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  • Temporary Closure of Tourist Attraction in Germany


    Neuschwanstein Castle will be closed from 4th to 9th June, 2015, and the closure will affect the group RED0603 arriving in Fussen on 6th June 2015.

    Nevertheless, the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle will be substituted.

    Located in the village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen, the 19th-century Hohenschwangau Castle (High Swan County Palace) has a unique and vibrant history all of its own. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. Each year, thousands of tourists come to experience the glory and fantasy of this Bavarian masterpiece.

  • Happy New 2015 Year!

  • Advance Reservation Required for Early Booking Discounts


    All Early Booking Discounts will require the following advance reservation prior to departure dates in order to be valid:

    a) For China and Southeast Asia vacations - 60 days' advance booking is required; and

    b) For Europe, India and Africa vacations - 90 days' advance booking is required.

  • Holiday Business Hours


     In observance of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, our sales offices  will be closed on 12/25/14 (Thursday),  from 3 pm on 12/26/14 (Friday), on 01/01/15 (Thursday) and on 01/02/15 (Friday) . All offices shall resume with normal business hours from Monday January 05, 2015.



  • India Makes It Easier for Visitors to Apply for Tourist Visas


     India makes it easier for USA visitors to apply for tourist visas!

    Check out this link to apply tourist visa online:
    and follow and note these steps -
    1. The online application must be filled in at least 4 days in advance and maximum 30 days of proposed date of travel 
    2. Fill in the required details, upload photo (recent front facing photograph with white background) and Passport (page containing picture and details)
    3. Pay visa fees (USD 60 + bank transaction charges) online, using Credit/Debit card. Once paid the fees is nonrefundable under any circumstances). Online application will be processed only after the fees is paid.
    4. You will receive ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) by email within 72 hours (It is important to give correct email address)
    5. Carry a printout of ETA at the time of travel.
    6. Present ETA, disembarkation card and passport, at TVoA (Tourist Visa On Arrival) counter at Indian airport for Visa stamp.
    7. Bio-metric details of the applicant will be captured at the TVoA counter on arrival in India.
  • NEW 2015 Spain & Portugal for LESS!


     Don't miss being an early bird!  2015 Spain & Portugal Vacation (12 days) for as low as $2,520 including international airfares - only when you book before end of October 2014.


    A, B and Si's of Quality & Value in Tours

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    October 02, 2014 - Alhambra, CA 
    With over 34 years of tour operating excellence, Ritz Tours want to indulge you with a classic adventure in Spain that extends into the cultural romance of Portugal on the Iberian peninsula.

    The 12-day and 10-night journey arrives in Madrid, Spain's capital city that is soaked rich in architectural beauties and history that exude the Spaniards' love for life through the arts, dance, food, museums, grand palaces, and magnificent plazas.

    PackageRSP Map 2015

    The tour will continue on air-conditioned coach through the city of Salamanca before crossing into Portugal visiting sights in Coimbra, Fatima and Lisbon. Enjoy the scenic drive and spectacular views along Portugal's sunshine coast and venture back into Spain's Seville, Granada, Purullena, Alicante, Valencia and ending at Barcelona.

    TB 2311 Holly Family Church

    You will spend nights in 4-star superior and 5-star deluxe hotel accommodations in Madrid (2 nights), Fatima (1 night), Lisbon (2 nights), Seville (1 night), Granada (1 nights), Alicante (1 night) and Barcelona (2 nights). Admissions to select must-see attractions are included with the tour: Royal Palace in Madrid, Sintra Palace in Lisbon, Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower in Seville, Alhambra Palace and Generalife Garden in Granada, and Park Guell and Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

    In addition to the company of professional English-speaking tour director during the journey and knowledgeable local guides in key cities, all guests will also enjoy daily hotel breakfasts and 6 hosted dinners in hotels or at local restaurants.

    In fact, other than own minor miscellaneous purchases one can literally sit back and relax to enjoy all arrangements that are carefully tailored by our team of tour planners behind the scene for your greatest comforts.


    This escorted vacation has twice monthly departures from April to September 2015, and one scheduled departure in October next year. Vacation prices including international airfares from U.S.A. start from as low as $2,700. Book this brand new 2015 Classic Spain & Portugal vacationbefore end of this month in October 2014 to enjoy as much as $380 discount per couple, depending on tour departure date and availability.

    Early booking discount prices are not going to last, and one can only secure the most benefits by taking advantage of this promotional offer soonest.

