China highlights come to life on this luxury Yangtze River cruise


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Live the luxe life on Viking Emerald in the 603-square-foot Explorer Suite, with bathtub and wraparound veranda.
Launched in 2011, the six-deck Viking Emerald is a state-of-the-art river cruise ship operating on the Yangtze River. Carrying only 256 guests, the ship is known for its attentive crew and comfortable staterooms. This remarkable Yangtze River cruise spends 12 nights exploring the iconic highlights of China, from imperial treasures and cosmopolitan cities to the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges.

Along the Journey – Ports of Call
The Imperial Jewels of China itinerary is perfect for culture-seeking cruisers, with immersive experiences offered both onboard and in port to enhance the journey. Start your voyage in Beijing ready for exploration, where Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China are only a sampling of the agenda. From Beijing, it’s on to Xian to see the famous life-size Terra Cotta Warriors. Set sail out of Chongquing, the gateway to the Yangtze River, cruising toward Shibaozhai before continuing on toward the Three Gorges. Marvel at these incredible limestone ridges before taking a small boat excursion through the striking canyons and towering cliffs of the Lesser Three Gorges. Further on, stops include the Three Gorges Dam, Jingzhou, and Wuhan, before a flight to elegant Shanghai, the final stop along your journey.

As You Sail – Onboard Amenities
Comfort and elegance await cruisers on Viking Emerald, from its roomy 250-square-foot staterooms to its onboard boutique and tailor. Want to watch the lovely Yangtze River go by? Enjoy the scenery from your veranda (every stateroom has one), while relaxing in the observation lounge and bar, or as you dine in the onboard restaurant with panoramic views. Catch some rays on the sun deck or unwind with a steam in the sauna and an indulgent massage. And, if you want to add a little learning to the pampering, a series of multimedia talks will offer insight into the history and culture of the important sights along the cruise.

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