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Undiscovered China 2018

19 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise 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
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 Temple, 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) 
Tour Map
All This Included
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.

Features & Services
  • 19 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • All port taxes and fees                        
Your Experience Includes
  • 19-day cruisetour (7-day cruise); 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
  • 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
  • Meals 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 Guest Services for special requests                                 
Your Stateroom
  • Riverview stateroom
  • Room steward & twice daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package
  • Security safe, hair dryer & air conditioning
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium bath toiletries; bathrobe & slippers upon request                                 
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Emerald
Beijing: Fairmont Beijing Hotel or similar
Xian: Wyndham Grand Xian South or similar
Shanghai: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai or similar
Lijiang: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort or similar
Chengdu: St. Regis Chengdu or similar
Chongqing: Westin Chongqing Liberation Square or similar

Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Shanghai
From $499 per person / 2-night pre-extension

Shanghai has been called the New York City of China—give yourself two more days to further explore this fascinating modern metropolis. Two additional nights in the First-Class Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided tour of one of Suzhou’s famous classical gardens with a canal ride and lunch are all included in this fully escorted program.

Pre-Extension: Tokyo
From $1,599 per person, 3-night pre-extension

Unravel the mysteries of Tokyo, Japan’s neon-lit capital steeped in imperial history. Marvel at the Zen-like gardens and Shinto shrines mingled with towering skyscrapers in this bustling metropolis, all while the perfectly symmetrical cone of Mt. Fuji watches over. Three nights in the First-Class Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (or similar), daily breakfasts and one dinner, a guided city tour, Tokyo–Shanghai flight and all transfers between your hotel and airport are included in this fully escorted program.

Post-Extension: Beijing
From $549 per prson, 2 night post-extension

Uncover the mysteries of Beijing, China’s cultural and political center. This intriguing city is one of history’s great capitals and home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s a multilayered city offering a staggering blend of China’s ancient history and bold future. Two nights in the First-Class Kerry Hotel, Beijing (or similar); daily breakfasts and one lunch; a full-day tour with visits to the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven; and all transfers are included in this fully escorted program.

Notes
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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