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  • Optional flights to and from as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 14 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 10 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
  • Da'at staff person accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Land-only cost includes domestic flights in China: Beijing-Xi'an, Xi'an-Shanghai, Shanghai-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 and 11 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Gratuities for the tour educator, local guides and drivers
  • Whisper system in all cities except Hong Kong
  • Mineral water on the bus throughout the tour (1 bottle per person on arrival and departure, 2 bottles per person per touring day)

Day One: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • 10:15 a.m. Depart Baltimore on United Airlines flight #310.
  • 11:17 a.m. Arrive O'Hare International Airport.
  • 12:30 p.m. Depart on United Airlines flight #851.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
ARRIVAL IN BEIJING

  • 3:15 p.m. Arrive at Beijing International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Panoramic tour of the city upon arrival.
  • LaDa'at Focus Chinese History and its Reflection within Chinese Reality Today: Welcome dinner, and orientation with your tour educator.
  • Visit to Wangfujing (Prince's Mansion Well) night market, located on one of Beijing's most famous shopping streets.

Overnight: Beijing


Day Three: Thursday, October 19, 2017
ANCIENT TEMPLES & LOCAL TRADITIONS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven in Southern Beijing. Originally constructed in 1420, this Temple was frequented by the emperor, considered to be the Son of Heaven, according to Chinese tradition. Twice a year the emperor would lead ceremonies, conducted to pray for good harvest. While we will be admitted, the apex of these events took place on the Winter Solstice and only the emperor would have been present.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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 ingenuity, ability and designs.
  • 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).
  • Deepen your experience and expand your knowledge of local customs and traditions as you wind your way along a hutong (narrow alleyway) neighborhood aboard a rickshaw.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Beijing


Day Four: Friday, October 20, 2017
BEIJING AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dynasties and Democracy: Wander through Tiananmen Square, the site of centuries of protest, conquest, celebration and jubilation. Named for the Northern Gate, leading into the Forbidden City, this square is one of the world's largest public plazas, site of numerous key events in Chinese history, as well as moments etched into the collective consciousness of the world.
  • Visit the Forbidden City, the Imperial Palace of 24 emperors, from the Ming and Qing dynasties, for over more than 600 years. The Forbidden City has served as the physical, ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than half a millennia. Today called the Palace Museum, its grounds constitute one of the largest royal palaces in the world, surrounded by a 30-foot wall and a 150-foot wide moat.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Free time at leisure to explore and enjoy Beijing at your own pace. We suggest a stroll along Wangfujing, one of the city's shopping districts.
  • LaDa'at Encounter Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner with members of Kehilat Beijing, a liberal congregation in Beijing.

Overnight: Beijing


Day Five: Saturday, October 21, 2017
SHABBAT IN BEIJING

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll along Beihai Park, one of Beijing's best classical gardens with artificial hills, pavilions, halls, temples, and the largest lake in the city.
    • Climb the winding stone staircase up Coal Hill in Jingshan Park, for the unparalleled view over the Forbidden City.
    • Visit Beijing Zoo, to see the giant pandas.
    • Visit The National Museum of China, which showcases 5,ooo years of history.
    • Visit 798 Art District, once the site of several state -owned factories, now home to art galleries, and cultural organizations. Enjoy the many local and international art, sculpture, and photography galleries and exhibitions.
    • Enjoy a guided tour of the silk market, pearl market and 798 art district. (This excursion would be at additional cost.)
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Beijing


Day Six: Sunday, October 22, 2017
GREAT WALLS AND SACRED WAYS - BRIDGING A DIVIDE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel outside the city to visit the extraordinary 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China, one of the most spectacular structures ever built by man. The Badaling section is one of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. It includes a military outpost which reflects the location's strategic importance. Ascend the wall and enjoy a great view of the surroundings.
  • Return to Beijing.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look Into China's Sociology & Economy with your tour educator.
  • Visit a Chinese Hospital medical research center about traditional Chinese medicine, for an explanation about the history of Chinese medicine.
  • Visit the Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple in the city.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Chinese & Jewish Cultures - Finding Similarities between Worlds Apart: Chinese dinner and dialogue with students from the Hebrew Studies Department of Beijing University.

