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8 Days Shanghai and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

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Tour Code: HRC-CRS04

Tour Description

Start from the enthusiastic Shanghai, move along the magnificent Yangtze River, and end at the enchanting Chongqing. This tour itinerary combines modern lifestyle with traditional ones, man-made masterpieces with natural ones, and scenery enjoyment with culture immersion. All will lead you to a fantastic journey at China.

Pacing with the vigorous metropolis Shanghai (Yuyuan, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl Tower)

Cruising along the impressive Yangtze River (Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Fengdu Ghost City)

Relaxing at the attractive Chongqing city (Panda House at Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Old Town)

Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai: Pick-up & Hotel Transfer, Free Day
Today's Activities Set foot in this booming metropolis Shanghai and meet with our local tour guide. You will be guided to the hotel for checking in. Have a good rest and prepare for next day's activities. Or you can take a first look at the city by hanging around the nearby areas.
Day 2 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Feast your eyes on the brilliant art works of Yuyuan Garden as the beginning of your day. With its representative design and style of Chinese classic gardens, Yuyuan garden is honored as the "Architectural Miracle in the South Region of Yangtze River."

Then dive into the busy world-famous shopping street Nanjing Road, where time-honored shops and new branded ones stand together blinking with different things to lure your.

Turn your lingering steps to the Bund, and you won't be disappointed! This Shanghai landmark offers you lines of styled buildings as well as a wonderful view of the most flourishing area of the city. Opposite is another top landmark of Shanghai - the Oriental Pearl Tower. Up to the top you can enjoy a bird's eye view of this metropolis and feel the heartbeat of the city.
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Yuyuan Garden The Bund Oriental Pearl Tower          
Day 3 Shanghai - Yichang, Transfer by Flight, Cruise Ship Boarding (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Free time this morning. There's still a lot more for you to discover in this big city Shanghai. You can jump into whether the crowded modern streets or the quiet local lanes for a taste of this city.

Later our tour guide will send you to the airport for a flight to Yichang, where you will board the cruise ship and get ready for the thrilling Yangtze River tour!
Day 4 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Set sail in the early morning along the great Yangtze River. Breathing the fresh air and with the company of the verdant mountains, you can take morning exercise on the deck or just sip a cup of coffee or tea at the restaurant.

Xiling Gorge is the first of the famous Three Gorges to meet you, and then the great hydroelectric power project Three Gorges Dam will come to your eyes. Take a visit to the dam site and get further knowledge of this world-renowned project.

Then return to the ship and sail through the dangerous but thrilling Xiling Gorge. After that, the landscapes around you seem like suddenly calm down - here comes the beautiful and serene Wu Gorge. Enjoy the natural views and enjoy your tour!

Abundant free activities are held for your entertainment on the ship, including Captain's Welcoming Banquet and dancing shows. (Note: Different cruise will have different activities, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Fashion Show, Music Salon, etc.)
Yangtze River Three Gorges Dam Chinese Instrumental Music Show          
Yangtze River Cruise Three Gorges Dam Chinese Instrumental Music Show          
Day 5 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Continue with your voyage along the Yangtze River. Depending on different cruise itineraries you take, you will tour past the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. Either of them is endowed with enchanting natural landscapes. Then come to the Qutang Gorge and let free your soul among the grand and breathtaking sceneries.

(Note: Different cruise will have different free activities on board, e.g. Tai Chi Learning, Face Changing Show of Sichuan Opera, Crew Cabaret, etc.)
Shennong Stream Yangtze River Boating for Shore Excursion Face Changing Show          
Shennong Stream Boating for Shore Excursion Face Changing Show          
Day 6 Yangtze River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Keep on your Yangtze River journey. Today's activities also include a shore excursion to the legendary Fengdu Ghost City. Explore the special ghost culture here and marvel at the weird sculptures of ghosts and the buildings of the "underworld".

(Note: Different cruise will have different activities on board, e.g. Lectures on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Farewell Party, etc.)
Yangtze River Fengdu Ghost City Fengdu Ghost City          
Sunset on Yangtze River Fengdu Ghost City Underworld Trial Court Fengdu Ghost City Sculptures          
Day 7 Yangtze River - Chongqing (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Land at Chongqing in the morning and take a rest at the hotel. After lunch, let's set out for a visit to the Chongqing Zoo including the Panda House. The Chongqing Zoo is the largest zoo in southwest China, housing over 1,000 birds and 230 species of animals.

