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(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. 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 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 4 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 5 Yueyang, China
Today, visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises. You are greeted and entertained by the children, then return to your ship. For the next 150 miles, you travel the most scenic stretch of the Yangtze through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. (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 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
This morning, tour the majestic seven-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After lunch, 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. 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 an optional Peking opera, a form of traditional Chinese theater. (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
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
Shanghai: Jing An Shangri-La or similar
Cruising: Cabin onboard Viking Emerald
Lhasa: Shangri-la Hotel or St. Regis or similar
Xian: Sheraton, Hilton or Crowne Plaza or similar
Beijing: Kerry, Regent Beijing or Ritz-Carlton 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.
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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