Legacies of ancient dynasties
Experience the cultural tapestry of East Asia, with rare visits to Taipei and Seoul. Overnights in five ports provide ample time for full immersion. Chat with vendors in Hong Kong's bustling Stanley Market. Unravel the mysteries of Taiwan with a local. Stroll alongside residents on Shanghai's world-famous Bund. Learn about ancient dynasties from a South Korean. And explore a lesser-known segment of the Great Wall. It's an unrivaled view full of delightful surprises.
All This Is Included
Day 1 - Hong Kong, China
Arrive in dazzling Hong Kong today and embark your ship. Take time to settle in and explore, perhaps admiring the city's magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor and offshore islands. Our overnight stay gives you ample time to experience the rich cultural tapestry and unmistakable British influence.
Day 2 - Hong Kong, China
Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.
Day 3 - Xiamen, China
Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you'd like, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class and a tea ceremony. Or visit the ancient city of Quanzhou, the start of the legendary Maritime Silk Road.
Day 4 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the island's northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine to those who have fallen in China's wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the reign as "tallest" from 2004 to 2009.
Day 5 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Enjoy today to explore more of Taipei and the surrounding towns and villages. Create your own lantern and make a wish in Pingxi. In Jinguashi, learn about the gold rush from an old miner. Walk the streets of Jiufen, a picturesque old mining town that was almost forgotten until a local film gave it new fame. Or visit Yehliu, the island's scenic cape dotted with bizarre-looking rock formations. During your stay, you will have ample opportunity to sample the city's diverse and creative cuisine.
Day 6 - Cruise the East China Sea
The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. In the late 19th century, American whaling ships hunted right whales here in these waters for blubber that fueled lamps and made soaps. As you cruise today, treat yourself to a massage at The Spa or relax in a deck chair by the Infinity Pool.
Day 7 - Shanghai, China
Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.
Day 8 - Shanghai, China
You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples and pavilions. Ride the superfast Maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.
Day 9 - Cruise the Yellow Sea
Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward the Korean Peninsula. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. Its rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.
Day 10 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
Arrive in the Korean port of Incheon this morning and enjoy an introduction to Seoul, South Korea's capital city. Like so many Asian cities, Seoul is part modern metropolis and part ancient walled citadel, a blend of futuristic trends and sacred traditions. You will be provided ample material and guidance to explore the capital on your own. If you wish, you may visit the DMZ, the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War.
Day 11 - Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
Enjoy another day exploring the 2,000-year-old city on the Han River. You may wish to immerse yourself in Bukchon Hanok Village, where hundreds of traditional houses, known as hanok, are preserved as cultural centers, tea houses and more. To view some of the country's artistic and cultural treasures, peruse the galleries of Seoul's impressive National Museum of Korea. Indulge in a lunch of bulgogi and other traditional Korean dishes.
Day 12 - Qingdao, China
Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong." Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.
Day 13 - Dalian, China
This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.
Day 14 - Beijing, China
Call in Tianjin today, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. But the Great Wall is the larger draw, and you will see the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.
Day 15 - Beijing, China
Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or stay on in Beijing to explore more of this historic imperial capital.
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- Cruise Line
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- 15 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Viking Spirit
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|Day 1||Hong Kong|
|Day 2||Hong Kong|
|Day 6||Cruise the East China Sea|
|Day 9||Cruise the Yellow Sea|