LOS ANGELES -- Limited air availability forced Ritz Tours here to
cancel its Hot Deals packages to Shanghai and Beijing after August.
However, said Evan Chan, director of the firm's China division,
new programs will be created for fall and winter.
The Hot Deals plan, a six-night package priced from $888 to
$1,059 per person, double, including air, was set up in May with
departures scheduled through March 2003.
A rush to see the Yangtze River (see story, Page 55) was part of
what forced the company to cancel the packages, Chan said, adding
that many carriers have cut back availability.
The price for the remaining departures, which operate through
Aug. 24, is $999. The Aug. 31 departure is priced at $1,059.
The Beijing package includes a full-day excursion to the Great
Wall and the Ming Tomb Museum, a full-day city tour of Beijing,
along with three days of free time. The Shanghai program includes a
full-day excursion to Suzhou and a half-day tour of Shanghai.
Both packages include roundtrip air fare, six nights' hotel
accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast and
For more information or reservations, call Ritz tours at (800)
900-CHINA (2446) or visit www.ritztours.com.