Amid growing interest in China travel, Ritz Tours has introduced
three new “Summer Saver” programs for select departures between
July and early September, offering in-depth exploration of the
Yangtze River and some of the region’s best-known cities.
Ritz’ 12-day Affordable Yangtze summer special is priced from
$1,599 per person, double, including airfare, hotel and sightseeing
and includes Beijing as the first stop on the itinerary that offers
tours of Tiananmen Square, the ancient Forbidden City, the
magnificent emperor’s Summer Palace, the ornate Temple of Heaven,
as well a walk atop the Great Wall.
After Beijing, travelers head to Chongqing to embark on a
seven-day downstream Yangtze River journey with Victoria Cruises
that takes in the awe-inspiring Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam,
Mt. Huangshan, historical Nanjing, and numerous additional stops.
Upon arrival in Zhenjiang, guests head to Shanghai, where a city
tour introduces travelers to picturesque Yu Garden, bustling
Nanjing Road and the waterfront Bund.
Ritz also is offering two Summer Saver specials: a 13-day
Yangtze Summer Saver (centered around a week-long journey along the
Yangtze) priced from $1,599 per person, double, and a 14-day
Affordable Yangtze itinerary (upstream), starting at $1,699 per
For the winter, Ritz has launched a 12-day Affordable Yangtze
special, priced from $1,599 per person, double, that features
roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco; intra-China
airfare; luxury hotel accommodations in Beijing and Shanghai;
sightseeing in air-conditioned motorcoaches; a seven-day journey on
the Yangtze River with Victoria Cruises; meals and entertainment
and tour guides.
Departures are available from Los Angeles or San Francisco for
2005 on: July 4, July 18, August 1, August 15 and August 29. At
least two passengers are required for the tour to take place. Full
payment is due within 48 hours of booking.
For those looking to extend their travels in Asia, Ritz is
offering a four-day/three-night Super Value Extension to Hong Kong
(starting at $700 per person; single supplement is $270) that can
be tagged on to the end of the Affordable Yangtze program. The Hong
Kong extension features airfare from Shanghai to Hong Kong and from
Hong Kong to the U.S., accommodations at the Hyatt Regency, daily
American breakfast at the hotel, and a half-day city tour.