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Yangtze Explorer

Yangtze Explorer (also called Yangzi Explorer) is the most luxury, and the only super 5-star ship on the Yangtze River. Carrying just 124 passengers, it offers the finest and the most personalized service (highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1) to ensure every level of comfort for an intimate cruising experience.

Top Highlights of 2018:

  • 1. New and Innovative Discovery: the only Yangtze cruise taking you to explore world unique 816 Nuclear Military Plant, amazing White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, etc.
  • 2. Special Routes to Inspire You:
    • a. enjoy enchanting sceneries of Shennongjia, world only place for you to close-up to wild golden monkeys, etc. (some cruises in summer)
    • b. appreciate sea of colorful azalea flowers with Shennongjia highlights (cruise on May 6th, 2018)

    Please check more about Special Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer.

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights;)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights;)

Price:  $1,097-$1,497 •This price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing, valid until Feb.28, 2019.

•Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.

•Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

•Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.40. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, and it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will remain the same.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship Itinerary in 2018

Yangtze Explorer Chongqing Yichang Itinerary Map Map of Yangtze Explorer's Itinerary

 

Chongqing - Yichang 4 Days & 3 Nights Downstream Cruise

 

Day Time Events & Activities Place
Day 1 17:00 Embark the ship at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing. Enjoy the splendid night view of Chongqing on the Explorer Deck 6th floor
19:00 A la carte Western dinner (extra charge) Dynasty Dining Room , 2nd Floor
21:00 Cruise briefing for itinerary & facilities Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:30 Lecture on Fuling-816 Underground Project Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
22:00 Depart from Chongqing Chongqing
Day 2 (B, L, D) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
6:30 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:00-08:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion to:
Option A: Fuling-816 Underground Project (world largest artificial cave of military nuclear project)
or
Option B: White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum (the world first underwater museum) & local market.
Fuling
12:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
13:30 Chinese foot massage lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
14:30 Traditional Chinese Medicine lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
16:00 Pearl lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
17:00-18:00 Captain’s welcome party Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
18:30-20:40 Optional activity of the Three Kingdoms Open Air Show that is a large scale live performance from 19:30 to 20:40 (extra charge) Zhongxian County
19:00 A la carte Western dinner (for guests stay on the cruise) Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:15 Late Buffet Dinner (for guests taking the optional show) Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00-22:30 Night of Karaoke – Asians Favorite Past Time Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 3 (B, L, D) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
6:45 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Sail through Qutang Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:20-08:20 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
8:30 Sail through Wu Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
10:45-16:00 Shore excursion to Shennong Stream to visit Bamboo Gorge and the trackers village Shennong Stream
16:30-17:30 Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
18:00 Sail through Xiling Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:30 A Taste of China Farewell Dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 4 (B) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
7:00 Put luggage out of cabin for collection -
09:00-12:00 Disembark the ship and take a shore Excursion visit to the Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam site
12:30 Take the arranged bus to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal Yichang



Yichang - Chongqing 5 Days & 4 Nights Upstream Cruise

 

(Schedule on Day 4 are different during different months, please check details at below)

