Yichang to Chongqing (Upstream sailing) Cruise

Cruising the blue-green waters of the Yangzi
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Local moving cattle through the fields
Embarking on a Zodiac excurison
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Buddist sculptures
Beautiful fall foliage greets the Yangzi Explorer
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Yangzi Explorer's elegant dining area.
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Yangzi Explorer's Deluxe Cabin.


  • Jul 27, 2014
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Private Independent Travel

Embark M.S Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Chongqing. This ship will set sail on its upstream course through the Three Gorges region. Explore this remote breathtaking portion of the Yangzi River and learn the history and culture of the Three Gorges 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 1

    Yichang - On Board the Yangzi Explorer

    Embark M.S Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. After settling into your cabin and relaxing over dinner, enjoy a documentary film onboard about the Three Gorges Dam Project, the world's largest engineering project. The ship will set sail on its upstream course the following morning through the Three Gorges region.

    Day 2

      Xiling Gorges & Three Gorges Dam Project

      Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise, learning from a certified Tai Chi master. The ship will set sail and pass through the longest of the gorges, Xiling Gorge, one of the most memorable passages on the Yangzi River. Embark on a tour of the Three Gorges Dam Site and gain understanding of the impact of this project on the culture and region. Return to the Yangzi Explorer for a session on the art of tea appreciation.

      Day 3

        Shennong Stream Excursion/Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge

        Disembark from the ship at Badong and transfer to a local longboat poled by Tujia boatmen. Immerse yourself in unrivaled crystalline waters, rich forest and towering rock formations and catch a glimpse at several species of endangered flora and fauna including the elusive Golden Hair Monkey and many varieties of medicinal plants. Resume sailing upsteam on the Yangzi and pass through both the Wu Gorge and the Qutang Gorge, with their majestic cliffs and towering peaks.

        Day 4


          Enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu or Wanzhou, two charming river villages noted for their elaborate temples and bustling markets. Mingle with the locals and gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture as you walk the streets of one of China's most remote communities. Back on the Explorer you may participate in several sessions teaching various forms of Chinese art and cuisine.

          Day 5

            Disembark in Chongqing

            Enjoy an international buffet breakfast before disembarking in Chongqing.
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            Rates are based on the current exchange rate, which are subject to change. Please contact us for up-to-date prices.
            Rates are based on the current exchange rate, which are subject to change. Please contact us for up-to-date prices.
            Rates are based on the current exchange rate, which are subject to change. Please contact us for up-to-date prices.
            Asia, China, Yichang, Chongqing, Xiling Gorges, Badong, Wu Gorge, Fengdu, Wanzhou
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            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. Extra bed is available for the third adult.
            Single Supplement is approx 90% for most cabin types

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            Initial deposit is 15% trip cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

            Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

            Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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            61 Days or moreDeposit
            45-60 Days55% total trip cost
            44 Days or less100% total cost