Chongqing to Yichang

Chongqing to Yichang, 3 night downstream cruise itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Chongqing, on board the Yangzi Explorer

6:00 PM: you will board the Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. After settling into your cabin, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region.

Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in the Tang Theatre.

Day 2 - Fengdu

07:15 AM: Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Learn from our certified Taichi master and experience the soothing art form in the outdoor observation deck area or inside the Tang Theatre.

07:30 AM: International Buffet Breakfast - served at the Dynasty Palace.

09:45 AM: Excursion to Fengdu, venture into the ghost temple where the Chinese believe the souls would gather after they past away, or alternatively explore the real life of the Yangzi River by visiting local family, market and school.

12:00 Noon: International Lunch Buffet with "Wellness Corner" - served at the Dynasty Palace.

2:00 PM: Lectures & Discussions.

3:00 PM: Chinese Medicine Demonstration - learn the traditional ways of curing from our on board Chinese doctor.

4:00 PM: Arts & Craft Demonstration.

4:30 PM: Complimentary Afternoon tea with Pastry – served at the Explorer Bar.

6:30 PM: Captain's Welcome Reception - meet with the Captain and other Department head of the ship.

7:00 PM: A la Carte Welcome Dinner - enjoy a wide selection of items from our specially designed a la carte menu by our award-winning chef.

9:00 PM: Crew Show Performance - enjoy an evening of well-prepared entertainment by our crew members.

Day 3 - Qutang Gorge, Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge & Xiling Gorge

07:15 AM: Qutang Gorge Viewing – during the early morning the ship will enter Qutang Gorge through two imposing cliffs, which resemble a towering door into some otherworldly destination. Just 8 kilometres (6 miles) in length, the Qutang Gorge is the narrowest stretch of the river on your cruise itinerary, only 150 metres (485 feet) at its widest point.

07:30 AM: International Buffet Breakfast – served at the Dynasty Palace.

08:30 AM: Wu Gorge Viewing – Wu Gorge, noted for the sheer, looming appearance of its numerous peaks, marks this portion of the river.

09:30 AM: Tai Chi Exerciser - Observation Deck area or inside at the Tang Theater.

10:30 AM – 1:30 AM: Cruising Shennong Stream – disembark from the ship at Badong and board a ferry for transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. The scenery is unrivalled anywhere along the middle course of the river, with crystalline waters, rich forest and towering rock formations. The Shennong region is home to several species of endangered flora and fauna including the elusive Golden Hair Monkey and many varieties of medicinal plants.

1:30 PM: International Lunch Buffet with "Wellness Corner"– served at the Dynasty Palace.

3:00 pm: Lectures & Discussion - in Tang Theatre.

4:00 pm: Complimentary Afternoon tea with Pastry – served at the Explorer Bar.

5:00 pm: Tea Appreciation - taste the different tea from the China region and learn about the benefit of tea drinking.

7:00 pm: Emperor Farewell Dinner – Enjoy a proper Chinese banquet feast and participate by dressing up along with the crew.

Day 4 - Three Gorges Dam Project & Disembark In Yichang

07:00 AM: International Buffet Breakfast - served at the Dynasty Palace.

08:00 AM: Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre - arrive at the Three Gorges Dam Project site and embark on a tour of the area (this tour will serve as a general introduction to the project site, which, currently, is the world’s largest engineering project). The Three Gorges Dam Project was started in 1992 and completed in full operation in 2009.

12:30 PM: Disembarkation