We took the most fantastic river cruise in China! I would recommend the Viking River Cruises for anyone wanting to get the biggest bang for their buck on a trip to China. We had wonderful land accommodations in Beijing and Shanghai and the rooms on the Viking Emerald were great. The food was wonderful as well with many choices. The service was exceptional. The tour guides were the best! They really made the trip-they organized every tour with precise detail and eye toward every persons' comfort; each guide spoke very good English and were there for you on the ship, in the hotels and on the tours. No request was too big or small for them to work on. They will take care of translations, advice on food, shopping and local customs. It was a most incredible trip. We saw and did so much: walking the Great Wall, seeing the Terracotta Warriors and the most wonderful museums! When we left China, we felt we had really seen a good representation of the country in 2 weeks.
I would not go to China on any other cruise line than Viking. They have a great depth of contacts. Once we were held up in traffic getting to the airport when our group leader, the great James!, called the airport and they held the plane for us! Talk about service! The airport and hotel check ins were handled expertly-we never touched our baggage even when checking in to the airport or to the hotel! We have always been happy with Viking River Cruises and we expect to go on more!