    Call 1-888-345-7489 to book now in order to avoid disappointment of sold-out departure dates!

  • New Regulations for Accompanying Minors Traveling to South Africa


    The Department of Home Affairs of South Africa will implement the requirement that when tourists are traveling with a minor, proofed copy of an unabridged birth certificate showing names of both parents accompanying the child will have to be shown at immigration effective 1 October 2014. For details please check out this link:

  • 10% Off NEW Vacations to Italy, Spain & Portugal and MORE!



    Alhambra, CA. June 24, 2014 – Ritz Tours, the Southern California headquartered tour operator has introduced two new 12-day tours to Italy, Spain and Portugal starting from a remarkable value of $2,700 per person with international airfares included. Consumers can now take advantage to book with a 10 percent discount on the land portion costs for their trips with early departures starting April 2015.


    The discount will also be offered to all Europe land tour itineraries with 2015 departure dates. This early booking discount promotion shall expire on September 30, 2014.


    Ms. Lillian Li, General Manager of Ritz Tours, enthusiastically states that, “With the tremendous support of our clients whom have travelled on our Europe itineraries and asking for more variety in European vacation products, it is only natural that we gladly facilitate by carefully crafting a new set of wonderful vacations to satisfy these needs.”
    She further iterates that the romance of Italy has been very vividly showcased in many classic Hollywood movies, such as Roman Holiday and Three Coins in the Fountain. This will be the best opportunity for travelers whom have yet to visit Italy to totally immerse themselves in Italian culture and experience the aura of Italian romance on a first hand basis. The 12-day-10-night vacation can depart from any city in continental United States with added small surcharge depending on location. Minimum tour fare including airfares from New York JFK, hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts, select meals, and sightseeing tours in Milan, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome and more begins at $2,700. Land arrangements for this Timeless Italy vacation starts with a deal at $1,800 before early booking discount.
    Another brand new vacation itinerary introduced in 2015 by Ritz Tours at the same price points and receiving early booking now is the Classic Spain and Portugal 12-day-and-10-night program. “The combination Spain and Portugal as a brand new tour vacation product is not coincidental,” Lillian Li explains. “The two countries are both complementary and contrasting at the same time,” she says, “Our foreign journey begins from Madrid, enters Portugal, tours the coastal cities of Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Alicante and Valencia, then ends in the vibrant city of Barcelona.” The journey will cover sights and attractions in no less than 14 cities of both countries in the comforts of a luxury motor coach, 10 nights’ quality hotel accommodation with daily breakfasts and select meals.
    The itineraries of these two new tours together with other best selling European vacations are available for reference on the Ritz Tours web site under the Vacation Packages menu’s 2015 tab.
    Ritz Tours is founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Through its offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Ritz Tours has been providing North American and European travelers with quality, unique and memorable travelling experiences to different continents including Europe, China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Ritz Tours is an active member of United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN) and the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN). Ritz Tours can be contacted at 1-888-345-7489.
  • Thailand Update

    Latest Update: 06/13/2014
    No More Curfew in Thailand! Click to see the official press release from Tourism Authority of Thailand below.
    The Army Chief of Thailand has announced on May 22, 2014 that a coup has been declared due to the political disagreements between parties and for the sake preventing further disruption of public order due to rampant protests.
    Thailand has been undergone military coup for 11 times before this latest takeover to ease public discontent, and they have never affected the daily lives of ordinary citizens especially tourists. Furthermore, all government agencies and private companies continue to open for business as normal except for night curfew if imposed.
    Our ground handling agent reports that all our sightseeing tours in Thailand will operate as per normal avoiding the protesting areas in Bangkok if any. 
    We will continuously monitor the situation and update on the latest development in Thailand for all our guests in or planning to have their vacation in Amazing Thailand.
  • Send Moms to Europe!


     May 08, 2014, Alhambra, California

    Send Your Mother-in-Law (and Mom) to Europe!


    It's about time to send them packing.... And why not to Europe for 12 days when you can let 'em enjoy the good company of reveling cohorts under the great care of Ritz Tours from London to Rome or from Frankfurt to Prague?

    In all good spirits this Mother's Day, you will come up tops as their favorite child simply because you love 'em enough to give 'em these gifts of European vacations!

    Perhaps little will they know that you have saved a couple of hundred bucks with your generosity this Mother's Day when you book their departures now. But this shall be our little secret....

    Yes, show 'em your best by showering 'em with your vacation gifts of love!


