Imperial Jewels of China

Overview

Imperial Jewels of China

China is full of iconic highlights, from the Great Wall to Xian's Terracotta Army. This 14 day cruise tour is the perfect introduction to China, featuring all these major sites and more, as you discover the mighty Yangtze and beyond.

Cruise between the bamboo groves, limestone pinnacles and discover sacred tombs and distinctive architecture, as you explore amazing China.

What's Included

  • 7-day Yangtze River cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 2 nights in Shanghai
  • 2 nights in Xian
  • Fully escorted: 11 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Intra-China flights
  • 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

Hand Picked By

Nigel Coldicott

With a worldwide fleet of more than 65 state-of-the-art river cruise ships, Viking offers one of the most innovative and stylish ways to see the world. Warm and welcoming, with an emphasis on comfort, service and style, every ship offers plenty of room in which to relax, and a selection of spacious, river-view staterooms. There are many river cruise companies sailing many of the same rivers, but there really is only one Viking Cruises. Book early to take advantage of our exclusive offers.

Nigel Coldicott

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - November 2020
  • Duration: 15 nights
  • Highlights: This river cruise is the perfect introduction to China, featuring all the major sites and more, as you discover the mighty Yangtze and beyond.

Ship Overview

Viking Emerald

The Viking Emerald is a state-of-the-art luxury river cruise vessel, accommodating 256 guests. Its spacious staterooms all include full verandas and hotel-style beds, while the public areas are bathed in light with comfortable furnishings.

Enjoy panoramic views as you enjoy your meal at the restaurant, watch the ever-changing scenery from the Sun Deck and make your loved ones back home jealous, as you share your adventures with free internet service.

Viking Emerald Profile

  • Sun Deck
  • Restaurant with Panoramic views
  • 2 elevators
  • The Lounge & bar
  • Onboard boutique, tailor & library
  • Free Internet service
  • State-of-the-art Western kitchen
  • Hotel & catering services overseen
  • Doctor & hairdresser on board
  • Laundry service
  • Voltage: 220V & 110V (U.S. outlet)

Viking Emerald Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing

Today you fly to China's imperial capital, Beijing. Upon arrival you'll be transferred to your hotel, then the rest of the day is free for you to explore or unwind after your flight.

Day 2: Beijing

This morning we enjoy a trip to the enormous Tiananmen Square, a large city square in the centre of Beijing, which accommodates over 1 million people. Next we tour Beijing's UNSECO World Heritage Site, the Forbidden City. With opulent palaces, courtyards, gardens and pavilions, it's a joy to discover. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

This evening you have the option to attend The Legend of Kung Fu, where you'll see an impressive demonstration of performance art.

Day 3: Beijing

Today we journey into the Badaling Hills, where you'll see the impressive Great Wall of China. Running 4,000 miles long, this sandstone and earthwork fortification dates back to 5th century BC, and today remains one of China's most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

After lunch, we continue on to Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by enormous elephant, lion and camel statues, which leads up to the Ming Dynasty tombs. In the evening we'll dine in a local restaurant and spend the night relaxing in the hotel.

Day 4: Xian

We tour the narrow valleys of Old Beijing today, getting an insight into the sights and sounds of traditional Chinese life.

After lunch we join a flight to Xian, the key city of the Tang Dynasty, an influential cultural period which presided over China from 618 to 907 AD.

Day 5: Xian

This morning we take a trip to the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. It's here we'll see the iconic Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-sized archers and infantry men which were buried with him.

After lunch you'll have some free time to explore Xian, before a choice of restaurants for dinner, accompanied by the song and dance of this colourful era.

Day 6: Chongqing

Today we join a flight to Chongqing, where you'll board your ship, ready to sail down the Yangtze.

Day 7: Shibaozhai

After breakfast, we'll visit the impressive 12-story Shibaozhai Temple. Built in 1650, this impressive structure sits along the Yangtze, and contains inscriptions of past dynasties and stunning views of the Yangtze from each floor.

Back on board you'll enjoy a delicious lunch, as we continue cruising throughout the afternoon.

Day 8: Wu Gorge

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 Goddess Stream. 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.

Day 9: Wu Gorge

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.

Enjoy lunch and dinner on board as you cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges.

Day 10: Jingzhou

Me make a visit to an elementary school, sponsored by Viking River Cruises this morning. Here you'll be greeted and entertained by the children, before we return to the ship for some more scenic cruising.

Day 11: Wuhan

Today we explore Wuhan, including a visit to the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you'll see relics from 400 BC, to the soundtrack of ancient bronze bells.

Day 12: Shanghai

After breakfast this morning we disembark, heading to the airport for our flight to Shanghai.

Day 13: Shanghai

We have the chance to explore the modern metropolis of China's largest city, Shanghai. We'll begin with a tour of Old Shanghai, travelling along the elegant Bund, and admiring some of its fascinating historical buildings. Next we make a stop at Shanghai Museum, which contains displays of ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings.

After lunch we'll wander through the pristine Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. This evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance from the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Day 14: Shanghai - UK

Unfortunately your China adventure ends here as we check out of our hotel and head to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: March - November 2020
  • Duration: 15 nights
  • Highlights: This river cruise is the perfect introduction to China, featuring all the major sites and more, as you discover the mighty Yangtze and beyond.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Outside CabinFrom £3,045ppSave £1,000pp plus on board gratuities included. Book by 30th June 2019View Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 250 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

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View Cabin

Outside Cabin

Approximately 250 sq. ft.

Our most spacious and luxurious accommodations, offers panoramic windows that open onto private veranda, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily, kettle and instant coffee available in the stateroom & Sony 40-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package!

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