4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
China seemed like a daunting destination to do on our own, so we decided to sample it with a reputable company, Viking. The trip was beyond our expectations! The entire time we felt like we were very special VIPs. Viking thought of ... Read More
China seemed like a daunting destination to do on our own, so we decided to sample it with a reputable company, Viking. The trip was beyond our expectations! The entire time we felt like we were very special VIPs. Viking thought of everything. It was a relief to just let go and enjoy the experience of such a different culture. The hotel accommodations were 5 star luxury, the food was excellent, the river cruse portion was pampering, the staff was very attentive to every need, the excursions was informative and wonderful. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation. Go see China with Viking! The tour group is broken in several smaller groups. The tour guide you are assigned stays with your small group of 20 the entire trip. You feel like you become this little family. Our tour guide, Jamie, was the best. She told us many storied and explained Chinese culture to us in a fun way. Even when we flew, the airport experience of easy. Jamie got the tickets, we breezed through security, off to the gate, waited 15 minutes to get on the plane and off we went. Wow, wish we could do that in the US! I would recommend this tour for anyone from the mid-20's on. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We did the Viking Emerald cruise starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. The Westin hotel on Shanghai was very comfortable and the service was good. From there we flew to Wuhan to pick up the Viking Emerald for our 5 day cruise down ... Read More
We did the Viking Emerald cruise starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. The Westin hotel on Shanghai was very comfortable and the service was good. From there we flew to Wuhan to pick up the Viking Emerald for our 5 day cruise down the Yangtze. We had a cabin on the 5th deck and it was very spacious and very clean. A bottle of sparkling wine awaited us and fresh fruit which was replaced every day. All toiletries were replaced when used and the hairdryer was a nice small size which could be plugged in anywhere in the cabin. English electrical goods needed an adapter. The food was exceptionally good with western and Chinese options at each meal. The dining room consisted of tables of ten people and you could sit where you liked. The entertainment was very good and consisted mainly of Chinese culture which meant the crew taking part at all times. The person describing the main man (Wilhelm) who did a lot of the introducing obviously had no sense of humour. Wilhelm is an Austrian and had a wonderful sense of humour that kept the whole ship laughing as we didn't know what he would come out with next. A very nice, humble man too, I thought. Our Tour guide was Iowa and he looked after us from start to finish. Even when my husband and another friend became ill he went to the pharmacy and brought back medicine for them both. His knowledge and passion for China shone through. He spoke English perfectly and he too had a wonderful sense of (English) humour which made the whole trip a joy to be on. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything worked smoothly. From Chongqing where we disembarked we flew to Xian to see the Terracotta warriors and to visit the zoo to see the Pandas. We were lucky to see all five on the day. The Tang Dynasty show and dinner went very well too. The food was a regular Chinese meal with rice wine which flowed freely. The show had beautiful effects and colourful costumes and the story was told on a screen up on the left hand side of the stage. Well worth seeing. From there we flew to Beijing where we walked the Great Wall, saw the Forbidden City and Tianamen Square with Mao's Mausoleum. A rickshaw ride and a visit to a jade warehouse completed the trip. From when reached our first hotel until we landed at home, we never touched our suitcases except to pack and leave them outside our doors for collection. Disabled people travelling with us had access to wheelchairs and willing people to push them for a small fee. Also I think it prudent to mention that most public toilets have no loo paper, so be warned! All in all not a cheap trip but well worth the money as it was so well organised. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
We selected Viking for our trip to China based on the fantastic service and programs we had experienced with Viking on a Danube cruise. The China trip was a cruise/tour and we were very pleased that each small group was assigned a guide ... Read More
We selected Viking for our trip to China based on the fantastic service and programs we had experienced with Viking on a Danube cruise. The China trip was a cruise/tour and we were very pleased that each small group was assigned a guide who stayed with the group through the entire trip, including the cruise. We always had a person to go to who knew us and with whom we were comfortable. The tours in each city were excellent - a wonderful mix of the iconic sights and intimate cultural experiences, such as visiting a lady's home in Beijing. The hotels were all five star and very comfortable. Traveling through airports was a breeze - our guide took care of the luggage and boarding documents. The ship was excellent - larger than the Viking longships but just a comfortable and lovely. Of course, ther service was excellent. I heartily recommend Viking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip like China. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We wanted to see China and this trip was the perfect mix of land/water. The highlight for my husband was the Terracota Warriors and for me was sailing down the river looking at the scenery of the gorges. Just magnificent. All the ... Read More
