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Yangtze River Cruise Routes

There are six cruise routes on the Yangtze River in 2015:

Remarks: The following information including itinerary, attraction, excursions, and docks is not fixed and will be changed slightly becaruse of the different in seasons, water levels, curise canala, and climates.

Chongqing -> Yichang ( downstream; 3 nights & 4 days )

It is the most popular cruise route, and almost 80% travelers chose this line for their Yangtze River cruise.

Chongqing - Yichang Cruise Map

Day 1 Board the ship at Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock
Departs Chongqing
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Morning shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City on Mingshan Hill or Wanzhou
Optional excursion to Shibaozhai Temple .
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) Sail through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream ; Optional excursion to White Emperor City (River conditions permitting);
Sail through the Three Gorges Dam Ship Locks .
Day 4 ( B, L) Morning excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site ;
After lunch, disembarks in Yichang.

Yichang - Chongqing ( upstream; 4 nights & 5 days )

Day 1 17:00-20:00 : Board the ship at Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock
21:00 : Departs Chongqing
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Morning shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
Pass through the Three Gorges Dam Ship Locks and Xiling Gorge ;
Optional excursion to the Tripe of the Three Gorges.
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges , Daning River.
Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge ;
Optional excursion to White Emperor City (River conditions permitting).
Day 4 ( B, L, D ) Shore Excursion to Fengdu Ghost City on Mingshan Hill;
After lunch, Optional excursion to Shibaozhai Temple .
Day 5 ( B ) After breakfast, disembarks in Chongqing.

The Ships Sailing between Chongqing and Yichang

Victoria Cruise
Victoria Jenna Victoria Jenna $397 - $562
Victoria Anna Victoria Anna $397 - $562
Victoria Lianna Victoria Lianna $397 - $562
Victoria Katarina Victoria Katarina $397 - $562
Victoria Grace Victoria Grace $397 - $562
Victoria Selina Victoria Selina $397 - $562
Victoria Sophia Victoria Sophia from $397
Century Cruise
Century Sky Century Sky $409 - $515
Century Sun Century Sun $409 - $515
Century Diamond Century Diamond $678 - $826
Century Paragon Century Paragon $495 - $632
Century Legend Century Legend $495 - $632
President Cruise
President Prime President Prime $399 - $495
President No.1 President No.1 $373 - $429
President No.7 President No.2 $399 - $495
President No.8 President No.3 $399 - $495
Yangtze Gold Cruise
Yangtze Gold 1 Yangtze Gold 1 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 2 Yangtze Gold 2 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 3 Yangtze Gold 3 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 5 Yangtze Gold 5 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 6 Yangtze Gold 6 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 7 Yangtze Gold 7 $452 - $569
Yangtze Gold 8 Yangtze Gold 8 $452 - $569
OTC Victoria Cruise
Yangtze No.1 Yangtze No.1 $392 - $431
Yangtze No.2 Yangtze No.2 $419 - $464
Blue Whale Blue Whale $368 - $413
M.S Victoria No.5 M.S Victoria No.5 $368 - $413
Yangtze Explorer
Yangtze Explorer Yangtze Explorer $1109 - $1509

Chongqing -> Shanghai ( downstream; 6 nights & 7 days )

This is the most relaxing cruise route, and only the Victoria Sophia sails on this itinerary.

Chongqing - Shanghai Cruise Map

Day 1 ( L, D ) 10:00 Departs Chongqing
17:00-19:30 Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City on Mingshan Hill. Departs Chongqing
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Pass Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge ;
Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges in Daning River;
Evening sail through the Three Gorges Dam Ship Locks .
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) 08:00-10:30 Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site ;
11:00 Reboard ship at Yichang Dock.
Day 4 ( B, L, D ) 12:00-15:00 Arrive in Wuhan city, shore excursion to Hubei Provincial Museum.
Day 5 ( B, L, D ) 09:00-21:00 Full-day shore excursion to Mt. Huang (Huangshan) .
Day 6 ( B, L, D ) Excursion in Nanjing, including Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and a Qing Dynasty style Bazaar surrounding Confucian Temple;
Leave Nanjing for Shanghai
Day 7 (B) 08:00 After breakfast, disembarks in Shanghai.

