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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Yangtze River Cruises
( The luxury Three Gorges & the Namesake Dam Cruise )

Three Gorges & Dam Cruise is the highlight of the lifetime Yangtze River Cruise. Chongqing to Yichang route is by far the most travelled section of the Yangtze, winding through the Three Gorges and passing the namesake Dam. Here you will find the most up-to-date cruise information about the Three Gorges & Dam Cruise.

We work with all Yangtze River plush cruise ships - Victoria Cruises, President Yangtze Series Cruises, China Dragon Cruises...and offer most competitive cruise rates.

Our English-speaking staff will reply to you within 24 hours. They are always passionate to respond to your telephone calls and emails. We offer secure payment methods and accept all major credit-cards. Your dream Yangtze cruise is only an email or a call away! Contact us now!

Three Gorges & Dam Cruise Map
Three Gorges & Dam Cruise Map Yichang Daning River Daning River Shennong Streem Three Gorge Dam Three Gorge Dam Wushan Gorge Wushan Gorge Qutang Gorge Qutang Gorge Chongqing Chongqing Fengdu Shennong Streem Wuhan Tour

Yangtze Cruise Tour
» Three Gorges & Dam Impression
Three Gorges & Dam Impression Destinations: Chongqing, Yichang and Yangtze River
Duration: 4 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour in Chongqing, Shore Excursion Group Tour & Private Transfer in Yichang
Tour Code: CYPT-01
Price: Starting from US$560 p/p

Beijing Yangtze Cruise Tour
» Beijing Yangtze Cruise Combo
Beijing Yangtze Cruise Combo Destinations: Beijing, Chongqing, Yangtze River and Yichang
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CYPT-02
Price: Starting from US$1280 p/p

» Beijing China Highlight & Yangtze
Beijing China Highlight & Yangtze Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang and Shanghai
Duration: 12 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CYPT-03
Price: Starting from US$ 1235 p/p

» Beijing Chengdu Yangzte River Shanghai 12-Day Tour
Beijing Chengdu Yangzte River Shanghai 12-Day Tour Destinations: Beijing, Chengdu, Yangtze River and Shanghai
Duration: 12 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CDPT-12
Price: Starting from US$2660 p/p

» Beijing Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Yangtze Cruise Shanghai 14-day Tour
Beijing Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Yangtze Cruise Shanghai 14-day Tour Destinations: Beijing, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Yangtze River and Shanghai
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Type: A private tour 
Tour Code: CDPT-15
Price: Starting from US$3570 p/p

Shanghai Yangtze Cruise Tour
» Shanghai Yangtze Cruise Combo
Shanghai Yangtze Cruise Combo Destinations: Shanghai, Chongqing, Yangtze River and Yichang
Duration: 6 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CYPT-04
Price: Starting from US$1220 p/p

» Shanghai China Highlight & Yangzte
Shanghai China Highlight & Yangzte Destinations: Shanghai, Yichang, Yangtze River, Chongqing, Xian and Beijing
Duration: 12 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CYPT-05
Price: Starting from US$1610 p/p

Guilin Yangtze Cruise Tour
» Guilin China Highlight & Yangtze
Guilin China Highlight & Yangtze Destinations: Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Xian and Beijing
Duration: 12 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: CYPT-06
Price: Starting from US$1610 p/p

Hong Kong Yangtze Cruise Tour
» Hong Kong Yangtze River 4 Day Tour
Hong Kong Yangtze River 4 Day Tour Destinations: Chongqing Yangtze River Yichang
Duration: 4 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: HY-01
Price: Starting from US$425 p/p

» Hong Kong Chengdu Yangtze River 7 Day Tour
Hong Kong Chengdu Yangtze River 7 Day Tour Destinations: Chengdu Chongqing Yangtze River Yichang
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: HY-02
Price: Starting from US$720 p/p

Yangtze River Cruises Information

The Chongqing - Yichang waterway is about 648km. The Three Gorges, Qutang, Wu and Xiling put together, approximately total 114km in length.

1.Qutang Gorge: 8 KM starting from the Baidi Town of Fengjie to Daxi Town of Wushan - Also known as Kui Gorge, the most awe-inspiring and the narrowest of the three gorges. It is only about 100 meters or so at its narrowest point.

2.Wu Gorge: 40KM starting from the mouth of the Daning River( the Little Three Gorges ) of the riverside town of Wushan to the Guandukou Town of Batong( Guandukou is 17km west of the riverside town of Badong County ) - Its cliffs tower ot over 900 meters, topped by the sharp, jagged peaks on the either bank. A total of 12 peaks are perched on the either side, including Goddess Peak and Peak of the Immortals.