    But just remember that you take off $100 per mother (oops, I mean per person) from any of Ritz Tours' Europe Delight or theBest of Eastern Europe tours only on a limited time basis* - and for 'em leaving in September or October only.

    And consider this: To send 'em off from just $2,800 each including round-trip international airfare, taxes, hotel stays, select meals, complimentary travel insurance, and numerous sightseeing opportunities happily escorted, will certainly pay off great dividends with unspoken goodwill in the long run.

    So take the chance to score big with your mother-in-law (or mom) now by picking up the phone to dial 1-888-345-7489. With a deal of such great value, you may even want to travel along too.... Or perhaps that's only an option.... (?_?)?


    * All bookings must be made at least 90 days before tour departure dates to qualify for discount of $100 for specified tours. All prices mentioned are on per person double occupancy basis, on availability basis at time of booking, and are of specific departures from specific international flight gateway cities. Discounts are only available for phone bookings at 1-888-345-7489. The general terms & conditions will apply.

  • Effective July, Hotel in Shanghai Changed


    Dear Traveler,

    We hope you are looking forward to your upcoming trip with Ritz Tours!

    We would like to inform you that all passengers on China tours departing the US from 1st July 2014 onwards will now be staying in Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi Hotel while in Shanghai. If you have any questions please feel free to call us on 1-888-345-7489 or email us at

  • Air China US Domestic Air Add-on Changed


     To All Valued Travelers,

    Effective on April 21 2014 Air China has suspended its US domestic air add-on contract with US domestic airlines temporarily.

    Travelers  who booked our China tour or Asia tours from US domestic add-on cities and have not made the final payment yet, we will refund the add-on airfare cost and you are asked to make your own arrangement on US domestic flights to gateways.

    Travelers who have made the final payment, we will contact you for alternative flights. If separate tickets must be issued, US domestic luggage rules will apply.

    We appreciate your kind understanding for this unexpected interruption which is beyond our control and please feel free to contact us at 1-800-900-2446.


    Thank you,

    Lillian Li

    General Manager

  • Ritz Tours Lucky Draw Winner: David L. Eng, Aliso Viejo, CA


     March 15, 2014, Alhambra, CA

    The 2014 Ritz Tours Lucky Draw drew almost 900 entries by mail and personal submissions and ended on February 15, 2014. 

    A draw for the winner for all qualified submission was conducted in the afternoon on March 4, 2014 by invited guest, Ms. Kiki Paris of Emerging Destinations, Boulder, CO who visited Ritz Tours head office.

    The winner who has won an iPad Mini is:  Mr. David L. Eng of Aliso Viejo, California

    Our congratulations to David for being the lucky winner, and we thank you all whom have supported Ritz Tours in this campaign.

  • Happy New Year Of The Horse




    January 31, 2014 signifies the start of The Year Of The Horse in the Chinese Lunar Calendar & Your Last Chance to Save on a Tour to China with Early Booking Discounts

    --» to SAVE $400 per couple when you book tours in our China Premiere Series vacations. Enjoy the two programs with luxurious comforts of executive/club-floors in 5-star luxury hotels, small intimate groups, private dining experiences and travel insurance inclusion on these China Premiere Series programs:
    1. 12-Day Majestic China Panorama (Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Shanghai)
    2. 15-Day Majestic China & Yangtze River (Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai)
    --» to SAVE $300 per couple when you book tours in our China Deluxe Series vacations. Experience unsurpassed tour quality and value that also offer great variety and flexibility in China. 8 vacation programs to choose from:
    1. 10-Day China Discovery (Beijing, Xian and Shanghai)
    2. 12-Day Yangtze Essence (Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai)
    3. 12-Day China Scenic (Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai)
    4. 16-Day Scenic Yangtze Discovery (Beijing, Yangtze River Cruise, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai)
    5. 16-Day Tibet Highland & Yangtze River (Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai)
    6. 12-Day China Discovery & Hong Kong (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong)
    7. 14-Day Yangtze Essence & Hong Kong (Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai and Hong Kong)
    8. 14-Day China Scenic & Hong Kong (Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong)
  • Veterans Day Price Roll Back For Those Who Served & More!


    Here Is A Price Roll Back In Honor Of Veterans Of Our Great Country!

    For Veterans and All: In appreciation of the veterans who served, their families and their communities, we are proud to offer a very special 2014 tour to 3 exotic countries in Indochina at a great value.

