Yangtze River Cruising Group Tours & Short Stay holidays

Yangtze River Cruising Overview

The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. The Yangtze is approximately 6,300km long, has its origins high up in the snow-covered mountain of Tanggula Shan in the south-western Qinghai Tibet Plateau and runs into the East China Sea at Shanghai.
Take an amazing journey down China’s Yangtze River, unquestionably one of the world’s greatest waterways.

VICTORIA CRUISES

For over 15 years, American-owned Victoria Cruises has been a leader in Yangtze River cruising. With one of the largest fleets on the river, outstanding service and itineraries, Victoria Cruises is well placed to deliver an unrivalled Chinese river cruising experience.
All ships in the fleet have outward-facing cabins with a balcony. Cabin types include superior, executive suites, deluxe suites and Shangri-La suites. The pricing on page 103 for Yangtze in Focus and Pure Yangtze are based on a superior cabin on the main deck. Suite upgrade prices are available from our reservations department.

All vessels are air conditioned and serve excellent cuisine (Chinese with western specialties), American-style breakfasts, buffet lunches and banquet-style dinners.

Facilities on board the ships include a business centre, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and a beauty salon (on board charges apply).
Paid internet access is also available on board, however it can be limited when cruising through the Three Gorges.

BAR AND DINING

Victoria Cruises offer excellent cuisine (Chinese with Western specialties), with breakfast and lunch served as a buffet and dinner served as a Chinese banquet. Meal times are indicated on the daily schedule. In addition you will also be served tea and coffee in the early morning and afternoon tea daily. Bottled water is provided in your cabin daily.

EXCURSIONS AND DAILY SCHEDULES

All cruises offer daily group shore excursions to visit the main sites and cultural attractions of the area. The itinerary lists the main stops of your river expedition, however these depend on the river conditions and other local factors. A detailed daily schedule for the following day will be placed in your cabin every evening.

ENTERTAINMENT

Victoria Cruises offer a wide variety of entertainment onboard their cruises from cabaret shows and fashion shows presenting some of China’s elaborate fashions dating back to the Han Dynasty, to lectures on Chinese history and culture, early morning Tai Chi lessons and evening Karaoke and dancing.

TIPPING

From 01 March 2011 Victoria Cruises will impose a flat service tipping charge to all of their cruise itineraries. This new charge will affect our ‘Grand Yangtze’ group tour and the ‘Pure Yangtze’ and ‘Yangtze in Focus’ independent packages.

The new tipping charge will need to be paid (by cash or credit card) on check in on-board the Victoria Yangtze cruise. Below is an indication of the tipping amounts for each itinerary:

  • Grand Yangtze (Shanghai to Chongqing) – AUD60.00 per person (RMB300 pp)
  • Pure Yangtze (Shanghai to Chongqing/ Chongqing to Shanghai) – AUD30.00 per person (RMB150 pp)
  • Yangtze in Focus (Yichang to Chongqing/ Chongqing to Yichang) -AUD60.00 per person (RMB300 pp)

Passengers will be required to pay this amount on check in on your cruise.  As this amount is now a component of our advertised tipping amount, the Tipping amount for the ‘Grand Yangtze’ will be as below for all departures.

Total Grand Yangtze group tour tipping – AUD145 per person to be distributed as follows:

  • USD78.00 (AUD85) per person is to be given to the National Escort during the first day of touring.
  • RMB300 (AUD60) per person is to be paid on check in on-board the Yangtze cruise. This amount can be paid by cash or credit card.

YANGTZE RIVER PLACES OF INTEREST

Shanghai

The city of Shanghai, known locally as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is located on the banks of the Huang Pu Jiang River with a population in excess of 14 million, making it China’s second largest city. There are many places of interest in the city such as the majestic Yu Gardens and the fascinating 1920’s architectural style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Shanghai’s Nanjing Road is world famous for shopping and a visit to the Pudong area with its array of modern sky rises is not to be missed.