3.Xiling Gorge: 66KM starting from the mouth of Xiangxi River to the Nanjin Guan Pass of Yichang - the longest of the three gorges and the Three Gorges Dam stands at Sandouping in the middle section of the Xiling Gorge.
The Three Gorges Dam is in the middle section of the Xiling Gorge at Sandouping, 44km upstream from the city of Yichang. It is the world's largest hydro-electric power station that traverses the Yangtze River aimed both at harnessing the power of the Yangtze to create hydroelectric power and controling the river to prevent flash flooding that historically caused a great deal of damage.

The huge project took 17 years starting from 1994 to 2009 with total investment of 180 billion Yuan RMB and rural-urban migration of one million people. On a Chongqing Yichang cruise, most of the cruise ships will pass through the two 5-stage locks of the dam. Visitors will observe the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, the dam itself.

Most of the cruise vessels will dock at the downstream of the dam and then take a bus toward the top of the observation deck on the hill of its northen bank for a birds-eye view of the dam. In addition, an exhibition room displays a model of the dam, and offers passengers another opportunity to ask questions and learn about the benefits of this amazing project.
Three Gorge & Namesake Dam Cruise Route
There are two kinds of the cruise routes - Downstream from Chongqing to Yichang and upstream from Yichang to Chongqing. There is no big no differences whether you sail from Chongqing to Yichang downriver, or from Yichang to Chongqing -- upriver. But they do have some slight difference below:

1) Shore excursions: small differnce in land arrangement
2) Time: going upstream takes one more day than going downstream.
3) Price: The rate of upriver cruisess are lower than those of downriver cruises

Please find below the typical upriver and down river cruise schedules:
Chongqing-Yichang 4 Days/3 Nights Downstream Itinerary
Day 01:
Board your plush cruises ships and begin your lifetime cruise downstream. Starts from Chongqing 21:00
Day 02:
Go ashore to visit Fengdu, the "Ghost City" in the afternoon. Free to explore the ship's many amenities. Tonight, you are invited to take part the captain's cocktail party.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alternate shore excursion may visit Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.
Day 03:
Sail through the first of Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge ,the most awe-inspiring and the narrowest of the three gorges. Then, cruise on through Wu Gorge, most famous for its 12 peaks. At Badong, transfer to a small ship for a mesmerizing excursion on Shennong Stream to visit its breathtaking small gorges. Next come back to your deluxe cruise ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the last, the longest and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, pass through the amazing Three Gorges 5-stage ship locks.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alternate shore excursion may visit Daning River ( Little Three Gorges )
Day 04:
This morning, dock at Sandouping to visit the historic Three Gorges Dam project, the largest hydroelectric project in the world.
Disembark Yichang about 13:30.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

Yichang - Chongqing 5 Days/4 Nights Upstream Itinerary
Day 01:
Board your plush cruises ships and begin your lifetime cruise upstream. Starts from Yichang 21:00
Day 02:
Stop at Sanduoping and ascend the Jar Hill to have a bird's-eye view of the historic Three Gorges Dam project. Reboard the ship and cruise through the fascinating Three Gorges 5-stage ship locks before going on through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the fabled Three Gorges.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03:
Early this morning, cruise through the mesmerizing Wu Gorge's deep winding valley. At Wushan, transfer to a small ship for an amazing excursion boating on the Daning River (or the Shennong Stream ) to visit the mesmerizing small gorges. Come back to the cruise ship and soon pass through the fascinating grandeur of Qutang Gorge, the most awe-inspiring and the narrowest of the three.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04:
Today's shore excursion visit the magnificent 12-story wooden pagoda known as the "Pearl of the Yangtze" in scenic Shibaozhai Town of Zhongxian County.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alternate shore excursion may visit Fengdu or Wanzhou.
Day 05:
Morning sailing through the open and green countryside to Chongqing and disembark the ship.
Meals: Breakfast
In addition to cruising through the famous Three Gorges, your deluxe cruise ships also cover some exciting shore excursions as below:
1. Ascending the Viewing Platform on the Jar Hill on the northen bank of the Three Gorges Dam and have a bird's-eye view of the dam.
2. Leave your big ship and transfer to small boat to experience either Little Three Gorges at Daning River or Shennong Stream.
3. Go ashore to visit the Fengdu - "Ghost City" (or visit Wanzhou, or Shibaozhai at Zhongxian County )
Most of the cruise liners have the best English-speaking guides and the plush ships. With 8 cruise ships, Victoria Cruise Liner is based in New York, one of the few Western-managed lines. They offer the cruise between Chongqing and Yichang; President Yangtze Series Cruise is a luxury fleet cruising along the Yangtze River - Three Gorges of China.The President Yangtze Series Cruise are international luxury fleet managed by the Wuhan Yangtze Cruises Co,Ltd. As a professional cruise company on Yangtze River in China, President Yangtze Series Cruise Company owns 6 deluxe cruises of Three Gorges...
If you have large pieces of luggage, you are suggested to use airport - dock or train station - dock transfer service. When you are in the dock, it is still a long walk to the boat. First descend about 100 step steps to the bank of the river, then cross rickety platforms suspended over the water to your boat. Sometimes you have to continue to go across another large boat, cross through the employees's living quarters of the second boat, across another plank to a third boat, then up a few narrow flights of stairs to the reception of your boat!
Are you expecting worry-free dock transfer on your Yangtze River cruise trip?
Get to Chongqing and Yichang by air, train, Bus and boat
1. Airports and Flights
1) Chongqing Jianbei Airport is 25km north of Chongqing. 30 minutes by taxi ( around RMB 100 ) and Airport Shuttle buses every half-hour from 6:00am to 6:00pm ( RMB 15 ) starting from Shangqing Si in the city center. Chongqing has daily Chongqing Flights to & from Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi'an, Xining, Kunming and more. It has also opened up international regular charter flights to Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul and Dusseldorf.
Chongqing Flight Enquiry: Tel: 0086 23 67152338、67152351
Chongqing Flight Booking: Tel: 0086 23 63603144、67747338、67152327
Luggage Claim: Tel: 0086 23 023-67152343、67823331
2) Yichang Gorges Airport is 26km southeast of the town, 60km southeast of the Taohuacu Shipside, with daily flights to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and other cities.
Yichang Flight Enquiry: Tel: 0086 717 6551168,6532114
Yichang Flight Booking: Tel: 0086 717 6441101