    Your 2014 travel is even more attractive now with an additional discount on top of the early booking discount currently promoted. Your total savings will be $200 per person only when you book this one-of-a-kind tour organized by Ritz Tours by the end of November 2013.

    Be a witness to the modern Indochina by venturing back to the now economically vibrant Vietnam, the still rustic Cambodia and the bustling Thailand via this 13-day and 11-night trip of a lifetime with all international airfares included.

    Visit Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for 6 nights, stay in quality comforts and tour interesting sights and attractions, and have most meals arranged for your gastronomic pleasure. Re-awaken your spiritual self at the world's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, within the 2 nights in Cambodia, and cap your excitement with 3 days and 2 nights in Bangkok plus the ancient capital of Ayutthaya in Thailand before your return to the United States.

    Take off a total of $200 per person when you book online with us by using this discount code for the 2014 Indochina Excursion Tour:



    (Note: Code is case-sensitive)

    Remember, this offer will end by November 30, 2013. 
    You will save $400 per couple on this memorable vacation trip of your lifetime to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

    Offer valid for Tour Code #RAA for 2014 departures only. Booking confirmation and minimal deposit are required by 11/30/2013. Restrictions may apply. 

  • Plan Your 2014 Vacations Ahead - Save Up To $1,000 For Two


    Journey The World With Us - if your vacation plans in 2014 include Europe, Asia, Africa or the Middle East, you can take advantage of the early booking discounts now by calling 1-888-345-7489 and save big!

    This is the best time of the year for travelers to plan early and save with confirmed 2014 vacation departures and itineraries - up to $1,000 off the 2014 regular tour prices*:
    Book and pay deposit by 10/31/2013 to receive up to $1000 discount per couple!
    Book and pay deposit by 10/31/2013 to receive up to $400 discount per couple!
    Book and pay deposit by 10/31/2013 to receive up to $600 discount per couple!
    Book and pay deposit by 12/20/2013 to receive up to $300 discount per couple!
    Book and pay deposit by 10/31/2013 to receive up to $400 discount per couple!
    Book and pay deposit by 12/20/2013 to receive up to $300 discount per couple!
    * Early booking discounts listed vary according to tours booked and apply to new 2014 tour bookings only. Discounts not applicable to private group arrangements. 
  • Eff. Aug 1, 2013, no hand written China visa application accepted


    As of August 1, 2013, the Visa and Passport Office of the Chinese Consulate General in U.S.A. will require that all "Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China"(Form v.2011A) must be fully completed on a computer and clearly printed out except that the signature should be hand written. Altered forms or hand written forms will not be accepted.

  • New Shopping Policy for China Programs


     Alhambra, CA (March 28, 2013) – Ritz Tours, the industry’s leader in escorted tours to China, has once again defined a new model for quality tours – shopping excursions will no longer be mandatory for guests, and all guests can have the recourse of a full shopping refund if they are unhappy with any purchase.


    While some travelers enjoy shopping, others may not. The newly crafted Ritz Tours Shopping Policy clearly states that shopping is optional and purchases are refundable.  Guests who do not wish to shop will have the choice to opt-out on shopping excursions.  For shopping enthusiasts, plenty of time will be allocated at the end of the sightseeing activities and/or on free days to visit the pre-designated stores that are verified by Ritz Tours for best shopping experience.  Guests will also benefit from the return policy and will have confidence that they will get their money back if they are dissatisfied with their purchases.


    Max Chew, Vice President of Ritz Tours explained, “We want our clients to have a peace of mind knowing that they will never be coerced into making unnecessary purchases at grossly inflated prices, that they have the option to opt out of shopping stops that we usually arrange at end of the sightseeing day or during free days, and that all guests can choose to rest at their own leisure in the comforts of their hotels instead of shopping.” He further emphasized, “We are empowering our clients in this decision making process on the ground, knowing that there have been rampant abuses on the shopping experience in cheap and dubious China tour packages that are getting more and more prevalent in the U.S. marketplace today.”


    He added, “Ritz Tours has decided on new ways to meet the needs of our every client. We want to stand apart with this new shopping policy in the interest of the consumers in order that they will have nothing but quality time spent in China for themselves.”


