The Best of China Reviews

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With Smarttours, my wife and I booked a trip called “The Best of China”. The price of the trip seemed reasonable. However, they failed to warn about the cost of getting a Chinese visa. They recommended a company call CIBTvisa and we filled out the application and submitted our passports to them. From their website it appeared that the process would cost us about $250 per person. We just got our invoice and the total cost was $851. I feel like I have been sucker-punched. I am so angry. This rip-off has spoiled my excitement for the upcoming trip. I blame smart tours for not warning travelers of this cost. I don't know if CIBTvisa is typical of Visa services or not. I would hate to think that the other services out there could be worse. If you are thinking about going to China, just be aware of the Visa problem
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Posted 6 months ago
With Smarttours, my wife and I booked a trip called “The Best of China”. The price of the trip seemed reasonable. However, they failed to warn about the cost of getting a Chinese visa. They recommended a company call CIBTvisa and we filled out the application and submitted our passports to them. From their website it appeared that the process would cost us about $250 per person. We just got our invoice and the total cost was $851. I feel like I have been sucker-punched. I am so angry. This rip-off has spoiled my excitement for the upcoming trip. I blame smart tours for not warning travelers of this cost. I don't know if CIBTvisa is typical of Visa services or not. I would hate to think that the other services out there could be worse. If you are thinking about going to China, just be aware of the Visa problem
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Posted 6 months ago
With Smarttours, my wife and I booked a trip called “The Best of China”. The price of the trip seemed reasonable. However, they failed to warn about the cost of getting a Chinese visa. They recommended a company call CIBTvisa and we filled out the application and submitted our passports to them. From their website it appeared that the process would cost us about $250 per person. We just got our invoice and the total cost was $851. I feel like I have been sucker-punched. I am so angry. This rip-off has spoiled my excitement for the upcoming trip. I blame smart tours for not warning travelers of this cost. I don't know if CIBTvisa is typical of Visa services or not. I would hate to think that the other services out there could be worse. If you are thinking about going to China, just be aware of the Visa problem
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Posted 6 months ago
With Smarttours, my wife and I booked a trip called “The Best of China”. The price of the trip seemed reasonable. However, they failed to warn about the cost of getting a Chinese visa. They recommended a company call CIBTvisa and we filled out the application and submitted our passports to them. From their website it appeared that the process would cost us about $250 per person. We just got our invoice and the total cost was $851. I feel like I have been sucker-punched. I am so angry. This rip-off has spoiled my excitement for the upcoming trip. I blame smart tours for not warning travelers of this cost. I don't know if CIBTvisa is typical of Visa services or not. I would hate to think that the other services out there could be worse. If you are thinking about going to China, just be aware of the Visa problem
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Posted 6 months ago
Our guide was wonderful as well as the different guides who joined us in different cities. The hotels were exceptional.
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Posted 8 months ago
Great tour‼️ The best tour guides, very helpful and insightful. I can’t wait to visit China once again.
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Posted 1 year ago