Trip Type : River Cruise
Jokhang Temple Tower, China

Roof of the world

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
16 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience 6-day Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy tea with a Tibetan family; attend lectures on the Yangtze River, Mao Zedong & China’s current affairs; practice tai chi every morning aboard.
  • Enjoy a concert of the Hubei Bells
  • Learn a few Chinese words
  • Experience Lhasa on the Tibetan Plateau

Short Description

Discover the many faces of China on this fascinating 16-day adventure. See the imperial treasures of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Meet several thousand Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Explore Shanghai, both ancient and contemporary; the “New York City” of China. Enjoy a 6-day Yangtze River cruise. Plus, experience Lhasa on the Tibetan plateau, set high in the Himalayas on the “roof of the world.” Spend three spiritually enlightening days visiting Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and much more.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Shanghai
End City Beijing

Trip Includes

  • 3 nights in Beijing: Kerry, Regent Beijing or Ritz-Carlton; 2 nights in Xian: Sheraton, Hilton or Crowne Plaza; 3 nights in Lhasa: Shangri-La or St. Regis; 2 nights in Shanghai: Jing An Shangri-La (or similar)
  • Fully escorted: 18 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners, featuring regional specialties with select meals at local restaurants, including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with on-board dinner and lunch
  • Intra-China flights
  • All port charges
  • Free internet service, connection speed may vary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Shanghai, China

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel.* See the modern financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city.

Day 2: Shanghai, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. After lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Shanghai Museum. Dine locally before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house.

Day 3: Wuhan, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arriving, transfer to your ship docked close to Wuhan’s historic waterfront. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal.

Day 4: Yueyang, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship. For the next 150 miles, you travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges.

Day 5: Three Gorges, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. After lunch, 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. Return to your ship and sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. Dock overnight at Badong.

Day 6: Three Gorges, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

During breakfast, cruise through Wu (‟Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. 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, then spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Dine aboard.

Day 7: Shibaozhai, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a morning of scenic cruising along the Yangtze, tour the 12-story Shibaozhai Temple, an impressive example of Qing Dynasty architecture set on the banks of the river. Dine aboard.

Day 8: Chongqing, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, disembark in the mountain city of Chongqing. Enjoy a tour and lunch, then fly to Lhasa, the economic, spiritual and cultural center of Tibet. Experience Tibetan life with a family-hosted tea followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Lhasa, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, visit 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple. After a local lunch, explore the maze-like Barkhor Market in Old Lhasa and tour the Tibetan Museum to learn about the area’s history and culture. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner.

Day 10: Lhasa, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, tour the 13-story Potala Palace, home of the Dalai Lama. Later, visit Sera Monastery, an active temple with monks in training. Lunch and dinner are in local restaurants.

Day 11: Xian, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 12: Xian, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, tour Xian’s archaeological wonder: thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang, each soldier and horse molded in incredible detail. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era, or have dinner and relax at your hotel.

Day 13: Beijing, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel and dine there; your evening is free to relax.

Day 14: Beijing, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 15: Beijing, China

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, visit massive Tiananmen Square, then see the Forbidden City with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility. This afternoon visit the magnificent Summer Palace, a former summer retreat and playground for the imperial family and royal court that is considered one of the finest Chinese architectural gardens. This evening you may choose to attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years.

Day 16: Beijing, China

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, continue your China journey with 3 nights in Hong Kong.

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Along with a lot of other passengers, I was amazed at how uninhabited and quiet vast stretches of Russia are en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. My wife and I enjoyed the big cities on either end of the trip, but the peaceful areas, the huge lakes and little villages, are what we'll remember the most. As always, Viking was a great way to see the rivers (and lakes, in this case). We've been on several Viking cruises but this may have been the most memorable.
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Ship Name

Viking Emerald

Ship Stats

Ship Features:

  • Explorer Suites are 603 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, 2 flatpanel TVs, bathtub/shower, refrigerator, 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

Ship Description

Cruise the Yangtze River on Viking Emerald, a state-of-the-art river cruise vessel. 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.

  • Explorer Suites are 603 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, 2 flatpanel TVs, bathtub/shower, refrigerator, 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

Deck & Cabin Plans

Features

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Flights & Transport

Internal airfare and ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

Trip ID#:

rooworvik

Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 14 Dinners

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