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Chongqing to Yichang

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Yangzi Explorer
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Embark M.S Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. This ship sets sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region. Explore this remote breathtaking portion of the Yangzi River and learn 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 : Embark in Chongqing
Day 2 : Fuling
Day 3 : The Three Gorges
Day 4 : Disembark in Yichang | The Three Gorges Dam Project

Highlights

  • Cruise the breathtaking Three Gorges region of the Yangzi River
  • Visit Fuling's local markets and The 816 Underground Project
  • Enjoy fascinating lectures and learn about Chinese culture

Ship

Yangzi Explorer

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • China
  • Chongqing
  • Fengdu
  • Hubei Province
  • Wu Gorge
  • Yichang

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Embarking on a Zodiac excurison Navigating the river Embrace the beautiful, fall colors of the Yangzi Cruising the blue-green waters of the Yangzi Encounter the local culture on one of our land extensions
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Day 1 Embark in Chongqing

This afternoon, board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise downstream to Yichang.

After you’ve settled into your cabin you can join your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar. The large windows allow you to enjoy the night-time cityscape of Chongqing as you sail deeper into the Three Gorges region of the mighty Yangtze River.

Tonight, we will host an optional embarkation dinner* followed by a welcome safety briefing and talk on the 816 Underground Project, before we depart Chongqing.

Items marked * incur an additional charge.

Day 2 Fuling

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with an early bird tea or coffee and a traditional Tai Chi lesson, led by a certified Tai Chi Master and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast.
This morning, choose between a visit to an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling - The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and a local market tour.

The 816 Underground Project is the world’s largest artificial military cave. Over 50 years ago, more than 60,000 construction workers, came to Jianzishan, an uninhabited place among mountains and forests, to start work on a top-secret construction of a monumental scale. The work continued for 17 years and was nearly completed when the government decided to suspend it before any nuclear material could be produced. Now as the secrets of military caves are revealed, you will be able to look at the true face of the 816 project that has been hidden for 50 years.

Alternatively, you can choose to visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and local market tour. The museum will take you some 148 feet underwater to admire the river bed and the intricate ancient rock carvings left there many years ago. Learn about the Yangtze river, it’s flora and fauna, while enjoying this fascinating museum. Your next stop will be the local market, where you will gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This is a daily market where farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to fish and meat, and of course a whole array of pickles - which Fuling is famous for.

Return to Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for an à la carte lunch in the Dynasty Dining Room, followed by demonstrations such as Chinese foot reflexology and traditional Chinese medicine in the Tang Theatre. This is followed by the Captain’s welcome reception, complete with complimentary canapés. Tonight, you have a chance to attend an optional epic open-air live-action show*, dramatizing the lives and battles of feudal lords and their armies from the ancient Han dynasty. Based on the famous 14th-century novel ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, the story is part historical, part legend, and part mythical. The show includes battles on horseback, light and aquatic special effects, 3D holographic projection and fireworks, with the Yangtze River as the background, and a 180-degree all-swivel auditorium.

Tonight, a buffet-style dinner is served. For those who choose to disembark at Zhongxian County for the Three Kingdoms Open Air Show, an early buffet dinner
will be available before departure.

Items marked * incur an additional charge.

Day 3 The Three Gorges

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is all about the striking Three Gorges; Qutang, Wu and Xiling. Enjoy a tea or coffee and practice your Tai Chi. In the morning, there will be an optional excursion to White King Town* (dependent on the number of guests). Later in the morning, the commentary on the Qutang Gorge begins on the Explorer Deck.

A breakfast buffet is served before guests return to Deck 6 as the ship passes through the Wu Gorge. Through the commentary, discover the myths and facts that make each gorge unique as we pass through them. Experience a unique ride along the Shennong Stream on a sampan - a traditional longboat rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. As you gently float through this stunning riverine gorge flanked by verdant forest, you’ll see evidence of early settlements in the form of hanging coffins stowed high within the limestone cliffs.

Before returning visit a traditional trackers village, where you will have a chance to get a fascinating glimpse of the traditional, rural Chinese community. You’ll find mud huts as homes, basic kitchens where the meat is dried on hooks and coffins in the bedroom. And, while there are satellite dishes, villagers still pride their heritage.
This evening we have prepared a special farewell dinner, ‘A Taste of China’, followed by Three Gorges Project lecture and a live band performance.
 
Items marked * incur an additional charge.
Trackers village activity will not take place between the end of May and beginning of September due to low water levels

Day 4 Disembark in Yichang | The Three Gorges Dam Project

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a tea or coffee alongside an international buffet breakfast. Guests will have the opportunity to do a Ship Lift Tour* before the Three Gorges Project tour.
Alternatively, guests can relax on board before disembarking in Maoping and visiting the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. Spanning 2,335 meters in length and 181 meters in height, the dam is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. While the dam’s 32 generators produce enough clean energy to reduce China’s reliance on coal, the project has also caused much controversy. During construction, 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages, over 600 industrial factories and more than 1,200 archaeological projects have been submerged and 1.2 million people resettled.

After visiting the Project, you will be transferred to the Downtown Yichang for your onward journey.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

​Rates Include:
  • 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
Rates Exclude:
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Activities marked as optional in the above itinerary
  • Embarkation night dinner. This is an optional (advance notice required).
  • Any drinks not included in the meal plan
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas
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