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Three Gorges Highlights: Yichang to Chongqing

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping
  • Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges
  • Explore to Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs
  • Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda

Short Description

During this tour, you will start from Yichang, the economic and cultural center of western Hubei Province. Then, you will visit the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world. You will also have a chance to take an excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yichang
End City Chongqing

Trip Includes

  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart Yichang - 9:00 pm: Sail from Yichang, the economic and cultural center of western Hubei Province.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Three Gorges Dam/Xiling Gorge - Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping, the largest in the world. Later sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges.

Additional optional Tribe of the Three Gorges Shore Excursion (river conditions permitting), offering an interesting glimpse into life in the Xiling Gorge region.

Day 3: “Small Gorges”/Wu Gorge/Qutang Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic gorge. Additional optional Shore Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shibaozhai - 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, visiting either the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam. Additional optional Shore Excursion to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Arrive Chongqing - 9:00am: Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the “Mountain City”

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Three Gorges Highlights: Yichang to Chongqing

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China's Hidden Gem

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Value5.0
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While China is a very hectic, very overwhelming country, it is also a country filled with incredible natural beauty. For the average tourist, these beautiful sites are largely inaccessible or extremely difficult to access due to a combination of language barriers and lack of public transportation. One of these gorgeous areas is located between Yichang and Chongqing: the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.

With this in mind, many cruise companies have begun offering multi-day trips down the Yangtze River, making the relatively inaccessible easily accessible. One such cruise company is Victoria Cruises. They have a range of vessels and itineraries to suit one’s needs. We decided to hop aboard their most prestigious boat, the Victoria Jenna, for a five night/four day cruise luxurious cruise through the gorges. Newly renovated this year, the ship exudes class and comfort.

The rooms aboard the Victoria Jenna were clean and quite spacious considering we were on a ship. To compliment the five-star standard within the rooms itself, the Victoria Jenna offered ample facilities for it’s guests. Whether you want to lounge on the rooftop or grab a drink at the lovely Yangtze Club bar, there’s something for everyone. The dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner were fantastic; the Victoria Jenna offered an array of food from Asian to Western cuisine.

Of course, one of the main reason people cruise is for the excursions. We were lucky enough to go on all of the included and optional tours offered on the Victoria Jenna, and I’m thrilled that we did. They outsource local guides that are truly knowledgable about each and every site.

Last but not least, I was astounded by the staff; never have I seen a staff so attentive and friendly. A very special shoutout goes to Dick, our Cruise Director, who made sure that everything we needed was taken care of; Steven, our River Guide, who not only knew the in’s and out’s of the Yangtze, but also taught Mahjong and Chinese 101, on top of playing MC for the week; and Maggie, our fantastic waitress for every meal in the Executive Lounge, who not only knew us by name, but knew all of our food and drink preferences as well.

I wouldn't cruise down the river with any company other than Victoria Cruises! It was truly the highlight of my month-long journey in China.

Thanks again!
Sarah

Founder, The Five Foot Traveler
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Victoria Jenna “an unreservedly positive experience”

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Victoria Jenna “an unreservedly positive experience”

Sailed the VICTORIA JENNA , on a 7 nite/8 day cruise Chongqing to Yichang (return), April 2016.

Can easily say, overall was the most outstanding cruise trip ever taken by us.

