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Roof of the World 2019
(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 — Wu Gorge, 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 — Wu Gorge, China
During breakfast, cruise through Wu (?Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Goddess Stream. 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, Tibet
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, Tibet
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 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. 

Your included features and services:
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free internet service
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • All port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with Viking Air purchase
Your stateroom:
  • River-view stateroom
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 220 volt outlets
  • Security safe; hair dryer
  • Premium toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
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: Shanghai
From $499 | 2 Nights
 
Shanghai has been called the New York City of China—give yourself two more days to further explore this fascinating modern metropolis and admire its famous Oriental Pearl Tower cityscape.

Post: Beijing
From $549 | 2 Nights
 
Uncover the mysteries of Beijing, China’s cultural and political center. One of history’s great capitals and home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s a multilayered city offering a staggering blend of China’s ancient history and bold future.
Notes
  • *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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