Roof of the World

A 17-Day Viking tour starting from $4,724

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Tour Length: 17 Days
Countries Visited: Yangtze River
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Tour Type:
 River Cruises
Tour Category: Deluxe Tour
Tour Operator: Viking
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Cities Visited:
Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Shibaozhai, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Shanghai

Discover the many faces of China on this fascinating 16-day adventure. See the imperial treasures of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Meet several thousand Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Explore both ancient and contemporary Shanghai, the “New York City” of China. Enjoy a 6-day Yangtze River cruise. Plus, experience Lhasa on the Tibetan Plateau, the “Roof of the World,” set high in the Himalayas. Spend three spiritually enlightening days visiting Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and much more.

6-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 6 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

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 an optional Peking opera, a form of traditional Chinese theater. (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)

Please Note: †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
Disembark and tour Wuhan’s Hubei Provincial Museum before your flight to Shanghai, China’s most modern metropolis. After checking in, the rest of your day is free. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - 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 16 - 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 choose an escorted land program that includes 3 nights in Hong Kong and 1 night in Guilin. (B)

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4/10/2018 - 4/26/2018
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5/4/2018 - 5/20/2018
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5/28/2018 - 6/13/2018
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6/9/2018 - 6/25/2018
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8/20/2018 - 9/5/2018
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9/1/2018 - 9/17/2018
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9/25/2018 - 10/11/2018
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10/19/2018 - 11/4/2018
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A NOTE ABOUT AIRFARE: We encourage you to buy your airfare from the tour operator, because if your tour cancels then your airlines tickets will be covered. Purchasing flights separately at a lesser rate and incorporating it with a Non-Guaranteed Departure Date can result in loss of total cost of your flight investment. Depending on the fare rules, flights may be Non-Refundable and/or Non-Transferable. Neither the tour operator and/or Atlas Cruises & Tours will be held responsible for loss if a tour is cancelled for Lack of Participation.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

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