After that, move to Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village), a place with a history dating back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.). Local traditional lifestyle is well kept here; just immerse in it and experience the local life.
Chongqing Zoo Ciqikou Old Town Ciqikou Old Town          
Pandas at Chongqing Zoo Ciqikou Old Town Overview Ciqikou Old Town Local Life          
Day 8 Chongqing / Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Biding goodbye to Chongqing city, and you will be escorted to the airport for your departure for the next destination. Bon voyage!
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight/Ship Tickets:Shanghai - Yichang, Yichang - Chongqing (Ship) Hotels: Accommodation in Shanghai, Chongqing & on Yangtze River cruise ship
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions/ tours/ meals and international flights - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs.
The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel
Located in Hongkou District of Shanghai, Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel is surrounded by many famous attractions including the Bund, Oriental Pearl River TV Tower, and Nanjing Road.
With its comfortable rooms and complete services, the hotel tries all its best to make guests feel like at home.
Magnificent International Hotel
The hotel is located in the central heart of Shanghai – Xizang South Road and surrounded by the Bund, Xin Tian Di, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum & Grand Theatre. Shopping streets like Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are only within walking distance. The well-appointed guestrooms with a great number of amenities and facilities offer you an excellent stay with comfort and convenience.
Yangtze River Cruises
Victoria Series Cruises
As the only American cruise line currently sailing on Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises is a leading fleet line for over 12 years along the River and through its magnificent Three Gorges. Designed for maximum comfort, flexibility and maneuverability, and with their special double-bottom hulls, the Victoria Cruises epitomize safe and smooth navigation on Yangtze River's spectacular twists and turns.
President Series Cruises
President Yangtze Series ships are some of the most luxury sailing on Yangtze River. The company's dedication to high quality service and their state of the art equipment make President Series one of the best fleets on the Yangtze River.
New Century Series Cruises
New Century Cruises on the Yangtze River is a deluxe fleet including 4 super 5-star ships. Sailing on modern, comfortable vessels with state-of-the-art amenities and spacious public areas is surely an enjoyable ride along the Yangtze River.
CSC Changjiang Series Cruises
Divided into two series: Yangtze Premier Cruise Series and Yangtze Classic Cruise Series, the CSC fleet with its professional service team aims at providing guests with an unmatched and high-quality voyage along the Yangtze River.
Hotels in Chongqing
JW Marriott Hotel
Located in the heart of Chongqing's main shopping and commercial district, the JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing brings an unparalled standard of comfort and service to this famous "Mountain City" in southwest of China. This 5-star Chongqing hotel boasts luxurious accommodations and numerous dining options, ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Western to its very own Steakhouse.
East Garden Hotel
Located in downtown Chongqing, the East Garden Hotel is a 4-star hotel close to Chongqing People's Square. The hotel offers 232 well-equipped rooms for guests' comfortable stay, as well as different styled restaurants serving Sichuan Food, Canton Food, Western cuisine and other meals for guests' enjoyment. Conference halls, sauna, beauty salon, fitness center and other facilities are also available.
Fortune Hotel
The 3-star Chongqing Fortune Hotel is located in the business district of the city, cloase to the Chongqing Liberation Monument (Jiefangbei), Chaotianmen Square and snacks street. The hotel offers different types of rooms as well as Chinese and Western Restaurants for guests' choice.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches and dinners (including onboard) are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Other dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund


Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes. Compared with Chengdu's Sichuan Cuisine, Chongqing's has a stronger taste, spicier and more innovative. Famous Chongqing Cuisine include Chongqing Hotpot, Qianzhang (Beam Cream Skim), Jiangtuan Fish, Sliced Meat with Cripsy Rice, etc.
-- Chongqing Hotpot: Most famous Sichuan traditional dish. Characterized by heavy flavors, diverse ingredients, and steaming aromas, hotpot is to the local culture what tea is to Chinese culture. If spicy food doesn't agree with you, you can also take a Yuanyang Hotpot, which offer both hot and light tastes in different containers at a time.
-- Sliced Meat with Crispy Rice: Slice meat with crispy rise is another local favorite. The meat is soft and tender while the rice is crispy, forming a sharp but great contrast.
-- More Information about Chongqing Dining

For travelers who spend their time and dinner before boarding the cruise ship, Qinghuayuan Restaurant is a good choice. Only a few steps away from the Chaotianmen Dock, the restaurant is of local styled architecture, especially featuring in seafood and Sichuan food.

Local Architectural Style of Qinghuayuan Restaurant Elegant Arrangement of Qinghuayuan Restaurant

Your Add On:


Hi Cherry,

Your time and service is very much appreciated. We had a great time in China with no difficulties in the far away land. All the booking turned out exactly as per your scheduled with no complications.

Your country and your people were most welcoming everywhere we went and every one we met in China.

Customer: Mr. Squissato

Destinations: Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang

Related Tour: 4 Days Chongqing and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Dear Sara,

We went to China for 10 days! What a treat to make the Chinese New Year Spring Festival our debut! We saw all the sights on our personal itinerary, and were delighted. There wasn't one hitch or snag the whole time! The people, music, food, and scenery were marvelous! We flew from Shanghai - Yi Chang to catch the Century Cruises 4 day Yangtze River cruise to Chongqing..,then flew to Guilin and back to Shanghai. It was much cleaner than we expected. We envied their roadways for the perfect condition and surprising expense in the landscaping, even the streetlights and overpasses had form and function.

The people are much more free, they come and go, there wasn't even a customs inspection, in or out. They say they are a socialist country led by the Communist Party. They consider North Korea a Communist country.

Customer: Mr. Danan

Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Yichang - Yangtze River - Chongqing - Shanghai

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