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2017 : Imperial Jewels of China - Beijing to Shanghai

Explore landmarks & landscapes

Walk along the Great Wall and through Beijing's old hutong neighborhoods. Contrast the stylized sculpted beasts guarding the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs with the life-like statues of Xian's Terra Cotta Army. Cruise between the bamboo groves and limestone pinnacles of the Yangtze's Goddess Stream. Our 14-day cruisetour is the perfect introduction to China, showcasing its most important cultural centers and the mighty Yangtze.

All This Is Included

  • 14-day cruisetour (7-day cruise) visiting 1 country, 5 ports & 3 additional cities by land
  • 2 nights at The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai or The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai; 2 nights at the Hilton Xi'an, Sheraton Xian Hotel or Wyndham Grand Xian South; & 3 nights at the Kerry Hotel, Beijing, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing or Regent Beijing (or similar)
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 11 included shore excursions with guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: listen to the sound of the Hubei bells; attend lectures on the Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam & current affairs; see a Chinese tea ceremony; learn a few Chinese words; hone your skills at mahjong & tai chi
  • Complimentary Internet service
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-panel TV with CNN & more
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium bath toiletries
  • Doctor & hairdresser on board
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Intra-China flights: Beijing-Xian; Xian-Chongqing; Wuhan-Shanghai
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Beijing, China


    Fly to Beijing, China's imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to relax or explore.

    Day 2 - Beijing, China


    This morning visit the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1 million people. Then, tour Beijing's Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made up of nearly 1,000 buildings, it is the world's largest surviving palace complex. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, take some free time to explore Beijing on your own or do some shopping. Enjoy your dinner this evening, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Beijing, China


    After breakfast, travel to the Badaling Hills. There, you behold one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. This 4,000-mile-long series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications was built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its winding pathways and marvel at the panoramic views from its ramparts.

    After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by massive sculptures of elephants, lions and camels leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, the region's famous dish. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Xian, China


    Today, tour Old Beijing's hutongs (narrow alleys) via rickshaw.? Discover the sights and sounds of traditional Chinese life. After lunch, fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China's most glorious cultural periods spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. This evening, have dinner and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)

    ?Rickshaw tour available only on Beijing to Shanghai itinerary direction.

    Day 5 - Xian, China


    After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. See the thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, archers and infantrymen that were buried with him, each man and horse molded with its own distinctive features. Walkways provide a bird's-eye view of the entire necropolis where the Terra Cotta Army was discovered in the 1970s. After lunch, you have free time to further explore Xian. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Chongqing, China


    Today, fly to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze, to board your ship and enjoy a Western dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Shibaozhai, China


    This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning aboard for lunch. Enjoy Yangtze River scenery as you cruise this afternoon and through the night. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Three Gorges, China


    For the next 150 miles, travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze as it forces its way through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. During breakfast, cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. Sail through these remarkable canyons flanked by towering cliffs. Along the way, see fascinating sites including the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliffside. Return aboard for lunch, and spend the afternoon sailing through Wu ("Witches") Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Dinner is served aboard. This evening, sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 - Three Gorges Dam, China


    This morning, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, where you learn about this immense engineering masterpiece and what it means for the Chinese people and the Yangtze. Lunch and dinner are served aboard while you cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - Jingzhou, China


    This morning, arrive in Jingzhou, where you visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship for scenic cruising. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 - Wuhan, China


    After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells and view relics from 400 BC. Return to your ship for dinner on your final night on board. (B, L, D)

    Day 12 - Shanghai, China


    After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Fly to Shanghai, China's largest city and one of the world's most important ports. Here, you can see the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)

    Day 13 - Shanghai, China


    This morning, see Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, featuring displays of ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings. After lunch, we spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)

    Day 14 - Shanghai, China


    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Consider extending your China journey with 2 extra nights in Shanghai to further explore this fascinating city, or 3 nights in Hong Kong. (B)

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    Cruise LineViking River Cruises
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Emerald
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Beijing  
    Day 2Beijing  
    Day 3Beijing  
    Day 4Xi'an  
    Day 5Xi'an  
    Day 6Chongqing  
    Day 7Shibaozhai  
    Day 8Three Gorges  
    Day 9Three Gorges Dam  
    Day 10Jingzhou  
    Day 11Wuhan  
    Day 12Shanghai  
    Day 13Shanghai  
    Day 14Shanghai  
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