Ancient Kingdoms of China with Julie Nixon Eisenhower
May 17 - June 1, 2014
We invite you to join fellow members on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Julie Nixon Eisenhower, who will share her perspectives and fi rsthand 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 magnifi cent Yangtze River Gorges aboard the exclusively chartered M.V. VICTORIA SOPHIA, the finest river ship cruising the entire course of the Yangtze. Cruise the magnifi cent 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.
Study Leader Information
Julie Nixon Eisenhower will provide insightful lectures; John Meffert, will enhance the experience for you through a series of lively lectures and discussions
May 17 - Depart from the U.S./Cross the International Date Line
May 18 - SHANGHAI, CHINA
May 19 - SHANGHAI
May 20 - SHANGHAI/Embark M.V. VICTORIA SOPHIA
May 21 - NÁNJING
May 22 - GUICHI FOR HUANGSHAN
May 23 - WUHAN
May 24 - CRUISING THE YANGTZE RIVER
May 25- THREE GORGES DAM
May 26 - WUSHAN FOR THREE SMALL GORGES
May 23 - CHONGQING/Disembark M.V. VICTORIA SOPHIA/XI’AN
May 27 - XI’AN
May 28 - XI’AN /BEIJING
May 29 - BEIJING
May 30 - BEIJING
June 1 - BEIJING /Return to the U.S.
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