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Viking has launched three new, first-of-their-kind itineraries providing exclusive access to China in 2024. The new voyages range from 10 to 20 days and explore such iconic cities as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Each itinerary also includes a domestic sailing of China’s coast that highlights rarely-seen destinations and ports to which only Viking has access—something that has never before been offered for international visitors. Bookings are now open.

Photo by Leon Liu on Unsplash.

The new voyages will operate from September to November on the Viking Yi Dun—formerly the Viking Sun—a sister ship featuring the same award-winning design and service as all other ocean ships in Viking’s fleet. The Chinese-flagged Viking Yi Dun will be the first ship dedicated specifically to the foreign market to operate domestic sailings in China. Each voyage will offer The Viking Way of exploration, with immersive experiences to introduce guests to the people, history and culture of China, including insightful lectures, Chinese-inspired cuisine and destination experts. ­

“We are proud that Viking will be the first to operate domestic sailings in China for international travelers. Our guests are curious travelers who are interested in experiences that broaden their mind—and China, with one of the richest cultures in the world, has been inspiring travelers for centuries,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a media announcement. “We introduced the real China to our guests, and visiting local school children was always a particular highlight. Now, we are delighted to offer such encounters once again with new voyages to a destination that never ceases to capture the imagination.”

New China Voyages from Viking Are Wonderful

Xian, the Terra Cotta Army. Photo by Aaron Greenwood on Unsplash.
  1. Wonders of China—This comprehensive 20-day itinerary sails roundtrip from Beijing. Guests can meet a Tibetan family at their home, walk on the Great Wall and see the Terra Cotta Army. 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.
  2. Classic China & the Coast—This 15-day voyage includes Beijing, Xian and Shenzhen— the modern metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland—combining the experiences of Viking’s 10-day China Discovery (below) with opportunity to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors and other iconic landmarks.
  3. China Discovery—A 10-day itinerary from Shanghai to Hong Kong features the Buddhist shrines of Zhoushan and the cliffs of Dongtou, Gulangyu Island in Xiamen and Shenzhen.

To learn more about the itineraries and why China is such a captivating destination, Viking has released two new videos highlighting these exclusive-to-Viking China voyages along with the opportunities to be immersed in the history, culture and natural wonders of the Middle Kingdom.

From now through Jan. 31, 2024, Viking is offering North American travelers the Discover More sale, with up to free international airfare, special fares and a $25 deposit—with additional savings for both new and returning guests—on all-inclusive river, ocean and expedition voyages, including the new coastal China itineraries. Space is limited for 2024 departures.

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