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A Jewish Heritage Tour to China
 
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  • Flights to and from China as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and subject to change by the airline).
  • 13 nights' accommodation at selected hotels.
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing
  • Domestic flights from Beijing to Xi'an and from Xi'an to Hong Kong
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from each airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 12 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday, October 18, 2015
DEPARTURE

  • 8:15 a.m. Depart Washington DC, IAD, for San Francisco on United Airlines flight #1617
  • 1:30 p.m. Depart San Francisco for Shanghai on United Airlines flight #857.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, October 19, 2015
ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI

  • 5:25 p.m. Arrive at Shanghai International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the city, stopping at the Bund waterfront en route to see the night skyline of the Pudong area opposite.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Chinese History and How It Reflects Chinese Reality Today: Welcome dinner, and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Three: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
JEWISH LIFE IN SHANGHAI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Legacy of the Kadoorie and Sassoon Families with your tour educator.
  • LaDa'at Focus Special field seminar and tour with Dvir Bar-Gal, discovering the Jewish heritage of Shanghai:
    • Visit the Fairmont Peace Hotel built by the Sassoon Family.
    • Visit the Bund, with its buildings and wharves on the waterfront.
    • Walking tour through Shanghai's Hongkou District, which became a Jewish ghetto during World War II.
    • Visit the Ohel Rachel Synagogue (outside view only) and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, now serving as a museum devoted to the history of the Jews in Shanghai.
    • Visit the Holocaust Memorial in Huoshan Park.
  • 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.
  • Walk through Xintiandi, an affluent car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Four: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
SHANGHAI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in in 1882.
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square.
  • Lunch on your own in Tianzifang, an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated residential area in the French Concession area.
  • Walk down Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main shopping street as well as one of the world's busiest shopping streets.
  • Western Dinner, followed by an acrobatic show at the ERA Theatre.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Five: Thursday, October 22, 2015
SHANGHAI - BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the train station to embark on the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of modern China.
  • 9:00am Departure Bullet Train G2 arriving Beijing 1:48pm
  • Upon arrival in Beijing, panoramic tour of the city.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Wind your way along a hutong (narrow alleyway) neighborhood aboard a rickshaw and learn about the daily life of ordinary Beijing residents.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner, followed by a visit the Wangfujing (Prince's Mansion Well) night market, located on one of Beijing's most famous shopping streets.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Six: Friday, October 23, 2015
BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Wander through Tiananmen Square, possibly the world's largest public plaza and the site of numerous key events in Chinese history.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Free time.
  • LaDa'at Encounter Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner with members of Kehilat Beijing, a liberal congregation in Beijing.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Seven: Saturday, October 24, 2015
SHABBAT IN BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to relax or explore on own.
  • Evening visit to the Laoshe Tea House.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Beijing











Day Eight: Sunday, October 25, 2015
BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Badaling Great Wall. Built in 1505, it includes a military outpost which reflects the location's strategic importance. The extraordinary 2000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man; time to mount the ramparts of this ancient wonder.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Walk along the Sacred Way, a main road leading to all the tombs in the area.
  • 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.
  • Return to Beijing.
  • Visit a Chinese Hospital, a medical research center on traditional Chinese medicine, for an explanation about the history of Chinese medicine.
  • 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.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Nine: Monday, October 26, 2015
BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven in Southern Beijing, originally constructed in 1420, where many people would pray for good harvest.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look Into China's Sociology & Economy with your tour educator.
  • 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.
  • Drive by some of the iconic sites from the 2008 Olympics, including the National Stadium (also known as the Bird's Nest) and National Aquatics Center (also known as the Water Cubic).
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Ten: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
BEIJING - XI'AN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight to Xi'an in Western China.
  • 8:05am Departure flight on China Eastern Airlines flight #2102, arriving Xi'an at 10:05am
  • Arrive in Xi'an, the start of the ancient Silk Road.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit 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.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
XI'AN

  • 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.
  • Visit the Shaanxi Historical Museum.
  • Climb an ancient gate of the City Walls, one of the few city walls remaining in China.
  • View the Bell and Drum Towers.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Western Dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an

Day Twelve: Thursday, October 29, 2015
XI'AN - HONG KONG

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong.
  • 11:10 am Departure flight on China Eastern Airlines flight #203, arriving Hong Kong at 1:35pm
  • Arrive in Hong Kong, and transfer to your hotel for check in.
  • Free time to relax and acclimate.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Hong Kong

Day Thirteen: Friday, October 30, 2015
HONG KONG

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Hong Kong's unique position in the Republic of China with your tour educator.
  • Visit Victoria Peak, one-way by peak tram with its extraordinary views.
  • Visit the Ohel Leah Synagogue.
  • Visit the Jewish Community Center for insight into contemporary Jewish life in Hong Kong.
  • Visit Man Mo Temple.
  • Visit Hollywood Road and Avenue of the Stars.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village.
  • Visit Stanley Market and fashionable Repulse Bay.
  • Time permitting: Visit the Jewish Cemetery in Happy Valley.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner with members of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong, a liberal congregation in Hong Kong.

Overnight: Hong Kong






Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 31, 2015
SHABBAT IN HONG KONG

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services with members of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong.
  • Day at leisure to relax or explore on your own.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Hong Kong

Day Fifteen: Sunday, November 1, 2015
DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport.
  • 11:10 a.m. Departure flight on United Airlines flight #896, arriving to Chicago at 11:45 a.m.
  • 1:20 p.m. Depart from Chicago to Washington DC, IAD onboard United Airlines flight #333.
  • 4:14 p.m. Arrive to Washington IAD.
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • 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 guide/educator are included.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until July 01, 2015 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after July 01, 2015 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to 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 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. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • China Visa.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

 

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.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • 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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