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Launched in 2011, Viking Emerald is Viking River Cruises' sole ship operating on China's Yangtze River. A chartered vessel, it has all the "feel" of a Viking-owned ship with the familiarity of branded ...
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knicelyalee@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Tour began in Shanghai, Ritz Carlton hotel, flew to Wuhan for 6 night cruise on Yangtze River, Viking Emerald , first class ship, service, crew, food and sightseeing, then on to Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, then to Beijing to see ... Read more
carolynpeloubet
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I heard about this excellent Viking tour of China from fellow passengers on another Viking River cruise. I had never been interested in touring China until I had experienced two other excellent Viking cruises. I trusted that this trip ... Read more
zumaqueen
Member Since 2008
1 review
80 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first venture into China, so we booked all air and transfers through Viking. They flew us to Beijing a day early which was appreciated. We flew Air China which offered nothing out of the ordinary regarding space or food. It ... Read more
Helen.of.Troy
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China with Viking River Cruises, in October 2014. We were very lucky with the weather & it was hot & sunny for the whole trip. There was bad smog in Beijing a few days before & after we were ... Read more
hotzim
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first experience with Viking and although the cruise part of the tour and pre cruise trip was only 5 days, the entire trip was 15 days for us. There were lots of logistics for them to handle and we felt they did an excellent ... Read more

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KRicard
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was our first trip to China. Not only were our land travels fantastic, but our experience on this cruise was fabulous! Because the ship was smaller than the much larger ocean liners we have been on, it was a much more intimate ... Read more
EvieEngel
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Roof of the World was a trip of a lifetime! My husband and I thoroughly recommend it for both the cultural and historical aspects. We chose this excursion because it included visiting different areas of China and Llhasa, Tibet. Our group ... Read more
Us2travelers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Pictures, films, books, and magazines fall short of capturing China in it's beauty, frenzy, contradictions, and growth to modernization. The Viking cruise did a fantastic job in showing as much as possible in a short period of time. ... Read more
hotzim
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are not easily impressed having been disappointed on many occasions, but this is one time where the trip actually lived up to its hype. While travel in China is not without its drawbacks, we felt that Viking did an excellent job of ... Read more
jtmccand
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a first class tour of China. I would rate the 4 hotels we stayed in as 5 star. The Viking Emerald was modern and well maintained. The food on board was excellent. We had one guide who accompanied our group of 30 during the entire ... Read more

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AUTiger72
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
39 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First of all, I recommend doing the strenuous part of the trip first, Beijing to Shanghai. And spend time on the stairmaster and the eliptical prior to your trip! Viking packs the Beijing part of the trip with lots of walking and climbing ... Read more
Marsha93003
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I just returned from this trip and it far exceeded my expectations. (I traveled the direction: Beijing to Shanghai.) First I can tell you that I heard nothing but good reviews from my fellow passengers about their own Tour Guide, but I ... Read more
nessemsarK
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cultural experience in China was excellent. The guides and ship staff were pleasant and hard working. English language skills were very good. The Viking Emerald, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Although the on-line information ... Read more
sandbelly
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
Outstanding trip, but quite a bit of walking for us old folks, especially Tiananmen Square. The ship was beautiful, but the Yangtze was pretty dirty. We live on the Mississippi and it's clean by comparison. Though we didn't have any ... Read more
davemiller
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
As with most of our fellow passengers, this was our first visit to China. The trip comprised three land centres punctuated by a five day cruise on the Yangtze. The selected hotels in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing were all of a very high ... Read more

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travelteachersait
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We travelled on the Viking Imperial Jewels tour/river cruise at the end of July. We havecruised frequently on ocean cruises and are also independent travellers so this was a unique situation for us. Most of my angst was travelling with a ... Read more
ccomeau
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed with Viking River Cruises (Emerald boat) Imperial Jewels of China. The land portion of the tour in Beijing/Xian/Shanghai were wonderful with fabulous 5 star hotels. The Yangtze River cruise needs some help-maybe 3 stars if I am ... Read more
sueandjohn
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from China after an amazing experience with Viking Cruises. Our holiday started in Beijing and ended in Shanghai. Three nights 5* in Beijing and a visit to Tienanmen Square, a flight to Xian for two nights 5* and a ... Read more
PERRYOAKS
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
If you are contemplating booking this cruise, I would recommend starting in Beijing and doing all the strenuous part of the tour first. Firstly the tour does involve lots of walking and steps, so it is not recommended for people with ... Read more
Longwheelbase24
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a combination 5 night cruise and 7 night land tour and it hit pretty much all the things we'd thought about seeing in China. Hotels were all 5 star (Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Shangri La) and the ship is a beautiful 5 star floating ... Read more

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L-87ouise
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We traveled on Viking River Cruise's Imperial Jewels of China trip in May/June 2014. We chose Viking because of their total package, and because China would be difficult to navigate by ourselves. I'll start with the negative, but there ... Read more
AvgMom2
Member Since 2009
15 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
My husband and I travelled to China on Viking’s Imperial Jewels of China tour in May. Our trip was from Shanghai to Beijing. This was our first time traveling with Viking River Cruise. We had a wonderful guide named Patrick who ... Read more
Eugene157
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall the cruise was good and we enjoyed it. No significant problems during the land part of the trip. There are a few gripes however 1) Our stateroom on the Viking Emerald (C315) was cold and clammy, everything we touched was damp. We ... Read more
Jomelco
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Recently returned from an excellently organised trip with a very comprehensive itinerary. April would appear to be a good month to visit this vast country.No smog encountered anywhere.Some rain on the Yangtse but pleasant weather in Xian ... Read more
bgjnc
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2014
This cruise-land tour combination is a great way to see quickly the well-known highlights of the huge country of China. Viking River Cruises takes care of all the details and we just had to enjoy the trip. We were met at the airport and ... Read more
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