2. Train Stations and Train Service
1) There are several train stations in Chongqing. The two main train stations are Chongqing Train Station and Chongqing North Train Station. There are daily Chongqing trains to & from Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing...
Chongqing Train Enquiry: Tel: 0086 023-63862607, 61642242, 61681111
2) Yichang Train Station is located at the intersection of Dongshandadao and Yunji Lu. The train service runs to Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Shanghai and more cities...
Yichang Train Enquiry: Tel: 0086 717 6445242

3. Long-distance Bus Stations in Chongqing and Yichang
1) There are about 8 long-distance bus stations in Chongqing. Each district nearly has one long-distance bus stations, with daily buses to Chengdu, Fengdu, Badong, Yichang, Wuhan and other cities.
Chongqing Long-distance Bus Station: Tel:0086 23 65336881, 63861084, 89033855
2)There are two main long-distance bus stations in Yichang - Yichang Dagongqiao Long-distance Bus Station & Yichang Long-distance Bus Station. Every half hour one bus from Yichang to Wuhan.
Yichang Dagongqiao Long-distance Bus Station: Tel: 0086 717 6236127, 6222143
Yichang Long-distance Bus Station: Tel:0086 717 6465036, 6445314

4. Ferry Terminals in Chongqing and Yichang
1) There are over 20 piers in Chongqing. Most of the luxury cruise ships dock at Chaotianmen Pier. The Chaotianmen Pier is the starting point of the downstream cruise, near the Jiefangbei, the most famous shopping center in the west China.
Chongqing Ferry Enquiry: Tel: 0086 23 63100314, 63100659、63100563
2) There are three ferry terminals (piers) in Yichang. Most of the luxury cruise ships dock at the Yichang Taohuacun Shipside, upstream of Gezhou Dam. The Yichang Taohuacu Shipside is about 60km from Yichang Three Gorges Airport, about 20km from the town of Yichang.
Yichang Port:0086 717-6224354
Speedy Hydrofoil Enquiry: 0086 717-6717352
Taohuacun Shipside: Tel 008 717 8862017
7 steps to reserve a Yangtze river cruise:
Step 01: Visit our page of cruise ship list for more information on cruise ships and cruise routes. Check our price-list and compare the ships and rates. For first-time visitor, please first visit our page of FAQS for more informtion on Yangtze River cruise.
Step 02: Send us your general travel request and your contact information. One of our tip advisor will reply to you in 1-24 hours. You will get our answer regarding the availability and prices.
Step 03: If you want to need the airport transfer or travel to other cities beside the cruise of Yangze river, please send us your request. Our trip advisor will send you a tour packages.
What is the ideal season for the cruise?
The best time to take a Yangtze River cruise is spring and autumn,namely, it is April, May, September and October when the weather is comfortable. We call the these four months high seasons. But you can enjoy best prices if you travel in other months or winter.

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