Viking Cruise Line's Cultural Delights cruise/tour
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Destination for this trip:
Beijing, China; China; Chongqing, China; Shanghai, China; Xian, China
Length of trip:
Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 4149
Best travel dates to go:
May 08, 2010 to May 25, 2010;
Detailed Description of this trip:
An amazing combination of land and river travel, highlighting cultural and historical sights along the way. We'll start in Shanghai and end in Beijing with a 10-night cruise on the Yangtze river in-between.
This Trip is Recommended for:
Day 1 - Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 - Shanghai
Enjoy a tour of Old Shanghai, visit the Shanghai Museum and have free time to explore on your own.
Day 3 - Shanghai
After breakfast, ride to Suzhou, nicknamed “Venice of the East” for its intricate canals. Take a guided walk through the Old Town and along the city’s canals, and then tour a silk factory and the exquisite Fishermen’s Garden. After lunch, ride to Nanjing to board your ship. You are welcomed aboard with a Western dinner.
Day 4 - China
Marvel at the tranquil beauty of Mt. Jiu Hua, one of only four sacred Buddhist mountains. Visit one of the area’s Buddhist temples, then return aboard for dinner.
Day 5 - China
Today, visit the Ceramic History Museum in Jingdezhen, dubbed “the Porcelain Capital” due to its 1,700-year history of making pottery. Learn how ceramics were produced in ancient times and their significance to each dynasty.
Day 6-12 - China
Continue your river cruise with stops and excursions each day, including a tour of the Three-Gorges Dam.
Day 13 - Chongqing
Disembark at Chongqing and fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty.
Day 14 - Xian
After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the thousands of life-sized terra cotta warriors, archers, infantrymen and horses provided to accompany him into the afterlife. After lunch, fly to Beijing, China’s former imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel.
Day 15-17 - Beijing
Enjoy escorted tours, including trips to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, with free time to explore on your own.
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