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10 Days Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour with Yangtze River Cruise
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10 Days Best of Sichuan Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang

  • Yangtze River Cruise from Wanzhou to Yichang
  • Yangtze River Cruise from Yichang to Wanzhou
Tour Code:
YRC-JZYT-10
Tour Style:
Private Tour (personal guide, driver, private car/van and more service)
Group size:
You, your family, friends or group
Departure:
You Choose!
Experience:
Culture Hiking Mountaineering Photograph ship
Features:
This tour covers all the highlights of Sichuan and Yangtze River. You'll have in-depth exploration in Sichuan by visiting Chengdu Panda, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong National Park, Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. After that, a relaxing cruise will take you down Yangtze River, from west to central China.

Price fromrequest

1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.

3. This price is valid until February 28th, 2018.

Places Visited

Chengdu (3 nights), Jiuzhaigou (2 nights), Emei (1 night), Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Yichang

Highlights of the Trip

  • Pay visits to the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites in Sichuan
  • Enjoy breathtaking scenery over the mountains, lakes or rivers
  • Relax on a luxury Yangtze River cruise from chongqing to Yichang

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Chengdu Arrival & Chengdu

Come to the Land of Abundance and explore the leisure city. In a full day, visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 3-4: Chengdu - Leshan - Emei - Chengdu

Take 2 days side trip from Chengdu to see Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. You'll explore Chinese Buddhism and have a better understanding about it.

Day 5-6: Flight to Jiuzhaigou & Jiuzhaigou / Huanglong

Take a flight to Jiuzhiagou from Chengdu. In Jiuzhaigou County, you'll see Huanglong National Park, Huanglong Temple, Five-Color Ponds, Jiuzhaigou National Park and more natural scenery.

Day 7: Flight to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise

Take a flight from Jiuzhaigou to Chongqing. Have an exploration in the Mountain City by visiting Ciqikou Ancient Town, Hongya Cave and later transfer to Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Port to board your Yangtze River cruise.

Day 8-9: Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy the relaxing leisure life on Yangtze cruise, take shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, appreciate breathtaking scenery along Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure

In the morning, transfer to see the world famous Three Gorges Dam Site before you leave Yichang.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the Hometown of Giant Pandas! You’ll be met by our local guide at the arrival hall of Chengdu airport / train station and escorted to your hotel in downtown area by a private, comfortable and non-smoking vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to explore this leisure city.

Optional activity: Enjoy the typical Sichuan cuisine (like Hot Pot) for dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, drive about 15km to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (simply Chengdu Panda Base). This base is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk through the verdant bamboo-framed path, gain fascinating insight into the progression of baby pandas to young adult pandas to adult pandas, and admire the delicate newborns in a special infant panda area. Continue to enrich your memory to observe the adolescent pandas between the age of one and five eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling and climbing trees. Listen to the importance of this vital maturity period and capture photographs of these enchanting and endangered creatures as they relax in their natural environment.

After the memorable panda visit, get to the largest and best-preserved Buddhist monastery - Wenshu Monastery located in bustling downtown Chengdu. Walking in the quiet spiritual temple, you’ll marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architectures and precious Buddhist statues, scriptures and relics.

Later, pay a visit to Renmin Park to truly feel the essence of leisurely pace and lifestyle of Chengdu. Sit down, order a pot of fragrant Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends in a-hundred-year-old teahouse, watch local indulging themselves in different kinds of folk activities, like napping, enjoy special ear cleaning, playing Mahjong, dancing and doing water calligraphy! Next will be an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street, a lively paradise full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows and other activities. Time will steal away as you explore along the old streets!

Optional activity: In this evening, watch Sichuan Opera and be entertained by Sichuan performing arts using stick puppets, face masks, fire spitting, rolling lights, folk music, acrobatic and dance in Shufeng Yayun Teahouse (usually performs during 20:00~21:30).

Day 3 Chengdu - Leshan - Emeishan (B)

In the morning, drive about 148km (about 2 hours) to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha statue in the world. Sitting at the confluence of Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River, the Giant Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoy spectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrow staircases to the foot of the Buddha.

