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(Beijing - Tibet - Shanghai)

17 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
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. 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 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. This afternoon, tour the majestic 7-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda. 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
DisembaAfter 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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All This Included
China and the captivating cultural sites of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa come into glorious view during this wide-ranging 17-day Yangtze River cruisetour. From first-class hotels and the state-of-the-art Viking Emerald, you will discover imperial treasures—from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Shanghai’s Bund to Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors and Lhasa’s Potala Palace—and magnificent beauty that sends your spirit soaring.
  • 7-day Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom
  • 3 nights in Beijing: Kerry, Regent Beijing or Ritz-Carlton; 2 nights in Xian: Sheraton, Hilton or Crowne Plaza; 3 nights in Lhasa: Shangri-La or St. Regis; 2 nights in Shanghai: Jing An Shangri-La (or similar)
  • Fully escorted: 18 guided tours with audio headset
  • All meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners, featuring regional specialties with select meals at local restaurants, including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Intra-China flights
  • 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 aboard; enjoy a concert of the Hubei Bells; learn a few Chinese words
  • All port charges
  • Free internet service, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Beijing: Kerry, Regent Beijing or Ritz-Carlton or similar
Xian: Sheraton, Hilton or Crowne Plaza or similar
Lhasa: Shangri-la Hotel or St. Regis or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Emerald
Shanghai: Jing An Shangri-La or similar
Pre and Post Add-ons
Post-Extension: Hong Kong
From $1,699 per person / 3-night post-extension

Mystical Guilin’s semi-tropical Li River and fascinating limestone peaks are awe-inspiring. Bustling Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise offering items from handicrafts and designer suits to antiques. See Victoria Harbor, Stanley Market and the floating city of Aberdeen. One night in the First-Class Shangri-La Hotel Guilin (or similar) and three nights in Hong Kong’s First-Class Kowloon Shangri-La (or similar), daily breakfasts, Hong Kong city tour, and all transfers between your hotel and airport are included in this fully escorted program.

Post-Extension: Shanghai
From $499 per person / 2-night post-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.
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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