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Yangtze River Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang - Yangtze Explorer

Destination: Yangtze River
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Tour Code: YZ4
Transportation: Yangtze River Cruise
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Ship Overview

As the TOP super-5 star cruise ship on the Yangtze, Yangtze Explorer offers not only the largest and most beautiful cabins, but also the finest and most personalized service. Each cabin on board is exceptional in size and designed to create a more harmonious and luxury cruising experience, with a private balcony facing to the gorges along the Yangtze. Carrying just 124 passengers at most, Yangtze Explorer provides the finest and most personalized service, delivered by the highest ratio of staff to guests. The one-on-one VIP services ensure that every level of comfort is catered for during the cruise.

For the international standards of service and luxury cruising experience, Yangtze Explorer is also chosen by many financial and political magnates, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Henry Kissinger, for their Yangtze River cruise.

  • Maiden Voyage: 2008
  • Passenger Capacity: 124
  • Total Cabins: 62
  • Decks: 5
  • Itinerary: Chongqing - Yichang; Yichang - Chongqing
Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
Price Price Instruction
US$1000/persons 1000USD/Person

Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days 3 nights)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days 4 nights)



Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Yangtze Explorer are all western and Chinese buffets, served in the single-seating Dynasty Palace on the Main Deck. A variety of International and Chinese specialties is served with complimentary house wine, soft drink, local beer and bottled water.

In addition, there is also a Espresso Bar (operating: 9:00 a.m. 每 8:00 p.m.) on the Main Deck, offering gourmet coffees and beverages from around the world, and an Explorer Bar (operation: 6:00am-7:00am for Early Riser Coffee & Tea Service and 10:00pm-12:00pm) on the Explorer Deck, where you can enjoy pre-dinner cocktails or nightly live musical performances.


  1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board are all western and Chinese buffets.
  2. Special dietary requirements, such as diabetic or vegetarian, are accepted on board, but need to be advised in advance at time of booking with us.
  3. Room Service is available 24 hours a day. Please refer to the Room Service Menu in the Directory or dial extension 0 for more information.

Entertainment Programs

Entertainments on board include Chinese culture and history lectures and demonstrations, Crew Shows, and live shows, hold in the Tang Theatre on Xiling Deck and Wu Deck. You will not only learn Chinese culture and the history of the Yangtze, but also have a fun time with other customers on board, making new friends and sharing your happy travel time with each other.



  1. Taichi Exercise 每 early morning Taichi Lessen on the sun deck to begin the day.
  2. Lectures - about Chinese medicine, Chinese poetry, Chinese language, Chinese painting, dumling making, etc.
  3. Crew Shows 每 Performed by crew on board with many interesting themes, like fashion show, dancing and singing show, or cabaret show.
  4. Culture Demonstration 每 Traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy demonstrations.


Relaxing Yourself

Tangtze Explorer offers a wide variety of massage services in one of the six uniquely designed oriental private treatment rooms on Qutang Deck. You can totally relax yourself after a shore excursion or kill your time at afternoon. Lounges, and bars on board are good choices to meet new friends.


  1. Opening hours of massage rooms: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
  2. Suite lounge, with computers and internet access, offers hot and cold beverages, special canap谷s and snacks throughout the day. Free flow of house wine & local beer are offered during pre-dinner.


Health Care

There is a health clinic on Wu Deck of Yangtze Explorer, providing high standard 24 hours on-call medical services from ship's doctor.

For daily exercise, there is a Fitness Centure on Qutang Deck, offering the best equipment on the Yangtze. You can also join to play Taichi on the sundeck every morning.


Phone Calls, Faxes and Internet Access

International / local phone calls and faxes are available at the reception desk and the Business Center on all Victoria Cruises ships. Each ship is also equipped with Internet access and an Internet cafe on board.. All of these services are fee-based and you can sign these charges to your account and settle them at the end of the voyage.


Staff on Board

Since Victoria Cruises is the ONLY cruise line that managed by American company, there is western cruise director and English-speaking river guides on each ship, providing interesting lectures about China and the Yangtze for you. And it is the outstanding services, offered by those well-trained staff, makes Victoria Cruises so different from others.


Price Guide


What's included?

  1. Entrance fees: The land excursions listed in the itinerary.
  2. Meals: The daily meals on the ship.
  3. Room: Overnight accommodation for morning departure (except Victoria Cruises from Chongqing to Shanghai). A berth in the cabin as specified in the itinerary.
  4. Service Charges & Government Taxes


What's not included?

  1. Transfers: Between airport/hotel and cruise terminal in each city.
  2. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, faxes, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
  3. Single Room Supplement Applies if you want to stay in one cabin (usually two berth) on your own.
  4. Gratuities, Tips to Guides.


Ship Tips

Almost all the 4 to 5-star ships require a compulsory ship tip which is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter; it is the regulation of the ship companies which passengers are supposed to follow. The tip amount differs from different cruise lines and will be specified in our confirmation letter, please kindly note this so that inconvenience can be avoided.

Note: President Cruises line pre-charges the tips, so the tips is actually included in your President Cruises' cost, there is no need to pay again on board. While the prices of Victoria Cruises and Century Cruises (during Dec.1, 2013 - Feb.28, 2014) are excluded the tips, you need to pay 150 RMB when you check in onboard.


Practical Info


Check Emails Before Cruise

Please kindly check your mailbox again 3-1 days before you take the cruise, because if there is any update or slight change from the ship company, we will inform you by email, so checking it again is better. And it will be more convenient if you can provide a cellphone number for emergent calls.


