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

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
13 Nights from £3045pp

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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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Day 1 : UK - Shanghai (China)

Fly overnight from Manchester to Shanghai.

Day 2 : Shanghai

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

Day 3 : Shanghai

See the sights of Old Shanghai and head along the Bund which has magnificent buildings. Enjoy a visit to the Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, before lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to the Shanghai Museum. This evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant followed by a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. (B,L,D)

Day 4 : Shanghai - Wuhan

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and fly to Wuhan to embark the ship. Enjoy a Western meal on board. The ship sets sail this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 : Wuhan

Enjoy a Hubei bronze bells performance and see relics dating back to 400 BC on a visit to the Hubei Provincial Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 6 : Jingzhou

Today there is an exclusive visit to an elementary school where you will be entertained by the local children and learn about education in rural areas. (B,L,D)

Day 7 : Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam

The ship cruises Xiling Gorge this morning. After lunch, join a tour of the Three Gorges Dam and learn about this feat of engineering. Back on board, the ship cruises the locks of the Three Gorges Dam, before docking at Badong. (B,L,D)

Day 8 : Three Gorges and Lesser Three Gorges

Cruise Wu Gorge during breakfast before disembarking and boarding a small boat for an exciting excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. See the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the road craved into the cliff. Return to the ship for lunch before spending the afternoon cruising though Qutang Gorge. (B,L,D)

Day 9 : Shibaozhai

Enjoy a visit to the Shibaozhai Temple this morning. Spend time touring the pavilion and temple before heading back to the ship for lunch. Cruise along the Yangtze River this afternoon and this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 10 : Chongqing - Xian

After breakfast, head to Chongqing for a visit to the zoo to see giant pandas and other exotic animals (forward itinerary only). Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before heading to the airport to fly to Xian for a 2-night hotel stay. This evening, dine at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11 : Xian

Join a guided tour of the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest and see the life-sized terra cotta warriors that were buried with him. You can enjoy a bird's-eye view from the walkways. Spend time at leisure after lunch. Perhaps enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by traditional dances and music from the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

Day 12 : Xian - Beijing

Head to the airport for your flight to Beijing. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for your 3-night stay. After dinner, spend the evening at leisure. On the reverse itinerary, tour Old Beijing's hutongs via rickshaw before flying to Xian. (B,L,D)

Day 13 : Beijing

Travel to Badaling Hills after breakfast where you can see one of the best-preserved sections of the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China. Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies, before walking along the Sacred Way which is lined with animal sculptures and leads to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant or opt for an optional Peking duck dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 14 : Beijing

Explore Tiananmen Square before heading to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City for a guided tour. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before time at leisure. This evening, enjoy your final dinner or perhaps attend the 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.

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board cruise on board Viking Emerald
  • Return economy class flights from Manchester 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

2018 Departures

Shanghai to Beijing

Ship: Viking Emerald Our Price From
Aug 31; Sep 12, 24; Oct 06, 18£4195
Oct 30; Nov 11£3595

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing

Beijing to Shanghai

Ship: Viking Emerald Our Price From
Sep 03, 15, 27; Oct 09, 21£4195
Nov 02£3595

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing

2019 Departures

Shanghai to Beijing

Ship: Viking Emerald Our Price From
Mar 27£3245
Apr 08, 20£3445
May 02, 14£3645
May 26; Jun 07, 19£3445
Aug 30; Sep 11, 23; Oct 05, 17£3645
Oct 29; Nov 10£3045

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing

Beijing to Shanghai

Ship: Viking Emerald Our Price From
Mar 18, 30£3245
Apr 11, 23£3445
May 05, 17£3645
May 29; Jun 10£3445
Aug 21; Sep 02, 14, 26; Oct 08, 20£3645
Nov 01£3045

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing

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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