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7 Day Yangtze River Explorer

Chongqing - Yichang

Return international flights with full-service carriers

Relaxing luxury Yangtze River cruise

Local English-speaking guide

From $999 $1,998 Include flight pp twin share

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Explore China's spectacular landscapes with a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River.

Your tour will begin in the major Yangtze River Port city of Chongqing where you can try the city's infamous tongue-numbing chili pepper hotpot - if you dare. The next day, you will board your ship and home for the next 4 nights and sail down the historic Yangtze River while soaking in its' famous sights.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Day 1

Australia Chongqing

Begin your journey with your international flight to Chongqing (subject to the flight schedule, some flights will depart one day earlier). Upon arrival at the Chongqing International Airport you will be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure. Why not enjoy a relaxing massage treatment (at own cost).

Accommodation: Athestel Hotel (formerly Sofitel) or similar, Chongqing

Meals included: inflight only


Day 2

Chongqing Yichang

Today you'll travel to Yichang Pier where you'll check-in to your comfortable cruise ship quarters - home for the next 4 nights.

Accommodation: Victoria Cruise or similar, Yangtze River

Meals included: breakfast


Day 3

Yangtze River Cruise

Your first day on the Yangtze River will begin with a beautiful buffet breakfast, and enjoy the relaxing morning by attending the Taichi class on board.  You can then choose to join your preferred optional shore excursions or discover the cultural activities on board.  This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet, followed by an evening of entertainment.

Accommodation: Victoria Cruise or similar, Yangtze River

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional Activities:

  • TRIBE OF THE THREE GORGES: Explore the ancient past by visiting the historical village on the water, the brook-side tribe, and the mountain-top tribe.
  • THREE GORGES DAM SITE: It is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. You may also upgrade this excursion to experience the world’s largest ship lock lift.


Day 4

Yangtze River Cruise

Today you will continue your cruise journey, and enjoy the available optional shore excursions on board or discover the cultural activities on board. In the evening, enjoy music and dancing in a crew cabaret.

Accommodation: Victoria Cruise or similar, Yangtze River

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional Activities:

  • SHENNONG STREAM: The stream flows through three beautiful gorges including the Mianzhu Gorge, Parrot Gorge and Longcangdong Gorge. Each gorge is renowned for its unique and stunning scenery. The Shennong Stream is also home to the Hanging Coffins, which are ancient coffins containing the remains of descendants of the Tujia people.
  • WHITE EMPEROR CITY: It is an ancient temple that is located a top Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County, and it is the best viewing point to appreciate the entrance of Three Gorges.


Day 5

Yangtze River Cruise

Today is another relaxing day on cruise; you can choose to join your preferred optional shore excursions or discover the cultural activities on board. This evening you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the rest of the travellers and crew and prepare for disembarkation tomorrow morning.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Victoria Cruise or similar, Yangtze River

Optional Activities:

  • SHIBAOZHAI PAGODA: This site had a history of over 400 years when it was built into the side of a 200-metre-tall hill. The striking nine stories red pagoda was built in 1819 to make it easier for people to reach the Buddhist temple at the very top of the hill.
  • FENGDU GHOST CITY: Fengdu Ghost City in Chongqing is a hot destination for many visitors and Yangtze River cruise travellers. This extremely old place is featured with the culture of “ghost” in China, and also a treasurable storage of the folk culture about Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism together.


Day 6


Today you will disembark the cruise at Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City in China. You can explore this beautiful city at your own pace before travel to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you can join our well planned optional day tour and be transferred to the airport as per your flight time.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Optional Activities:

  • CHONGQING DAY TOUR: On this sightseeing tour you’ll explore the many landmarks of Chongqing including Chongqing City Zoo where you can observe pandas and more than 200 other species, Hongyadong shopping district, local wet market and the famous Huguang guild hall. During lunch, you can slurp up some spicy Chongqing-style Hot Pot.


Day 7


Arrive in Australia

Meals included: inflight only


Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights with China Southern, Air China, Sichuan Airlines or Hainan Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 1 night premium accommodation on twin share basis
  • 4 night Yangtze River cruise on twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Intra-China transportation
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tours, transfers and admissions as per itinerary



Chonqing - Athestel Hotel (former Sofitel) or similar
Yangtze River - Victoria Cruise or similar

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  • Compulsory tipping ($450 CNY/$92 AUD) per person, payable and non-refundable in case of cancellation at any time
  • Surcharges, i.e. optional activities, single supplement etc.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary, i.e. laundry, personal items, alcoholic drinks, etc.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visa to China


Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.