Private Transfer/ Taxi-taking/ Porter


Private transfer: From Chongqing Airport/ Chongqing Railway Station to Chongqing Pier, from Yichang Airport/ Yichang Railway Station to Yichang Pier and from Shanghai Downtown to Wusongkou Port, you could use private transfer. Usually, there are two ways, cost with guide and cost without guide. As for the fee, please kindly inquiry your travel consutant.


Note: Different vehicles will be used if you have a group larger than 4 adults, the transfer cost then will be different, please kindly inquire your travel consultant if you need any of our transfer service.


Taxi-taking: If you choose taxi, the transfer cost will be cheaper. When the booking is done, we will send you the confirmation letter which includes the detailed information for taxi taking. Please note that the taxi especially in Yichang is not always safe to use. Some taxi drivers drive much longer than usual distance then ask for more money. If you prefer to take a taxi, please remember to show our confirmation letter to the taxi driver, there will be the taxi cost and your destination in both English and Chinese. It is better to use taxi service only after the taxi driver confirms the price listed in our confirmation letter; it is useful to avoid traps. And if there is any problem, you can contact us.


Note: We do recommend our private transfer service especially in Yichang so as to avoid any inconvenience might cause.


Porter: Please kindly note that if you do not book private transfer with us and need to hire the local porters to carry your luggage in either Chongqing or Yichang, the price is RMB10/per person, please confirm the price with the porters before using their service, some porters might ask for much more than RMB10/per person if not checking price beforehand.


Boarding Documents/ Boarding Time & Boarding Pier


Boarding Documents: The booking system of the cruise is just like the electronic flight tickets, you do not need any ticket, just showing your valid passport at the ship front desk would be fine. After all booking is done, we will send you the confirmation letter, you can print it out and bring it with you along the tour.


Boarding Time and Boarding Pier:

  • 4-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang

    Boarding time is 17:00〞20:30, the ship sails around 21:00〞22:00 from Chongqing

  • 5-day upstream cruise from Yichang to Chongqing

    Boarding time is 17:00〞00:00, the ship does not sail until next day morning from Yichang

  • 7-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Shanghai

    Boarding time is 08:00〞09:30AM, the ship sails around 10:00 AM

  • 9-day upstream cruise from Shanghai to Chongqnig

    Boarding time is 15:00〞16:30, the ship sails around 17:00 from Wusongkou Port of Shanghai.


  • Cabin Arrangement

    For many cruise lines (not all) that the cabins could not be designated beforehand, it is arranged by the ship company, and the ship company will charge floor upgrading fee if you want to upgrade your cabins to higher floors, the price is different according to the different cruise companies, if necessary please inquiry your travel consultant for the details of this. And after check in the ship, if there is any problem with your cabin, please let the ship reception know ASAP so that adjustment can be made accordingly. If you need any urgent assistance from our company, please contact your travel consultant immediately.


  • Extra Bed: Not all ships are spacious enough to hold an extra bed, so if you need a cabin with one extra bed, please kindly inquire your travel consultant for the recommendation of specific ships.


    Service Onboard

  • Drinks: Wines are not a part of the free drinks, only beer and some soft drinks are provided for free on ship. Drinks on the ship can be expensive; if necessary you can prepare some drinks or snacks before boarding the ship.

    Foods: Some ships provide mostly buffet meals but some provide mostly table meals, it depends on which ship you are taking. If you have any diet habit, please kindly let us know or let the ship receptionist know, so that the according arrangement can be made.

    Elevator: Not every ship has elevator, if you need to know this, please kindly inquire your travel consultant or check the ship company official website.

    Medical Service: There will be a clinic on the ship, but their service can be very expensive, please kindly note it.

    Internet Service: The ship does not have wifi, but the business center has internet service available and it is pay-for, the price will be different according to different ships.

    Hair-dryer: The ships do not have hair dryer in each room, only some hairdryers available at the front desk which you can borrow for free.

    Adaptor: If you want to charge some electornic products and without bringing the adaptor, you may check with the ship front desk to see they have the right adaptor on ship, but bring the right adaptor from home is convenient for your China or Yangtze tour.


  • Ship Tips

    Almost all the 4 to 5-star ships require a compulsory ship tip which is required to be paid when checking in at the reception counter; it is the regulation of the ship companies which passengers are supposed to follow. The tip amount differs from different cruise lines and will be specified in our confirmation letter, please kindly note this so that inconvenience can be avoided.

    Note: Century Cruise line pre-charges the tips, so the tips is actually included in your Century Cruise cost, there is no need to pay again on board.


  • Optional Excursions

    Besides the listed shore excursions listed in your itinerary, there usually will be 2 optional shore excursions in each cruise term and it is not part of the cruise itinerary, the cost is around RMB260=USD42/per person per optional shore excursion, and the optional shore excursions differ from different cruise lines, and it is not compulsory.


  • Physical-Challenge: Some shore excursions like ※Fengdu Ghost City§ needs some steps climbing; it might a bit challenging to some visitors who have problems with steps, in this case visitors can stay on the ship without join in the shore excursion (no refund). And booking a ship with elevator will be more convenient actually. Please kindly note it.


  • Weather

    Yangtze River will be a kind of foggy from the latter half of October to next March or so, and sometimes it might be foggy in summer time. And the rainy season of Yangtze will be July to August or so.

    Note: if you book flights by yourselves, please kindly consider these weather factors and book the suitable timing fight, or we can assist you to book the flights, more details please inquire your travel consultant.

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