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Essence of Chongqing and Yangtze Cruise Tour

6-Day Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou Ancient Town, Dazu Grottoes, and Yangtze Cruise Tour
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Chongqing is the top gateway for the Yangtze cruise. Explore the “mountain city” Chongqing with your Yangtze River cruise, and discover the beautiful Yangtze River culture.

Highlights

  • Visit Ancient Ciqikou Town.
  • Learn the history and culture of the Yangtze and Chongqing in Three Gorges Museum.
  • Have a taste of Chongqing hotpot.
  • Relax on the luxury Yangtze cruise ship.

What's Included

  • Expert service from an experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Lunch mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between attractions and hotel
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Chongqing Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to greet you and pick you up, and your driver will drive you to your hotel.

Free Time Ideas

  • Visit Hongya Cave (#3 for Chongqing on TA) — it’s good for views, shopping, food, and nightlife.
  • Go shopping in Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street.
  • Taste a Sichuan hotpot.
  • Take a trip on the Yangtze cableway.

Accommodation

Kempinski Hotel Chongqing (5-star)/ Lafei Royal Hotel (4-star)

Hongya Cave and Sichuan Hotpot

Day 2 The Dazu Grottoes

You will appreciate the cream of China’s rock carvings from the Tang and Song dynasties (618–1279). Due to inconvenient access in the past, these precious rock carvings were well-protected for centuries from warfare and human destruction. So you can walk around these five mountains to enjoy authentic medieval rock carvings.

Accommodation

Kempinski Hotel Chongqing (5-star)/ Lafei Royal Hotel (4-star)

The Dazu Grottoes

Day 3 The Three Gorges Museum and Ciqikou Ancient Town

Learn the history of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam. The lesson at the Three Gorges Museum covers many aspects of the Yangtze River, including the animals living alongside the Yangtze River, the regional population in ancient times, and some ancient artifacts discovered near the Yangtze River.

Stroll in Ciqikou Ancient Town to discover this ancient commercial center with well-preserved ancient buildings. There you can enjoy interesting traditional performances, spot your favorite souvenirs from numerous stalls, and taste local snacks.

In afternoon, your private driver will drive you to the Yangtze cruise pier. And the guide will take you to board the ship.

The Three Gorges Museum and Ciqikou Ancient Town

Day 4 The Yangtze Cruise

You will cruise downstream on the Yangtze River from Chongqing. A welcoming banquet and a dance party will be held on the ship. Enjoy yourself as you pass the graceful scenery throughout the cruise.

You will take a shore excursion to Shibao Village in the afternoon, an isolated peak with an ancient temple on it that was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). The fantastic buildings, the exquisite carved beams and painted rafters, and the interesting legends are the highlights of the village.

If you are interested in traditional Chinese culture of the netherworld, the optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City is recommended. There are many buildings built according to traditional Chinese geomancy, and statues and artwork reflecting Chinese people’s imagination of the netherworld.

Fengdu Ghost City and Shibaozhai

Day 5 The Yangtze Cruise

Your cruise will cover the essence of the Yangtze River — the Three Gorges (Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge). Remember to get your camera ready as it’s the most scenic section.

During the cruise, you will take a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, where you will take a boat to discover this tributary of the Yangtze River, with its clear water that runs southwards through the deep gorges.

If you are interested in Chinese calligraphy, 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 can appreciate stones with inscriptions of calligraphy dating back centuries.

The Qutang Gorge and Shennong Stream

Day 6 The Yangtze Cruise and Yichang Departure

You will continue your Yangtze River cruise and arrive at Yichang Pier at approximately 1pm.

During your cruise, you will stop off to visit the world’s largest dam and hydroelectric plant — the Three Gorges Dam. Getting access to the top of the dam, you will enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Yangtze River.

Your private guide and driver will wait for your arrival at Yichang Pier. Two hours before your boarding time, they will transfer you to the airport or railway station.

The Three Gorges Dam

Trip Notes

1. Recommended Extensions

  • Wulong: Add 1 day to see the awesome limestone scenery, with gorges, wildlife, caves, and the area where Transformers 4 was shot.Three hours' drive by car from Chongqing city center.
  • Chengdu: Add 1–2 days to go to the hometown of giant pandas. You can get close to them with a Panda Keeper Program in Dujiangyan Panda Valley. Two hours high speed train from Chongqing North Railway Station.

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