Yangtze river cruise discovery tour

Yangtze River Cruises - Yangtze Discovery Upstream
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Shanghai to Chongqing (Upstream)

Depart Shanghai aboard Victoria Cruises and cruise the Yangtze River all the way to Chongqing. This is our longest and most comprehensive Yangtze River cruise.

Similar to our downstream Discovery Cruise, you’ll experience the Yangtze at its best. As you travel upstream you’ll take in some amazing sceneries and get to meet wonderful local people. Your visits to Nanjing, Huangshan and Wuhan will heighten your anticipation as you head towards the incredible 3 Gorges region and Dam.

Cruise Summary


10 Days, 9 Nights


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

Fitness Level


Tour Price

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


8 nights accommodation in a superior cabin with private balcony, Breakfast (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as per the itinerary, morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks, accredited English-speaking cruise director, shore excursions, onboard lectures, shows and activities, 1 night complimentary pre-cruise accommodation in Shanghai, complimentary city tours in Shanghai & Chongqing, 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 Shanghai, 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 Shanghai.

Day 2

After check-out you’ll be escorted to the dock where you'll board the cruise ship in the morning for check-in and preparation for a 12 noon departure. (BLD)

Day 3

Today the ship will arrive in Nanjing - a former ancient capital of China. A half-day tour has been planned which includes a visit to the Ming Dynasty City Wall Museum. You’ll also visit a Qing Dynasty style bazaar that surrounds a Confucian Temple. This evening the ship will leave Nanjing on route for Guichi and you’ll have an opportunity to meet other travellers and make new friends. (BLD)

Day 4

This morning you’ll arrive in Guichi and after breakfast there’s a full day shore excursion to visit the majestic 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 Wuhan. (BLD)

Day 5

In the afternoon the ship will dock for an evening excursion in Wuhan - China’s largest central city. Here you’ll visit the Hubei Provincial Museum. Later return to the ship and continue sailing upstream. (BLD)

Day 6

Relax today and enjoy the onboard activities whilst the ship continues upstream headed for Yichang. (BLD)

Day 7

Today you’ll enter the 3 Gorges region and pass through Yichang and Gezhou Dam. In the afternoon you’ll go ashore on an excursion to inspect one of the world’s largest engineering projects - the incredible 3 Gorges Dam. Late in the afternoon you’ll return to the ship and pass through the marvellous 3 Gorges Ship Lock and Xiling Gorge. (BLD)

Day 8

This morning you’ll pass through the beautiful Wu Gorge and then sail through Qutang Gorge - the shortest and most spectacular gorge. After breakfast take an excursion through Shennong Stream Small Gorges. Later you’ll return to the ship and the Captain will plot a course for Fengdu. (BLD)

Day 9

After breakfast there is a morning shore excursion to Shibaozhai which is known for its impressive wooden pagoda that was built without any nails, and is appropriately named 'The Pearl of the Yangtze'. After the excursion you'll return to the ship for lunch. Depending on the river conditions, your Captain may substitute the 'Ghost City' of Fengdu as an alternate excursion. The ship will then depart and set a course for your final destination - Chongqing. (BLD)

Day 10

This morning the ship will arrive in Chongqing where 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 escort you on a city tour and afterwards you'll be transferred to Chongqing 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 (Upstream)
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 (Upstream)
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.

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