We wanted to see China and this trip was the perfect mix of land/water. The highlight for my husband was the Terracota Warriors and for me was sailing down the river looking at the scenery of the gorges. Just magnificent. All the accomodations were top notch and we felt very well taken care of in every aspect of our journey. Our guide, Arnold, was just the best in terms of his knowledge and his leadership abilities. He made everyone feel welcome and that no question was too silly for him to answer. It was a plus that his photography skills are fantastic and we have some beautiful pictures from our trip that we will cherish. We met very interesting people and are looking forward to sailing with Viking on another trip in the future. Thank you for everything your company did to make our trip so successful. We will always remember my husband's 65th birthday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Excellent Viking land/river cruise 13 day trip. Beijing/Xian/River Cruise/Shanghai. Included 3 in China flights and 3 hotel stays along with the 6 night cruise. Everything went perfect. Flights were very organized. This included 3 ... Read More
Excellent Viking land/river cruise 13 day trip. Beijing/Xian/River Cruise/Shanghai. Included 3 in China flights and 3 hotel stays along with the 6 night cruise. Everything went perfect. Flights were very organized. This included 3 interior China flights. Hotels were 5 star especially the Kerry in Beijing. Nicest hotel we have ever been in. Day tours were organized and informative. Just use your own personal speaker/headphones to hear your guide. Kobe our tour guide was with us from day 1-13. 5 star tour guide!!!! Request him if you can. Walking Great Wall, seeing Terra Cotta warriors, 3 River Gorges, Walk on the Bund at night in Shanghai all great!!! Food very good. Lazy Susan meals in afternoon and breakfast/dinner at the hotels. Ship food very good and great service. Don't miss the Peking Duck Dinner served in Beijing. Highlight meal for us. Service on ship excellent. Trip of a lifetime!!! Great weather for end of August. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
The "Undiscovered China" itinerary included a wide variety of things I always wanted to see: Panda Reserve, Yangzee River, Three Gorges Dam area, Terracotta Warriors. I had an excellent experience with Viking on the Romantic ... Read More
The "Undiscovered China" itinerary included a wide variety of things I always wanted to see: Panda Reserve, Yangzee River, Three Gorges Dam area, Terracotta Warriors. I had an excellent experience with Viking on the Romantic Danube cruise May 2015 so was anticipating the same on this trip. I was not disappointed. Viking takes wonderful care of their guests from the airport greeting the first day to the very last day. I very much appreciate the efficiency they have in getting our luggage to and from airports, checking in for us (obtaining all the boarding passes) and making hotel arrangements. The cruise was wonderful. Food is always excellent and the various tours included with the trip were very good. Our specific tour guide was excellent. The young people on the ship's staff are very friendly and talented to boot. The entertainment on board was really fun, the special speakers/events on board were very informative. Our hotels following our cruise were over the top wonderful. Our group of 28 meshed well and all had a great time. I would, and have, recommend Viking to many friends. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
The river cruise through the three gorges of the Yangtze was fantastic. We also enjoyed the side trips and off ship entertainment all of which were first class. The tour guide could not have been better. His English was very good and he ... Read More
The river cruise through the three gorges of the Yangtze was fantastic. We also enjoyed the side trips and off ship entertainment all of which were first class. The tour guide could not have been better. His English was very good and he was extremely knowledgeable. We liked that Viking placed you in the same group for all of the off ship activities. You really get a chance to know the guide and the other 26 cruisers in your group. Also, in several instances the guide went above and beyond to assist people in the group. The staff on the ship were all Asian and were great. We embarked before dinner and the next morning were greeted by first name. The food was consistently and service was excellent. The only downside was the port facilities in Chongqing and other stops were in very poor condition but we understand Viking has little control over this. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I needed to be in China anyway, so we looked at organized travel options to help us find our way around in a very different culture. Viking's Imperial Jewels Of China not only looked like it covered things we really wanted to see, ... Read More