- the Jenna, was essentially a “new” ship, just on it's second trip out after refurbishing, with everything working to our satisfaction
- we were booked into an Executive Suite on deck 5, a large room with two double beds, new updated bathroom, ample storage, and outside balcony
- room location was very close to Executive Lounge, a large area on deck 6 utilized for all our meals, daily Happy Hour (wine, beer, snacks), and designated as a quiet area to hang out during the day for coffee, tea, and snacks, allowing us to meet new friends ... the Lounge was very popular with us with the attention and service provided second to none
- excellent meals more than met our expectations ... buffet breakfast and lunch served, with an a la carte dinner menu ... a mix of Western and Chinese
- passenger mix was mostly non-Asian with use of English-Mandarin on equal basis
- central to our cruise success was the Jenna”s Cruise Director (Dick Carpentier) who demonstrated time after time that he was a master of his trade. His Jenna staff, youthful and vibrant, was ALWAYS on top of everything, no matter what department
- onboard entertainment was above average – the costumes, traditional music and dance
- the Jenna River Guide (Steven) was very active providing timely and informative commentary as we wound our way thru the Gorges and other areas of interest
- the Yangtze sights, as advertised, provided us with great scenery thru the various gorges and the dam itself. Made three off-ship excursions (two via excursions on smaller vessels plus the dam tour itself) ... our favorite was on a small vessel thru the Gorges of Goddess Stream ... highly scenic and a must see. Overall, the Yangtze scenery was very good and spectacular in many spots ... in certain areas the perpetual mist resonated with some of the Chinese paintings that one comes across
- the Jenna provided us with a relaxed atmosphere. All land excursions were well organized and led by very experienced English speaking guides
- Wifi on the Jenna was great ... both for internet speed and reliability (note: no Google or Facebook access in China)
- special assistance was proactively provided by the Jenna front office to ensure the ease of boarding and that offloading went smoothly, including arrangements for ground transportation back to our Chongqing hotel and even calling the hotel the night before from the Jenna to ensure that the hotel would be ready for our early checkin ... all this was done without asking
- the Jenna team quickly saw upon boarding that I had limited personal mobility (canes) and really stepped up to provide all kinds of additional assistance to ensure I could get to wherever I wanted, literally every step of the way, including the land excursions. Can”t say how much I (and especially my wife) appreciated this
- to top it off, this cruise was very close to our 50th anniversary and Victoria Cruises made sure we would well remember ... a very special dinner was planned and personally prepared and served to us by the Executive Chef (Jack Shapensky) on our last night, including a large anniversary cake that we were pleased to share with others ... this was a big and pleasant surprise to us and totally unexpected

Would I recommend Victoria Cruises and the Victoria Jenna? ... the answer can be said in one word ... ABSOLUTELY! Our experience was 5 Star without question, far exceeding all (high) expectations, with the Jenna being a great complement to some wonderful Yangtze scenery. Special kuddos to Victoria Cruises and the Jenna team under Cruise Director Dick Carpentier. The very high level of service quality provided by a staff who sparkled at all times, the standout ship, the amenities, and the Yangtze itself, made for a most memorable trip

Only wish that Victoria Cruises sailed to more places than the Yangtze ... if/when they do, we will be lined up for

Booked this cruise through Victoria Cruises office in New York
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Overall great experience

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I took a Victoria Cruises river cruise down the Yangtze River to tour the Three Gorges Dam in China in 2014. If you are a westerner in China, this is one of your best options. The company really does go the extra mile to try to make their western guests comfortable: They hire a European liaison just to greet and communicate with the western cohorts. Additionally, because the cruise line is very aware that westerners don't always have the same palette as the Chinese, the westerners have the option to eat in a separate dining area where more customized western food is served. At the end of the trip, we got a nice live cultural show from the crew. (Unfortunately, judging by some of their faces, only half of them really wanted to be there but I can't knock them for that). Overall, it was a very pleasant trip, with many wonderful land excursions along the river. I highly recommend Victoria Cruises for a westerner traveling in China.
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Beautiful, fun, great-value river cruise on the Yang-Tze River

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We had a great time on this cruise. My wife and I chose this as the end of our 3 week adventurous honeymoon throughout Western rural china. It was also our first river cruise. We'll definitely be doing another.

Overall, the ship we were on, the Victoria Liana, was a little old. Still very nice and comfortable but some of the floors (decks) were slightly warped, some of the furnishings were a bit worn. Normal wear and tear. Nothing to make it look shabby but it also did not look 5 start ultimate luxury.

The price was right - compared to other trips we saw we got an amazing deal. We also got an even better deal because on entering the ship they tried to upsell us a suite. We did the tour, they give us a price, I counter-offered about 1/4 of that and they said no. I told them that we were happy to stay in the regular cabin but if no other guests offered to pay more for the Presidential suite, then our offer still stood. Sure enough, shortly before leaving port the Front Desk Manager told us we could have the suite for the price we offered. What a deal!

