Yangtze Explorer Cruise

3-gorges11 Days

from £1070 per person twin shared

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, and arguably the most picturesque.  Explore the Yangtze Gorges in-depth on this extended itinerary cruising in comfort on one of Victoria Cruise acclaimed river vessels. Enjoy unforgettable experiences with China’s most renowned and adorable animal, the Giant Panda as well exploring some of the interesting streets in Chengdu.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 Arrive Chengdu
Upon your arrival at Chengdu Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Chengdu (B)
In the morning arrive at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. In the afternoon you will have a city tour to visit Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Lane, to see local people’s life.

Day 3 Chengdu and transfer to cruise (B)
Morning at leisure.  In the afternoon transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Chongqing (travel time approx 2 hours). Upon arrival, be met and transfer to 5* Victoria Cruise.

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.

Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Pass through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. Enter 25-mile long Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and sheer cliffs. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing ride through the attractive gorges of the Goddess Stream. Later enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest – its cliff walls rise to 4,000 feet. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Enjoy a morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest project of its kind in the world.

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Enjoy the Tribe of the Three Gorges excursion.  This excursion offers an interesting glimpse into local life in the Xiling Gorge region.

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Take an excursion through the Shennong Stream Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, but very impressive. Pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD)
Shore excursion to White Emperor City, this ancient site overlooks the western end of Qutang Gorge. White Emperor City has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who have travelled here to be inspired by its majestic views. Legend has it that in 25AD, white vapour in the shape of a dragon rose from a well here, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had his headquarters here, declared himself the White Emperor. Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong’s reign dates back over 1,950 years.

Day 10 Chongqing to Chengdu (BLD)
Arrive Chongqing in the morning and transfer to the station for the train to Chengdu.  Transfer to your hotel.

Day 11 Depart (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

This private itinerary will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 5★ Hotels
Chengdu: Greenland
Yangtze River Cruise: Victoria

Chengdu: Greenland Hotel 4★

Located in the heart of Chengdu. Over 200 rooms combine detailed wood decor with luxurious bedding. The restaurant specialises in the local Sichuan cuisine.

Yangtze River: Victoria Cruise 5★

Used on all our group tours, boasting the largest five-star fleet on the Yangtze River. All cabins have modern amenities featuring private bathrooms and balconies. You also have the option to upgrade to Executive Deck for only £99 (3 night cruise). Restaurants serve delicious onboard meals. Spectacular views of the scenery can be gain from every stateroom and public area.

Tour Name: Yangtze Explorer Cruise

Tour Code: YE11
 11 Days

Prices from £1070

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Transfers and transport in China
  • Hotel and cruise accommodation based on twin share
  • English speaking private guides
  • 7-nights cruise with Victoria Cruises in a superior cabin
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed


  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • International flights
  • Chinese visa