the price also reflects the February 24 departure.
Now, onto the nitty-gritty of this package, called "A Taste of China." It includes round-trip airfare departing from Los Angeles, fuel surcharges, hotels, transfers, entrance fees per itinerary, 12 meals (breakfast every day), along with the services of an English-speaking tour director and those of local guides. In terms of destinations, the itinerary covers Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. There's time to explore sites such as Tiananmen Square, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Of course, no trip to China would be complete without taking in the Great Wall. Other attractions and stops include the noteworthy Terra Cotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an (a stunning sight), and time at leisure in Shanghai to take organized tours or explore the city at your own pace.
Talk with fellow Frommer's travelers in our China Forum today.