Nanjing

The ‘Southern Capital’ – is located on the southern bank in the lower reaches of the great Yangtze River and was originally a walled town built in the Eastern Han period (25-220 AD), also referred to as the Stone City. Eight dynasties established their capitals in the city between the third and fourteenth centuries. In the sixth century the Sui Dynasty established its capital at Xian and ordered the destruction of all earlier dynastic buildings in Nanjing. The city flourished again during the Tang Dynasty and the founder of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuan Zhang, set up his capital here and built palaces, temples and pagodas enlarging the city wall to make it the longest city wall in the world.

Wuhan

Set on the west Jianghan Plain, Wuhan is the biggest city in Central China and the capital of the Hubei Province. Located at the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Han River, Wuhan is largely composed of three separate cities; Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. The city site was first settled in the first century during the Three kingdom era as part of the Wu Kingdom. Wuhan has played an important role in the modern Chinese history, when late in the 19th century a far sighted official of the Qing Dynasty orchestrated the establishment of factories and an arsenal to begin the industrialising Movement of China.

Yichang

The contstruction of the Gezhouba (Gezhou Dam) at Sandouping changed this sleepy town into a thriving metropolis. Situated at the entrance to the Xiling Gorge, it is the economic and cultural centre of the western Hubei Province. Located a few kilometers to the north of the city is the awe inspiring Three Travellers Cave. Here both Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty poets inscribed their works on the cave’s walls.

The Three Gorges

One of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures carved along the Yangtze River from Fengjie in the east, the San Xia (Three Gorges) – Qutang Xia, Wu Xia and Xiling Xia. Qutang Xia is the shortest at just 8 kilometres but also the narrowest and most dramatic. Below Wushan is the 40 kilometre long Wu Xia (often referred to as the Witches Gorge) with cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates to the river below. Xiling Xia is the longest and deepest gorge with cliff walls rising to 4, 000 feet. It is actually comprised of seven smaller gorges with colourful names such as Horse Lungs and Lantern Shadow.

Three Gorges Dam

The largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man is the Dam at Sandouping, located right in the middle of Xiling Gorge – the longest of the three gorges. The aim of the dam project is to achieve flood control, hydroelectric generation, and improved navigation; when completed it will be 2,335 metres long, 186 metres high, 18 metres wide at the top and 130 metres wide at the base. The higher waters will allow vessels the opportunity to access previously unreachable parts of the river system, offering undiscovered sightseeing opportunities. The whole construction is scheduled for completion in 2009, making it a 15 year project.

Fengdu

Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze, 176 kilometres downstream from the city of Chongqing, Fengdu is known as the ‘Ghost City’. With its many temples containing sculptures of demons and devils, it is a popular shore excursion for travellers along the river. The town gained its reputation as the ‘Ghost City’ in the Eastern Han Dynasty when two officials from the imperial court came to the region to practice Taoist teachings. Their surnames Yin and Wang, when combined sound very much like ‘King of Hell’ in Chinese hence the local people started calling it the ‘Ghost City’.

Chongqing

The largest commercial centre of Southwest China, Chongqing was built against a mountain, which is where the nickname ‘Mountain City’ comes from, and is surrounded by the river at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. The city’s origins date back to over 3,000 years and it is known to have served as the capital of the Ba Kingdom prior to 316BC. More recently the city served as the wartime capital and headquarters of Chiang –Kai Shek’s Nationalist government during the Second World War. Chongqing is the ideal starting point for an upstream cruise on the Yangtze River.

Yangtze River Cruising Group Tours

Group Tour Name
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Simply Yangtze $2,881 12
Majestic Yangtze $4,069 14
Grand Yangtze $6,009 19

Yangtze River Cruising Short Stays

Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.

Group Tour Name
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Pure Yangtze $480 5
Yangtze in Focus $1,870 10

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Qutang Gorge Yangtze River Tai Chi lesson onboard Victoria Cruises Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges

Yangtze River Cruising Info

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