I needed to be in China anyway, so we looked at organized travel options to help us find our way around in a very different culture. Viking's Imperial Jewels Of China not only looked like it covered things we really wanted to see, but the dates meshed perfectly with our existing plans. Only parts of this cruise were actually on the Yangtze river, since it also included sights such as the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and Tienanmen Square, in or near Beijing; the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an; and various other locations in those cities as well as Chongqing, Wuhan, and Shanghai. When we were on land, Viking arranged outstanding hotel accommodations (for us, JW Marriott, Crowne Plaza, and Four Seasons - all exceptional). We were guided to interesting cultural experiences, provided with good food, and our tour guide was sincerely a caring, considerate, and kind individual. On the river boat, the service was even better than those 4- or 5-star hotels, and the food at least as good. Activities, excursions, and free time were all well planned. I'd say "never a dull moment", but if you really needed one, just to relax and unwind, it was allowed! If you go in August, prepare for heat and humidity; we planned to do some laundry, so we didn't have to pack nearly three weeks' worth of clothes; we did not expect to shower and change outfits 2-3 times per day, but it was muggy - still wonderful, but muggy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
A great holiday starting in Beijing including a 5 day cruise down the Yangtse river and ending in Shanghai ( with a 2 day extension) fantastic itinerary taking in all i wanted to see. Every hotel we stayed at was top class 4-5 star and ... Read More
A great holiday starting in Beijing including a 5 day cruise down the Yangtse river and ending in Shanghai ( with a 2 day extension) fantastic itinerary taking in all i wanted to see. Every hotel we stayed at was top class 4-5 star and pampered to our every need. The food choice was huge and the hotels always made available a "western type meal" ie roast beef,roast lamb,beef wellington etc etc along with a large choice of chinese food, salads etc. The cruise itself was fantastic with exceptional food quality and choice, the waiters were very friendly and professional and nothing seemed too much trouble. Entertainment onboard was also very good with different themes each evening. all the shore excursions were included in the price and every one was so well planned and just ran like clockwork. All in all the whole trip was exceptional, at first we thought it was a little expensive compared with the competition but on reflection it was very good value for money and i would recommend Viking to anyboby considering a trip like ours. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We took a tour through China which included a cruise on the Yangtze River for 6 days. The entire trip was amazing! Each day was a new adventure. We were served wonderful food from each region we were in (although some people chose the ... Read More
We took a tour through China which included a cruise on the Yangtze River for 6 days. The entire trip was amazing! Each day was a new adventure. We were served wonderful food from each region we were in (although some people chose the American food choices) and made great new friends. Our tour guide, Duan, was so informative, interesting and fun, and led us through time in his stories. Definitely the highlights of the trip were the three things I've always dreamed of seeing: The Great Wall (I still have trouble believing I was actually there!), the Terracotta Warriors (which I've wanted to see since high school in the 70's) and sailing through the three gorges (an absolutely breathtaking experience I wish to repeat in the future). But the trip was so much more than that. We visited a Jade factory, a Silk factory, the Emperor's throne, we even visited a school wherein the children put on a show for us and we toured their classrooms. Even saying all of this, I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg. We saw cultural shows that floored us, markets that thrilled us, and modern architecture that made our jaws drop. Each and every day was an amazing experience. On the ship, we were able to have dresses (and other clothing) made for us, pearl jewelry or paintings made for very fair and reasonable prices. We were truly treated like royalty and I believe we got to see a lot of the culture and geography of this ancient and enthralling country and I can't wait for my return. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Traveling to China with Viking River Cruises was an excellent experience. We chose to begin our tour in shanghai and conclude it in Beijing. We typically plan our own trips, but felt that taking on a trip to China required more resources ... Read More
Traveling to China with Viking River Cruises was an excellent experience. We chose to begin our tour in shanghai and conclude it in Beijing. We typically plan our own trips, but felt that taking on a trip to China required more resources and so we booked with Viking River Tours. We were able to see sights on this tour that would have been very difficult to plan independently. From start to finish each aspect of the journey was expertly planned and executed. Service was absolutely outstanding! Because of my work schedule, we went in July/August which is a very hot season in China - temperatures were over 37C or 95F on a daily basis and humidity is very high. In spite of that, our Viking Tour guide, Tom made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. All accommodations were wonderful - the ship is not modern, but it is exceptionally clean and well maintained. The food on board was fabulous - there were a wonderful array of flavors on the buffet with meals being perfectly prepared. Food on the ship was some of the