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Yangtze River Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing

Yangtze River cruises from Yichang to Chongqing is another popular route of Yangtze River, chosen by thousands of travelers every year just after Chongqing Yichang route. Sailing upstream from Yichang to Chongqing, it takes about 5 days and 4 nights along the third longest river in the world.

This classic itinerary gives you a chance to watch all the highlights of China Yangtze River unfolding before your eyes. During the 648-kilometer cruise journey, you will uncover the veil of Three Gorges Dam first to witness its magnificence and spectacle. Later, you’ll sailing upstream with a slow comfortable pace to appreciate the splendid Three Gorges scenery, from the spacious, lovely Xiling Gorge, steep and mysterious Wu Gorge to magnificent but short Qutang Gorge... you are surely guaranteed a once-in-lifetime-experience in central China with a luxury Yangtze River cruise.

Why Taking a Yangtze Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing?

① Cover All the Essences of the Yangtze River. Yichang to Chongqing route is always called the golden waterway and an upstream cruise can take you explore the best highlights of the river, the must-see Three Gorges Dam and Three Gorges included.

② Most Relaxing Way with Comfortable Pace to Relax on the River. Served as a break on the cruise, this 5-day Yangtze River cruise is the most relaxing way to relax on the peaceful river.

③ Competitive Price at Best Value. Having the same price with the Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang which goes 4 days and 3 nights, this route has one more full day than the downstream one. If you have one more day, you are recommended to book the 5-day cruise with the competitive price offered.

④ 25+ Ships Go this Route. All the cruise companies with either luxury, large or new ships go this route. You have got a lot of choices to select your favorite cruise to sail from Chongqing to Yichang.

⑤ Stable Departure All Year Round. All the ships will go from Yichang to Chongqing with very stable departure during March~November. And from December to next February, entury Cruises and Victoria Cruises offers discounted winter cruises to go this route.

⑥ Have the Greatest Fun Both Onboard and Onshore. From Yichang to Chongqing, there are about 20 attractions along the route that travelers can enjoy interesting shore excursions to some natural and cultural sites in the passing destinations. Also, many attractive entertainment and activities are arranged at different time for you to enjoy.

Three Gorges Dam

Visit Three Gorges Dam First

View Three Gorges Scenery at Dusk

View Three Gorges Scenery at Dusk

Hot Cruises from Yichang to Chongqing 2024/2025

Detailed Sample Itinerary for 5-Day Yichang Chongqing Cruise

All Yangtze River cruises from Yichang to Chongqing will take 5 days and 4 nights along the river. The first day is the embarkation day that all travelers should arrive in Yichang and then take the shuttle bus arranged by the cruise companies at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal to shift to Maoping Port for boarding your ship. The second, third and fourth day are three full days sailing from Yichang to Chongqing covered some shore excursions for exploration. The fifth day belongs to the disembarkation day that your ship will arrive in Chongqing and all cruisers should disembark in the morning at Chaotianmen Dock.

Check the below SAMPLE itinerary sailing from Yichang to Chongqing to have a general idea about what is a Yangtze cruise going. The detailed sailing time, activities onboard and shore excursions may vary with different cruise companies. When decided your Yangtze ship, please view the exact itinerary offered by the ship.

Yichang to Chongqing Cruise Route Map

Route Map of Yichang Chongqing Cruise

Day 1 Yichang & Board your Ship at Maoping Port

  • 17:30-20:00 Gather at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal and shuttle to Maoping Port for Embarkation.
  • 18:00-21:00 Board the ship at Maoping Port in Yichang.
  • 21:00-21:30 Embarkation safety briefing & facilities introduction.

Yichang, renowned as “Gateway to the Three Gorges” and “Throat between Sichuan and Hubei”, is an important cruise port and a transportation hub along the Yangtze River.

Meals: No dinner provided tonight. You are recommended to have dinner before boarding or bring some food to the ship.
Accommodation: on the ship

Learn more about: How to Get to & around Yichang | Maoping Port | Yichang Travel Guide

Yichang Maoping Port

Yichang Maoping Port

Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 08:30-11:30 Optional Shore excursion to the Tribe of Three Gorges or enjoy onboard activities
  • 14:00-18:00 Take shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site. Or enjoy optional experience to pass through Ship Lift and then visit Three Gorges Dam
  • 18:00 Buffet dinner & captain's welcome party

The Three Gorges Dam is the No.1 must-see attraction arranged by every ship as the first or last shore excursion. Located in Yichang City, it has been the world’s largest power station. Three Gorges Dam is 3,335 meters long and the top of the dam is 185 meters above sea level. The dam consists of three parts - dam body, power plants and ship lift. It is used for producing electricity, but also increase the Yangtze River’s shipping capacity. Travelers with a Yangtze River cruise will spend about 2 to 3 hours visiting the dam. You will not only have a close look at the impressive huge dam, but also learn the history, social impact, economics about the dam. If you show your interests to experience the newly-built ship lift, you can do this. Learn more about Three Gorges Dam >>

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Accommodation: on the ship

Learn more about: Tribe of Three Gorges | Ship Lift 

Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam Site

Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 08:00-11:30 Shore excursion to Shennv Stream/Shennong Stream
  • Approx. 11:30 Scenic cruising - sailing through Wu Gorge
  • Approx. 15:00 Scenic cruising - sailing through Qutang Gorge
  • 15:30-18:00 Optional tour to White Emperor City or stay onboard

