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14 Day China & Yangtze River Jewish Heritage Tour

  Jewish Heritage in China Tour
Discovering Jewish history in China
Beijing, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Xian, Chongqing, Downstream Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai
Tour Code: 7YE14JH


It began in 998 AD when a group of Jews wandering the Silk Road came to Kaifeng, then capital of China. Emperor Zhenzong welcomed them and encouraged them to keep their own customs and rites. They settled down and from then on developed their business and cultural contacts all over China.
Later, in the 19th century, Sephardic Jewish merchants appeared in Shanghai followed in the early 1900s by large numbers of Russian Jews. And, during World War II, Shanghai became "The Port of Last Resort" for thousands of Jews escaping Nazi tyranny.
Your Jewish Heritage Tour will be filled with the exhilaration of discovery and an enriching wealth of new experiences, including the grandeur of deluxe Yangtze River cruising!

BEIJING: 3 Nights Renaissance Beijing Hotel
Special Shabbat Dinner and Services , Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City's Imperial Palace with living quarters, museum and jewelry sections , Hutong tour Beijing Duck dinner party Great Wall
Day Tour to visit sites and hear lectures relevant to Kaifeng Diaspora , Jewish Quarter , Dragon Palace
XIAN: 2 Nights Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel
Terra Cotta Warriors , Circle Vision Movie , Bronze Chariot , Shaanxi Provincial Museum , Tang Dynasty Theatre Dinner Show
CHONGQING: Sightseeing Tour
Stilwell Museum
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 3 Nights Victoria Cruises Ship
Victoria Cruise downstream , Chongqing , Fengdu , Small Gorges of Daning River or Shennong Stream , Three Gorges Dam , Yichang
SHANGHAI: 3 Nights Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel
Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community, visit sites and hear lectures in this "Port of Last Resort" for European Jews including Ohel Moshe Synagogue and Old Jewish Shanghai , Children's Palace , Nanjing or Huai Hai Road Shops , Shanghai Museum , Yu Garden , The Bund , Acrobatic Show

Round-trip transpacific air transportation
All intra-China air/land transportation
Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
9 nights in deluxe and superior first class hotels; 3 nights aboard deluxe Victoria Cruises' ship in outside cabin with private balcony
12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges Sightseeing tours, Jewish heritage sites, cultural entertainment, other performances as specified Northwest WorldPerks® members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land tour package ticketed on Northwest Airlines
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT.


Day 1 • Tuesday LOS ANGELES to BEIJING
Fly transpacific aboard Northwest Airlines, bound for China. Cross the International Date Line.


Day 2 • Wednesday ARRIVE BEIJING
Upon arrival in Beijing, China's historic capital city, you are escorted to the Renaissance Beijing Hotel .

Day 3 • Thursday 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 including a visit with a local family. Enjoy a Beijing Duck dinner party tonight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party

Day 4 • Friday BEIJING

Today, create memories to last a lifetime as you walk along the ancient ramparts of the awesome Great Wall at Badaling. This evening, enjoy Shabbat dinner and services.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zhengzhou , where you will continue on by motorcoach 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 1860s. Driving through the center of Kaifeng , your first stop is at the Dragon Palace , then visit the Jewish Quarter and meet Mr. Jin, one of the Jewish descendants. He has collected old pictures and memorabilia of Jewish life. Your local guide will translate Mr. Jin's talk on the lives of Jewish descendants and their memories. As late as 1928, Passover was observed by a local family. Mr. Jin's brother immigrated to Israel. Return to the Sofitel Hotel in Zhengzhou for dinner and overnight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

Day 6 • Sunday ZHENGZHOU to XI'AN*

After breakfast at the hotel, a motorcoach drive takes you to historic Xi'an. Upon arrival this evening, enjoy a buffet dinner after check-in at the Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel .
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*Travel to Xi'an by train if group is less than 6 tour members.

Day 7 • Monday XI'AN

Tour the famed legion of terra-cotta warriors, Circle Vision Movie, Bronze Chariot and Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular dinner show at the T'ang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show

Day 8 • Tuesday XI'AN to CHONGQING

Morning is free, and then an afternoon flight takes you to Chongqing. Visit the Stilwell Museum, with its collection of World War ll Flying Tigers memorabilia. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Marriott Hotel, then board a deluxe Victoria cruise ship to begin your memorable cruise on the Yangtze River.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner


A shore excursion at legend-rich Fengdu visits Snow Jade Cave, with its unique stalactite formations. River conditions may require a stop at Wanzhou instead.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, hemmed by mossy cliffs. At Wushan, an excursion takes you up the Daning River to view the famed Small Gorges. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. Sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks. Now cruise through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, sail through the Three Gorges Dam Shiplock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Morning arrival at Yang Jia Wang. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Continue on to Yichang where you board your early afternoon flight to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai . Shabbat dinner tonight will be shared with members of the local Jewish Community Center.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, drive to Wuhan by motorcoach then fly to Shanghai.

Day 12 • Saturday SHANGHAI

Begin your tour today at the Peace Hotel, a Shanghai landmark . Victor Sassoon, 4th generation of a wealthy Baghdad Jewish family, built the 1930s-era hotel and was "the" place to stay in Shanghai. Sassoon occupied the top floors under the green pyramid. Continue on to the Ohel Rachel Synagogue (no entry as building is now used by the Shanghai Education Commission), built in 1920 by Victor's Uncle David in memory of his beloved wife. Visit the Ohel Moshe Synagogue which was the center of an active Jewish community prior to World War ll. European Jews fleeing Hitler's Germany made Shanghai their home during the war. Visit Old Jewish Shanghai where immigrants lived and their shops catered to the Jewish community. The old Hongkou district is located in a section now known as Yangpu, where much of the residential area is scheduled for demolition under a redevelopment plan. Finally, visit a Children's Palace housed in the old Kadoorie Mansion known as Marble Hall. Today it provides a range of after-school and weekend programs including music, dance, art and photography. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel this afternoon.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 • Sunday SHANGHAI

Today see the Shanghai Museum's collection of cultural artifacts, emporiums of Nanjing or Huai Hai Road, Jade Buddha Temple and the fabled Bund. After a buffet dinner, enjoy an astonishing acrobatic show at the Portman Theater.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner


Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Cross the International Date Line and arrive home the same day. Or, you may choose to join our 4-DAY HONG KONG EXTENSION
MEALS: American Breakfast

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Special Notes:
• All prices are per person, double occupancy.
• East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add- On air fares from interior U.S. cities to Los Angeles, refer to Add-On Fare Chart below.
• Air taxes and fuel surcharges are additional and subject to change.
• Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.

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ZONE 1: To Los Angeles: No Additional Charge

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8-Day Japan SuperValue and 12-Day Japan SuperValue Tours depart from Detroit. See individual tours for applicable add-on air fares from Detroit.
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.

IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on Northwest Airlines.
Valid from April 1,2007-March 31, 2008; Fares subject to change.


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