Shanghai -> Chongqing ( upstream; 8 nights & 9 days )

Day 1 ( D ) 17:00 : Departs Shanghai
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Excursion in Nanjing including the Ming Dynasty City Wall Museum (Tai City) and a Qing Dynasty style bazaar surrounding Confucian Temple.
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) 07:00-17:00 : Full-day shore excursion to Mt.Huang(Huangshan) .
Day 4 ( B, L, D ) 18:00-22:00 : Arrive in Wuhan, shore excursion to the Ancient Zither Terrace(Guqin Terrace) .
Day 5 ( B, L, D ) Sail along the Yangtze River.
Day 6 ( B, L, D ) 05:00 : Arrive in Yichang, sail through Gezhouba Dam ;
08:30-10:30 : Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site .
Day 7 ( B, L, D ) Sail through Wu Gorge ;
Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges in Daning River.
Day 8 ( B, L, D ) 08:00-12:00 : Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City on Mingshan Hill.
Day 9 (B) 08:00 : After breakfast, disembarks in Chongqing..

The Ships Sailing between Chongqing and Shanghai

Victoria Cruise
Victoria Sophia Victoria Sophia from $397

Chongqing -> Wuhan ( downstream; 5 nights & 6 days )

Century Diamond Cruise Ship sails between Chongqing and Wuhan in the whole year.

Chongqing - Wuhan Cruise Map

Day 1 18:30 - 21:30: Boarding the ship at Chongqing Chaotianmen Square
21:30: Departing Chongqing.
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) 08:30: Briefing on the cruise
14:00 - 17:00: Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Temple
18:00 - 19:00: Captain's welcome party
21:00: Crew cabaret
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) 10:00: Scenic cruising - passing through Qutang Gorge
11:45: Scenic cruising - passing through Wu Gorge
23:00: Five-stage Three Gorges Dam Ship Locks
Day 4 ( B, L, D ) 08:00-10:30: Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site
11:00: Scenic cruising – passing through Xiling Gorge
14:00-16:30: Optional shore excursion to Three Gorges Tribe
Day 5 ( B, L, D ) 08:00-10:30: Shore excursion to Jingzhou Ancient City Wall and Jianzhou Museum
19:00-20:30: Evening Captain's Farewall Dinner with Chinese Banquet Style
Day 6 ( B) 08:00-08:30: After breakfast, disembarking in Wuhan.

Wuhan -> Chongqing ( upstream; 5 nights & 6 days )

Day 1 18:30 - 21:30: Boarding the ship at Wuhan Pier
21:30: Departing Wuhan
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Today: Shore Excursion - Chibi, a well-known ancient battle field; Cruising along flat lands of Yangtze middle reaches.
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) Morning: Scenic cruising - sailing through Xiling Gorge; Optional shore excursion to Three Gorges Tribe
Afternoon: Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam
Evening: Passing through five-stage ship locks
Day 4 ( B, L, D ) Morning: Shore excursion to Shennv Stream
Afternoon: Scenic sightseeing - Passing through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
Day 5 ( B, L, D ) 09:00 - 12:00: Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Temple
19:00 - 20:30: Captain's farewell banquet
20:45: Chinese film
Day 6 ( B ) 08:00: After breakfast, disembarking in Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock

The Ships Sailing between Chongqing and Wuhan

Century Cruise
Century Diamond Century Diamond $678 - $826
Victoria Cruise
Victoria Sophia Victoria Sophia from $397

Wanzhou -> Yichang ( downstream; 2 nights & 3 days ) ( closed in 2014 )

This is the most budget cruise route, and only takes 3 days.

Yangtze Cruise Routes

Day 1 ( D ) Gathering at Chongqing Chaotianmen Square, then drive to Wanzhou(3.5 hours)
Checking on the ship
Depart from Wanzhou Dock
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Shore excursion to Fengjie White Emperor City
Sailing through Qutang Gorge
Excursion to Lesser Three Gorges (Optional, RMB 220 per person)
Passing through Wu Gorge and Goddess Peak
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Day 3 ( B ) Morning call
Check out
Breakfast time
Visit the Three Gorges Dam site
Disembark Yichang

Yichang -> Wanzhou (upstream; 2 nights & 3 days) ( closed in 2014 )

Day 1 Gathering at Yichang Tourist Center
Drive to Three Gorges Project Hotel (stay overnight)
Day 2 ( B, L, D ) Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site
Sailing though Xiling Gorge
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream (Optional, RMB 220 per person)
sailing through Wu Gorge & Goddess Peak
Arrive in Wu Mountain, and overnight in Wushan port
Day 3 ( B, L, D ) Sailing through Qutang Gorge
Sailing through Fengjie White Emperor City
Disembark Wanzhou Port, visit the outside of Wanzhou Sports Stadium, Xishan Bell Tower, Xishan Park;
Dinner time, then drive to Chongqing (3.5 hour drive)

The Ships Sailing between Wanzhou and Yichang

3-Day Cruise
Yangtze Princess Yangtze Princess from $237
Yangtze Pearl Yangtze Pearl from $237
M.S.Victoria No.1 M.S.Victoria No.1 from $260

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