After visiting the Giant Buddha, move on to Mt. Emei. Located 30 minutes away from Leshan by road, Baoguo Temple is the biggest temple of the mountain, which is also the final site for today’s tour.

Stay overnight at the foot of Mt. Emei.

Day 4 Emeishan - Chengdu (B)

Today is your Mt. Emei Tour. First, take an eco-car in the Scenic Area to Leidongping and hiking to Jieyin Hall, and take a cable car up to the Golden Summit (altitude: 3077 m). At the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of Huazhang Temple and witness the breathtaking sea of clouds if it’s sunny.

Next, go down to Wannian Temple parking lot by car. Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple at the middle of the mountain. Appreciate the most beautiful landscape of Mt. Emei in Qingyin Pavilion as you hike from Wannian Temple to Wuxiangang parking lot.

Then return to Chengdu by road from Mt. Emei.

Day 5 Chengdu & Flight to Huanglong (B)

On this day, you’ll be escorted to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport for your flight to Jiuzhaigou (about 1hr). Upon arrival, the local guide and driver will pick you up at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport and drive about 55km to Huanglong National Park for today’s sightseeing. Huanglong National Park is famous for colorful travertine lakes and ponds, sinuous deep mountain valleys, magnificent snow mountains and mysterious peaceful wild forests, which has made the park known as “Wonder on the World” and “Heaven on the Earth”. You’ll take the cable car to the upper station of Huanglong Valley and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Five-Color Ponds and Huanglong Ancient Temple. Then, walk down the valley and visit the stunning attractions one by one including Rhododendron Pool, Zhengyan Pool, Bonsai Pool, Lotus Waterfall, Flying Waterfall and Welcome Pool, etc.

After the tour, drive about 2 hours to Jiuzhaigou and stay overnight there.

High altitude tips: Since the attractions of Huanglong Naitonal Park are located more than 3,000 meters above the sea level, travelers should prepared well for the high altitude sickness. Keep a good healthy condition before your tour and rest well especially the first night of arrival. When walking in the valley, don’t go too rush. If you feel hart breathe, you can stop in the tourist service center to rest and get oxygen supply.

Day 6 Jiuzhaigou (B)

After breakfast, start your beautiful day by visiting the “Fairyland on Earth” - Jiuzhaigou Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured the peculiar waterscape of calcified lakes, waterfalls and travertine beach lands. You’ll take sightseeing bus from the gate to Nuorilang  Waterfalls to view the symbols of Jiuzhaigou. Then transfer to Zechawa Valley to visit the Long Lake, Five-Color Pond and Seasonal Lakes. Later, go to the Rize Valley to visit the Panda Lake, Five Flower Lake, Pearl Shoal and Mirror Lake. Finally, you’ll transfer back to gate from Nuorilang, during the way, you can view the Shuzheng Lakes including Tiger Lake and Rhinoceros Lake. Free your mind and throw yourself into the wondrous world.

Stay overnight in Jiuzhaigou.

Day 7 Flight to Chongqing from Jiuzhaigou & Board Yangtze River Cruise (B)

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Huanglong Airport to catch a flight to Chongqing (about 1.5hrs). Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and escort you to downtown area for today’s sightseeing.

First will be an interesting visit to the thousand-year-old Ciqikou Ancient Town, a famous business harbor in ancient time. Reputed as “Little Chongqing”, Ciqikou is a heaven-like place where you can leisurely wander along the bustling old streets with Ming and Qing architectures standing by, visit the featured shops, taste delicate local snacks, or enjoy a cup of at the old teahouse.

Before the night falls, head to Hongya Cave to end your today’s Chongqing tour. You’ll find yourselves in a world of stilted buildings with old streets lined with featured souvenir stores, elaborate specialty shops and spectacular collection of restaurants ranging from western food to Japanese cuisine to various Chinese favorites. If time permits, enjoy the stunning night view of Hongya Cave at sunset.

In the late afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your ship during 18:00~21:00. Your 4-day relaxing downstream Yangtze River cruise will sail at 21:00!

