At 6300 kilometres, the Yangtze (also known locally as the Chiangjiang River) is the world’s third longest waterway.
It winds deep in to the heart of the province of Qinghai, to the north of Tibet, and flows relentlessly eastwards until it empties into the East China Sea near Shanghai.
Effectively dividing the country into north and south, the river not only supplies the rural heart of China, but has also spawned many industries reliant upon its power.
The Yangtze has also inspired poets, writers and travellers over the centuries.
You will travel along one of the most picturesque sections, through the renowned Three Gorges. You will have a chance to do a couple of optional activities while on the Yangtze such as Shibaozhai (A hill along the bank of the Yangtze River in Zhong County, Chongqing, China. This rocky and craggy hill has extremely steep sides and is about 200 meters tall)，Shennvxi and the Three Gorges Dam site.
The ‘Sanxia’, as they are known in Chinese, stretch for 200 kilometres and vary from 100 metres to 300 metres in width.
You will enjoy your cruise on a tourist-class boat between Chongqing and Yichang. This is a much more comfortable way to travel than on the local boats that traverse the same route, and offers a fascinating insight into life along the river.
You will spend three nights on board and sleep in twin share cabins with private facilities in accommodation similar to a small hotel room. Bedding and sheets are provided, as are all meals throughout the cruise.
Please note that all rooms on the Yangtze cruise are on a twin share basis. If you are not already sharing a room with someone from your group, you may be required to share with someone (of the same gender) from outside your group. This could be a member of another tour group or a local person. If you have paid a single supplement, please note that this does not cover the cruise.