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Tour Overview

Explore the dynamic fusion of tradition and modernity on this 6-day Shanghai and Yangtze River Cruise Tour. Begin in Shanghai, where vibrant markets and iconic landmarks like the Bund and Yu Garden await. Fly to Chongqing for cultural immersion in ancient streets and innovative architecture. Board a Yangtze cruise, unveiling the marvels of Shibaozhai Pagoda, Three Gorges Dam, and the captivating Shennv Stream. Enriching activities, optional experiences, and scenic landscapes make this journey a perfect blend of urban excitement and natural wonders.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the pulsating heart of Shanghai, from the iconic Bund to the captivating acrobatic show – a cityscape blending tradition and modernity.
2. Embark on a scenic Yangtze River cruise, featuring a captivating Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Tujia ethnic dance, and the mesmerizing Three Gorges landscapes.
3. Immerse yourself in Chongqing’s cultural tapestry, wandering through Ciqikou Ancient Town and the innovative architecture of Hongya Cave.
4. Witness engineering prowess at the Three Gorges Dam, sail through breathtaking gorges, and experience the serene beauty of Shennv Stream – a natural spectacle unfolds.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, a friendly guide and driver will be waiting to welcome you. They'll assist you in a comfortable transfer to your hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your journey. If you're feeling adventurous, consider experiencing the Shanghai Maglev Train - an optional activity that offers a thrilling introduction to the city's modern transportation.

    Shanghai Maglev Train
    Shanghai Maglev Train

    The remainder of the day is yours to explore the bustling metropolis of Shanghai at your own pace. You might choose to wander through local markets, sample delicious street food, or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere. As an optional evening activity, immerse yourself in the world of Chinese acrobatics with a captivating Acrobatic Show.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  2. Start your day with a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Located in People's Square, this world-class museum showcases a vast collection of ancient Chinese art and artifacts, including ceramics, calligraphy, and traditional costumes. Marvel at the impressive exhibits that span over 5,000 years of Chinese history.

    Next, immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of Yu Garden and Yuyuan Bazaar. Wander through the classical Chinese gardens adorned with ponds, bridges, and traditional architecture. The adjacent Yuyuan Bazaar is perfect for picking up souvenirs, offering a vibrant market experience with a wide array of local crafts and snacks.

    Shanghai Yu Garden in Winter
    Yu Garden

    Head to the iconic Shanghai World Financial Center for a panoramic city view. Ascend to the observation deck and witness the breathtaking skyline of Shanghai. The building's unique design, featuring a distinctive aperture at its peak, provides a one-of-a-kind perspective of the city.

    Take a leisurely stroll along Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Enjoy the mix of modern and traditional architecture, and explore a variety of shops, boutiques, and department stores. Continue your walk to the iconic Bund, Shanghai's historic waterfront area. Admire the colonial-era buildings on one side and the modern skyscrapers on the other, creating a stunning contrast. As night falls, consider an optional activity - embark on a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise. Marvel at the illuminated skyline and iconic landmarks, creating a magical atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise
    Huangpu River Night Cruise

  3. After breakfast, catch a flight to Chongqing, a bustling metropolis known for its spicy cuisine and unique landscapes. Begin your exploration at Ciqikou Ancient Town, a preserved historic area with narrow lanes, traditional teahouses, and local crafts. Experience the old-world charm and savor local snacks as you wander through the streets.

    Ciqikou Ancient Town
    Ciqikou Ancient Town

    Continue your cultural journey with a visit to the Three Gorges Museum. Gain insights into the history and culture of the Three Gorges region, featuring artifacts, exhibits, and multimedia presentations. After that, head to Hongya Cave, a striking complex built on a steep hillside overlooking the Jialing River. Explore the mix of ancient and modern architecture, with shops, restaurants, and tea houses.

    Chongqing Hongya Cave
    Hongya Cave

    As the day concludes, you'll be escorted to Chaotianmen Dock to board your Yangtze cruise ship. Check-in between 18:00 and 20:00, settling in for an unforgettable journey along the majestic Yangtze River. Enjoy the onboard amenities and get ready to experience the natural beauty of the Three Gorges.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  4. Start your day with a blend of tranquility and exercise by participating in a Tai Chi session on the deck. Embrace the soothing movements of this ancient martial art while surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Yangtze River. Following this, attend a Yangtze River history and culture lecture to deepen your understanding of the region's rich heritage. Learn about the river's significance, historical events, and cultural influences that have shaped the landscapes along its banks. Conclude your morning activities with a moment of relaxation, sipping on a comforting cup of morning coffee while taking in the breathtaking views.

    In the afternoon, embark on a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a striking wooden structure built against a steep hill. Explore the pagoda's intricate architecture and enjoy panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscapes. For an additional fee, consider visiting the intriguing Fengdu Ghost City, known for its elaborate temples and statues depicting the afterlife in Chinese mythology.

    Shibaozhai Pagoda
    Shibaozhai Pagoda

    Indulge in a delightful evening with a welcoming banquet and party on board. Enjoy a feast of local delicacies, cultural performances, and the company of fellow travelers. This provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences and create lasting memories.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

  5. As you sail through the breathtaking Three Gorges, marvel at the towering cliffs and lush greenery along the riverbanks. Take in the natural beauty and capture memorable moments against this picturesque backdrop.

    Yangtze River Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise

    Embark on an adventure to Shennv Stream. Switch to a smaller boat to navigate the narrower, more intimate waterway. Enjoy the serenity of the surroundings and witness the unique landscapes along the stream. Experience the vibrant culture of the local Tujia ethnic minority with an entertaining music and dance show. Immerse yourself in their traditional performances, adding a cultural touch to your cruise experience.

    Return to your ship and prepare for the Captain's Farewell Party in the evening. Celebrate the conclusion of your cruise with a festive atmosphere, featuring music, dancing, and a farewell toast.

    Optional Activity:

    For those seeking an extra adventure, consider the White Emperor City excursion. Explore the historical relics and enjoy panoramic views of the Yangtze River. This optional activity provides an additional layer of exploration for those eager to discover more about the region's rich history.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on Cruise

    White Emperor City
    White Emperor City

  6. Explore the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam in the morning, gaining insights into its significance and impact on the region. Bid farewell to the cruise as a bus, arranged by the cruise company, takes you to the Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal.

    Three Gorges Dam
    Three Gorges Dam

    Your local guide and driver will accompany you to the airport or train station, ensuring a seamless transition to your next destination. As the service concludes, reflect on the diverse experiences and beautiful landscapes encountered during your unforgettable journey through Shanghai and the Three Gorges.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $959 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Economy-class domestic flight from Shanghai to Chongqing;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Shanghai / off Yichang;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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