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Roof of the World
(Shanghai - Tibet - Beijing)

17 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Shanghai, China
Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel.* See the modern financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. 

Day 2 Shanghai, China
This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. After lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Shanghai Museum. Dine locally before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D) 

Day 3 Shanghai, China
Today visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you hear the chimes of ancient bronze bells and view fascinating relics from 400 BC. Return to the ship and set sail this evening. (B, L, D) 

Day 4 Wuhan, China
After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arriving, transfer to your ship docked close to Wuhan’s historic waterfront. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal. (B, L, D) 

Day 5 Jingzhou, China
After a morning of sailing, arrive in Jingzhou. Visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises where you are greeted and entertained by the children. (B, L, D) 

Day 6 Three Gorges, China
This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. After lunch, 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. Return to your ship and sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. Dock overnight at Badong. (B, L, D) 

Day 7 Lesser Three Gorges, China
During breakfast, cruise through Wu (?Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. 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, then spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Dine aboard. (B, L, D) 

Day 8 Shibaozhai, China
After a morning of scenic cruising along the Yangtze, tour the 12-story Shibaozhai Temple, an impressive example of Qing Dynasty architecture set on the banks of the river. Dine aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Chongqing, China
This morning, disembark in the mountain city of Chongqing. Enjoy a visit to the Chongqing Zoo and lunch, then fly to Lhasa, the economic, spiritual and cultural center of Tibet. Experience Tibetan life with a family-hosted tea followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D) 

Day 10 Lhasa, China
Today, visit 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple. After a local lunch, explore the maze-like Barkhor Market in Old Lhasa and tour the Tibetan Museum to learn about the area’s history and culture. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner. (B, L, D) 

Day 11 Lhasa, China
This morning, tour the 13-story Potala Palace, home of the Dalai Lama. Later, visit Sera Monastery, an active temple with monks in training. Lunch and dinner are in local restaurants. (B, L, D) 

Day 12 Xian, China
Fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Xian, China
Today, tour Xian’s archaeological wonder: thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang, each soldier and horse molded in incredible detail. 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 14 Beijing, China
Fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel and dine there; your evening is free to relax. (B, L, D) 

Day 15 Beijing, China
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. This 4,000-mile-long series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications was built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD, and 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, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, the region’s famous dish. (B, L, D) 

Day 16 Beijing, China
After breakfast, visit massive Tiananmen Square, then see the Forbidden City with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility. Enjoy a free afternoon before tasting some local specialties at dinner, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years. (B, L, D) 

Day 16 Beijing, China
After breakfast, visit massive Tiananmen Square, then see the Forbidden City with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility. This afternoon, tour the 700-acre Summer Palace and ride a dragon boat across its man-made lake. Tonight, taste some local specialties at dinner, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Beijing, China
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, continue your China journey with 3 nights in Hong Kong. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Marvel at Shanghai acrobats. Cruise the Yangtze’s Three Gorges. Follow Lhasa’s Barkhor Circuit pilgrimage route. Share tea with a Tibetan family. See Potala Palace, home of Tibet’s Dalai Lamas. Behold the 8,000 life-sized figures of Xian’s Terra Cotta Army. Unlock the mysteries of Beijing’s Forbidden City. From Shanghai’s futuristic skyline to the towering Himalayas to the sweep of the Great Wall, our 17-day journey unveils the world’s oldest continuous civilization.

Features & Services
  • 18 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Complimentary internet
  • Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program                                 
Your Experience Includes
  • 17-day cruisetour (7-day cruise); 1 country, 5 ports & 4 additional cities by land; 3 nights at the Regent Beijing or Fairmont Beijing Hotel; 2 nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Xian; 3 nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or St. Regis Lhasa Resort; & 2 nights at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai (or similar)
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy tea with a Tibetan family; attend lectures on the Yangtze River, Mao Zedong & China’s current affairs; practice tai chi every morning on board; enjoy a concert of the Hubei bells; learn a few Chinese words
  • Meals on board & ashore: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests                                 
Your Stateroom
  • Riverview stateroom
  • Room steward & twice daily housekeeping service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-screen panel TV with premium entertainment package
  • Security safe, hair dryer & air conditioning
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Premium bath toiletries; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • Glass-enclosed shower   
Accommodations on this Tour
Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Emerald
Lhasa: Shangri-la Hotel or St. Regis or similar
Xian: Shangri-La Hotel or similar
Beijing: Beijing: Regent Beijing or Fairmont Beijing Hotel or similar
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Shanghai
From $499 per person / 2-night pre-extension

Shanghai has been called the New York City of China—give yourself two more days to further explore this fascinating modern metropolis. Two additional nights in the First-Class Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided tour of one of Suzhou’s famous classical gardens with a canal ride and lunch are all included in this fully escorted program.

Pre-Extension: Tokyo
From $1,599 per person, 3-night pre-extension

Unravel the mysteries of Tokyo, Japan’s neon-lit capital steeped in imperial history. Marvel at the Zen-like gardens and Shinto shrines mingled with towering skyscrapers in this bustling metropolis, all while the perfectly symmetrical cone of Mt. Fuji watches over. Three nights in the First-Class Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (or similar), daily breakfasts and one dinner, a guided city tour, Tokyo–Shanghai flight and all transfers between your hotel and airport are included in this fully escorted program.

Post-Extension: Guilin & Hong Kong
From $1,599 per prson, 4 night post-extension

Explore mystical Guilin’s semitropical Li River and bustling Hong Kong, a shopper’s paradise offering items from handicrafts and designer suits to antiques. Two nights each in the First-Class Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin (or similar) and the First-Class Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong (or similar); daily breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners; a Li River cruise and Hong Kong city tour; flight from Beijing to Guilin and transfer by train from Guilin to Shenzhen are included in this fully escorted program.
  • *Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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