Tips for boarding: 1) Please call the ship one day ahead or at least in the morning on the boarding day to have clear idea about which pier you are going to use; 2) There are 13 sub-pier of Chongqing Chaotianmen Port that tell the exact pier to your driver to avoid too much walking; 3) The boarding time and departure piers may change based on the ship line, water level, season, weather and other factors. Please pay attention to the important info your travel consultants sent to you before your boarding.

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

In this morning, wake up leisurely and enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil Yangtze River. You can either follow the Taichi master to play Taichi on the sundeck or enjoy a cup of coffee to stretch your mood to start your beautiful day. It will be colorful and interesting no matter you stay onboard or go shore excursions at river stops.

Onboard you will enjoy different kinds of cultural activities and entertainment, like attending a Yangtze River History and Culture Lecture to know deeply about the third longest river in the world, taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party to make new friends, or having great fun at the wonderful evening shows with sing, dance and music.

Also, you will follow a local English-speaking tour guide and make a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a pearl of Yangtze River in Zhongxian County. Reputed as one of the eight extraordinary architectures in the world, this 12-story, 16th century red wooden pagoda leans against the side of the rocky and craggy hill about 200 meters tall. Climbing up to the top of Shibaozhai, you can not only visit the Buddhist temples and halls but also have panoramic view of Yangtze River. (Please note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended since there will be many stairs to climb up the pagoda.)

Optional excursion: Have a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City today with an extra fee. Called “the Homeland of Divine Comedy in China”, it consists of buildings, structures, dioramas and statues related to the afterlife in hell. Entering this “City of Ghosts”, you will know many mysterious stories about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese demons. (Please note: the visit to Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes highly recommended!)

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges! Follow the guide’s live interpretation and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively.

On this day, take an enjoyable shore excursion to Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream), a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wushan County. You will be switched to a smaller boat to sail down this primitive stream running in a narrow side gorge where you will have close-up views of steep mountains and hanging coffins high on the cliffs as well as hear some of the local history. Besides, you will be entertained with local music and dance offered by the Tujia ethnic group.

In this evening, enjoy the well-prepared Captain’s Farewell Party with all your mates onboard and have a pleasant dinner together. Then about 23:00 in this evening, you can watch the fascinating process of passing through the Three Gorges Dam Five-stage Ship Locks. (Please note: Victoria Cruises is the only cruise company sailing through Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift instead of Ship Lock in 2017.)

Optional excursion: Enjoy a shore excursion to White Emperor City today with an extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursions gives you the chance to know Romance of the Three Kingdoms and offers the best pot to appreciate the magnificent “Kui Gate”.

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise to Yichang & Yichang Departure (B)

After breakfast, take a morning shore excursion to visit the world-famous project - Three Gorges Dam. The dam is the largest hydropower station in the world with an annual energy output of 84.7 billion kilowatt-hours. The Three Gorges Dam includes three areas: the dam itself, a hydroelectric, and a system of locks. The height of the Three Gorges Dam is 185 meters (607 ft) above the sea level. The dam is about 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) long and about 115 meters (377 ft) wide. With a water capacity of 39.3 billion cubic meters, the dam will hold a huge reservoir which will efficiently prevent flooding in the middle and lower portions of the Yangtze River.

After the dam visiting, it is back to your ship to continue your cruise to Yichang. Your ship will arrive at Yichang Port (Taohuacun Port or New Century Port) where you will go through a check-out procedure and disembark. The local guide and driver will pick you up at the port and escort you to Yichang Airport / train station for your flight or train to next destination.

Tips & Note: Travelers who are with Victoria Cruises will switch to a sightseeing boat to sail through the Ship Lift and then visit Three Gorges Dam Site. After the dam visiting, you will be directly escorted to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for departure.

Departure Ideas: You can take flights from Yichang Sanxia Airport to Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, etc. Or you can take high speed trains from Yichang East Railway Station to Wuhan (about 2hrs), Shanghai (about 8hrs), Beijing (about 7.5hrs), Hangzhou (about 7.5hrs), Chengdu (about 7hrs), Guangzhou (about 7hrs) and more cities.

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Tall Buildings in Pudong New District

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Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain

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