Far East Discovery (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Hong Kong, China to Tianjin, China
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DAY 1
Hong Kong, China

Arrive in dazzling Hong Kong today and embark your ship. Take time to settle in and explore, perhaps admiring the city's magnificent setting, a glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor, and offshore islands. Our overnight stay gives you ample time to experience the rich cultural tapestry and unmistakable British influence.

DAY 2
Hong Kong, China

Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or, perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.

DAY 3
Xiamen, China

Built on islands at the mouth of the Jiulong River, Xiamen boasts picturesque colonial architecture. The venerable Xiamen University, with perhaps the most beautiful campus in China, actually has its own beach. On a panoramic tour of the city, you will see the university campus, the Baicheng Beach boardwalk and the majestic Nanputuo Temple complex, perched on a hillside overlooking the city and central to the city's Fujian community. If you'd like, you can immerse yourself in local culture during a bike ride, a tai chi class, and a tea ceremony.

DAY 4
Xiamen, China

Continue your exploration of Xiamen, which became a center for the international tea trade during the mid-19th century, with an optional bike ride along the city's seaside promenade. Or, head to Quanzhou and explore what was China's most important port for foreign trade through the 14th century. Situated at the start of the Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou was visited by many notable foreigners, including Marco Polo, and became a center for numerous religions in Asia.

DAY 5
East China Sea (Cruising)

The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. In the late 19th century, American whaling ships hunted right whales here in these waters for blubber that fueled lamps and made soaps. As you cruise today, treat yourself to a massage at The Spa or relax in a deck chair by the Infinity Pool.

DAY 6
Ishigaki Island, Japan

Today explore the natural wonders of Ishigaki Island, the second-largest island of the Yaeyama island group. The island was once home to the Ryukyu Kingdom, an important participant in the region's maritime trade before being annexed by Japan in 1879. Thanks to the island and much of its surrounding waters being situated in the protected Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Ishigaki is renowned for its pristine beaches, such as the emerald-green waters of Kabira Bay and the Yonehara bleached coral beach. Or, visit Yaeyama Museum and Miyara Dunchi, an early 19th-century aristocratic residence.

DAY 7
Naha, Japan

Today, continue learning about the Ryukyu Kingdom with a day in Naha, the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. The island is home to nine properties comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu". This includes Shuri Castle, the former royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The castle was used by the Japanese as a command base during World War II and was heavily damaged by shelling during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The island is also home to the Southeast Botanical Gardens, which houses 2,000 plant species.

DAY 8
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen's gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef's Table.

DAY 9
Shanghai, China

Cruise into one of the world's most important ports this morning for an overnight stay. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and center of finance that orbits around its famous and historic Bund, the city's elegant riverfront promenade overlooked by colonial-era banks and trading houses. Explore the excellent cultural and artistic collections at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time to explore the People's Square and stroll the Bund. Our overnight stay allows you to attend a dazzling Chinese acrobatic show in the city this evening.

DAY 10
Shanghai, China

You have the day to discover more of Shanghai's cultural and historic treasures. Enjoy tea in tranquil Suzhou, the nearby "Garden City" known for its historic silk production and picturesque bridges, temples, and pavilions. Ride the superfast maglev train, an engineering marvel of magnetic levitation. Gaze over Shanghai's skyline from the Jin Mao Tower. Or, learn about cooking, traditional medicine, calligraphy, and more from local residents during an outing to the Caoyang community.

DAY 11
Yellow Sea (Cruising)

Cruise north into the Yellow Sea today toward Shanghai. These fabled waters were named for the color created by the sediments that flow here from China's mainland rivers. The sea's rich mineral content draws countless fish and marine mammals. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or enjoy a late-night drink in one of the ship's elegant venues.

DAY 12
Qingdao, China

Today you will uncover the surprises of Qingdao, once known as the "German Hong Kong". Discover the half-timbered houses of this former German and Japanese colony. You can even sample a beer-brewing tradition that dates back to the days of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. If you wish, you can delve more deeply into this unique past during a panoramic tour featuring the Eight Great Passes and Wusi Square. Alternately, enjoy a walking tour into the heart of Qingdao's Old Town and experience some of the area's heritage.

DAY 13
Dalian, China

This morning, arrive in Dalian, one of China's most livable cities. Under Soviet rule for a decade after World War II, the city today enjoys a picturesque setting, numerous parks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Past the Stalinist-era buildings in the center, the city exudes a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a city tour, featuring a stop at Labor Park, adorned with lovely gardens, modern architecture, quiet walkways, and exuberant floral displays. If you wish, you may experience local life up close during a visit to a home and nursery school.

DAY 14
Tianjin, China

Call in Tianjin today, located on the Haihe River. The city is famous for its stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest and possibly oldest existing manmade waterway on earth. But the Great Wall is the larger draw, and you will see the section that runs along the ridge of mountains north of the city in nearby Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass). The 13,000 miles of walls, towers, and trenches were begun 2,200 years ago to defend the Chinese empire against nomads from the north. If you wish, you may venture to Beijing for an overnight excursion, featuring visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and a cable car ride and optional hike along the Great Wall.

DAY 15
Tianjin, China

Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, stay on in Beijing to explore more of this historic imperial capital.

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About the Ship

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Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

  • All port taxes and fees

  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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