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China & Yangtze River - 13 Days Jewish Heritage Tour Program Detail

Visiting Beijing, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Chingqing, Yangtze River Cruise (3 nights), Shanghai.

Forbidden City, Beijing

Jewish Heritage China & Yangtze



Day 1: Wed. Beijing
Check into your Five-Star accommodations.
New World Hotel Beijing
Day 2: Thur. Beijing
Sightsee imposing Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City’s Imperial Palace. A pedicab ride takes you through the Hutong district’s ancient narrow streets to enjoy a close-up look at the heritage of this exciting city, with a local family visit. This evening enjoy a Beijing Duck dinner party.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

Day 3: Fri. Beijing
Today, create memories to last a lifetime as you walk along the ancient ramparts of the incredible Great Wall. This evening, enjoy Shabbat dinner and services.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Day 4: Sat. Beijing/Zhengzhou/ Kaifeng/Zhengzhou
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zhengzhou, where you will continue on by motor coach to Kaifeng, a Northern Song Dynasty capital whose emperor invited Jews to stay and develop a cotton industry. A synagogue was first built in Kaifeng in 1183; it was rebuilt many times due to flooding of the Yellow River, and finally destroyed by an earthquake in the 1860’s. Driving through the center of Kaifeng, see the Dragon Palace, then visit the Jewish Quarter and meet a local Jewish descendant. Where you will revisit the lives of Jewish descendants and their memories. As late as 1928. Passover was observed by a local family.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sofitel Hotel
Day 5: Sun.
After breakfast at the hotel, a motor coach drive takes you to historic Xian. Upon arrival this evening, enjoy a dinner. *Travel to Xian by train if the group is less than 6 tour members
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Grand New World Hotel
Day 6: Mon. Xi’an
View the extraordinary life-sized terra-cotta army, no two alike, buried for over 2200 years; Circle Vision Movie; Bronze Chariot; scenic Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xi’an History Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular dinner show at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show

Day 7: Tues. Xi’an/Chongqing
After your free morning, fly to Chongqing. Visit the Stilwell Museum and view World War II memorabilia before boarding Victoria Cruises ship to begin your memorable cruise.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner

Victoria Cruise
Day 8: Wed. Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu
A shore excursion at Fengdu shows the unique temples at Mingshan Hill, filled with statues of ghosts and devils.
* Alternate shore excursion may visit Shiboazhai or Wanzhou.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Thur. Yangtze River Cruise Three Gorges/Small Three Gorges or Shennong Stream
Today cruise through the first of the Three Gorges,Qutang Gorge, hemmed by towering cliffs. Sail on throughWu Gorge, known for its loftyTwelve Peaks. AtWushan, travel up the Daning River via cruiser to see its Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque minigorges of the Ma Du River with its clear water and unusual rock formations. Alternately, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its dramatic gorges. Pass through the last and most scenic of the major gorges,Xiling Gorge, and through theThree Gorges ship locks.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fri. Yangtze Cruise: Xiling Gorge/San
Dou Ping/Yichang/Shanghai

At San Dou Ping, see the amazing Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. Continue on to Yichang where you board your flight to vibrant Shanghai. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Shabbat dinner tonight will be shared with members of the local Jewish Community Center.
* If direct flight is not available, drive to Wuhan by motor coach then fly to Shanghai.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hua Ting Hotel & Tower
Day 11: Sat. Shanghai
Begin your tour today at the Peace Hotel, a Shanghai landmark. Victor Sasson, 4th generation of a wealthy Baghdad Jewish family, built the 1930’s-era hotel and was “the” place to stay in Shanghai. Sasson occupied the top floors under the green pyramid.Continue on to the Ohel Rachel Synagogue, built in 1920 by Victor’s Uncle David in memory of his beloved wife. The Ohel Moshe Synagogue was the center of an active Jewish community prior to World War II. European Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany made Shanghai their home during the war. Visit Old Jewish Shanghai at the old Hongkou district where immigrants lived and the shops catered to the Jewish community. Finally, visit a Children’s Palace which provides a range of after-school and weekend programs including music, dance, art and photography.

MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Sun. Shanghai
Sightsee Shanghai’s highlights: the Shanghai Museum, with an audio tour describing the special features of the museum’s permanent collections, Nanjing Road or Huai Hai Road shopping streets,Yu Garden and the Old Town, the city’s colonial European past at The Bund, the modern Xintiandi, and a renowned Shanghai silk factory. Tonight after dinner, enjoy front section seating at an astonishing performance of the world famous Shanghai acrobats.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Mon. Shanghai
Today ends your Jewish Heritage tour. After breakfast, your program ends. Ask about our transpacific air prices with attractive add-ons from hometown cities as well as mileage credit when ticketed by us.
MEALS: American Breakfast


B Breakfast
L Lunch
D Dinner
City Selected Hotel
Beijing New World Hotel (3 nights)
Zhengzhou Sofitel Hotel (1 night)
Xian Grand New World Hotel (2 nights)
Yangtze River Victoria Anna
Shanghai Hua Ting Hotel & Tower (3 nights)


Departures & Pricing

Call (800) 990-3454 for reservation


Renaissance Beijing
Renaissance Beijing
Sofitel Hotel Zhengzhou
Sofitel Hotel Zhengzhou
Shangri-La  Xi'an
Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel Xi'an
Radisson Plaza Shanghai
Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai