Yangtze River

The Yangtze River offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the water, a sight best appreciated from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. There are side excursions so you can better understand the history and geography of the region while on-board activities and shows keep you entertained.

Three Gorges

The spectacular Three Gorges are the most dramatic features of the Yangtze River and lie between Yichang and Chongqing. The scenery is varied with each part of the journey displaying unique characteristics. The Qutang Gorge is the narrowest of the gorges and is the most dramatic; the Wu Gorge is often considered the most beautiful with the river lined by forested mountains; while the Xiling Gorge is the longest and deepest. You can enjoy the views from your ship’s observation deck or from your own private balcony.

Yangtze Excursions

A highlight of your cruise is a trip along one of the river’s tributaries, either the Goddess Stream, Daning River Small Gorges or Shennong Stream, all of which are noted for their narrow width and high cliffs. Transfer to a smaller vessel to explore the upper reaches. Also visit the Ghost City of Fengdu, a collection of Daoist temples and shrines built on a hillside overlooking the river. Further excursions such as Tribe of the Three Gorges may be offered depending on your ship’s itinerary. All Yangtze excursions operate on a group basis with other cruise passengers.

Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam is one of the largest in the world. It is a hydroelectric power station and also controls flooding downstream. Visit the exhibition centre to learn more about this impressive feat of engineering and to look down on the dam itself. To get a real understanding of the scale of the dam, stand on deck as your ship passes through the series of five massive locks, each 280 metres long and 35 metres wide.


Chongqing is at the western terminus of your Yangtze River Cruise and is famous for its spicy food. The city is well worth an overnight stay to see the attractive gardens of Erlin Park, the General Stilwell Museum and the traditional area of Ciqikou with its historical buildings and local shops. Chongqing also boasts a Panda House with eight pandas and a quick visit is often possible without an overnight stay.

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