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14 Day | Jewish Group Tour of China

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  • 12 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with licensed, English-speaking local tour guides
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Land-only package includes domestic flights: from Beijing to Xi'an, from Xi'an to Guilin, and from Guilin to Shanghai
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 11 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Monday

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday

  • Arrive at Beijing International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 6:30 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • LaDa'at Focus Chinese History and How It Reflects Chinese Reality Today: Welcome dinner, including Peking Duck, and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Three: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven in Southern Beijing, originally constructed in 1420, where many people would pray for good harvest.
  • Attend a lesson in Tai Chi, a martial art commonly practiced for both defense training and health benefits.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, the former Chinese Imperial Palace, home of the royal families and ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. Wander through Tiananmen Square, possibly the world's largest public plaza and the site of numerous key events in Chinese history.
  • Dinner, followed by a performance of the Golden Mask Dynasty, a fairytale-like story of war, royal banquets and romance.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Four: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look Into China's Sociology & Economy with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Badaling Great Wall, the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. Built in 1505, it includes a military outpost which reflects the location's strategic importance. Ascend the Wall by cable car and enjoy a great view of the surroundings.
  • Visit the Ming Dynasty Tombs, burial place of thirteen emperors, beginning in 1328 with the first Ming Emperor Hongwu, through to the last Ming emperor in 1644.
  • Drive along the Sacred Way, a main road leading to all the tombs in the area. View the stone memorial arch, the Great Red Gate, a steel pavilion, stone statues and the Dragon and Phoenix Gate.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Drive by some of the iconic sites from the 2008 Olympics, including the National Stadium and National Aquatics Center.
  • LaDa'at Focus Chinese & Jewish Cultures - Finding Similarities Between Worlds Apart: Dinner and dialogue at a local restaurant with students from the Jewish Studies Department of Beijing University.
  • Visit the Wangfujing (Prince's Mansion Well) night market, located on one of Beijing's most famous shopping streets.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Five: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of a combination of hills, pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges. The Summer Palace is dominated by Longevity Hill and the man-made Kunming Lake and is an excellent example of Chinese landscape garden designs.
  • Lunch on own.
  • See the Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo.
  • Wind your way along a hutong (narrow alleyway) neighborhood aboard a rickshaw and visit with a local family. Learn the art of paper-cutting with the family.
  • Da'at Encounter Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner with members of Kehilat Beijing, a liberal congregation in Beijing.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Six: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day to explore more of Beijing on your own.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Seven: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight to Xi'an in Western China.
  • Arrive in Xi'an, the start of the ancient Silk Road.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the famous Muslim Quarter, located behind the Drum Tower, home to Chinese Muslims for over 1,000 years. Visit the Great Mosque of Xi'an, which was founded in 742 and is the oldest and one of the most famous mosques in the country.
  • Climb an ancient gate of the City Walls, one of the few city walls remaining in China.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an

Day Eight: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Role of the Warrior in China's Cultural Legacy with your tour educator.
  • Examine the Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-size ceramic soldiers and horses “guarding” the tomb of China's first emperor. The ancient burial site was discovered when Chinese peasants dug a well in 1974. Each soldier has a unique face, and there are more than 8,000 of them spread throughout the site.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Try your hand at ancient Chinese crafts in a calligraphyand painting workshop.
  • See the Buddhist Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally built in 652 with five stories, and rebuilt in 704,  one of its main purposes was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.
  • Attend a performance of Tang Dynasty Music and Dance, followed by a dumpling dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an

Day Nine: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.
  • Arrive in Guilin and begin with a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave, over 180 million years old, now with multicolored lighting.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of the city of Guilin, named because its shape resembles an elephant drinking water.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Guiln

Day Ten: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Yangshuo.
  • Take a short cruise along the Li River; view breathtaking scenery around every bend, and life far removed from the big city.
  • Ride a bicycle to a local village.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Visit West Street, the market town of Yangshuo. The 1,400-year-old street is the oldest in Yangshuo.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.
  • Attend an Impression show. This is the world's largest natural theater, utilizing the waters of the Li River as its stage.

Overnight: Yangshuo

Day Eleven: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, transfer to the airport and check in for the flight to Shanghai.
  • Arrive in Shanghai.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Visit the Bund, with its buildings and wharves on the waterfront, followed by a walk down Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street as well as one of the world's busiest shopping streets.
  • Opposite the Bund, view the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, a distinct landmark in the area.
  • Visit the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, which features a visual display of “Shanghai-nese” life as you travel in an automated car under the Huangpu River.
  • Visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Twelve: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Legacy of the Kadoorie and Sassoon Families with your tour educator.
  • LaDa'at Focus Walking tour through Shanghai's Hongkou District, which became a Jewish ghetto during World War II. Visit the Ohel Rachel Synagogue and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, now serving as a museum devoted to the history of the Jews in Shanghai. 
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Walk through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Yu Yuan Garden, adorned with pavilions and punctuated by streams and pools.
  • Optional Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • LaDa'at Focus Dinner and dialogue with people behind the project of recovering Shanghai's Jewish tombstones.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Thirteen: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in in 1882.
  • Walk through Xiantiandi, an arts and crafts enclave in the French concession of Shanghai.
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Free afternoon to explore Shanghai on your own.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection, followed by an acrobatic show.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Fourteen: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to Shanghai International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Need to Know

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers and the tour educator are included.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin (not full- or queen-size) beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach. Please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States.              
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S., you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

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