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2017 : Roof of the World - Shanghai to Beijing

Travel to Beijing & the Himalayas

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.

All This Is Included

  • 17-day cruisetour (7-day cruise) visiting 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
  • 18 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • 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
  • Complimentary Internet service
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included 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 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-panel TV with CNN & more
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Bathrobes & slippers (upon request)
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium bath toiletries
  • Doctor & hairdresser on board
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Intra-China flights: Beijing-Xian; Xian-Lhasa; Lhasa-Chongqing; Wuhan-Shanghai
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    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 Dam, 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 tour 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 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)

  • Call 888-775-0288 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13326795
    Cruise LineViking River Cruises
    OfferOffer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    17 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Emerald
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    Itinerary
    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Shanghai  
    Day 2Shanghai  
    Day 3Shanghai  
    Day 4Wuhan  
    Day 5Jingzhou  
    Day 6Three Gorges Dam  
    Day 7Lesser Three Gorges  
    Day 8Shibaozhai  
    Day 9Chongqing  
    Day 10Lhasa  
    Day 11Lhasa  
    Day 12Xi'an  
    Day 13Xi'an  
    Day 14Beijing  
    Day 15Beijing  
    Day 16Beijing  
    Day 17Beijing  
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    2017 : Roof of the World - Shanghai to Beijing
    Destination: Asia/Far East
    Ship: Viking Emerald
    Travel to Beijing & the HimalayasMarvel at Shanghai acrobats. Cruise the Yangtze's Three Gorges.