    The Ritz Tours Shopping Policy is not only ground-breaking in its suitability but also in its guarantee that all the guests’ needs are fulfilled at the end of the tour.  It provides guests a choice to participate in shopping excursions with the convenience of being escorted to quality pre-approved shopping locations, and the assurance that all guests will be pleased with their purchases.  There will no longer be any buyer’s remorse by following a simple return procedure.  In order to process an immediate full refund, guests on Ritz Tours’ China program can provide a receipt along with the merchandise to the tour guide before the end of the tour in China; or mail the unused merchandise back to the merchant with the proper receipt and in its original packaging within 14 days upon returning to the United States. The refund process will be completed by the merchant within 2 weeks after receiving the returned merchandise.


    For more information about the Ritz Tours Shopping Policy, please call 1-888-345-7489 or visit

  • New Escorted Tours to South Africa & Kenya


     March 11, 2013 (Alhambra, CA) - For $3,700 or less traveler can now venture to the African continent to take on wild safari excursions with the escorted tour giant Ritz Tours headquartered in Alhambra, California.

    With over 32 years of tour operating experience, Ritz Tours is satisfying the needs of its new and loyal customers with new escorted tour offerings to South Africa and Kenya with departures from March to December this year. Both air-inclusive tours can depart from key U.S. gateways of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, or even with seamless local city add-ons possible.
    The 10-day-and-8-night South Africa Highlights tour visits the famous idyllic Cape Town, the southern-most major city first for 4 nights, 2 nights at the famous Entabeni safari to experience the local wildlife, and 2 nights' stay at the capital Johannesburg. The package is attractively priced at $3,700 upwards depending on seasonality of travel and includes deluxe hotel accommodation, most meals, international and domestic airfares, local transfers, guided tours to unique attractions and safari game drives. Guaranteed departure can be arranged for a minimum of 6 adults.
    The Best of Kenya Safari program features many visits to game reserves in the country. This 10-day-8-night tour will lead hard core adventurers to the Mount Kenya National Park, Shaba National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Reserve, and Masai Mara National Reserve where the sightings for the big five is almost as assured. Guaranteed departure is assured with a minimum of 2 adults. Low season air-inclusive tour fares start at $3,400 per person to $4,500 during peak travel periods.
    Both tours are quoted based on double occupancy basis and single supplement fees may vary based on dates of travel.
  • Ritz Tours Appointed as Chongqing Tourism Marketing Center in Los Angeles


    Alhambra, CA  – China’s foremost vibrant city of Chongqing has appointed Ritz Tours USA, Inc., an industry titan with exquisitely planned escorted tours to China, as the Chongqing Tourism Marketing Center on the West Coast of U.S.A. in Los Angeles this year.


    The new establishment of the Chongqing Tourism Marketing Center in Los Angeles is deemed by the municipality government as a proactive effort to raise its international recognition and awareness of the many world-class tourism infrastructures it has to offer to American visitors. According to Hunter Wang, Deputy Director of Chongqing Tourism, “The Center shall take on the role of building tourism business relationships between the city and United States, facilitating tourism, culture and educational exchanges, and the dissemination of information on the various unique tourism assets in Chongqing.”


    Long touted as a major port-of-call and the starting point for cruises along the famous Yangtze River, Chongqing has also become famous for its many attractions and nationally rated scenic spots. In addition to the breathtaking views of the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River, visitors can venture to explore the karst formations of Xueyu Cave, the ancient Dazu Rock Carvings that date back to early Tang Dynasty almost 2000 years ago, the Ghost City of Fengdu County, the famous Chongqing Hot Springs, and many other natural and historical wonders. 


    Martin Chan, the President of Ritz Tours USA, Inc., highlighted, “We are honored that Ritz Tours has been chosen as the representative to undertake the task of promoting Chongqing. While we have been successful in communicating the beauty and excitement of this city and the Yangtze River cruise to our clients, the challenge now it to generate an even greater excitement through various trade and media collaborations to build more fans for Chongqing and to provide potential visitors with the knowledge of the many leisure options available.” 


    The new Chongqing Tourism Marketing Center will be located at 208 South First Street, 2nd Floor, Alhambra, CA 91801, telephone 1-626-677-3405, fax 1-626-281-0117.

  • 2 More Weeks to Book Early to SAVE!


     You will now have only about two weeks till end of February 2013 to take advantage of the early booking discounts to SAVE BIG when you plan for your vacations by Ritz Tours.

    Save up to $400 per couple when you book for your trips before March 1, 2013. Get your cash discount of $200 per person when you book any of the Premiere Tour series, $100 off per person for the Deluxe Tour series or the Asia Tour Series.

    Call 1-888-345-7489 to inquire about these discounts, or book direct online to get your automatic discount when you check out for payment.