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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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Cruise Critic 666
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We visited wonderful places - in awe factor order - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, Yangtze River Gorges, school visit, Zoo/Pandas, numerous historical/cultural sites sprinkled throughout our journey. Was not impressed ... Read more
steverhodes
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This Imperial Jewels of China Viking trip in May, 2015 was the best trip we've ever taken! And we are seasoned travelers in our late 60s who have traveled extensively all of our adult lives. We've been on vacation for almost 3 months this ... Read more
Piatravelgal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall, I would give our trip a 98%. It was full of wonderful sites and great guides (Special thanks to our guide, Jamie. She was excellent in every way and we felt lucky to have her for the whole trip). We sampled a lot of China in ... Read more
moswalt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I might mention that the air part of the trip was terrible (and scheduled by Viking) . Not booked directly to Shanghai (where tour began) but through Beijing. And not enought time to make connection. Missed flight, etc. The breakfast ... Read more
Vickyd
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first cruise on a Viking ship was all that was promised and more! Our Chinese Guide Bob spoke excellent English as he explained the Chinese culture both in today's world and many centuries in the past. As we traveled Bob took care of ... Read more

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linlaibar
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
A great bucket list trip. From start to finish it was well organized and the tour guides were knowledgeable, friendly and fluent in English. All the transfers from airports to the tour sites to the ship, etc, were well organized and ... Read more
Yvonne Wareham
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This was our very first cruise and it was absolutely amazing. We were looked after so well from the minute we were picked up at the airport until the minute they left us at the other end of our holiday. Our tour guide was Joshua and he ... Read more
Nancy Mary Lange
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
This was my first Viking River Cruise and it was outstanding. I took this trip alone with no expectations and was pleased to have the time of my life. I enjoyed every minute of the trip and especially meeting some very nice people. That ... Read more
Timc53
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
From booking to landing in Beijing we were supported all the way. (Make sure that you have Viking sort out your visa's, makes life easier) At the Beijing airport we were met by our excellent guide who was with us all through the trip. The ... Read more
icemom5120
Member Since 2009
1 review
101 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What a wonderful trip, this being my second time with Viking in China. This is a different ship that the last time, but just as nice and comfortable with the greatest room steward I have ever had on any size ship. The selection and ... Read more

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bkerns
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our fourth cruise. The other cruises were in Europe. It was the experience of a lifetime and the only one we would consider taking again if the opportunity arose. The country was beautiful, the people of China warm and friendly ... Read more
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
2 helpful votes
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
84 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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

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hotzim
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
9 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
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
9 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

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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
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
1 helpful vote
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

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