2017 : Undiscovered China - Shanghai to Beijing

Visit the Great Wall & pandas

See the pavilions of Shanghai's Yuyuan Garden. Cruise a sampan on the Yangtze's Goddess Stream. Behold the 50,000 statues of the 7th-century Dazu Rock Carvings. Discover the Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Wander Lijiang's 800-year-old Dayan Town. See Beijing's Summer Palace. Our 19-day cruisetour combines a 7-day Yangtze cruise; land discovery in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai; and even more exploration in rarely visited locales whose treasures elude most tourists.

All This Is Included

  • 19-day cruisetour (7-day cruise) visiting 1 country, 5 ports & 5 additional cities by land
  • 3 nights at the Fairmont Beijing Hotel, 2 nights at the Wyndham Grand Xian South, 2 nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, 2 nights at the InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort, 2 nights at the St. Regis Chengdu & 1 night at the Westin Chongqing Liberation Square (or similar)
  • Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 19 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy evening entertainment on board & ashore, ranging from traditional opera to acrobatics; attend lectures on current affairs in China, the Three Gorges Dam, the Yangtze River & Chinese history; discover the secrets of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony; experience the wonderful scents of a Chinese market
  • Complimentary Internet service
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 18 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-panel TV with CNN & more
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium bath toiletries
  • Doctor & hairdresser on board
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Intra-China flights: Beijing-Xian; Xian-Chengdu; Chengdu-Lijiang; Lijiang-Chongqing; Wuhan-Shanghai
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    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


    This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Shanghai, China


    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. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Wuhan, China


    Today visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you hear the chimes of ancient bronze bells and view fascinating relics from 400 BC. Return to the ship and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Jingzhou, China


    After a morning of sailing, arrive in Jingzhou. Visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises where you are greeted and entertained by the children. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Three Gorges Dam, China


    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. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Lesser Three Gorges, China


    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. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Shibaozhai, China


    This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning aboard for lunch. Enjoy Yangtze River scenery as you cruise this afternoon and through the night. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 - Chongqing, China


    After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a scenic drive through the steep hillsides of Dazu. Then after lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Dazu Stone Carvings, a spectacular collection of elaborate sculptures etched into the rock faces of mountainsides. Throughout this expansive UNESCO World Heritage Site, some 50,000 statues and 100,000 Chinese characters seem to emerge from the cliff sides. After time to explore this remarkable site, return to Chongqing. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - Chongqing & Lijiang, China


    After breakfast, you'll stop at the General Stilwell Museum, where you can learn more about the American general's stormy relationship with Chiang Kai-shek and the Allies during World War II. After lunch, you will fly to Lijiang, which boasts one of China's most unique Old Towns. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 - Lijiang, China


    Arise in Lijiang today, renowned for the canal-lined warrens and intimate enclaves of its remarkably preserved Old Town. After breakfast, visit the former residence of Dr. Joseph Rock, a famed explorer and botanist of the 1920s who first introduced Lijiang's Naxi culture to the world through his writings and photographs. You will have the remainder of the day to explore this charming city, once the center of silk embroidery and a major stop on the famed Tea Horse Ancient Road. (B)

    Day 12 - Lijiang & Chengdu, China


    Enjoy another free day exploring the atmospheric streets and lovely waterways of Lijiang's Old Town. You'll enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, you'll visit a local teahouse to experience the age-old custom of drinking tea while locals play mahjong before you enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B, L, D)

    Day 13 - Chengdu, China


    After breakfast, visit some of Chengdu's most famous residents at the Panda Base. Here, you will have a chance to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. After lunch, explore the Sanxingdui Museum, a repository of cultural and historic relics of gold, jade, stone, bronze and more. After dinner, attend the Sichuan Opera for an unforgettable evening marked by dramatic music, colorful costumes, fire-breathing and bian lian, or face-changing. (B, L, D)

    Day 14 - Xian, China


    You will fly to Xian this morning after breakfast and arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Xian was a key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China's most glorious cultural periods, spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. You will visit the South City Gate and City Wall to witness remnants of its power. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

    Day 15 - 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 Terra Cotta 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 Terra Cotta 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 16 - Xian, China


    Today, 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; enjoy free time this evening. (B, L, D)

    Day 17 - Beijing, China


    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. (B, L, D)

    Day 18 - Beijing, China


    This morning visit the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1 million people. Then, tour Beijing's Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made up of nearly 1,000 buildings, it is the world's largest surviving palace complex. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.

    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 19 - Beijing, China


    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. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Duration
    19 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Emerald

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Shanghai  
    Day 2Shanghai  
    Day 3Shanghai  
    Day 4Wuhan  
    Day 5Jingzhou  
    Day 6Three Gorges Dam  
    Day 7Lesser Three Gorges  
    Day 8Shibaozhai  
    Day 9Chongqing  
    Day 10Chongqing & Lijiang  
    Day 11Lijiang  
    Day 12Lijiang & Chengdu  
    Day 13Chengdu  
    Day 14Xi'an  
    Day 15Xi'an  
    Day 16Xi'an  
    Day 17Beijing  
    Day 18Beijing  
    Day 19Beijing  
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