Yangtze river cruise discovery tour

See Huangshan Mountain on our Yangtze River Discovery Cruise
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Chongqing to Shanghai (Downstream)

Cruise the Yangtze River all the way to Shanghai aboard Victoria Cruises. This Yangtze cruise is the ultimate sightseeing insight into China’s most famous river.

This cruise takes you on a fabulous adventure stretching from the picturesque 3 Gorges region to the modern metropolis of Shanghai. Various shore excursions have been planned to give you an insight into some wonderful places of interest that span the mighty Yangtze River. Along the way you’ll also witness some beautiful sceneries and meet fascinating local people whose ancestors have inhabited these areas for thousands of years. Other highlights of your Discovery cruise are visits to the incredible 3 Gorges Dam and the magnificent Huangshan / Yellow Mountain.

Cruise Summary


8 Days, 7 Nights


Chongqing - 3 Gorges - Small Gorges - 3 Gorges Dam - Wuhan - Huangshan - Nanjing - Shanghai

Fitness Level


Tour Price

From AU $1,575 per person - twin share, detailed prices below


6 nights accommodation in a superior cabin with private balcony, Breakfast (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as per the itinerary, morning and afternoon tea & coffee breaks, accredited English-speaking cruise director, shore excursions, onboard lectures, shows and activities, 1 night complimentary pre-cruise accommodation in Chongqing, complimentary city tours in Chongqing & Shanghai, accredited English-speaking tour guide, transportation for all specified transfers & tours and entry fees for all included attractions.


Airfares and taxes, surcharges (see Important section below), visas, personal expenses such as telephone, dry cleaning, taxi fares etc, gratuities or any items denoted by ** throughout the itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival in Chongqing, you'll be met at the airport by our local guide and driver who'll be waiting to escort you on a complimentary city tour. Afterwards you'll be transferred to your hotel for check-in and a complimentary overnight stay in Chongqing.

Day 2

Check-out after breakfast and then our local guide and driver will transfer you to the dock where you'll board the ship for check-in and preparation for an 10:00AM departure. Later this afternoon there is a shore excursion to the Ghost City in Fengdu. (BLD)

Day 3

Relax as you sail past towering cliffs and the rich vegetation of the amazing Qutang and Wu Gorges. There’s an excursion planned for the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream or you may venture to the smaller gorges of the Daning River or Shennong Stream depending on river conditions. Tonight you’ll have an opportunity to mingle with other travellers and make some new friends as the ship passes through the engineering marvel of the 3 Gorges Ship Lock. (BLD)

Day 4

This morning you’ll go ashore at Yichang to inspect the incredible 3 Gorges Dam - one of the world’s largest engineering projects. Later you’ll return to the ship as it sets off for Wuhan. (BLD)

Day 5

This afternoon there’s a shore excursion to Wuhan - China’s largest central city. Visit the Hubei Provincial Museum and discover artefacts dating back to the first century BC. Later you’ll return to the ship and continue sailing towards Shanghai. (BLD)

Day 6

This morning you’ll arrive in Guichi and after breakfast there’s a full day shore excursion to visit the majestic Juihuashan 'Mountain of the Nine Lotuses'. This is one of the major highlights of your cruise where you’ll visit one of China’s most scenic mountainous regions. If the weather & road conditions are unsuitable, you will visit Huangshan (Yellow) Mountain as an alternative. In the evening you’ll return to the ship and head for Nanjing. (BLD)

Day 7

As day breaks you’ll find yourself in Nanjing - a former ancient capital of China. A half-day tour has been planned which includes a visit to Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. You’ll also visit a Qing Dynasty style bazaar that surrounds a Confucian Temple. This evening the ship will leave Nanjing and set a course for your final destination - Shanghai. (BLD)

Day 8

Today the ship will have a morning arrival in the modern city of Shanghai. After breakfast you’ll bid farewell to the Captain and crew and disembark. You'll be met at the dock by our local guide and driver who'll be waiting to escort you on a complimentary city tour of Shanghai. Afterwards you'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. (B)

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Cruise Seasons


April, May, September & October


March, June, July, August & November


January, February & December

Cruise Dates

Yangtze Discovery Cruise (Downstream)
Cruise Dates on the Victoria Sophia
This cruise does not operate in the Winter Season
This cruise does not operate in the Shoulder Season


Cruise Prices

Yangtze Discovery Cruise (Downstream)
aboard the Victoria Sophia

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Tour Prices per person in AU$ in a Superior Cabin with balcony on the Main Deck



Single Traveller




Prices of cabins and suites on other decks are available on request

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The Yangtze River is an ever-changing lifeline to many communities that inhabit its lengthy shorelines. Due to changes in weather, the river height can vary from time to time. Victoria Cruises monitor the waterway 24/7 and make use of different docks for boarding and disembarking. Similarly, the river height can affect the order in which you visit towns and landmarks on shore excursions. Victoria Cruises do an excellent job of keeping to their published itineraries, but they reserve the right to substitute shore excursion destinations and their order to suit river conditions.

Service Charge: In lieu of tipping, Victoria Cruises charges RMB150 (approximately US $25.00) for cruises of 5 days and under, and RMB300 (approximately US $50.00) for cruises of 7 days and over, to be billed on passengers’ credit cards upon check-in. This service charge does not include a gratuity to our river guide or cruise director, which may be given at passengers’ discretion based on their satisfaction with services received, as can gratuities for additional special services requested by passengers.

Victoria Cruises Terms and Conditions - Single supplement is 75% of the cruise fare in a superior cabin and 100% of the cruise fare in a suite. Children under 12 staying in the parents' cabin are charged 67% of the full cruise fare. Children under 2 are charged 10% of the full cruise fare. Parents with children 2 and over, and adults sharing a triple occupancy may find that a standard cabin is not roomy enough when a third bed or cot is placed in it. For such bookings, it is suggested that either a suite be reserved, or the third passenger reserve as a single or share basis in a separate cabin. In a standard cabin, infants under 2 must stay in a bed with a parent. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. A fuel surcharge may be added to the cruise fare, depending upon fluctuations in the price of fuel. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to the cruise departure date will result in a forfeit of 100% of the cost of the cruise. Victoria Cruises reserve the right to vary the order or content of any of their cruise itineraries and we highly recommend you read their Terms and Conditions prior to making a booking.

LetsdoChina.com Terms and Conditions - Please note that public holidays and seasonal demand directly affect availability, fares and accommodation pricing and published prices are subject to change without notice. Prior to making a booking, please visit our Terms and Conditions page to view our policies related to travel in China. We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance prior to your departure to safeguard against unforeseen events. LetsdoChina.com is a registered Safe Travel Charter Partner with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and is an authorised agent to issue travel insurance. Visit our Quick Quote site where you can also purchase an online policy. For further information, please go to our Travel Insurance page and also find other useful links regarding advice on safe travel practices.

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