Imperial Jewels of China River Cruise from $3,999 + Air from $799


  • 14-day cruise tour (7-day cruise); 1 country, 5 ports; 3 cities by land; 2 nights at The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai, Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai or The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai; 2 nights at the Hilton Xi’an, Sheraton Xian Hotel or Wyndham Grand Xian South; & 3 nights at the Kerry Hotel, Beijing, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing or Regent Beijing (or similar)
  • 11 included shore excursions with guide & headset
  • Complimentary internet
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: attend lectures on the Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam & current affairs; see a Chinese tea ceremony; learn a few Chinese words; mahjong & tai chi
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • All port taxes and fees
Imperial Jewels Of China River Cruise & Tour

Walk along the Great Wall and through Beijing’s old hutong neighborhoods. Contrast the stylized sculpted beasts guarding the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs with the life-like statues of Xian’s Terra Cotta Army. Cruise between the bamboo groves and limestone pinnacles of the Yangtze’s Goddess Stream. Our 14-day cruise-tour is the perfect introduction to China, showcasing its most important cultural centers and the mighty Yangtze. Experience the Imperial Jewels of China during this River Cruise and Tour exploring 5 ports on a 7 day cruise and 3 cities by land. This amazing cruise-tour includes 11 shore excursions with a guide, free internet, all on-board meals and more! Call a Travel Team Agent today at 1-800-788-0829 for details or to book this amazing river cruise-tour!



Imperial Jewels of China Map




Day 1: Bejing

Fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to relax or explore.


Day 2: Bejing

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 3: Beijing

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 4: Xian

Today, tour Old Beijing’s hutongs (narrow alleys) via rickshaw.† Discover the sights and sounds of traditional Chinese life. After lunch, fly to Xian, 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. This evening, have dinner and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 5: Xian

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 6: Chongqing

Today, fly to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze, to board your ship and enjoy a Western dinner. (B, L, D)


DAY 7: 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 8: Wu Gorge, China

For the next 150 miles, travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze as it forces its way through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. During breakfast, cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Goddess Stream. Sail through these remarkable canyons flanked by towering cliffs. 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, and spend the afternoon sailing through Wu (‟Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Dinner is served aboard. This evening, sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. (B, L, D)


DAY 9: Wu Gorge, China

This morning, 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. Lunch and dinner are served aboard while you cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: Jingzhou, China

This morning, arrive in Jingzhou, where you visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship for scenic cruising. (B, L, D)


DAY 11: Wuhan, China

After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells and view relics from 400 BC. Return to your ship for dinner on your final night on board. (B, L, D)


DAY 12: Shanghai, China

After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city and one of the world’s most important ports. Here, you can see the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)


DAY 13: Shanghai, China

This morning, see Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, featuring displays of ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings. After lunch, we spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)


DAY 14: Shanghai, China

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Consider extending your China journey with 2 extra nights in Shanghai to further explore this fascinating city, or 3 nights in Hong Kong. (B)



Pricing & Departures

Travel Dates From
Aug 20, 29, 2020 $4,199 + Air from $999
Sep 1, 10, 13, 22, 2020 $5,099 + Air from $999
Oct 4, 7, 16, 2020 $4,799 + Air from $999
Oct 19, 28, 31, 2020 $4,799 + Air from $899
Nov 9, 2020 $4,199 + Air from $799



Travel Dates From
Mar 16, 25, 28, 2021 $4,199 + Air from $799
May 3, 12, 15,  27, 2021 $4,699 + Air from $999
Aug 19, 31, 2021 $4,399 + Air from $999
Sep 12, 24, 2021 $5,299 + Air from $999
Oct 6, 15, 2021 $5,199 + Air from $999
Oct 27, 30, 2021 $4,799 + Air from $999
Nov 8, 2021 $3,999 + Air from $799


Your Travel Team agent can easily add extra days or even cities to this package. 

Additional travel dates are available, call 1.800.788.0829 to speak with one of our travel experts


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