Next up on our tour list is our 16 day journey through China on the Yangtze River (Code D16E). The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. The river flows eastward from Tibet, going through southern China before meeting the ocean at Shanghai. Along with the Yellow River, it is the most important river in China, providing millions of people with food, water, and electricity.
Of course, the Yangtze River is most famous for it’s scenery. Many traditional Chinese paintings depict scenes from the river. And the famous Three Gorges are also found along the river.
Cruising along the river is a must for any first time traveller to China. It provides a definite contrast to the bustling city life found in Beijing and Shanghai.
Many may be concerned about how the Three Gorges Dam has transformed the Yangtze River’s scenery. I cannot tell you from personal experience how the scenery has been affected by the dam, as I went on the Yangtze River cruise before the completion of the dam. But our customers report that the scenery is still as magnificent and breathtaking as ever.
Our tour works with Victoria Cruises to bring our guests the experience of sailing along the Yangtze River. Victoria Cruises holds the reputation of having the best staff and accommodations on the Yangtze River.
Day-by-Day Itinerary in a Nutshell
Day 1: USA->Shanghai
Day 2: Shanghai->Wuxi
Day 3: Wuxi->Hangzhou (highlights: Liyuan Garden, pearl farming factory, Qinghe Lane)
Day 4: Hangzhou->Suzhou (highlights: West Lake, local teahouse)
Day 5: Suzhou->Beijing (highlights: Panmen Scenic Area, Garden of Master Net, silk weaving workshop)
Day 6: Beijing (highlights: Palace Museum, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Qianmen District, Peking Duck)
Day 7: Beijing (highlights: Great Wall of China, National Stadium/Bird’s Nest, The Legend of Kung Fu show)
Day 8: Beijing->Xian (highlights: Temple of Heaven)
Day 9: Xian (highlights: Terra Cotta Army, Shaanxi History Museum, Tang Dynasty stage show)
Day 10: Xian->Chongqing (highlights: Hanyanling Museum, city tour of Chongqing)
Day 11: Cruising along the Yangtze River (highlights: Fengdu “the City of Ghosts”)
Day 12: Cruising along the Yangtze River (highlights: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Three Lesser Gorges)
Day 13: Cruising along the Yangtze River->Wuhan (highlights: Three Gorges Dam Site, Yichang)
Day 14: Wuhan->Shanghai (highlights: Yellow Crane Tower)
Day 15: Shanghai (highlights: Old Town, the Bund, Shanghai World Finance Center Observation Deck, Shanghai Expo Memorial Park).
Our land only prices for next year start at $2,899 with departure dates in May, June, September, October, and November.
Hope to see you on the river!