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Pepper Silk & Yangtze
(Japan & China through Jewish Eyes)

15 days with Pacific Delight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary

Jul 3, Mon Arrival in Japan
Upon arrival in Osaka, you will be met and transferred to the Nikko Princess Hotel, Kyoto. Welcome to Japan.

Jul 4, Tue Kyoto
This traditional capital of Japan, with its magnificent original gardens, temples, and shrines, has remained beautifully preserved. We will visit the major sights of Kyoto including its magnificent original gardens, the Shogun’s Palace with its intriguing “nightingale floor”, the breathtaking Golden Pavilion, Temple of 1000 Buddhas that will serve as your introduction to the world of Buddhism, imposing Heian Shinto Shrine & Garden, and an ancient well bearing the inscription “Well of Israel”. This evening, at the Beit Shalom, we will be hosted to a memorable private concert and dinner by the world-renowned Japanese Hebrew Choir. (B,L,D)

Jul 5, Wed Kyoto – bullet train to Tokyo
Visit the exotic and unique outdoor food market before boarding the 200-mph “bullet train” to Tokyo. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Hotel New Otani. At dinner, Rabbi Tokayer will speak of the role that Japan played in the saving of 20,000 Jews during the Holocaust. (B,L,D)

Jul 6, Thu Tokyo - fly to Beijing
Tokyo, Japan’s modern capital, is a bustling metropolis where traditional Japanese culture and religion live side by side with 21st century architecture and technology. At the Imperial Palace, we will learn of the special relationship of Japan’s Imperial Family with the Jewish people. Highlights also include Meiji Shinto Shrine and the Asakusa Buddhist Temple and market, and the famous Ginza, Tokyo’s glittering “5th Avenue”. Then it’s “sayonara” as you board your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to the Beijing Capital Hotel. (B,L,D)

Jul 7, Fri Beijing
Rabbi Tokayer will introduce the history of Jews in China (“The Middle Kingdom”). We’ll visit nearby Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and tour the historic and magnificent Forbidden City (the former Imperial Palace, as seen in the film “The Last Emperor”). Visit the picturesque Summer Palace including a refreshing boat ride on the placid artificial lake where you will feel like an emperor (or empress). Shabbat Services and dinner at the hotel, catered by Chabad. Shabbat Shalom. (B,L,D)

Jul 8, Sat Shabbat in Beijing
Shabbat Shalom. Shabbat services and meals at the hotel and Rabbi Tokayer will discuss the Jewish experience in China. Afternoon leisurely walking tour to nearby parks and gardens including a traditional Chinese “hutong.” (B,L,D)

Jul 9, Sun Great Wall ~ Bullet Train to Xian
Join Rabbi Tokayer for sunrise tai chi exercises in the park (optional) before departing for the Great Wall of China. See, climb and take a photo on one of the “7 Wonders of the World”. Evening bullet train to Xian, gateway to the Silk Road. Overnight at the Shangri-La. (B,L,D)

Jul 10, Mon Xian ~ fly to Chongqing
Founded on the Silk Road, Xian was the capital for 11 dynasties and the largest city of the ancient world. Xian is most noted for the discovery of a virtual army of life-size terra cotta warriors, horses and chariots dating from the 1st dynasty, considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Walk on the ancient City Walls and see the historic pagoda where Buddhism was introduced to China. Visit the magnificent Silk Road Museum that houses unbelievable antiquities including Jewish artifacts and figurines from 1300 years ago. This evening, we’ll fly to Chongqing and board our Yangtze River cruise. (B,L,D)

Jul 11-12 Cruising the Yangtze River

Jul 13, Thu Shanghai
Disembark and fly to Shanghai. Drive along the world-famous Bund with its elegant European architecture enroute to the Hongqiao Guest House. (B,L,D)

Jul 14, Fri Shanghai
The Jewish experience in China is most evident in Shanghai, China’s largest and most important cultural, industrial and commercial city. Former headquarters of the “Rothchilds of the East” – the Sassoon, Kadoorie and Hardoon families – Shanghai was also home to some 20,000 European Jewish refugees during World War II. Visit the former Jewish ghetto and Ohel Moshe synagogue that is now an exceptional Jewish museum, and the historic monument to the refugees who survived the Holocaust in Shanghai. And attend a special presentation at the Center for Jewish Studies. Shabbat Services and Dinner at the synagogue within close walking distance of the hotel. (B,L,D)

Jul 15, Sat Shabbat in Shanghai
Shabbat Services. At lunch, we will meet members of the current Shanghai Jewish community. This evening, enjoy a night tour to glittering Nanjing Road and the Xintiendi entertainment district. (B,L,D)

Jul 16, Sun Shanghai
Visit the spectacular Shanghai Museum with its vast collection of exquisite art and antiquities. Since Shanghai is also a "shopper's paradise," we’ll have an opportunity to shop for fine silks, cashmeres, carpets and assorted tchatchkas. Afternoon free to explore the city at leisure. At an elegant farewell dinner, Rabbi Tokayer will summarize the Jewish experience in the Far East. (B,L,D)

Jul 17, Mon Bon voyage - ee lu shun fung
Transfer to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. (B)

All This Included

In the literature of the Holocaust, the amazing story of European Jews who fled across the world to a haven in the Far East is virtually unknown. The Jewish experience in the Far East is astonishing. Visit the sites where the lives of tens of thousands of Jews were saved during World War II. See a Shinto priest wearing a tallis, and hear an awardwinning Japanese choir that will perform a private concert, in Hebrew and Yiddish! Walk the glittering Shanghai waterfront and visit historic Ohel Moishe Synagogue and Museum. Stand on the amazing 3,000 mile-long Great Wall and marvel at the life-size terra cotta army, complete with warriors, horses and chariots – truly one of the “wonders of the ancient world.” And visit historic Kyoto and see the mysterious "Well of Israel", considered by many to be the site of one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Tour cost includes $900 per person tax deductible donation to The Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational charity founded in 2003 to preserve and promote the endangered Jewish communities on the periphery of the Diaspora. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, Founder.

  • deluxe 5-star hotels, double occupancy
  • all meals (hotel buffet breakfast plus lunch & dinner daily incl. sumptuous banquets on the Yangtze cruise)
  • comprehensive sightseeing and shore excursions via chartered air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guides plus services of a tour escort throughout China
  • airport transfers on Jul 3 and Jul 17
  • domestic transportation in China (planes, trains, boats)
  • meetings with the Jewish communities of Kyoto, Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai
  • porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person
  • all gratuities for guides, drivers, hotels and restaurants
  • guidebook, luggage tags, and more
Accommodations on this Tour
Kyto: Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Tokyo: New Otani Garden Tower Hotel
Beijing: Capital Hotel
Xian: Shangri-La Hotel
Yangtze River: Victoria Cruises
Shanghai: Hongqiao State Guest Hotel
Shanghai: Regal International East Asia Hotel
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Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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