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  • Location: Yangtze River, China
  • Duration:  4 days, 3 nights
This four-day river cruise will show you the best of what China’s Yangtze River has to offer. Leave your troubles behind and relax on a sightseeing cruise along the gorgeous Yangtze River. Pass the famous Three Gorges (Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling gorges) and step off the ship to discover the ghost town of Fengdu and the Three Gorges Dam. Take included excursions on smaller boats and venture into Yangtze tributaries like the Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges, and enjoy delicious meals and entertainment on board the boat.


  • Four-day Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang
  • Take guided shore excursions to the Fengdu ghost town and the Three Gorges Dam
  • Travel through the Three Gorges: Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling
  • Board a smaller boat to explore the Shennong Stream or the Lesser Three Gorges (depending on cruise option selected)
  • Choice of three different luxury cruise ships, with amenities like a game room, sundeck, massage room, rock climbing and sauna
  • Enjoy evening entertainment featuring various performances and attractions

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What You Can Expect

4-Day Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang including the Three Gorges Dam

Deck of President Cruise

Discover the many wonders of the Yangtze River aboard a four- or five-star cruise ship. Your cruise will embark from Chongqing and take you down the Yangtze River to Yichang. Along the way, see the magnificent scenery of the Three Gorges (the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge), and go on shore excursions to Fengdu (China’s only ghost city), and the gorgeous Lesser Three Gorges. All excursions are included.

One of the best parts of this cruise is the five-step ship lock that you will travel through in order to move downriver. It takes a total of almost three hours to pass through the locks! This one-of-a-kind experience is something you won’t want to forget, so make sure your camera is ready to go.

Please see the Itinerary below for a more detailed schedule.


Depending on the tour option you select, you will be on either the 5-star Gold Cruise (daily departure, except Tuesdays) or the 4-star Sunshine Cruise or Victoria Cruise (Sunday and Wednesday departures, respectively). On both ships, meals and evening entertainment are included as listed in the itinerary. Please note that excursions and itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Day 1: Embarkation
Arrive in Chongqing on your own between 7pm and 8 pm. Board the cruise ship and settle in for the night.

Day 2: Fengdu Ghost Town and Captain’s Welcome Banquet (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be given an orientation regarding the cruise ship and your activities for the next few days.

In the morning, stop at Ming Mountain to visit Fengdu – China’s only ghost town! Walk up the 350 steps to the top of the mountain and spend approximately two hours walking around the town to see the awe-inspiring sculptures and landmarks that depict the underworld and afterlife. Learn about Chinese beliefs of the spirit world as you admire the intricate designs on the town’s various structures.

End your day by joining the Captain’s Welcome Banquet. Sit down for a scrumptious dinner while enjoying evening entertainment put on by the crew. This could be anything from dancing and singing to a fashion or culture show. Join in on the festivities and show off any special talents you have!

Day 3: Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, Three Gorges Five-Step Ship Lock (B, L, D)
In the morning, admire Yangtze River’s magnificent landscape from the ship as you pass one of the Three Gorges – the Qutang Gorge.

After breakfast, board a smaller boat for a four- to five-hour excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges, where beautiful scenic wonders will unfold before your eyes. The Lesser Three Gorges is comprised of three separate gorges – Dragon-Gate Gorge, Misty Gorge and Emerald Gorge – all of which boast impressive mountains and caves where natural wildlife is abundant.

At night, celebrate your Yangtze River cruise with a farewell dinner and evening entertainment presented by the crew.

After dinner, both cruises allow you to experience the Three Gorges five-step ship lock, which was created to make the uneven river easier to navigate. The lock system is 4 miles (6.5 km) long and takes approximately three hours to pass through. After your ship enters the lock, the doors close on each side and the water is drained in order to lower the boat down to the next level. This process is repeated five times until your ship reaches the other side of the river.

Day 4: Three Gorges Dam and Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast, go on a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which is about 7,575 feet (2,309 meters) long and 331 feet (101 meters) high. Walk to the top with your guide to get panoramic views of the dam, the river and the gorgeous mountain scenery while learning about the dam’s significance in improving and preserving the Yangtze River. Your ship will arrive before noon in Yichang, where your cruise ends.

Victoria Cruise and Sunshine Cruise facilities:
Air-conditioning system and satellite TV
Fitness center, massage room, sauna and beauty salon
Game room

Gold Cruise facilities:
Air-conditioning system and satellite TV
Gym and outdoor swimming pool
Massage room, spa and beauty salon
Karaoke and theater
Rock climbing, mini golf

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Very comprehensive coverage of the relevant sights that should not be missed along the Yangtze. Hassle-free check-in onboard the ship on the first day. Spacious and pleasant ship interior. There are no elevators though. Good and substantial meals onboard.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

It would be good to let prospective passengers know that a river cruiser (boat)
is NOT the same as an international ocean cruiser. I wonder how you managed
to get wheel-chair bound passengers up to the fifth-floor cabins and the sixth-floor
open deck without proper ramps or lifts.

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