Tennis matches in Shanghai & Beijing
This tennis tour is for you if you have ever dreamed of visiting China, seeing gazillions of awesome sites, cruising a nature wonderland – the Yangtze River and seeing the Three Gorges, the dam and the Lesser Gorges and life along the dams – and – to top it all off – play tennis with the locals at their tennis clubs – party with them afterwards. It is an extraordinary trip. This Viking River Cruise itinerary, was a winner of the National Geographic Award of the “10 Best of Everything” in the travel section.
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- Tennis matches in Beijing and China
- 14 day phenomenal itinerary presenting China’s key highlights.
- Shanghai, China’s most cutting-edge, modern city.
- Cruise the legendary Yangtze - 3 Gorges and Lesser Gorges.
- Tour the Three Gorges Dam, an engineering marvel.
- Visit Xian and the thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors.
- Beijing - The Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace & Tiananmen Square.
- Spanking new Viking Emerald ship - an amazing trip.
DAY 1 Beijing
Start this tennis tour by flying to Beijing, China’s former imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to relax or explore.
DAY 2 Beijing
This morning visit the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can over 1,000,000 people. Then, tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; made up of nearly 800 buildings, it is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.
After lunch in a local restaurant, see the Summer Palace, a 700-acre complex of elegant buildings and gardens (complete with man-made Kunming Lake) frequented by the Imperial Court when they wanted to escape the bustle of Beijing. Tonight, taste some local specialties at dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 BEIJING TENNIS MATCH
Today we play tennis with our local counterparts at a tennis club and invite our Chinese tennis hosts to a party in the evening. (B, D) DAY 4 BEIJING
After breakfast, travel to the Badaling Hills. There, you behold one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China—a 4,000-mile- series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications built and maintained between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century A.D. that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its winding pathways and marvel at the panoramic views from its ramparts.
After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by massive sculptures of elephants, lions and camels leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, relax and dine at your hotel—or, enjoy an optional evening featuring China’s famous Peking duck and a recital by Peking Opera performers. (B, L, D)
Day 5 BEIJING & XIAN
Today tour Old Beijing’s hutongs (narrow alleys) via rickshaw.† Discover the sights traditional Chinese life. Visit a silk carpet workshop for a demonstration of this ancient art. After lunch, fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 A.D., this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era, or have dinner and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 XIAN & CHONQING
After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. See the thousands of life-sized terra cotta warriors, and infantrymen that were buried with him; each man and horse molded with its own distinctive features. Walkways provide a bird’s-eye view of the entire necropolis where the Terra Cotta Army was discovered in the 1970s. After lunch in Xian, fly to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze to board your ship. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal, and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 SHIBAOZHAI
This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning aboard for lunch. Enjoy Yangtze River scenery as you cruise this afternoon and through the night. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 THREE GORGES & LESSER THREE GORGES
For the next 150 miles, travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze as it forces its way through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. breakfast, cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. Sail through these remarkable canyons flanked by towering cliffs. Along the way, see fascinating sites including the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliffside. Return aboard for lunch, and spend the afternoon sailing through Wu (Witches) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Dinner is served aboard. This evening, sail through the five-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. (B, L, D)
DAY 9 THREE GORGES DAM & THREE GORGES
This morning, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam where you learn about this immense engineering masterpiece and what it means for the Chinese people and the Yangtze. Lunch and dinner are served aboard while you cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. (B, L, D)
DAY 10 JINGZHOU
This morning, arrive in Jingzhou, where you visit a school sponsored Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship for scenic cruising. (B, L, D)
DAY 11 WUHAN & SHANGHAI
After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells. Then, fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city and one of the world’s most important ports. Here, you can see the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 12 SHANGHAI
This morning, see Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to some of its historic buildings and city views. Then tour the Shanghai Museum, featuring displays of ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings. Visit a silk embroidery factory to see a demonstration of this delicate art. After lunch, we spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe show from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)
DAY 13 SHANGHAI TENNIS MATCH
Today we play tennis with our local counterparts at a tennis club and invite our Chinese tennis hosts to a party in the evening. (B, D)DAY 14 SHANGHAI
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight.* Or, continue your China journey with an escorted land program that includes 1 night in Guilin and 3 nights in Hong Kong. Spend a relaxing day along Guilin’s scenic Li River, then sightsee and shop in fabulous Hong Kong. (B)
The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Cruise the Yangtze River on this beautiful, state-of-the-art river cruise vessel, brand new for the 2011 sailing season. Enjoy a roomy stateroom, junior suite or presidential suite—every one boasting sliding glass doors opening onto a private veranda. One of the most extraordinary river cruising vessels in the world.
Cruise the Yangtze River on Viking Emerald, a beautiful, state-of-the-art river cruise vessel built for the 2011 sailing season. Accommodating 256 guests with full verandas, hotel-style beds in every spacious suite and stateroom and an outstanding crew,Viking Emerald is one of the most sophisticated river ships in the world. The ship’s hotel operations are 100% managed by Viking River Cruises Swiss-trained management team, employing the best and most knowledgeable English-speaking staff. Enjoy one of the Viking Emerald’s roomy 250-square-foot staterooms, or treat yourself to a Suite or Junior Suite. Or perhaps you would enjoy one of the two 605-square-foot Explorer Suites, with king-sized bed, separate sitting room and private wraparound veranda. The choice is yours!
- 128 comfortable outside staterooms (2 Explorer Suites, 14 Suites, 4 Jr. Suites, 108 Veranda)
- All staterooms have a veranda with sliding glass doors
- Sun deck with panoramic views and shaded sitting area
- observation lounge and bar
- Emerald Bar
- Restaurant with panoramic views
- Onboard boutique & tailor
- Gym, sauna and massage services
- Beauty salon
- Library and internet café
- 2 Elevators with access to all decks
- Laundry service
- Onboard doctor