This itinerary presents China’s key highlights in just 13 days with Viking River Cruises tour. Explore Shanghai, China’s one of the largest cities. Cruise the legendary Yangtze between Wuhan and Chongqing through the scenic Three Gorges. You will also tour the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project in the world. Visit Xian and look into the faces of thousands of Terracotta Warriors. In Beijing, explore historic imperial treasures like the Forbidden City and Great Wall, and walk through Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public venue. This tour also include distinctive hotel stays and our deluxe Viking Emerald round out an amazing trip.
*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Day 1 Beijing, China
Fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital with rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. After hotel check-in, you have free time to relax.
Day 2 Beijing, China
This morning visit the Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1 million people. Then, tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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. There, you will visit one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After lunch, 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 folk traditional life. After lunch, fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. 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 Terracotta 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 Terracotta 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. 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, 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. Spend the afternoon sailing through Wu 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, take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, where you learn about this 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 Shanghai, China
After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells. Then, fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city and one of the world’s most important ports. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 12 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 Yuyuan Garden, which can date 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 13 Shanghai, China
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Cruise the Yangtze River on Viking Emerald. Accommodating 256 guests with full verandas, hotel-style beds in every spacious suite and stateroom, public areas bathed in light and an English-speaking crew, Viking Emerald is one of the most sophisticated river ships sailing the region.
Imperial Jewels of China
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