Overnight: Beijing


Day Seven: Monday, October 23, 2017
ALONG THE SILK ROUTE - THE ROAD TO XI'AN

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Beijing Airport.
  • Travel by plane to Western China.
  • Arrive in the city of Xi'an, one of China's oldest cities and the beginning of the ancient Silk Road, one of China's oldest routes to the west.
  • 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. You will encounter a beautiful edifice, with Arabic writing as part of the design. You will also encounter a Moslem house of worship that is different from most mosques around the world. It is built entirely along traditional Chinese architectural guidelines, lacking more traditional Middle Eastern domes and minarets.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an


Day Eight: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
TRADITIONS AND FAITH

  • 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 Xi'an City Walls, one of the few city walls remaining in China and the oldest such fortifications. At 40-feet tall, and 50-feet wide at its base, this 8 mile long defensive ring, surrounded by a wide moat was a formidable deterrent to would be attackers and a great place from where to view the surroundings.
  •  Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
INTRODUCTION TO SHANGHAI

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport.
  • Travel to Shanghai by plane.
  • Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to the city.
  • Walk through Xintiandi, an affluent car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district.
  • Lunch on your 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Shanghai


Day Ten: Thursday, October 26, 2017
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST

  • 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.
  • Outside view of the Children's Palace, which provides after-school programs for high-achieving children, with advanced instruction in music, art, science, sports, and computers. The palace itself was built between 1918 and 1931 by the Kadoorie family from Baghdad, and was formerly
  • known as the Kadoorie House.
  • Dinner, followed by an acrobatic show.

Overnight: Shanghai


Day Eleven: Friday, October 27, 2017
COMMUNAL MEMORY AND SHARED EXPERIENCE - OUR STORY

  • 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 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.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner with Kehillat Shanghai.

Overnight: Shanghai


Day Twelve: Saturday, October 28, 2017
SHABBAT IN SHANGHAI

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, or Shanghai Tower for spectacular views over the city.
    • Visit the Power Station of Art, the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China. Renovated from the former Nanshi Power Plant, PSA was once the Pavilion of Future during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and today hosts major touring exhibitions and top Chinese artists.
    • Enjoy a walk around the former French Concession neighborhood - great for photographers and architecture buffs.
    • Take a river cruise on the Huangpu River.
    • Visit the Long Museum. Started by billionaire art collectors, the museum hosts exhibitions from China and abroad. The museum supports contemporary Chinese Art in a beautifully designed building.
    • Walk around and people watch at People's Square - the city's enormous square is a main social center for locals. See people stroll, sit, gossip, and practice Tai Chi during the day and in the evening there are ballroom dancers who hold group lessons.
    • Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Center. This center is dedicated to what Shanghai will look like in 2020 and has an amazing model of the city, showing metropolitan Shanghai and what to expect it to look like in 2020.
    • Enjoy a full day excursion to Suzhou, including visit to the Lion garden, tiger hill and canal cruise. (This excursion would be additional cost.)
    • Enjoy a walking tour to the Urban Planning Museum, outside view of Shanghai music hall and 1930 old street. (This excursion would be additional cost.)
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and dinner at Laofengge restaurant.

Overnight: Shanghai


Day Thirteen: Sunday, October 29, 2017
WELCOME TO HONG KONG

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Shanghai International Airport.
  • Travel to Hong Kong by plane.
  • Arrive in Hong Kong, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • Free time to relax, acclimate, and explore the city at your own pace.
  • Depart hotel for the Kowloon side of the city.
  • Cantonese dinner in Kowloon.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Hong Kong


Day Fourteen: Monday, October 30, 2017
EXPLORING 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, with its extraordinary views. Travel one-way by the peak tram.
  • Visit Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit Aberdeen Fishing Village.
  • Visit Stanley Market and fashionable Repulse Bay.
  • Visit the Ohel Leah Synagogue.
  • Visit the Jewish Community Center for insight into contemporary Jewish life in Hong Kong.
  • Dinner with members of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong, a liberal congregation in Hong Kong.

