Ancient Kingdoms of China

May 18 - June 1, 2014

Mysterious China. A land whose stunning beauty forms the backdrop to a 5,000-year-old civilization steeped in legend. This comprehensive, 15-day journey features exclusively for the alumni nonprofit market a custom-designed itinerary including a six-night exclusively chartered grand cruise along the fabled Yangtze River, sailing all the way from Chongqing downstream to Shanghai. On board, you will be joined by our specially arranged guest speaker, Dr. Jian Wang, Shanghai native and Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, who will share his insights into China’s globalization. And, spend three nights in Beijing and two nights each in Xi’an and Shanghai in Five-Star, centrally located hotels. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour the awesome Three Gorges Dam. Call on ports seldom visited by Westerners—Wuhan, settled more than 3,000 years ago by the Han Dynasty; Huangshan, famous for its majestic mountain range; and Nánjing, former capital of Imperial China. See Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the ancient capital of Xi’an, the Terra Cotta Warriors and mystical Old and spectacular New Shanghai. A Hong Kong Post-Program Option is offered.

Study Leader Information

National Trust Study Leader, Barbara Horlbeck is an independent researcher & adjunct faculty of art history in MN. With a Master of Arts in Art History, specializing in Asian & Islamic arts & architecture. Guest Speaker: A native of Shanghai, Professor Wang received his from Beijing University, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa

Tour Itinerary

May 18 Depart from the U.S. or Canada/Cross the International Date Line
May 19 Beijing, China
May 20
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
Xi’an/Chongqing/Embark M.V. VICTORIA SOPHIA
May 25 Wushan/Three Gorges—Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges for Daning River/Small Gorges
May 26 
Three Gorges Dam
May 27
May 28
Guichi for Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
May 29
May 30
Shanghai/Disembark M.V. VICTORIA SOPHIA
May 31 Shanghai
June 1
Shanghai/Return to the U.S. or Canada


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