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Cruising the blue-green waters of the Yangzi

Yichang to Chongqing

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Yangzi Explorer
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Embark the Yangzi Explorer for your 5-day Yangzi River cruise from Yichang to Chongqing on an upstream course through the Three Gorges region. Learn about the history and culture of the region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometers (402 miles) and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Yichang | Embark the Yangzi Explorer
Day 2 : Xiling Gorges | Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 3 : Shennong Stream Excursion | Qutang Gorge | Wu Gorge
Day 4 : Fengdu
Day 5 : Disembark in Chongqing

Highlights

  • Cruise upstream on the Yangzi River from Yichang to Chongqing
  • Visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center
  • Explore the Relocated Village, local Kindergarten & local market of Fengdu

Ship

Yangzi Explorer

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • China
  • Yangtze River
  • Badong
  • Chongqing
  • Chongqing's Yangtze River
  • Fengdu
  • Hubei Province
  • Wanzhou
  • Wu Gorge
  • Xiling Gorges
  • Yichang's Yangtze River

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cruising the blue-green waters of the Yangzi Local moving cattle through the fields Embarking on a Zodiac excurison Buddist sculptures Beautiful fall foliage greets the Yangzi Explorer

Day 1 Yichang | Embark the Yangzi Explorer

In the evening, arrive at Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and check-in to your cabin. The 5-day cruise sets sail on an upstream course along the Yangzi River the following morning, through the beautiful Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is famous for its stunning scenery and its historic and cultural importantance for China. Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project is shown in the cabins.

Day 2 Xiling Gorges | Three Gorges Dam Project

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise, learning from a certified Tai Chi master. After breakfast, view the Xiling Gorge or choose the 'Tribe of Three Gorges' tour - a 2.5 hour walk through stunning landscapes where you can experience an ancient wedding ceremony (tour at an additional cost and subject to availability).

After lunch, visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center. The project was started in 1992 and spans 1.2 miles in width and 600 feet in height. It is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. Enjoy afternoon tea and a selection of activities on board, including a Chinese Medicine demonstration. Tonight there is a Captain's reception followed by an a la carte dinner. After, take part in karaoke or retire to your cabin for a cultural movie.

Day 3 Shennong Stream Excursion | Qutang Gorge | Wu Gorge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the international buffet breakfast. This morning cruise the Shennong Stream and disembark at Badong where you transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen before an international lunch buffet on board.

This afternoon view Wu Gorge followed by a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour to the White Emperor City (additional cost and subject to availability) before afternoon tea. In the evening, a la carte dinner is followed by a crew variety show.

Day 4 Fengdu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Afterwards there is a shore excursion to Fengdu, where you can visit the Relocated Village, local Kindergarten, or local market. After lunch join a wheelhouse tour and arts & craft presentation. Learn to make dumplings with the ship's chef before the 'Taste of China' dinner.

Day 5 Disembark in Chongqing

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an international buffet breakfast before disembarking in Chongqing.

Yangzi Explorer

Per person starting at
$1,350
Yangzi Explorer's Deluxe Cabin.
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Deluxe Cabin Main Deck
16 deluxe cabins on the Main Deck, 333 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand
Yangzi Explorer's Jade Suite.
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Deluxe Cabin Xiling Deck
14 deluxe cabins on the Xiling Deck, 333 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand
Yangzi Explorer's Celestial Suite.
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Deluxe Cabin Wu Deck
7 deluxe cabins on the Main Deck, 333 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand.
Yangzi Explorers Suite Cabins.
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Suite Wu Deck
8 suites on the Wu Deck, 420 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand.
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Suite Qutang Deck
13 suites on the Qutang Deck, 420 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand.
Yangzi Explorer's Mandarin Suite.
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Mandarin Suite/Jade Suite
1 Mandarin Suite and 1 Jade Suite, 871 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand
Yangzi Explorer's Imperial Suite.
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Celestial/Imperial Suite
1 Imperial Suite and 1 Celestial Suite, both 1,183 square feet. Private balcony with seating area, personal electronic safety-deposit box, mini-bar, hair dryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite and videos on-demand

Notes

Each cabin may accommodate up to 3 passengers maximum. Third person adult is defined as the third person over 12 years of age sharing with two full paying adults. An extra bed is available for the third adult.

Single Supplement is approximately 90% for most cabin types.

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All three meals during full sailing days and breakfast on day of disembarkation with drinks (house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water)
  • Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing
  • Pre-arranged entertainment and onboard activities

Excludes:
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Embarkation night dinner. This is an optional CNY 400.00 net per adult and CNY 200.00 for children under 12 (advance notice required). Please contact us for current exchange rates.
  • Any drinks not included in the meal plan
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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