Overnight: Hong Kong


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
FREE DAY IN HONG KONG

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to relax or explore the incredible city on your own:
    • Enjoy a ride on the Star Ferry, as it sails between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and enjoy a view of the magnificent skyline of Hong Kong.
    • Stroll along Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row - famous for their curio and amazing antiques shops.
    • Wander around the Central district to marvel at the modern architecture of some of the buildings including the Bank of China Tower, and the HSBC Main Building.
    • The Hong Kong Museum of Art - on the Kowloon side, this museum features Chinese antiquities, fine art, calligraphy, and special exhibitions.
    • Afternoon Tea - There is nothing more quintessentially iconic of Hong Kong British past than experiencing the acclaimed afternoon tea at the famed Peninsula Hotel
    • Lantau Island, travel to this island to escape the city and visit the Giant Buddha (Tian Tan) and the Po Lin Monastery. If interested, it is also home to Hong Kong Disneyland.
    • Side trip to Macau (passport needed): Macau was a Portuguese territory till it was handed back to China. The old town square, buildings, and cobblestone alleyways are reminiscent of colonial Portugal. Rich classic Macanese food and Casino's are the main draw.
    • Enjoy a Lantau Island tour including round trip cable car ride and lunch. (This excursion would be at additional cost.)
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Hong Kong


Day Sixteen: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Hong Kong International Airport.
  • 10:25 a.m. Departure flight on United Airlines flight #180.
  • 1:55 p.m. Arrive Newark International Airport.
  • 4:00 p.m. Depart on United flight #4299.
  • 5:14 p.m. Ariive Washington DC.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Land-only price based on double occupancy: $5,235 per person
Land & Air price based on double occupancy: $6,533 per person (group flight cost is $1,298)
 
2017 Land Only Air & Land Status  
Oct 17 $5235 $6533 On request

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



Park Plaza Wangfujing Image

Park Plaza Wangfujing
Beijing

The Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is located in the middle of Beijing's cultural, commercial and entertainment center,

Grand Mercure Renmin Square Image

Grand Mercure Renmin Square
Xian Shaanxi

Within the ancient walls of Xian, Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel's 194 guestrooms and suites.

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai Image

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
Shanghai

The Grand Central Hotel Shanghai is a magnificent 4-star hotel ideally situated close to Nanjing Road and The Bund.
Just a few minutes' walk from several of the city's metro lines, guests of this superb hotel will find all of the popular tourist attractions within easy reach, including People's Square and the Shanghai Natural History Museum.

Harbour Grand Image

Harbour Grand
Hong Kong

Discover Harbourside luxury at Harbour Grand Hong Kong and Harbour Grand Kowloon-both steps away from the Victoria Harbour and showcasing Hong Kong's magnificent cityscape as a backdrop. These stunning hotels provide exceptional service, an array of dining options along with first-class meeting and business facilities.
Experience the finest oriental hospitality at the Harbour Grand hotels, whether it's for business or leisure, our team is here to make your stay in Hong Kong a memorable one.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • PHYSICAL FITNESS
    The nature of this itinerary will make for relatively long days with much exploration, mostly on foot. Some sites include flights of stairs without elevators and in some cases, stairs without bannisters.
    Participants should be able to:
    • Walk at a moderate pace for extended periods of time without needing to sit
    • Climb flights of stairs, or walk up an incline without difficulty
    • Get in and out of transportation unassisted (bus, train, plane, etc.
  • If you have any mobility issues (regularly use walking aids - cane, crutches, scooter, etc.) or fitness questions, please contact us at 888-811-2812 or contact Robyn at 202-244-3975 to make sure that this trip is suitable for you.
  • Final payment for this tour is due August 3, 2017.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 75 days prior to departure (i.e. until August 3, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 74 and 32 days prior to departure (i.e. from August 4, 2017 to September 15, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 31 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of September 16, 2017): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • 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 02, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after July 02, 2017 (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

  • Visa to China
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at 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.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.


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.