best that I have ever eaten. The attraction of this trip for us was that it was partially a river cruise and partially on land. We are not really cruising people, but for five days it allowed us to see parts of China that we would never have seen any other way. We had the advantage of staying in two of the largest cities while also seeing the country as we floated down the Yangtze River. Each day while on board, we stopped for special tours. Our tour guide, Tom, was very knowledgeable and prepared us for each visit with interesting background information. He was attentive to our needs - when one person was sick, he located services and checked on them frequently. He was always one step ahead with tickets and arrangements. His instructions were clear and concise. Additionally, Tom often repeated the instructions which was very helpful. If someone is genuinely interested in learning about a different culture, norms, society, and form of government, this is the trip for them. Viking did an outstanding job of balancing the modern aspect of the cities with the reality of life for many of the Chinese people - this allowed us the opportunity to get a very broad perspective of the country. One last thing to consider - this is an expensive trip, but my husband and I don't think that we could have organized a trip that could even remotely compare to the experience that we had through Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
Wonderful experience! The tours guides were knowledgeable on all subject matter related to the country and made the transportation transfers effortless for us. They made everyone feel welcome and special. We arrived a day late because ... Read More
Wonderful experience! The tours guides were knowledgeable on all subject matter related to the country and made the transportation transfers effortless for us. They made everyone feel welcome and special. We arrived a day late because of Airline problems and were worried about being met and what we would have to do to rejoin the tour. When we arrive in Beijing we were greeted by a guide who assured us that They would arrange for us to see the sights we had missed on the first day. Can't say enough great things about these men and women! The Hotel accommodations were superior and the excursions that were planned were excellent. We signed up for all of the extras and were not disappointed in any of them. The Ship accommodations were excellent also, we were able to sit on our own deck and watch the beautiful scenery or go into the public areas that were great for viewing also. Just can't say enough about the service and food on the ship! Fantastic! This was a great experience that I would recommend to everyone who wants to see China. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
We have sailed with Viking before and were very happy with our previous trip. The Viking experience exceeded every expectation. I cannot say enough about the staff on board--professional, helpful, friendly, talented. We enjoyed every ... Read More
We have sailed with Viking before and were very happy with our previous trip. The Viking experience exceeded every expectation. I cannot say enough about the staff on board--professional, helpful, friendly, talented. We enjoyed every minute of our trip. Our cruise was in the middle of a cruise/tour, starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. We saw beautiful parts of the country; experienced once in a lifetime sites and made lasting friends. It was a very rich cultural experience and we were able to get to see and do things that would not have been available had we not been with Viking. Our tour guide was fantastic--very knowledgeable. The hotels were first rate and the ship was lovely. Food was exceptional, both on land and on the cruise ship. Viking is a well respected brand for a reason--they simply do not disappoint. Their level of care is the best we have experienced and we have cruised often with other cruise lines. Every detail is looked after and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My 15 year old granddaughter and I planned a trip between middle and high-school. Our original intent was the European river cruise, however, because of terror attacks in Europe, we chose the only other cruise that would fit our schedule, ... Read More
My 15 year old granddaughter and I planned a trip between middle and high-school. Our original intent was the European river cruise, however, because of terror attacks in Europe, we chose the only other cruise that would fit our schedule, China. What a wonderful change it was! Emma was the youngest person on the cruise by far. Everyone, staff and guests, were all very gracious. Our guide arranged an unscheduled stop to see pandas because Emma asked when we were going to see them. I believe the Panda stop was a highlight for everyone. Our cabin was comfortable, and the food on board provided many options for our differing tastes. We didn't miss an excursion and learned something new each day including how to play Mah-jongg. The only downside for a teenager was the lack of internet when we left Shanghai until we arrived in Peking. Upon leaving the boat in Chongqing we flew to Tibet. Unfortunately, it took the first day for us to adapt to the altitude. It would be nice if the trip could include a train to Tibet rather than a flight. Guests would have the opportunity to see the different landscapes of China and gradually adapt to the altitude. Tibet was full of amazing sights, sounds and aromas. Colors are everywhere. We enjoyed Yak steak; however, many of the other dishes were spicier than we are used to eating. The St Regis hotel was amazing. The slate floors in the bathroom are heated. Xi'en and the Terra Cotta Army is a memory we will always cherish. When we arrived at the Shangri-La hotel we decided we had died and were in food heaven. There was a salad bar, a sushi bar, pizza, steak, chicken, a seafood bar, and at least 30 feet of deserts! Our final stop was Beijing. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City all sights we will remember for a lifetime. It has been six months since our trip. We have wonderful memories and haven't eaten Chinese food yet. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We loved this trip from start to finish. When we arrived in Beijing we were met by the tour guide and quickly on our way to the hotel. They were with us all of the way to the last stop. All of the hotels were unbelievable and the check ... Read More
We loved this trip from start to finish. When we arrived in Beijing we were met by the tour guide and quickly on our way to the hotel. They were with us all of the way to the last stop. All of the hotels were unbelievable and the check in was so easy. It was nice to not have to worry about luggage etc. and always quickly get to our room. Our tour guide (Geo) was very knowledgeable about where we were and what we were doing. He was willing to share history of the area and answer questions (even if they were already asked before). The flights in country were also easily accessed. The trip to the Great Wall was awesome. It was such a beautiful view from the wall and so astounding that it was built so long ago. In Xian the terracotta solders were breathtaking and so amazing. When we got to the ship it was so easy again to board. The cabin was great and the view from the ship was spectacular. All of the staff on board were helpful and very friendly. When going through the gorges it was so beautiful. The food on the ship was outstanding. Always something new to try, but plenty of things you were use to as well. There was always something to do if you wanted on the ship. The stops on the way were great. In Shanghai the trip to the museum was very informational. During the trip all of the planned port and shore excursions were well planned and very enjoyable. The food was great and always something new to try in the hotels, cities and on the ship. I would definitely go again but would make sure I got to see the pandas and some of the large Budda. That was the only disappointment on the trip other than it ending and having to come back home. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was my first Viking experience. The service and attention to detail was exceptional. I did not worry about handling my luggage or transfers. There were enough activities to keep you busy if you wanted to do something and also enough ... Read More
This was my first Viking experience. The service and attention to detail was exceptional. I did not worry about handling my luggage or transfers. There were enough activities to keep you busy if you wanted to do something and also enough space to relax on enjoy the cruise experience. The was an extensive variety in gourmet food selection with every meal. The river boat is an older model with large clean cabins. The crew is very friendly and customer oriented. Viking makes sure the excursions are a once in a lifetime experience, Great Wall, Terra Cota Warriors, Tea Ceremony, Forbidden City, 2 Chinese theater experiences, interaction with local people, and eating in local restaurants. I did not worry about getting to and from the hotel or through customs at anytime because I was with Viking. I will never forget my trip to China and look forward to my next trip with Viking. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We enjoyed the whole trip, The tour guide was excellent. He did an outstanding job. Very knowledgeable, accommodating to your needs, nice and pleasant to be with. The places that we visited were all wonderful to see. Very educational ... Read More
We enjoyed the whole trip, The tour guide was excellent. He did an outstanding job. Very knowledgeable, accommodating to your needs, nice and pleasant to be with. The places that we visited were all wonderful to see. Very educational and lots of history that one can do a second visit and learn more about the culture and people. All the hotels we stayed in were first class. Food and service were excellent. The land tours were also awesome. The Three Gorges was a beautiful sight to see and see how the village people who were relocated high in the mountains live. They walk for miles on the rugged mountain slopes to get to their destinations. This is a daily life for them. I thought their way of life is so incredible. Note: When you are a first time booker, I recommend that the travel person who helps you set up your tour should guide you of what to expect in the tour package. Because I booked the tour 9 months in advance, when it came closer to the cruise date, I didn't look at the email as often as I should and missed a lot of valuable information about what you should do (example- you have to do your own set up of the land tours of which one that you want to attend - it was not automatic). The travel person you initial helped you should follow up and help you and guide you on these land tours. Each time I called, I got a different person to help me. Most of them were curious and nice but I truly think the original person who helped with the initial booking should be your guide. David you was the initial person was never there when I called. When I left messages, he sometimes called back in the beginning of the initial booking but after that when I left a message, he never called back. I talked to several people that help me set up the land portion of the cruise. I was very grateful that one person, forgot name was the best who helped me do an automatic checking on the website about the cruise. That is my only complaint I have about the initial travel booker that book our cruise. Other than that I would recommend Viking to everyone. In fact, I called several people to make sure to use Viking on their next cruise. I would recommend everyone to choose Viking for their travel. