June 13 to 28, 2013
Chongqing to Shanghai
Beijing, Xi'an, Three Gorges*
A voyage aboard the
m.v. Victoria Sophia
*This itinerary also operates in the reverse direction.
Mysterious China. A land whose stunning beauty forms the backdrop to a 5,000-year-old civilization steeped in legend. Here, the people’s reverence for ancestral customs has been passed on through kingdoms and dynasties and preserved from one generation to the next, influencing life today as well as providing an impetus for change and a springboard for the future.
We invite you to join fellow alumni on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Julie Nixon Eisenhower, who will share her perspectives and firsthand accounts on the pivotal role her late father, President Richard M. Nixon, played in bringing Communist China out of isolation and reopening U.S. relations for the first time since 1949. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites on this comprehensive journey, traveling half the width of China and allowing for in-depth appreciation of the juxtaposition of its ancient culture with 21st-century advancements, from the imperial dignity of Mandarin Beijing and Tiananmen Square to the dynastic treasures of the ancient capital of Xi'an and the Three Gorges Dam, to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai and the contrasting 21st-century architecture of Pudong across the river.
A highlight of the journey will be a six-night Grand Cruise along the fabled Yangtze River, sailing all the way from Chongqing downstream into stunning Shanghai through the magnificent Yangtze River Gorges aboard the exclusively chartered m.v. Victoria Sophia, the finest river ship cruising the entire course of the Yangtze. Cruise the magnificent Three Gorges and Three Lesser Gorges, and visit the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam. See regions seldom visited by Westerners—Wuhan, settled more than 3,000 years ago by the Han Dynasty; Huangshan, famous for its majestic Yellow Mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and Nánjing, former capital of Imperial China.
This China travel offering is the most comprehensive program available to affinity travelers and includes specially selected, English-speaking, local experts and guides to accompany us; carefully selected, Five-Star hotel accommodations in the best locations, including the legendary Peace Hotel in Shanghai; opportunities to meet the fascinating people of China; and a historic eyewitness perspective on international relations with this country.
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
m.v. Victoria Sophia