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16 Days |  Roof of the World


Day 1 | Shanghai, China. Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel. Here, you can see a thriving modern metropolis juxtaposed with the older sections of the city.

Day 2 | Shanghai. This morning, 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, and then admire the dexterity of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe at tonight’s performance. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Shanghai. Wuhan. Embark Ship. After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Once there, visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you hear the music of ancient bronze bells, then transfer to your ship, docked close to Wuhan’s historic waterfront. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal, and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Yueyang. 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 River through a spectacular series of limestone ridges known as the Three Gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Three Gorges. Three Gorges Dam. This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the gorges. After lunch, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, completed in 2008. Learn about this immense engineering masterpiece and what it will mean to the surrounding area. After your tour, return aboard and cruise through the dam’s five-stage lock system. Dock overnight at Badong. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Three Gorges. Lesser Three Gorges. Cruise through Wu (Witches) Gorge, known for its magnificent scenery, during breakfast. Then, board smaller boats for an excursion through the dramatic Lesser Three Gorges. Return to your ship for lunch, and spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the three larger gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Shibaozhai. After a morning of scenic cruising, visit the 12-story Shibaozhai Temple. This red pavilion is a gem of Qing Dynasty architecture. Cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Chongqing. Lhasa, Tibet. 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 9 | Lhasa. 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 10 | Lhasa. This morning, tour the 13-story Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. Later, visit Sera Monastery, an active temple with monks in training. Lunch and dinner in local restaurants. (B, L, D)

Day 11 | Lhasa. Xian, China. Fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 A.D., this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods. 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 12 | Xian. 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 13 | Xian. Beijing. Morning free time in Xian—as always, your Program Director can help you plan your activities. 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 14 | Beijing. This morning, ride to nearby Badaling Hills. There, you behold one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the legendary Great Wall of China, and stand on its famous ramparts. A local lunch is followed by a visit to the Sacred Way, where you walk among the huge animal sculptures flanking the tree-lined avenue to the Ming Tombs. This evening you can relax and dine at your hotel—or, enjoy an optional evening featuring China’s famous Peking duck and the artistry of performers from the world-renowned Peking Opera. (B, L, D)

Day 15 | Beijing. Today, visit massive Tiananmen Square, and then see the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its elegant palaces, pavilions and landscaped gardens, once open only to nobility. Later, tour the 700-acre Summer Palace and ride a dragon boat across its man-made lake. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 16 | Beijing. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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