• Shibaozhai Temple
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xian
  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Jewels of China

A superb Yangtze river cruise and land tour with hotel stays in Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing and return flights from Manchester

Exclusive Yorkshire Cruise Club Package
14 Nights

Viking River Cruises
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Enjoy hotel stays in the fascinating cities of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing and a 6-night cruise along the Yangtze on Viking Emerald.

A 2-night hotel stay in Shanghai allows plenty of time to explore this cosmopolitan city, with a guided tour of Old Shnghai and a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Cruise along the legendary Yangtze River and discover the Hubei Provincial Museum then visit a primary school to meet local children and learn about their education. Tour the Three Gorges Dam and sail through the scenic Three Gorges and wildly beautiful Lesser Gorges.

Enjoy breathtaking views from the Shibaozhai Temple and perhaps see the famous Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo (Shanghai - Beijing itinerary only). Discover the thousands of terracotta warriors buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang in Xi’an and enjoy a 3-night hotel stay in Beijing. Explore historic imperial treasures including the Forbidden City, and walk through Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public venue.

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Chinese lanterns

Day 1 : UK - Shanghai (China)

Fly overnight from the Manchester 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. Please note: The internal flight between Chongqing and Xian may be replaced by a high-speed train journey lasting approximately 5.5 hours. (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. 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 Manchester. (B)

Itinerary is subject to change. Please note: The internal flight between Chongqing and Xian may be replaced by a high-speed train journey lasting approximately 5.5 hours

Price Includes

  • 6 nights full board cruise on board Viking Emerald
  • Return economy class flights from Manchester and flights within China. Please note: The internal flight between Chongqing and Xian may be replaced by a high-speed train journey lasting approximately 5.5 hours
  • 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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