China: Yangtze River

5 DaysStarting at $1,995


Extend your time in China with a cruise of the Three Gorges stretch of the Yangtze River. The world’s third- longest river, the Yangtze has carved an incredibly scenic path through the heart of China. The focal point of the unique Yangtze is the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project and most notorious dam.

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The port city of Chongqing is on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River about a 2.5 hour flight from Shanghai. On arrival, we’ll transfer to our luxury cruise ship for departure. Our beautifully furnished cabins all include private bath and balcony.
River cruising is a stately and satisfying way to travel, especially so on the Yangtze. The river is busy with interesting traffic, and both shores offer a spectrum of interesting sights. Today’s special visit is to Shibaozhai, one of the gems of Chinese architecture. A 12-story red pavilion clings to a precipitous rock to provide access to the pagoda at the top. Though this treasure will survive the rising waters from the Three Gorges Dam, it will soon become an island.
Unforgettable scenery unfolds as you cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, hemmed by towering cliffs. At Wushan, an excursion by cruiser takes you up the Daning River to view its renowned Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift running water, unusual rock formations, and monkeys and goats along the banks. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. On from Wushan, you’ll pass through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks, followed by the most scenic gorge of all, Xiling. The sailing day ends with a manmade marvel as your ship moves through the Three Gorges lock.
The dam, which is nearing completion, is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. Construction began in 1994 on the structure that is nearly a mile and a half long. The body of water it creates will stretch for more than 370 miles. This morning, you’ll visit the dam site. At the end of the cruise, we disembark at Yichang for the flight back to Shanghai. After checking in to our luxury hotel, the rest of your evening is yours at leisure.
After breakfast, we depart for the airport and flights home or perhaps to Hong Kong for a visit on your own.
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  • Starting Point:

    Shanghai – – Shanghai hotel lobby
  • Ending Point:

    Shanghai – – Shanghai hotel lobby

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Internal Airfare

This trip includes internal flights which is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is from approximately $495 per person based on the departure date.


Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

A luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece, brilliantly reinvated for the 21st century where old fashioned glamor sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade, it's the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectaculary scenery and lifestyle.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Admissions to sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • All land transportation during the trip

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