From world-famous landmarks to mouthwatering Peking duck dishes, Beijing (the second largest city in China), is a must-visit Asian destination for any seasoned travelers’ bucket list. With easy-to-use public transportation, fabulous local cuisine, and a popularity for overnight port stays, you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to explore this legendary city.
Currently, only Royal Caribbean, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking Ocean Cruises offer cruises from Beijing. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas does a number of roundtrip cruises from Beijing (ranging from 4- to 12-nights). Deluxe cruise line Viking Ocean features a 14- and 28-night sailing onboard Viking Orion, which will take you from Beijing to either Hong Kong or Tokyo. If you are looking to take a river cruise from Beijing, look no further than Uniworld River Cruises. Uniworld’s Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers 10- to 19-night cruises along the Yangtze River, while you enjoy all-inclusive benefits (additional restrictions may apply). A great time to visit Beijing is between March and May or September to October, when you can enjoy the best weather and scenery.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Beijing, China. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Beijing, China. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Beijing, China:
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Beijing, along with a brief description:
♦ Local Cuisine
Foodies will love indulging in Beijing’s local cuisine scene before or after their cruise (or during an overnight stay). Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, authentic street food, or something in between, you will find it in Beijing. Aside from the famous Peking duck, you will find all sorts of choices from dumplings to regional barbecue, to noodles and spring rolls and more!
♦ The Great Wall of China
No trip to China is complete without checking out one its legendary landmarks, the Great Wall! The Great Wall stretches for miles, and its Badaling section is the closet to Beijing. You can choose to explore sections of the wall by foot or via cable car. Most cruise lines offer shore excursions to the Great Wall. Alternatively, you can opt to book a private tour.
When and if you grow tired of the hustling city life, you’ve got the chance to escape to old-world Beijing in the Hutongs. This is where you can witness what life was like in ancient times. A self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to see locals in action. From local residents spending time together to hole-in-the-wall eateries and kids playing in the street, you will definitely feel like you’ve traveled back in time. The Hutongs are a great way to get in some active exercise while taking in local culture.
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