Standing on the deck of the cruise, you will feel like you are entering a long picture scroll with marvelous sceneries along the Yangtze River which is the largest and longest river in China. It will be a lifetime journey to admire the natural beauty and experience the splendid culture of China.
Upon your arrival at Chongqing, our guide will meet you outside the Baggage Claim Area of the airport and transfer you to downtown Chongqing. If time is available, our guide will accompany you to the Panda House of Chongqing Zoo to have a close contact with the cute pandas. Later, go to the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, which was founded in memory of General Stilwell who has contributed a lot to China during the World War Two. After that, a comfortable private transfer will take you to board the luxurious President Cruise Ship. As the cruise sets sail at 22:00 tonight, your fantastic Yangtze River journey begins.
Meals: No meals
To begin with, the river guide will introduce the information about the cruise and the itinerary. In the afternoon, you will disembark at Zhongxian to take an excursion to Shibaozhai. Built against the mountain, the 12-stories tower is reputed as 'Pearl on the River' for its beautiful sceneries and rich cultural background, attracting millions of visitors from home and abroad. Then you will get back to the cruise ship and prepare to take part in the Captain's Welcome Party.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will appreciate the most beautiful scenery along the Yangtze River as the ship sails through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Among the famous Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge is the shortest one but the most exciting and imposing part of the river for the grand and precipitous cliffs, narrow and sinuous river way, impetuous and surgent torrent. Wu Gorge is believed to be the most beautiful section of the three gorges. Sailing through 40-kilometer long gorge, you will feel you are one part of a natural gallery with graceful hills and rugged cliffs. Then, you will disembark at Wushan Daning River for an excursion to Shennong Stream. Taking a small open sampan to drift along the river between cliffs, you will not only indulge in the picturesque natural scenery, experience distinctive Tujia minority culture, but also enjoy the nice folk song from the boat tracker. Xiling Gorge, zigzagging about 49 miles, is the longest among the three gorges. In the past, this gorge was well-known for its danger because of numerous reefs, riffles and rocks. But the situation is improved after years of rectification on the river way and the built of the Gezhou Dam. Now it earns its fame for the spectacular sceneries like streams, springs, stones and karst caves. At about 18:00, you will pass through the three gorges ship lock.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, the ship will disembark at Sandouping town and you will visit the Three Gorges Dam, the most magnificent hydroelectric project in the world. After that, get back to the ship and pack your luggage and follow the check-out procedures of the cruise company. Your excellent Yangtze Cruise will come to the end as the ship arrives at the destination Yichang. Our local guide will meet you on board and transfer you to the city area. If time permits, you will be scheduled to visit Yichang Museum. After that, a comfortable private transfer will take you to the airport for your homeward flight. Wish you a happy journey back home!