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We did the Rooftops of the World with an extension to Hong Kong. The tour started in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. We spent 3 days in Beijing before we moved on to the next city. We traveled both by air and ship since covering China and Tibet is a huge distance. Most intra-country flights were under 2 hours. It is always so nice to have the representatives/guides from Viking meeting us at the airport and taking us back to make sure we leave smoothly, especially in a country where language can be an issue. On all our land flights, the Viking guides were with us in case there were any issues with either the checked bags or carry-on bags. Because of that degree of attention, all our transitions were smooth and easy. Our cabin on the ship was well appointed and clean. The ship was lovely and decorated well. We enjoyed all the shops on board - the master tailor, the pearl shop, the tea shop, the souvenir shop, the shop with the carved chops and the shop with the hand painted items. It was comfortable buying on board ship, I trusted the reliability of the shops, the quality was very good and the prices were competitive. The dining was diverse, you could dine on local dishes or keep with more Western fare. We enjoyed some of the more exotic offerings as well as some of the standard fare. Service was outstanding. The entertainment was fun - we particularly enjoyed the crew shows. Alice, who coordinated the shows is a real jem. We were so lucky as she also was taking care of us in the dining room. The singer in lounge was very good and we enjoyed her music as well. The lectures were helpful and the demonstrations were great! We learned more about Chinese history, pearls, painting and cooking! The ports we stopped at were outstanding and we really enjoyed the shore excursions. The local guides added their own knowledge which was helpful and educational. The sheer scale of some of the stops is amazing, but good walking shoes and the ability to walk is a must. Tours that are 4 hours means 3 hours of walking for the most part. Tibet was wonderful and key to our decision for this particular tour. The altitude did affect most of the group, breathing at 12,000 feet takes some adjustment. One of the things I liked was the local family stops - both in Beijing and Tibet. Overall, the guides were above and beyond amazing. Our guide, Matthew, was helpful, education and fun, he made the trip so enjoyable. I did not hear anyone complain about their guides, although we all felt lucky to be in Matthew's group. All the guides spoke very good English, including the local guides. I would definitely go again - wish there was a China - part 2 excursion.

Rooftops of the World - China

Viking Emerald Cruise Review by gowhileyoucan

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We did the Rooftops of the World with an extension to Hong Kong. The tour started in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong. We spent 3 days in Beijing before we moved on to the next city. We traveled both by air and ship since covering China and Tibet is a huge distance. Most intra-country flights were under 2 hours.

It is always so nice to have the representatives/guides from Viking meeting us at the airport and taking us back to make sure we leave smoothly, especially in a country where language can be an issue. On all our land flights, the Viking guides were with us in case there were any issues with either the checked bags or carry-on bags. Because of that degree of attention, all our transitions were smooth and easy.

Our cabin on the ship was well appointed and clean. The ship was lovely and decorated well. We enjoyed all the shops on board - the master tailor, the pearl shop, the tea shop, the souvenir shop, the shop with the carved chops and the shop with the hand painted items. It was comfortable buying on board ship, I trusted the reliability of the shops, the quality was very good and the prices were competitive.

The dining was diverse, you could dine on local dishes or keep with more Western fare. We enjoyed some of the more exotic offerings as well as some of the standard fare. Service was outstanding.

The entertainment was fun - we particularly enjoyed the crew shows. Alice, who coordinated the shows is a real jem. We were so lucky as she also was taking care of us in the dining room. The singer in lounge was very good and we enjoyed her music as well. The lectures were helpful and the demonstrations were great! We learned more about Chinese history, pearls, painting and cooking!

The ports we stopped at were outstanding and we really enjoyed the shore excursions. The local guides added their own knowledge which was helpful and educational. The sheer scale of some of the stops is amazing, but good walking shoes and the ability to walk is a must. Tours that are 4 hours means 3 hours of walking for the most part. Tibet was wonderful and key to our decision for this particular tour. The altitude did affect most of the group, breathing at 12,000 feet takes some adjustment. One of the things I liked was the local family stops - both in Beijing and Tibet.

Overall, the guides were above and beyond amazing. Our guide, Matthew, was helpful, education and fun, he made the trip so enjoyable. I did not hear anyone complain about their guides, although we all felt lucky to be in Matthew's group. All the guides spoke very good English, including the local guides.

I would definitely go again - wish there was a China - part 2 excursion.
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