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Imperial Jewels of China

A superb Yangtze River cruise and land tour combining hotel stays in the magnificent cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing with a Yangtze River cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges. Includes travel package from the UK, transfers and excursions

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2795pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Shibaozhai Temple
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xian
  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Temple of Heaven, Beijing
  • Lesser Three Gorges

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Viking River Cruises

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Enjoy a 2-night stay in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, before boarding the ship for your cruise along the scenic Yangtze River. Cruise through the spectacular Three Gorges, which boast magnificent scenery and enjoy an excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges.

Discover the impressive Shibaozhai Temple before enjoying a 2-night stay in Xian. Take a tour of the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Hunag was laid to rest and discover the terra cotta warriors buried with him.

Enjoy a 3-night stay in Beijing where you can visit Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk along the famous Great Wall of China.

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Imperial Jewels of China Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Shanghai (China)

Fly overnight from the UK to Shanghai.

Day 2 - Shanghai

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for your 2-night stay.

Day 3 - Shanghai

This morning, explore Old Shanghai and travel along the Bund which boasts historic buildings and spectacular views. Visit the Yuyuan Garden which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Shanghai Museum. This evening, dine at a local restaurant before watching the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Shanghai - Wuhan

After breakfast, fly to Wuhan and transfer to the ship. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal. The ship sets sail this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Wuhan

Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum for a mesmerising Hubei bronze bells performance and to see cultural relics dating back to 400 BC. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Jingzhou

Enjoy an exclusive tour of an elementary school where you will be entertained by the village children, for the unique opportunity to learn more about the educational system in rural areas. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam

This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam where you can learn about this engineering masterpiece. Return to the ship and cruise through the five-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. The ship docks at Badong. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Three Gorges and Lesser Three Gorges

During breakfast, cruise through Wu Gorge, before boarding a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. See the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road craved into the cliff. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising though Qutang Gorge. Enjoy dinner aboard. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Shibaozhai

This morning, enjoy a visit to the Shibaozhai Temple, built in 1650. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning to the ship for lunch. Cruise along the Yangtze River this afternoon and through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Chongqing - Xian

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Chongqing. Visit Chongqing Zoo where you can see giant pandas and other exotic species (forward itinerary only). Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before flying to Xian for a 2-night hotel stay. This evening, dine at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Xian

This morning, enjoy a tour of the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest. See the life-sized terra cotta warriors that were buried with him. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the entire necropolis from the walkways. After lunch, enjoy time at leisure to explore Xian. Perhaps enjoy a sumptuous dinner accompanied by traditional dances and music from the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Xian - Beijing

Fly to Beijing and transfer to the hotel for your 3-night stay. Enjoy dinner and time at leisure this evening. On the reverse itinerary, you can enjoy a tour of Old Beijing's hutongs via rickshaw before flying to Xian. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Beijing

After breakfast, travel to Badaling Hills where you can see one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a lunch of local specialities, before walking along the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by sculptures of camels, lions and elephants leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Beijing

This morning, visit Tiananmen Square before enjoying a tour of Beijing's Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch at a local restaurant, spend time at leisure in Beijing. This evening, enjoy your final dinner or attend an optional Kung Fu acrobatics show. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Beijing - UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights full board cruise on board Viking Emerald
  • Return economy class flights from London or selected regional airports and flights within China
  • 2-night hotel stay in Shanghai, 2-night hotel stay in Xian and 3-night hotel stay in Beijing
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on ship
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Chinese visa (these can be arranged and purchased through our office)

Cruise Extensions

  • Shanghai Extension A 2-night extension is available from £329pp. Please contact us for details
  • Beijing Extension A 2-night extension is available from £329pp. Please contact us for details
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Shanghai to Beijing

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Emerald
May 03, 15£4195£4195
May 27£3995£3995
Aug 31; Sep 12, 24; Oct 06, 18£4195£4195
Oct 30; Nov 11£3595£3595

Beijing to Shanghai

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Emerald
Apr 24£3995£3995
May 06, 18£4195£4195
May 30£3995£3995
Sep 03, 15, 27; Oct 09, 21£4195£4195
Nov 02£3595£3595

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Shanghai to Beijing

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Emerald
Mar 27£3995£2995
Apr 08, 20£4195£3195
May 02, 14£4395£3395
May 26; Jun 07, 19£4195£3195
Aug 30; Sep 11, 23; Oct 05, 17£4395£3395
Oct 29; Nov 10£3795£2795

Beijing to Shanghai

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Emerald
Mar 18, 30£3995£2995
Apr 11, 23£4195£3195
May 05, 17£4395£3395
May 29; Jun 10£4195£3195
Aug 21; Sep 02, 14, 26; Oct 08, 20£4395£3395
Nov 01£3795£2795

Price Information

  • All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy in a Cat F cabin. Single supplements are available on request
  • Visa: Please note that a visa is required to enter China. This can be arranged and purchased through our office
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £100pp
  • Cat D - £300pp
  • Cat C - 2018: £500pp 2019: £520pp
  • Cat B - 2018: £700pp 2019: £720pp
  • Cat A - 2018: £800pp 2019: £820pp
  • Junior Suite - 2018: £1100pp 2019: £1140pp
  • Suite - 2018: £1800pp 2019: £1830pp
  • Explorer Suite - 2018: £2700pp 2019: £2800pp
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