The Mountain City and Gorgeous Gorges
5-Day Chongqing and Yangtze River Cruise Tour
The Yangtze River, along with the Yellow River, is regarded as one of the two most important rivers in China's history. The magnificent gorges, the history and culture of the areas along the river, and the unbelievable dam attract travelers to experience a Yangtze cruise.
Chongqing is the top gateway for a Yangtze River cruise. The "Mountain City" could well be the most special metropolis in China. It has the most complicated urban transportation system and amazing local delicacies. Modernity and tradition coexist in great harmony there. You can feel the speed of China's development, but also the spirit of its people and the imprints of Chinese history.
Explore Mountain City Chongqing before a Yangtze River cruise with this 5-day tour.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Witness the Famous Three Gorges of China
Tour the once-treacherous-and-taxing-but-now-tamed-and-tranquil middle reaches of the Yangtze River and enjoy the magnificent landscapes along it in a relaxing way.
Discover the Most Mountainous Metropolis in China
Delve into high-rise "Mountain City" Chongqing. Experience its traditions and modernization. Feel its steamy temperament and beath of life. Taste its nostalgic style and creativity.
Feel Chongqingers' Enthusiasm and the Charm of Their Local Delicacies
Enjoy a hot pot meal in hot pot's hometown and an afternoon tea Chongqing style.
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What Our Customers Said
The tour was scheduled perfectly, we had the opportunity to know many places and enjoy local food. Our guide Ivy exceed our expectations. She took care of every detail, taking care of us. I can say that she loves her job.more
Jan 2023, Claudia
Very professional and knowledgeable. Our tour guide, Lily, went the extra mile on everything. Could not of asked for better planning. The explanations were detailed and interesting. The local restaurant choices were delicious.more
Dec 2022, Robin C
GREAT Forbidden City tour!
We took a guided tour with Ivy through the Forbidden City. She had everything perfectly organised, knew all the amenities and explained the most important facts around history and design of the palace in an enticing manner. Can absolutely recommend her as a guide, we had a great day!more
Oct 2022, Adam A
Beautiful Day at Great Wall in Mutianyu
We had a wonderful day visiting the Great Wall together with our guide, Ivy. The organisation - from the pick up to the return - was excellent, we had nothing to worry about. So It was a lovely and relaxed day profiting from the experience to the fullest without having to trouble about transport or tickets. Ivy explained well the history and knew about all nice parts of the part of the wall that we visited. She is very nice company. We had a very good experience.more
Oct 2022, Nina
Excellent time in Beijing
Ivy was a true professional who spoke excellent English and engaged us with stories of the very rich Chinese cultural heritage and history. We went away with so much more knowledge with her as our guide giving us a live commentary as we walked around. She brought us to the off the beaten track spots, less crowded corners of the attractions and very importantly, knew which toilets were clean and more foreigner friendly. Highly recommend Ivy to any future visitors to Beijinmore
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Excellent time in Beijing
Zac from China Highlights organised a 3 day Beijing trip for my family during the Golden Week in China.more
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Our travel planner Monica is kind, very attentive, and there is no pressure or "hard sale". Great service and highly recommended!more
Sep 2022, Julia
A great tour
Our trip to Beijing was brilliantly organised and stress free. As usual with China Highlights our guide Ivy was really well prepared, knowledgeable and dealt with all the security, covid checks and tests etc. It made the trip really easy.more
Aug 2022, Peter F
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your personal guide and driver will greet you and pick you up at the airport or at the entrance of the train station.
Your half-day city tour of Chongqing — a journey through time — will include visiting Arhat Temple to discover medieval traditions hidden in the modern city center, exploring Longmenhao Old Street to discover the character of Chongqing in the Republic of China era, and ascending a famous skyscraper for unbelievable night views of the city.
Get prepared for your cruise by learning about the history of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam. The presentations and exhibits at Three Gorges Museum cover many aspects of the Yangtze River, including the animals living alongside the Yangtze, the regional population in ancient times, and ancient artifacts discovered near the Yangtze.
Have a walking tour on a peaceful ancient path in the afternoon. Enjoy the tranquility when climbing up to the Nanshan Mountain. Discover the lifestyle in old Chongqing and some forgotten historical sites in the forest.
In the late afternoon, your private driver will transfer you to the Yangtze cruise pier. And your guide will help you to board the ship smoothly.
Enjoy Tai Chi morning exercise if you would like to.
Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City in the morning. There are many buildings built according to traditional Chinese geomancy and statues and artwork reflecting Chinese people's imaginations of the netherworld.
Enjoy the cultural activities on the ship in the afternoon and a night show — War Fires of the Three Kingdoms (optional) after dinner.
If you are interested in Chinese calligraphy and history, the optional excursion to the White Emperor City is a nice choice. There you can see the scenery that is printed on the back of a 10-yuan banknote and appreciate stones with calligraphy inscriptions dating back centuries. It was also a famous fortress.
Cruise through the spectacular Qutang Gorge and the magnificent Wu Gorge at noon time
Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennv Stream in the afternoon, where you will take a boat to discover this tributary of the Yangtze River, with its clear water that runs southwards through deep and narrow gorges.
Enjoy the Crew Cabaret and Talent Show after dinner on the ship.
Disembark at Maoping Pier in Yichang Prefecture in the morning, and then join the shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Getting access to a platform by the dam, you will enjoy the magnificent scenery of this supper project and the Yangtze River.
You will be transferred to the tourist center in Yichang city. Your private guide and driver will wait for you there and will transfer you to the airport or railway station on time for your departure.
Note: The shore excursions in the itinerary are arranged by Century Cruises. They could vary depending on the cruise you choose.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.