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 visit to the Terracotta soldiers. Another flight to Chongqing to join the cruise ship Emerald and a 5 night sail down the Yangtze River to Wuhan. There was so much to see at every stop. A Flight then took us to Shanghai and a further two nights in a 5* hotel. We visited so many places, a local school, a jade factory and a silk carpet factory to name a few.
This trip was so organised, not too many people (250) and the best food offered at every meal. The rooms were all clean and air conditioned and the whole thing was at an all in price.
The only extras were tips to local coach drivers and guides so factor that into your spending budget.
I cannot stress how much my partner and I enjoyed this holiday, and thanks must go to Jane our Viking rep. She was fantastic, funny and extremely knowledgeable with boundless energy considering the heat in June/July this year (2014)