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14 Day | Private Jewish Tour of China

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12 nights' accommodation at select hotels

10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Land-only cost includes one-way 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 and 8 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Monday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday

  • Arrive at Beijing International Airport.
  • Welcome by your driver and transfer to the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • Remainder of the day at leisure to get acclimated and explore on your own.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Three: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • 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 own.
  • 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 Spend time with, and visit the home of a local family, learning from them the ancient art of paper-cutting.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Culture and Cuisine: 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.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Visit the Badaling Great Wall, the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. Originally created to defend China from the invading Mongul armies, this part of the Wall was built in the beginning of the 16th century, during the Ming Dynasty. Ascend the Wall by cable car to enjoy a great view of the surroundings to better understand its strategic location. The Great Wall of China is the largest human-made structure in the world, disputed to also be the only such structure visible from space.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walk along the Sacred Way, adorned on either side with statues of human and animal figures, mythical and real, leading towards the imperial necropolis. The stone memorial arch known as the Great Red Gate, allows us to enter this seven kilometer walkway along which even the emperor himself would not have been allowed to travel on horseback. The path and those who walk along it, is protected by the embracing shade of the powerful Willow tree.
  • Drive by some of the iconic sites from the 2008 Olympics, including the National Aquatics Center and the National Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics and Para Olympics.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Visit the Wangfujing (Prince's Mansion Well) night market, located on one of China's most famous shopping streets on which one might find traditional Chinese art, upscale boutiques, Peking Duck, western fast foods and everything in between.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Five: Friday

  • 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.
  • Finding inner calm and centering ourselves is always a good thing to do. The ability to do this, protect and even heal ourselves can be achieved through the practice of the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi. Attend a lesson in Tai Chi, and partake in such a foundational element of Chinese culture while being given the opportunity to challenge yourself and have fun too.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel, with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services with Kehilat Beijing, a liberal congregation in Beijing.
  • Shabbat dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Beijing

Day Six: Saturday

  • 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, the museum showcases 5,ooo years of history.
    • Visit The Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple in the city.
    • 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.

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 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.
  • Welcome by your guide and transfer to the city.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Xi'an

Day Eight: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • 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 own, en route.
  • Knowing the Other: Try your hand at ancient Chinese crafts in a calligraphy and painting workshop as yet another opportunity to better understand Chinese culture and tradition as well as to have some good fun.
  • 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.
  • When in Xi'an: Attend a performance of Tang Dynasty Music and Dance, followed by a dumpling dinner.

Overnight: Xi'an

Day Nine: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.
  • Welcome by your guide and depart the airport.
  • And you thought that was old: Begin with a visit to the Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave, over 180 million years old. This powerful presentation of nature is a collection of amazing stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations. The multicolored lighting enhances each of the formations, all named in the best Chinese tradition.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of the city of Guilin. This incredible natural rock formation has an uncanny resemblance of an elephant drinking from the water's edge. When the moon is just right in the sky, the open space beneath the 'trunk' of the formation allows for the reflection of the moon to be seen both floating on top of the water and just below its surface.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.

Overnight: Guilin

Day Ten: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Drive south to Yangshuo.
  • Take a short cruise along the Li River; view the majestic green hills and karst topography allowing for breathtaking scenery around every bend, and life far removed from the big city.
  • Planes, buses and boats aren't enough, so time to ride a bicycle to a local village, to become a part of the local scene.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit West Street, the market town of Yangshuo. The 1,400-year-old street is the oldest in Yangshuo and since the 1980s it has been the main juncture where east and west collide. Completely paved with marble, this is a perfect example of a classic southern China street, drawing thousands and thousands of travelers to visit and explore this juncture of merging cultures.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner.
  • Attend the Impression Light Show along the Li River. The river itself becomes the stage and the surrounding mountains the backdrop for this spectacular outdoor theatre. Sitting on specially designed terraces, you will have an opportunity to be amazed, as the theatre merges and blends with its natural surroundings.

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, China's most populous city, situated on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle of China's eastern coast. Named for its proximity to the sea, Shang- Hai means 'on the sea'.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Walk along the Bund, Shanghai's famous water front walkway. Once a muddy path along the river, the ‘outer bank', located along the west bank of the Huangpu River with its 26 various buildings of different western architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
  • Stroll down Nanjing Road, Shanghai's main pedestrian all-purpose shopping mall. 3.5 miles long, the street runs east west from the Bund and is a mesh of eastern and western cultures.
  • Opposite the Bund, view the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, a distinct landmark in the area.
  • Visit the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, one of the top five tourist attractions in Shanghai. A short, trippy, altered reality experience, you will have the opportunity to travel from space to the core of the earth and back again, 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.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Jewish Roots in a Foreign Land: Discover the Jewish heritage of Shanghai on a tour of the city:
  • Visit the Fairmont Peace Hotel built by the Sassoon Family.
  • Walk through Shanghai's Hongkou District for a guided tour of Jewish life that was, its role as a part of Shanghai and those times that it was very much apart from Shanghai. The sleepy river town was catapulted into the forefront of business and economy in the middle of the 19th century by Jewish Iraqi immigrants. At the beginning of the 20th century, Russian Jews began to arrive fleeing anti-Semitism and by World War II, thousands of Jews had arrived seeking asylum from the horrors of Europe. Under Japanese pressure, thousands interned in what had once been known as ‘Little Vienna', which became a Jewish ghetto during the War.
  • Sacred Space: Visit the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, now serving as a museum devoted to the history of the Jews in Shanghai.
  • Sacred Memories: Visit the Holocaust Memorial in Huoshan Park.
  • Lunch on your own in Xiantiandi, an arts and crafts enclave in the French concession of Shanghai.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Thirteen: Saturday
SHANGHAI - LAST GOODBYES                     

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in in 1882 and influenced by several traditions. Housing two very special Jade Buddahs, the original building was destroyed in the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty, the Buddahs survived and are now in this structure, built in 1928.
  • Culture and Tradition: 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. 
  • Free time for last-minute shopping, packing, or to explore the city on your own.
  • Final dinner, followed by an acrobatic show.

Overnight: Shanghai

Day Fourteen: Sunday
RETURN HOME | no guide 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Shanghai International Airport for the departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

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.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details


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Regent Beijing

This hotel is located in the heart of Beijing, less than a mile from Forbidden City. One foot in the old world, and one in the new; many rooms overlook the Forbidden City, the old imperial palace, and a short walk the other way lands you in the Wangfujing commercial district, home to some of the capital's best shopping.

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Sofitel Xian

Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square is located very centrally within the Xian city walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower Drum Tower Great Mosque and Forest of Steles.

Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Image

Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Steps from beautiful Xiangbi Hill, Lijiang Waterfall Hotel Guilin is a landmark itself. Its Guinness record-making artificial waterfall performs every night. This classic 5-star hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, fitness facilities and free airport pick-up service. Guests can take in Guilin’s natural beauty while enjoying the hotel’s city centre location.

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Yangshuo Resort

The Yangshuo Resort Hotel (Yangshuo Hepan Dujia Jiudian) is situated by the Yulong River and offers guests a venue to enjoy beautiful views of nearby mountains

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Grand Central Hotel 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.

  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 4 full paying participants per vehicle. 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 Expedition Educator are included.
  • 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 Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages 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 your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da’at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da’at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da’at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 4-9 passengers in a mini-van with a separate driver:
      $100 per day for the tour guide & $50 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.