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13 Days Imperial Jewels of China Tour

Beyond Yangtze

[2017 Itinerary] 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.

2017 Beijing to Shanghai

Viking Imperial Jewels Itinerary Map

*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)

Viking Emerald

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.

Viking Emerald Ship Features:

  • Explorer Suites are 603 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, 2 flatpanel TVs, refrigerator, bathtub/shower, panoramic windows & wraparound veranda
  • All staterooms & Suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • All staterooms have a veranda with sliding glass doors
  • Private bathroom with shower & premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • Flat-panel TV with CNN & more
  • Telephone, safe hair dryer & air conditioning
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • 2 elevators
  • The Lounge & bar
  • Onboard boutique & tailor; library
  • Free Internet service
  • State-of-the-art Western kitchen offers a choice of expertly prepared Asian and European cuisines
  • Hotel & catering services overseen by Viking’s Swiss management
  • Doctor & hairdresser on board
  • Laundry service
  • Voltage: 220V & 110V (U.S. outlet) in stateroom

Viking Emerald Deck Plan

VERANDA STATEROOM (A-F) 250 sq. ft.

108 Cabins
  • Stateroom size: 250 sq. ft.
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 35 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Panoramic windows that open onto private veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming

JUNIOR SUITE (JR) 260 sq. ft.

4 Suites
  • Stateroom size: 260 sq. ft.
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 35 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Panoramic windows that open onto private veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming

SUITE (AA)301 sq. ft.

14 Suites
  • Stateroom size: 301 sq. ft.
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 35 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Panoramic windows that open onto private veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • TV with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming

EXPLORER SUITE (PS) 603 sq. ft.

2 Suites
  • Stateroom size: 603 sq. ft.
  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 71 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Sitting area with sofa, armchair and desk
  • Panoramic windows that open onto private veranda
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom
  • Two flat-panel TVs with premium entertainment package including CNN and other English-language programming

Imperial Jewels of China

– ALL PRICES BELOW ARE PER-PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

2017 BEIJING TO SHANGHAI

2017 Dates VERANDA STATEROOM (A) VERANDA STATEROOM (B) VERANDA STATEROOM (C) VERANDA STATEROOM (D) VERANDA STATEROOM (E) VERANDA STATEROOM (F)
APR 5, 15, 25 $4,667 $4,567 $4,467 $4,367 Sold Out Sold Out
MAY 5, 15, 25 $4,867 $4,767 $4,667 $4,567 $4,367 $4,267
JUN 4, 14, 24 $4,017 $3,917 $3,817 Sold Out Sold Out $3,417
JUL 4, 14, 24 $3,717 $3,617 $3,517 $3,417 Sold Out $3,117
AUG 3, 13, 23 $3,717 $3,617 $3,517 $3,417 Sold Out $3,117
SEP 2, 12, 22 $5,167 $5,067 $4,967 $4,867 Sold Out $4,567
OCT 2 $5,167 $5,067 $4,967 Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
OCT 12, 22 $4,917 $4,817 $4,717 $4,617 $4,417 Sold Out
NOV1, 11 $4,017 $3,917 $3,817 $3,717 Sold Out $3,417

 

Please send us enquiry email if you are interested in the cabin type:
EXPLORER SUITE(PS) from US$7617
SUITE(AA) from US$4817
JUNIOR SUITE(JR) from US$4617.

 

All This Is Included

  • 6-day Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom
  • 2 nights in Shanghai: Westin, Ritz-Carlton Portman or Jing An Shangri-La; 2 nights in Xian: Sheraton, Hilton or Crowne Plaza; 3 nights in Beijing: Kerry, Regent Beijing or Ritz-Carlton (or similar)
  • Fully escorted: 11 guided tours with audio headset
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, featuring regional specialties with select meals at local restaurants, including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Intra-China flights
  • 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 and tai chi
  • All port charges
  • Free internet service, connection speed may vary