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Our "cruise" began in Beijing which included visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Old Summer Palace. We also visited a 200 year old community near the Forbidden City where citizens adhere to ... Read More
Our "cruise" began in Beijing which included visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Old Summer Palace. We also visited a 200 year old community near the Forbidden City where citizens adhere to older customs and a simpler culture. During the evening, we attended a Kung Fu show at a local theater. Next, on to the ancient capital Xian where we were bused to the site of the Terra Cotta soldiers...amazing Upward to Lhasa, Tibet at 12,000 feet where we visited several Buddhists temples, the highlight being the Potala Palace, whose 400 steps tested the fitness of all. While in Lhasa, the group was invited to a local home where we all had the chance to see how typical Tibetans live their daily lives. Down to Chongquing, a city of 37 million residents at the head of the Yangtze, where we boarded the Viking Emerald for our cruise. Departing Chongquing, we sailed through the Three Gorges which was truly a once in a lifetime experience. On day two on the ship, we went to the Three Gorges dam, still under construction, a site to behold nonetheless. Wending to Wuhan, we visited a Chinese elementary school and spent an hour or so in the classroom talking to the children, which was a unique experience. The six days on the ship were nothing less than wonderful. The service from all of the crew was complete and friendly, the Americanized menu magnificent, while I refrained from tasting some of the more exotic Chinese delicacies like pig ears, chicken feet and jellyfish salad. Our room on deck five was quite spacious with plenty of storage, the bathroom we thought relatively large for a river cruise ship. The common areas were spacious and welcoming, especially the dining room and lounges, all certainly up to what we have come to know as Viking standard. Finally, in Shanghai we were treated to a tour of the local marketplace and a traditional Chinese garden. During one evening in Shanghai, we attended the Acrobat show, which included an act with eight motorcyclists driving inside a metal globe, ....at the same time. The key to the fabulous trip was our Chinese guide, Leo who met us in Beijing and stayed with us all the way to Shanghai. Leo made the trip the success that it was with his incredible grasp of Chinese culture and history, humor, and organization skills. China, in and of itself is an incredibly unique place to visit, but having such an incredibly skilled guide made it truly one of our best trips ever. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My wife and I chose the cruise on the basis of a friend's experience with Viking in Europe. Our trip was an 18 day tour starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing, with a 5 night cruise down the Yangtze River and stops in various ... Read More
My wife and I chose the cruise on the basis of a friend's experience with Viking in Europe. Our trip was an 18 day tour starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing, with a 5 night cruise down the Yangtze River and stops in various cities after that by plane. The Viking Emerald was an elegant ship, and our cabin provided wonderful amenities (including a veranda with two chairs) and enough storage space to unpack our suitcases. The food was outstanding, and the personnel (including the wonderful and hilarious hotel manager Wilhelm) were very knowledgeable and helpful. Service was wonderful. Our room steward even provided a translation of the poem on the wall in our stateroom. The day tours while on the ship, and the tours there after had wonderful guides, and the transfers were handled very smoothly. Since we were primarily with a small group of 20 people, we got to know our fellow tourists and enjoyed conversation and visiting. The restaurants were very good. The shops (often related to the restaurants) were of high quality, once we got accustomed to Chinese bargaining and salesmanship. I can't say enough about our guide, Tom. The local guides were also very good, but Tom was outstanding. In addition to his usual duties of accompanying us on our travels and tours, he was outstanding in emergency. One of our group took ill in Lijiang, and Tom (and the local guide Bruce) made sure that she got excellent care and that she had someone bi-lingual with her at all times. She recovered nicely and rejoined the group, but Tom and Bruce handled the emergency with great sensitivity and aplomb. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We wanted to see China and when we heard about this cruise/tour, we knew that it was what we needed to book since it covered so many of the sites we wanted to see. We have traveled Viking before on the Danube in Europe and knew that ... Read More