The Three Gorges span 311 kilometers, beginning at Baidi Town of Chongqing in the west and ending at Nanjing Pass in Yichang City in the east. It is composed of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The most relaxing way to enjoy the stunning beauty of Three Gorges is on the sundeck or sitting at your private balcony with endless magnificent gorges scenery passing by. Your pulse races when you pass through the famous Kui Gate of Qutang Gorge which is the classic sight of 10 Yuan background of Renminbi. Learn more about Three Gorges >>

Shennv Stream is a primitive gorge newly opened for travelers. Close to Goddess Peak, Shennv Stream has a length of 15 kilometers and about 10 kilometers belongs to the original gorge. Experience will be similar to Shennnong Stream. You’ll first switch to a smaller boat from your ship and then sailing through Shennv Stream. Hanging coffins can be seen and Tujia minority singing and dancing show can be experienced. Learn more about Shennv Stream >>

White Emperor City is usually served as an optional excursion for a cruise. Located on the north side of Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City offers the best angle to view the magnificent Kui Gate. Known as the Poem City, White Emperor City has attracted many poets come and left many famous poems. What makes this place known to outside is the historical story of “Entrusting Zhuge Liang with an Orphan in Baidi Town”. Learn more about White Emperor City >>

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Accommodation: on the ship

Learn more about: Shennong Stream | Lesser Three Gorges | Mini Three Gorge

Wu Gorge

Picturesque Autumn Scenery of Wu Gorge

Shennv Stream

Shennv Stream

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

  • 08:30-11:30 Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda in Zhongxian County
  • 14:00-17:00 Cultural activities Buffet dinner
  • 20:30-22:00 Captain’s Farewell Party

Shibaozhai Pagoda, reputed as “Pearl of the Yangtze River”, has been praised as one of the “Top 7 Wonders in China” and the “World 8 Strange Constructions” by the US Discovery Channel. This pagoda is a red wooden pagoda built along the cliff facing with the Yangtze River. It is 12 storeys in total, with a height of 56 meters and the whole pagoda was made of wooden, without using any single nail in the construction. Travelers need to climb up to the pagoda where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the view in a different angle. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Learn more about Shibaozhai Pagoda >>

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Accommodation: on the ship

Learn more about: Fengdu Ghost City | Onboard Activities | Shore Excursions Advice & Tips

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 5 Arrive in Chongqing & Disembark at Chaotianmen Dock (B)

  • 08:30 After breakfast, disembark at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port for your onward journey

Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, attracting visitors from home and aboard for its unique topography, amazing nightscape and UNESCO attractions. Located at the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, Chongqing is mainly served as a port city for Yangtze River cruise. Many travelers would spend another half day or one full day exploring this Mountain City.

Meals: Breakfast included (no lunch on this day)
Accommodation: excluded

Learn more about: How to Get to & around Chongqing | Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock | Chongqing Travel Guide

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock


1. The above information including itinerary, attractions, and shore excursions, is not fixed and will be changed slightly because of the differences in ships, seasons, water levels, and weather condition.

2. Included meals as noted in above itinerary: (B) = Breakfast; (L) = Lunch; (D) = Dinner. 

Useful Tips for Yangtze Cruise Sailing from Yichang to Chongqing

1. Decide Which Companies You Want to Take

There are altogether six cruise companies including Century Cruises, Victoria Cruises, Sanctuary Retreat, President Cruises, Yangtze Gold Cruises and Changjiang Cruises, sailing from Yichang to Chongqing stably. To enjoy the best service with new vessels, you can go with Century Cruises and Victoria Cruises. To enjoy luxury to the fullest with VIP one-on-one service, you can take Yangtze Explorer. To go in Chinese-styled way, you can take President Cruise, Yangtze Gold Cruises or Changjiang Cruises. Check all the cruise companies and ships in 2024/2025.

2. Budget

What is your budget for a Yichang to Chongqing Yangtze cruise? If you want a luxury cruise, you can book the super 5 star cruise called Yangtze Explorer with a price at $1,041-$1,716. If you are looking for a cheap cruise, you can book a cruise at a low price from $361. For most travelers, the best-value ships both with advanced facilities and good service are at a price ranging from $363-$551.

3. Covering Favored Shore Excursions or Activities You Are Interested

Different cruise companies offer different itineraries with shore excursions to different places. All the cruise companies will go to Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam.

As for other small attractions along the way, Century Cruises will go to visit Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream while Victoria Cruises will take you to Mount Shuanggui and Shennong Stream. If you want to visit Lesser Three Gorges, you should travel with Yangtze Gold Cruises. To make a detailed comparison about the arrangements of each cruise company, you can turn to All Shore Excursions along the Yangtze River.

4. Select Your Travel Date

To have a clear mind about the which cruise ships will sail from Yichang to Chongqing on an exact date, you can turn to our 2024/2025 cruise calendar with a list of ships for the route on your selected date. Once you have got an idea, you can contact us for more detailed information to make the final decision.

Interested in Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang instead of Yichang to Chongqing? You can take a look at the 4 days & 3 nights downstream cruise from Chongqing to Yichang for more reference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our professional cruise agents!

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