2017 : Roof of the World - Beijing to Shanghai

Travel to Beijing & the Himalayas

Unlock the mysteries of Beijing's Forbidden City. Behold the 8,000 life-sized figures of Xian's Terra Cotta Army. See Potala Palace, home of Tibet's Dalai Lamas. Share tea with a Tibetan family. Follow Lhasa's Barkhor Circuit pilgrimage route. Cruise the Yangtze's Three Gorges. Marvel at Shanghai acrobats. From the towering Himalayas to Shanghai's futuristic skyline 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 - Beijing, China


    Fly to Beijing, China's imperial capital whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to relax or explore.

    Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Beijing, China


    See traditional Chinese life during your rickshaw tour along Beijing's hutongs (narrow alleyways).? After lunch, fly to Xian, China's legendary home of the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907 AD. Tonight, opt to experience the glory of this era at a banquet with traditional song and dance, or enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

    ?Rickshaw tour available only on Beijing to Shanghai itinerary direction.

    Day 5 - 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. Tonight's activity is a nighttime marketplace tour. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Xian, China


    This morning you'll have free time in Xian. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your activities. After lunch, 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - Chongqing, China


    Today, fly to Chongqing, gateway to the Yangtze, to board your ship and enjoy a Western dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - 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 11 - Three Gorges, China


    For the next 150 miles, travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze as it forces its way through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. During breakfast, cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Lesser Three Gorges. Sail through these remarkable canyons flanked by towering cliffs. 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, and spend the afternoon sailing through Wu ("Witches") Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Dinner is served aboard. This evening, sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. (B, L, D)

    Day 12 - Three Gorges Dam, China


    This morning, 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. Lunch and dinner are served aboard while you cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. (B, L, D)

    Day 13 - Jingzhou, China


    This morning, arrive in Jingzhou, where you visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship for scenic cruising. (B, L, D)

    Day 14 - Wuhan, China


    After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells and view relics from 400 BC. Return to your ship for dinner on your final night on board. (B, L, D)

    Day 15 - Shanghai, China


    After breakfast, disembark in Wuhan. Fly to Shanghai, China's largest city and one of the world's most important ports. Here, you can see the modern metropolis of the financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. Check in to your hotel. (B, L, D)

    Day 16 - Shanghai, China


    Today, tour Old Shanghai and the riverfront Bund district lined with banks and customs houses. After lunch, visit the Shanghai Museum; see its ancient ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and other artifacts. Dine in a local restaurant, then admire the dexterity of Chinese acrobats at a performance. (B, L, D)

    Day 17 - Shanghai, China


    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Consider extending your China journey with 2 extra nights in Shanghai to further explore this fascinating city, or 3 nights in Hong Kong. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    17 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Emerald

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Beijing  
    Day 2Beijing  
    Day 3Beijing  
    Day 4Beijing  
    Day 5Xi'an  
    Day 6Xi'an  
    Day 7Lhasa  
    Day 8Lhasa  
    Day 9Chongqing  
    Day 10Shibaozhai  
    Day 11Three Gorges  
    Day 12Three Gorges Dam  
    Day 13Jingzhou  
    Day 14Wuhan  
    Day 15Shanghai  
    Day 16Shanghai  
    Day 17Shanghai  
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