Imperial Jewels of China March 29 - April 11, 2020 Price: From $3899/Person *Price is based on sharing a double room. Price is cruise only. Airfare & travel insurance is additional. Viking Emerald Viking deepens your understanding of China’s imperial history and forward-thinking modernity on one wide-ranging cruise tour. Trace timeworn steps along the Great Wall. Marvel at 8,000 ancient Terra Cotta Warriors, each distinctly carved. Admire emerald-draped cliff faces and hushed monasteries during a tranquil Yangtze river cruise. Step inside the massive Three Gorges Dam. And gaze upon Shanghai’s cutting-edge skyline. Join us on this most enlightening of journeys. Itinerary Day 1 – Beijing, China Fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years, then transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director will help you check in and accompany you throughout your cruise tour. Enjoy free time to relax or explore. Throughout your journey, you will enjoy traditional Chinese meals at restaurants and Western-style meals at your hotels. Day 2 – Beijing, China Beijing embodies the beating heart of China, brimming with massive monuments to a storied past and robust economic center. Witness two of its cultural treasures this morning. In the massive Tiananmen Square (meaning “Gate of Heavenly Peace”), the epicenter of ancient and modern Chinese history, view the exterior of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum. You will also see the tower that marks the northern edge of the square; built in 1417, this was long the stage from which new emperors were declared. Then, tour the nearly 1,000 buildings of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only to emperors and their families and court for 500 years. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls. After lunch in a local restaurant today, explore Beijing independently. Enjoy dinner this evening, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of performance art with roots dating back 4,000 years.