Viking unveiled three unique, one-of-a-kind itineraries that will give customers unprecedented access to China in 2024.
The new voyages range from 10 to 20 days and visit major destinations, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Each itinerary also includes a domestic sailing off China’s coast, highlighting rarely-seen destinations and ports to which only Viking has access—something never before offered to international visitors.
The new voyages will take place from September to November on the Viking Yi Dun (previously the Viking Sun), a sister ship with the same award-winning design and service as Viking’s other ocean ships.
The Chinese-flagged Viking Yi Dun will be the first ship dedicated only to the foreign market to undertake domestic sailings in China. Every voyage will feature The Viking Way® of discovery, with immersive experiences to introduce guests to China’s people, history and culture, including insightful lectures, Chinese-inspired cuisine and destination experts.
“We are proud that Viking will be the first to offer domestic sailing in China to international travellers. Our guests are curious travellers interested in experiences that broaden their minds—and China, with one of the world’s richest cultures, has been inspiring travellers for centuries,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.
“For more than 15 years, our Yangtze River voyages were among our highest-rated itineraries. We brought guests to China’s Yangtze River, Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and many other iconic places in this captivating nation. We introduced the real China to our guests, and visiting local school children was always a particular highlight. We are delighted to offer such encounters again with new voyages to a destination that never ceases to capture the imagination.”
New China Voyages
- Wonders of China— 20 days; Beijing roundtrip— This comprehensive 20-day cruise tour itinerary delivers China’s main highlights. Guests can meet a Tibetan family at their home, walk on the Great Wall and see the Terra Cotta Warriors. Additionally, guests experience the scenic coast of Dongtou and have opportunities to explore Gulangyu Island in Xiamen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Shenzhen, a UNESCO city of design.
- Classic China & the Coast— 15 days; Beijing, Xian – Hong Kong (Shenzhen) — This voyage combines the experiences of Viking’s 10-day China Discovery voyage with the opportunity to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors and other iconic landmarks. While sailing China’s coastline, guests can experience a phenomenal diversity in languages, cultures and cuisines.
- China Discovery — 10 days; Shanghai–Hong Kong (Shenzhen) — This 10-day itinerary allows guests to experience the Buddhist shrines of Zhoushan and the cliffs of Dongtou, follow the steps of 19th-century European diplomats on Gulangyu Island in Xiamen, or try Cantonese dim sum in Shenzhen.