For about $200 more, total, we got a private whole deck to our selves in the bow with our own lounge chairs, a large living room with huge windows on 2 sides and a nice bedroom. It really made the trip awesome. Especially since the top outside deck looked like it got crowded when going through some of the most scenic areas. the privacy, especially on our honeymoon was appreciated.

Overall, the staff was very friendly and polite and spoke good english, or good enough. Everyone was local chinese except for a the Cruise Director who was a Bulgarian woman with excellent english skills. Some of the attractions and day tours were included and some were optional and extra charge, though not outrageously priced like some other cruises we've heard about.

I would be mindful of ordering wine as we got a bottle of white that was from 2003. No bueno. Other than that, food was decent. All the western tourists - about 35 in total - ate in a separate dining room. Buffet. There were also about 200 or so local Chinese passengers. I assume they paid a cheaper 'local' price but they all ate in a much larger dining room and had a different local chinese menu. It felt slightly weird being segregated that way but not too awkard.

The views were amazing. Watching peaceful countryside, farms, then highrise mini cities, then gorges and mountains go by was interesting, entertaining and relaxing.

They had some nightly entertainment which the staff put on which was enjoyable if not a highlight.

Overall we had a great voyage and are glad we selected this company. There are definitely more luxurious options but we got a huge bang for our buck and really enjoyed the trip.
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Details

Ship Name

Victoria Anna, Victoria Jenna, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Lianna, Victoria Selina

Ship Stats

Victoria Anna
Year Built:- 2006
Renovated:- 2010
Rebuilt:- N/A
Refurbished:- 2013
Gross Tonnage:- 6200T
Length:- 106m
Beam/Width:- 16.6m
Draft:- 2.6m
Speed:- 28km/hr
Elevators:- 2
Restaurants:- 2
Passenger Decks:- 5
Crew:- 138
Single Standard:- N/A
Superior Cabins:- 89
Executive Suites:- 40
Deluxe Suites:- 2
Shangri-La Suites:- 2
Total Cabins:- 133
Total Passengers:- 266

Victoria Jenna
Year Built:- 2009
Renovated:- n/a
Rebuilt:- n/a
Refurbished:- n/a
Gross Tonnage:- 10,000T
Length:- 133.8m
Beam/Width:- 18.8m
Draft:- 2.6m
Speed:- 26km/h
Elevators:- 4
Restaurants:- 2
Passenger Decks:- 5
Crew:- 180
Single Standard:-  n/a
Superior Cabins:- 149
Executive Suites:- 35
Deluxe Suites:- 3
Shangri-La Suites:- 2
Total Cabins:- 189
Total Passengers:- 378

Victoria Katarina
Year Built:- 2004
Renovated:- 2010
Rebuilt:- n/a
Refurbished:- 2014
Gross Tonnage:- 5780T
Length:- 98.6m
Beam/Width:- 15.2m
Draft:- 2.5m
Speed:- 28km/hr
Elevators:- 1
Restaurants:- 2
Passenger Decks:- 4
Crew:- 128
Single Standard:- n/a
Superior Cabins:- 98
Executive Suites:- 32
Deluxe Suites:- 0
Shangri-La Suites:- 2
Total Cabins:- 132
Total Passengers:- 264

Victoria Lianna
Year Built:- 1995
Renovated:- n/a
Rebuilt:- 2011
Refurbished:- n/a
Gross Tonnage:- 4587T
Length:- 89.4m
Beam/Width:- 16.4m
Draft:- 2.7m
Speed:- 28km/hr
Elevators:- 1
Restaurants:- 2
Passenger Decks:- 4
Crew:- 121
Single Standard:- n/a
Superior Cabins:- 100
Executive Suites:- 6
Deluxe Suites:- 0
Shangri-La Suites:- 2
Total Cabins:- 108
Total Passengers:- 218

Victoria Selina
Year Built:- 1994
Renovated:- n/a
Rebuilt:- 2011
Refurbished:- n/a
Gross Tonnage:- 4587T
Length:- 89.4m
Beam/Width:- 16.4m
Draft:- 2.7m
Speed:- 28km/h
Elevators:- 1
Restaurants:- 2
Passenger Decks:- 4
Crew:- 121
Single Standard:- n/a
Superior Cabins:- 100
Executive Suites:- 6
Deluxe Suites:- n/a
Shangri-La Suites:- 2
Total Cabins:- 108
Total Passengers:- 218

Ship Description

Victoria Anna
The Victoria Anna once again raised the bar for luxury cruising on the Yangtze when it was inaugurated in 2006. The Victoria Anna is the Yangtze's largest and most luxurious ship.