We wanted to see China and when we heard about this cruise/tour, we knew that it was what we needed to book since it covered so many of the sites we wanted to see. We have traveled Viking before on the Danube in Europe and knew that we would enjoy it.. We definitely did!! We did explore our departure city (Shanghai) before the cruise with our tour guide (it was part of the cruise/tour). The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. The entire experience was wonderful. The ship and the cabin were very nice. The staff/crew were very helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed the entertainment, activities and all of the shore excursions. The dining room offered many choices and the dining staff were very interested in seeing that we were happy we our meals. I have a dietary issue and the maitre'd was very attentive to my needs. Our Viking experience included travel by plane and bus as well as our time on the ship. The entire experience was phenominal. We had a wonderful time and we would go again in a heartbeat. P.S. Our tour guide Francis was exceptional! He is the best tour guide that we have ever had on any of our prior cruises. His personality, his kindness, his knowledge of the many places we visited helped to make this trip the best we have ever had. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Only way we would tour China was with a guided tour; we chose Viking because friends had recommended Viking for its wonderful service and comprehensive excursions. We were not disappointed. In fact, we loved every minute, though the ... Read More
Only way we would tour China was with a guided tour; we chose Viking because friends had recommended Viking for its wonderful service and comprehensive excursions. We were not disappointed. In fact, we loved every minute, though the schedule and pace were extremely exhausting. Our tour, "Undiscovered China," began in Shanghai, ending in Beijing. We felt safe the entire time and were amazed at the friendliness and openness of the Chinese people. Our guides all along the way were extraordinary, especially "TOM," our guide who stayed with us on the entire tour. At one point, one of our fellow travelers became very ill and had to spend a couple of nights in a local hospital. Viking's attention to her needs all along the rest of the trip was amazing. We will definitely travel with Viking again. We would recommend that Viking upgrade the China ship...it was tired, but the crew and staff were absolutely wonderful. The pace, though, was a killer. Quite a few of us had to miss a day of touring along the way, just because of being worn out. Some fell ill and had to miss a day or two of touring. I haven't a suggestion to remedy this, but too much of the local food seemed to be the culprit in most cases. All in all, this was the trip of a lifetime, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We wanted to take an Asian cruise and decided on the Viking Roof of the World land/river cruise tour. It included 6 days on the Yangtze plus 10 days on land. The clinching part was the inclusion of 2.5 days in Tibet which none of the ... Read More
We wanted to take an Asian cruise and decided on the Viking Roof of the World land/river cruise tour. It included 6 days on the Yangtze plus 10 days on land. The clinching part was the inclusion of 2.5 days in Tibet which none of the other river cruise lines offered. We landed in Beijing after a 14 hour flight and were met by the Viking representative who would be our tour guide for the entire trip and a better one we couldn't have had. We were fortunate to have gotten one that didn't parrot the party line and was even critical of some of the government practices - a breath of reality in an oppressive political climate. Then we arrived at the first of four 5 star hotels we would stay at- the Fairmont Beijing. Walking in through a revolving door that had living plants as a center piece and that was activated by your presence was just a preface of the luxury that the hotel offered. The room was all that and more with an over king sized bed, plush robes and towels that would have wrapped up both my wife and myself. The staff was at our beck and call but that first day we were too tired to do more than get settled and go to dinner which, like all the meals, was a buffet style. We never ate more Chinese food in 16 days then we did on this trip. The next 7 days included Bejing where we saw the Forbidden City, which was awesome and brought to life history that we had just read about like the whole trip did, and trekked to the Great Wall (be prepared for lots of climbing on that excursion and bring lots of water) Xian where the terra cotta soldiers are - far more impressive seeing them for real then any picture can do justice to - before arriving in Lhasa, Tibet. Upon landing we taxied past a line of Mig-23 fighter planes parked on the tarmac showing us why out flight there had been delayed over three hours. We saw the highest monastery in the world and were pleasantly surprised in not needing to use the oxygen provided in our rooms at the Shangri-La Lhasa (they did that because we were over 13,000 ft above sea level). After leaving Tibet we flew to Chongquing where we boarded the Emerald for the trip down the Yangtze. Our cabin was fairly large for not being a suite and amply supplied with water and sodas all included in the trip. Dinners were open seating so we were able to sit with different people almost every night although we did form attachments and tended to search those people. The Viking trips are inclusive so all excursions are part of the trip and we were kept busy - almost