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Yangtze River Cruise - 7 Days

Arrival in Chongqing 
Our guide will greet you outside the Arrival Hall at Chongqing Airport and transfer you to check in the hotel. If time permits, you will have a brief city tour to the Panda House of Chongqing Zoo and the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell. At the zoo, you could see the lively giant pandas and take pictures at close distance. As for General Joseph, he was chief commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. In the color of low-key blue gray and white, his former residence reveals a sense of calm. Today's dinner will be on your own. Meals: No meals 

Chongqing - Fengdu
After breakfast, our guide will transfer you to board on the Victoria cruise ship. Your 7-day Yangtze Cruise downstream to Shanghai will begin around 11:00am. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the initial onshore excursion to Fengdu, known as the 'Ghost City'. There are 75 Buddha and Tao temples in the town of Fengdu, most of them gathered on a famous hill named Ming Mountain. All the temples on the hill were built at Western Jin period (265 - 420A.D.) and rebuilt in Ming and Ch'ing Dynasty (1386 - 1911A.D.).  Fengdu also has a great country forest park "Shuang Gui Shan". This place has the most Han tombs (old graves from 206B.C. - 219A.D.) in China.  Tonight, enjoy the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Qutang GorgeYangtze Three Little Gorges
The essential part of your Yangtze River Cruise takes place today. You will appreciate the unique scenery of the Three Gorges, which span from Baidi City of Chongqing in the west to Nanjing Pass of Yichang in the east. Qutang Gorge is the shortest but the grandest among three gorges. The middle Wu Gorge is famous for its lofty peaks and mountains on both sides. The last Xiling Gorge is the longest among the three. We will drift along the Three Little Gorges of Daning River when the ship enters into Wushan, which includes the whole part of Wu Gorge and most of Qutang Gorge. The cragged peaks, changeable clouds, cascading waterfalls, pure water flows, mysterious caves and flourishing forests make the Three Little Gorges a picturesque land. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Three Gorges Dam
After a whole night's sailing, the ship will stop at Sandouping Town. You will disembark for a visit to the grandest hydroelectric project in the world, the Three Gorges Dam.  Upon landing, a bus will drive you to Tanziling, where you could see the panoramic view of the dam and its miniature. After finishing the excursion, you will be back on board and the ship continues sailing to Wuhan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Yellow Crane TowerExcursion to Wuhan
Today, you will disembark in Wuhan for a brief city tour. This city has both an ancient history and a thriving present. It is recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China and also a center for the arts, especially poetry. The Yellow Crane Tower built in 239A.D. is one of the oldest and made famous by a poem. We will visit Hubei Provincial Museum, which houses more than 200,000 pieces of historical relics. The main exhibitions include potteries, porcelains, jade, bronze vessels, ancient weapons and traditional musical instruments, among which the Bronze Chime and Bells and the sword of Gou Jian are national treasures.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Excursion to Huangshan
In the morning, the ship will berth at Guichi Port where you will land to climb up the Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain). Praised as 'the most fantastic mountain under heaven', Huangshan Mountain has been one of the ten most famous mountains in China from ancient time. Huangshan is known for its stone steps, carved into the side of the mountain, of which there may be more than 60,000 throughout the area. The date at which work on the steps began is unknown, but they have been said to be over 1,500 years old.The mountain boasts not only unmatched natural scenery but also its rich Taoism culture and historical relics. It also has four top wonders, which are strange pines, fantastic stones, sea of clouds and hot springs. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Huangshan Mountains
Excursion to Nanjing 
Upon landing in Nanjing this morning, you will have a full day to tour around this city. The first destination is Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese doctor, revolutionary and political leader. As the foremost pioneer of Nationalist China, Sun is frequently referred to as the Founding Father of Republican China. Sun played an instrumental role in inspiring the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China. Sun's chief legacy resides in his developing a political philosophy known as the Three Principles of the People: nationalism, democracy, and the people's livelihood.  After that, you will proceed to a bustling bazaar surrounding Nanjing Confucius Temple. This bazaar, which was constructed to reveal its ancient appearance of 200 years ago, has been a popular place to experience the various kinds of Chinese culture as well as to taste the local snacks. Nanjing is also home to the longest surviving  ancient city wall in the world. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Shanghai 
Your Yangtze River Cruise tour ends in Shanghai at 10:00am. Our professional local tour guide will meet you on board and transfer you to the hotel. After that, you will visit Shanghai Museum which houses a large collection of historical items, especially ancient artworks. At noon, an abundant western buffet lunch will be specially served for you at a 5-star hotel. In the afternoon, you are going to the famous Yuyuan Garden, a classical garden with traditional southern China architectural features. Afterwards, you could have a stroll at the Bund area along the Huangpu River and then the prosperous Nanjing Road. The Bund is a waterfront located to the west of the Huangpu River which is a must for travelers to Shanghai. Tonight, a farewell a la carte dinner will be served for luxury series clients at a fancy and famous local restaurant, which offers authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines. The memorable dinner will be followed by the Portman Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre. Standard series clients will be on their own after strolling the Bund area.
Meals for Luxury series: Breakfast, Western buffet lunch, a la carte dinner. Standard series: Breakfast, Western buffet lunch.


About the Victoria Cruise Ships:
  • The only American cruise line on the Yangtze River
  • International multi-lingual cruise directors
  • All cabins are outside
  • All cabins have private balconies and bathrooms with bathtub and shower
  • Luxurious suite accommodations feature a private sitting area
  • All ships are fully air conditioned
  • Fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets
  • Alternate dining arrangements available in our a la carte dining room
  • Facilities include a business center, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and beauty salon
  • Onboard activities feature lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, and calligraphy demonstrations
  • Narrative by knowledgeable river guides while sailing through the Three Gorges
  • Latest satellite communications, HBO, CNN, and internet access on every ship
  • In addition to the main Dynasty Dining Room, Victoria Cruises now offers a separate a la carte dining room on the Victoria Anna, Victoria Jenna, Victoria Katarina, Victoria Lianna and Victoria Selina. A la carte dining is available without additional charge to passengers in Suites and upgraded Superior Cabins on Executive Decks, or for a supplementary charge for passengers in Superior Cabins on other decks.
  • Prices Valid from Mar. 1st, 2011 to Feb. 29th, 2012

    Grade Luxury Standard
    High season Shoulder season High season Shoulder season
    Double Single Double Single Double Single Double Single
    2-5 persons
    $1549
    $2379
    $1339
    $2009
    $1459
    $2239
    $1249
    $1869
    6-9 persons
    $1409
    $2239
    $1199
    $1869
    $1329
    $2109
    $1119
    $1739
    10 & above
    $1369
    $2189
    $1159
    $1819
    $1279
    $2049
    $1069
    $1679

     

     

    Note: Above prices are based on the Main Deck of Victoria Cruise Ship. Higher decks are at a surcharge. A service charge of CNY300.00 per person is required to be paid when you board the cruise.



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