Facilities include two restaurants (a single-seating main dining room, and an a la carte restaurant on the top deck), two elevators, a three-story atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a gym, lecture room, library, beauty salon, massage room, and gift shop.

The Victoria Anna has the most suites of any ship on the Yangtze River, and all cabins have private balconies. The Anna is equipped with internet access, and cabins have HBO and CNN broadcasts.

Victoria Jenna
The Victoria Jenna is the Yangtze’s newest and largest river cruise ship. Inaugurated in 2009, the Victoria Jenna sets the standard for fine luxury river cruising not just in China but throughout the world.

Facilities include two restaurants (a single-seating main dining room, and an a la carte restaurant on the top deck), four elevators, a three-story atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a fitness center, two full-sized lecture rooms, library, the Oasis beauty salon, artist corners and gift shop.

All cabins have private balconies. The Jenna is equipped with CDMA-wireless internet access, and cabins have HBO and CNN broadcasts.

Victoria Katarina
Victoria Katarina set a new standard in cruise ship design for Yangtze River cruising when it was inaugurated in 2004. The premier ship is constructed with Victoria Cruises personal touches blending both modern and elegant architechture. The Victoria Katarina takes luxury cruising on the Yangtze to a whole new level with its generous cabin space, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies opening up to breathtaking views.

The Katarina is equipped with the latest technologies, including internet access, fax machines, and international phone systems, enabling you to contact family and friends during your Yangtze journey.

In addition to the finest hardware and shipboard technologies, the Victoria Katarina boasts the same outstanding service offered on all Victoria ships--the best on the Yangtze.  

Victoria Lianna
Formally known as the Victoria Queen, the newly rebuilt Victoria Lianna offers graceful public areas, with high ceilings carved with delicate craft and detail. Personal onboard service and programs which focus on the Yangtze’s unique destination – its scenery, natural history and culture – greatly enhance the cruising experience.

Traveling in sophisticated style, passengers will have on-board internet access, international cable television in living quarters, and international phone service available aboard the ship. Well-appointed, cozy standard cabins and beautifully furnished suites boast authentic Shanghainese cotton bed spreads and pillow cases, and private balconies for viewing the scenery of the gorges.

The elegant ambiance and signature Victoria hospitality aboard the Victoria Lianna is Yangtze River cruising at its finest.

Victoria Selina
Awarded 5-Stars by the China National Tourism Administration in 2003, the Victoria Star is the recognized leader on the Yangtze River along with its sister ships, the Prince and Lianna. With sky blue lighting glowing from the periphery of high ceilings, and elegant decor throughout the ship's interior, passengers will sail in comfort as they experience the scenery, natural history and culture of the Yangtze.

Traveling in sophisticated style, passengers will have on-board internet access, international cable television in living quarters, and international phone service available aboard the ship.

Well-appointed, cozy standard cabins and beautifully furnished suites boast authentic Shanghainese cotton bed spreads and pillow cases, and private balconies for viewing the scenery of the gorges.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Victoria Anna

Victoria Anna Decks

Victoria Jenna

Victoria Jenna Decks

Victoria Katarina

Victoria Katarina Decks

Victoria Lianna

Victoria Lianna Decks

Victoria Selina

Victoria Selina Decks

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Reservations will be held until 30 minutes prior to departure. No refunds will be made in the event of "no shows", unused tickets, lost tickets, interruptions, partially used tickets, or cancellations received late or after the start of the cruise. A cancellation occurs when a stateroom is released and not simultaneously rebooked on the same sailing. Victoria strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent. Cancellation charges for individual bookings will result in loss of deposit. For cancellation charges related to group bookings, partial ship charters or full ship charters refer to your charter contract or group booking agreement for terms and conditions.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Additional shore excursions
  • Any designated overnight hotel stay prior to boarding the ship
  • Any service charge / gratuities, bar purchases
  • Services of a personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls
  • Medical services, spa and beauty services are not included.

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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