Day Time Events & Activities Place
Day 1 16:00-21:00 Gather at Yichang East Railway Station or Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for arranged bus to Yichang Maoping Port for embarkation Maoping Port
19:00 A la carte Western dinner (extra charge) Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00 Cruise briefing for itinerary & facilities Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:30 Watch documentary of “7 Wonders of China” Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
Day 2 (B, L, D) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
09:00 Lecture of the Three Gorges Dam Project Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
10:30 Chinese foot massage lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
12:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
13:30 Disembark the ship and take a shore excursion visit to the Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam site
16:30-17:30 Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
16:30 Traditional Chinese Medicine lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
17:30 Sail through Xiling Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
18:30 Captain’s Welcome Party Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:00 A la carte Western dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00 Night of Karaoke Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 3 (B, L, D) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
6:30 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:00-08:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion to Shennong Stream to visit Bamboo Gorge and the trackers village Shennong Stream
12:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
13:30 Sail through Wu Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
14:30 Silk embroidery lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
16:00 Sail through Qutang Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
16:30-17:30 Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
17:00 Snuff bottle painting lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
18:00 Chinese tea lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
19:00 A la carte Western dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
20:00 Lecture on Fuling-816 Underground Project Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:00 Night film (free popcorn served) Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 4
(B, L, D)
(valid during March – mid-May, and mid-September – November)
6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
09:00-12:30 Shore excursion to Fuling-816 Underground Project (world largest artificial cave of military nuclear project) 816 Underground Nuclear Project site
12:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet lunch Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
14:30-16:00 Optional shore excursion to White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum (the world first underwater museum) (extra charge) White Crane Underwater Museum
13:45 Dumpling making lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
14:30 Traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
16:30-17:30 Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
17:30 Mahjong Playing Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:00 A Taste of China Farewell Dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 4
(B, L, D)
(valid during mid-May – mid September)
6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Practice morning Taichi Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
9:00 Pearl lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
10:00 Traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting lecture Tang Theater, 3rd Floor
11:30-12:30 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
12:30-16:30 Shore excursion to Fuling-816 Underground Project (world largest artificial cave of military nuclear project)
or
White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum (the world first underwater museum)
816 Underground Nuclear Project site or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum
16:30-17:30 Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
17:00 Depart from Fuling Dock -
17:30 Mahjong Playing Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:00 A Taste of China Farewell Dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00-21:45 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Band performance at the bar Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 5 (B) 6:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
7:00 Put luggage out of cabin for collection -
07:00-08:00 Enjoy your Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
08:00-08:45 Disembark at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing Chaotianmen Port

Please Note:

1. Subject to Change:
Please note that all arrival and departure times, shore excursions and lectures are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. The cruise company will arrange the same fabulous sightseeing if the prearranged sites cannot be visited in a particular case.

2. Embarkation Tips:
(a) 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; (b) It is better to arrive in Chongqing before 16:30 on the embarkation day; (c) There are 13 sub-pier of Chongqing Chaotianmen Port that tell the exact pier to your driver to avoid too much walking; (d) 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.

3. Arranged Shore Excursion:
The ARRANGED shore excursions are included in your quotation, so you could visit the sites without extra charge. However, if you do not visit the sites, the fees of arranged shore excursion sites are not refunded. If you do not visit the shore excursions, you could stay on the ship to enjoy some leisure time. And for your safety, you are not allowed to leave your ship on your own.

4. Optional Shore Excursions:
The OPTIONAL shore excursion needs extra charge. The optional sites will be visited depending on the number of travelers who want to go. You can visit if there are 30 or more people interested (the number of visitors may be adjusted based on the real situation). You have the final decision where to go or not on your own. If yes, tell the reception desk who would register for you and receive your pay in site.

5. Special Routes to Inspire You:
Apart from the normal itinerary mentioned above, there are some special routes offered for Yangtze Explorer visitors to enjoy the azalea flowers, Shennongjia Scenic Area, and other highlights in 2018. Please check detailed itinerary of all 2018 special routes of Yangtze Explorer cruise.

6. Physical Demands:
There are many stairs to climb up to Fengdu Ghost City and reach the top of Shibaozhai Pagoda / White Emperor City. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended to visit these sites.

7. Chongqing / Yichang Local Transportation:
To know detailed transportation in Chongqing and Yichang, please head to How to Get to/Leave Yangtze Cruise Ports in Chongqing and Yichang.

8. Dressing Code for Parties:
Travelers who attend the Captain's Welcome Reception, Yangtze Pirate Night Show should wear smart casual or formal.

9. More Travel Guide & Support:
To know more details your life onboard, like cabins, dining, drinking, service, onboard activities and lectures, please head to Yangtze River Cruise Guide 2018. You’ll find everything here.

2018 Schedule of Yangtze Explorer

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Price Note:
• The above price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing.
• The prices are valid by Dec.31 of the year.
• Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
• Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.

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