too busy to shop although we did manage to find time to get some very nice items. For the most part DO NOT pay the posted price unless it is in a government store - bargaining is expected and enjoyed by the vendors. You will be looked on with contempt if you don't! I saved about 30% on some jewelry by bargaining so it works. One of the highlights of the river part is the trip through the Three Gorges - magnificent scenery and we were fortunate to have clear if partly cloudy days for it. Words can't describe it just like they can't describe Alaskan scenery - you have to see it and try to capture the essence in photo's. We docked in Wuhan and flew to Singapore, spent 2 days there before making the long flight back home. This was a long and tiring cruise/tour but one that we both enjoyed and look forward to visiting other regions in Asia. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was a 12 day cruisetour that began in Shanghai and ended in Beijing, with a 5 night cruise on the Yangtse in the middle. The arrangements were very smooth, including intra-China flights. The ship appeared to be older but refurbished. ... Read More
This was a 12 day cruisetour that began in Shanghai and ended in Beijing, with a 5 night cruise on the Yangtse in the middle. The arrangements were very smooth, including intra-China flights. The ship appeared to be older but refurbished. The service was very friendly and very attentive. The food onboard was excellent, with a mix of Western and Chinese foods. There were several informative lectures about the sights we'd be visiting and about China itself. The entertainment was China-themed, performed by the crew who had other jobs onboard. The public areas were beautiful and elaborate. The cabins were standard size, maybe slightly larger than a standard cabin on an ocean liner, but all the cabins had verandas, which was great for viewing the 3 Gorges and the locks of the dam. There was often a lot of walking involved to get from the ship to either the bus or the sight itself. In fact this whole trip involved a lot of walking, sometimes up very long staircases. Since China has a way to go on accessibility, this is not a trip for mobility-impaired folks. Overall, this trip was wonderful and an eye-opener. We were constantly amazed and delighted at the sights and experiences. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My 76-year old lady-friend's husband did not want to fly from Florida to China, so this 70-year old accompanied her friend who wanted to see the terra cotta soldiers near Xi'an. Both of us had been flight attendants for many ... Read More
My 76-year old lady-friend's husband did not want to fly from Florida to China, so this 70-year old accompanied her friend who wanted to see the terra cotta soldiers near Xi'an. Both of us had been flight attendants for many years in our former lives, and we retain the adventuresome spirit. Viking's excursions were top notch, and the entire trip exceeded our expectations. Our warm and caring Chinese tour guide for 13 days, RAY, spoke excellent English and went way above and beyond to make sure all 36 people in his diverse group were happy. The seven days on the ship were glorious, thanks to restaurant manager, Dominick, and awesome program director, Wilhelm, as well as all the staff. The selection of food onboard was unparalleled, and the "lazy Susan" Chinese meals onshore while at three different five-star hotels were fabulous. Oh, yes, and the three intra-China flights went smoothly. A rickshaw ride through Beijing hutong was one of the best experiences because we were able to see how older families live in contrast to the current ultra-modern cities. I was most impressed by the overall infrastructure -- many gorgeous new suspension bridges and, of course, the Three Gorges Dam that is able to supply water and power to many people, while, unfortunately its creation displaced many others. The locals were exceptionally friendly -- in the Chingqing zoo near the panda exhibits, in the elementary school, and on the Great Wall. GO GO GO!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
This cruise was an excellent way to see China. It was part of a combined land and river vacation. The accommodations on the river cruise boat were great and service was excellent. The dining facility was nice and there was great variety in ... Read More
This cruise was an excellent way to see China. It was part of a combined land and river vacation. The accommodations on the river cruise boat were great and service was excellent. The dining facility was nice and there was great variety in the meals. Some of the meals had Chinese themes which added to our enjoyment of the local cuisine. On the ship there were many shows, lectures, and exhibits. The staff were very helpful and always answered all our questions. There were very informative lectures and presentations that preceded the various ports of call. They were very helpful in preparing us ahead for the various sites we would visit. On the shore excursions there were always guides to assist us and give us information on the cultural sites that we visited. They helped us to appreciate more the places that we visited. Our stateroom had a nice view of the Yangtzee River. There was also a daily newsletter to keep us up to date on the various activities on the ship. Read Less
Viking Emerald Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family N/A 3.5
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 5.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 4.2

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