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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 : Fuling
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

This afternoon, board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer at Maoping Pier and prepare for your cruise upstream through this stunning section of the Yangtze River, famous for its impressive scenery and historic and cultural importance to China.

Settle into your room before joining your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar for a welcome drink. Tonight, there is an optional embarkation dinner* and a welcome safety briefing. Later in the evening, the 7 Wonders of China documentary will be shown in the Tang Theatre.

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 Fuling

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a delicious tea or coffee and a session of Tai Chi before breakfast.

For guests sailing mid-March to May and mid-September to November, this morning you can choose to experience one of the following two activities: The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. The 816 Underground Project is the world’s largest artificial military cave, an intriguing secret, hidden in the mountains of Fuling. 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 project 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 which was hidden for 50 years.

The White Crane Ridge Underwater 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, its flora and fauna, while enjoying this fascinating museum. After visiting The White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, move on to 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.

A lunch buffet is served followed by onboard activities such as a dumpling cooking class. You will also be introduced to the ancient Chinese board game - Mahjong.

For guests sailing between mid-May and mid-September, enjoy on board activities this morning. After lunch, choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and a visit to a local market.

Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner, ‘A Taste of China’, before a live band performance in the Explorer Bar.

Day 5 Disembark in Chongqing

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

Yangzi Explorer

Per person starting at
$1,325
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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.

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 optional (advance notice required). Please contact us for current exchange rates.
  • Any drinks not included in the meal plan
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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