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5 Days Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise & Wulong Karst Tour

Combination of UNESCO Karst Landscape with Relaxing River Cruise


If you are nature lovers who want several days getting far from the bustling metropolis into the cool and incredible nature, this 5 days tour will be right for you. In 5 days, it combines two kinds of nature break with one short trip to Wulong Karst Geological Park and a relaxing Yangtze River cruise sailing from Chongqing to Yichang which is 644-kilometer scenery exploration along the longest river of China.

You may ask why I should put Wulong into your trip and the answer will be quite simple. Wulong Karst is within 2.5 hours’ driving from Chongqing that you only spend one day for the typical Karst landform with giant dolines, Three Natural Bridges, mysterious caves, and awe-inspiring gorges. Besides, Wulong Karst was inscribed as a part of South China Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. It will be wonderful to extend to see the gorgeous Karst landscape before your Yangtze cruise sails!

Good to Know: Instead of visiting Wulong Karst landscape, you can add Zhangjiajie into your trip after your Yangtze River cruise arriving in Yichang. Zhangjiajie is a nature paradise which can also offer you Avatar mountain views and exciting glass bridge experience. You can check 7 Days Nature Tour to Yangtze River & Zhangjiajie >>

Highlights of this tour:

    Wulong Karst, Three Natural Bridges, Longshuixia Gap, 4-day Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang, Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam, Three Gorges Museum

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chongqing / Wulong / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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Your tour - at a glance

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chongqing Arrival & Transfer to Wulong (L)

Welcome to Chongqing, the Port City of Yangtze River Cruise! On this day, you’ll have the chance to fully experience the uniqueness of the Mountain City and culture of Yangtze River. First, be escorted to Three Gorges Museum at the city downtown. The vast collection of more than 280 thousand pieces of precious historical relics will let you have an amazing understanding of the great Yangtze River and formation of the magnificent Three Gorges, and also tell you the gradual thriving of Chongqing from 3,000 years ago, to its war defense in 20s century, and developmental path to be one of the 4 prosperous municipalities in China. Stepping out from the museum, have a nice look at the People’s Assembly Hall that is popular with fancy classical exterior design and was listed into the History of Architecture compiled in London in 1987.

Later, be transferred to take Chonqing Rail Transit Line 2 from Huanghuayuan Metro Station to Liziba Metro Station to look at the city’s prototype from a different angle. Then, get off to have the never-seen magic of the train going through 11-storey block of flats, existing only in the fantastically structured Chongqing built against mountains.

After that, travel up to E’ling Park and embrace the impressive panorama of Chongqing City which has been highly praised as “Little Hong Kong” with its well-arranged row upon row of modern skyscrapers and two winding rivers surrounding.

After the tour, be transferred to Wulong County which is about 190 kilometers away from Chongqing (about 2.5 hours’ driving). Wulong is famous for the Wulong Karst landscape with giant dolines, natural bridges and caves, inscribed as a part of South China Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Accommodate in Wulong County tonight.

  • Three Gorges Museum Three Gorges Museum
  • Beautiful Appearance of People's Assembly Hall Beautiful Appearance of People's Assembly Hall
  • Chongqing Light Rail Going Through a Building at Liziba Metro Station Chongqing Light Rail Going Through a Building at Liziba Metro Station
  • Chongqing City Panorama from Erling Park Chongqing City Panorama from Erling Park

Day 2 Wulong Karst - Chongqing & Board your Ship (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to Wulong Tourist Center for todays’ sightseeing. After arrival at Wulong Tourist Center, you’ll first hop on a sightseeing bus to the largest natural bridge cluster in Asia - Three Natural Bridges where you can appreciate exceptionally high natural bridges with long stretches of deep unroofed caves. Take the sightseeing elevator down the valley bottom and enjoy your hiking by passing Tianlong (Sky Dragon) Bridge, Tianfu Post House (the shooting place of Zhang Yimou’ s movie “The City of Golden Armor”), Qinglong (Azure Dragon) Bridge and Heilong (Black Dragon) Bridge. Surrounded by magnificent Karst Mountains, miraculous caves, beautiful waterfalls, you’ll immerse into the wonderland made by incredible nature.

After that, continue to take a sightseeing bus at the exit to your next stop - Longshuixia Gap. It is actually a gap-style gorge and it's the important part of Wulong karst landform. Nature has spent thousands of years forming these wonderful landscapes. Here you can actually feel the Earth is older than a city and more powerful than a rocket. In this natural oxygen bar, enjoy 2 kilometers’ fun walking through the ground and witness the cliffs on both sides steep, original forests in the valley dense and waterfalls endless and gorgeous. You won’t miss One Line Sky, Dragon Pool Minoring the Moon, etc.

After the tour, be transferred back to Chongqing downtown area. If time permits, pay a short visit to Hongya Cave, the must-see highlight to appreciate the layers of featured Ba and Shu regional wooden tilted houses overlapped leaning the mountain up to 11 storeys, which looks quite glittery lit by the orange lights from nightfall. And continue to get up to the 11 level with vehicles and roads alongside to catch the sparkling nightscape of Jialing River and the nearby buildings with beautiful neon.

After the tour, be escorted to Chaotianmen Dock to board your Yangtze cruise ship between 18:00-20:00. Your memorable Yangtze River cruise will sail around 21:00! (Note: 1. There’re 13 sub-piers of Chaotianmen Dock and different ships will dock at different piers. Please check the info with your travel consultant and know where to board your ship at least one day beforehand. 2. The boarding time and departure piers change based on the ship line, water level, season, weather and other factors. Your travel consultants will ensure you have the actual departure time and boarding pier before your boarding. 3. You can have dinner or buy some snacks at Chaotianmen Square before embarkation.)

  • Three Natural Bridges Three Natural Bridges
  • Longshuixia Gap in Wulong Longshuixia Gap in Wulong
  • Hongya Cave Night View Hongya Cave Night View
  • Chongqing Chaotianmen Port  Night View Chongqing Chaotianmen Port Night View

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

In the morning, wake up leisurely and enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil and beautiful Yangtze River. It will be colorful and interesting whether you decide to stay onboard or go ashore at river stops. 

Onboard you will enjoy different kinds of activities, like practicing Tai Chi on the boat’s sundeck, drinking a relaxing morning coffee, attending a Yangtze River history and culture lecture, or taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party and evening shows. 

Next follow a local guide and make a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the “Pearls” of the Yangtze River. A gem of Chinese architecture, this 12-story, 18th century red wooden temple on the northern bank of Yangtze River is an architectural delight full of legends and beautiful stories. (Note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended since there will be lots of stairs to climb up!)

Optional Excursion: Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City for an extra fee. Called the “City of Ghosts”, it is endowed with mysterious stories about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese demons. Entering this ghost city, you will find many statues of demons and vivid scenes of their perfidious activities. (Note: Once again, the visit to Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes are again highly recommended!)

  • Enjoy a Yangtze Three Gorges Cruise Enjoy a Yangtze Three Gorges Cruise
  • Shibaozhai Pagoda Shibaozhai Pagoda

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

Today you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges while relaxing on the sun deck and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively. 

In Wu Gorge, you will take an enjoyable adventure to primitive Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Switch to a smaller boat to sail down this beautiful stream running in a narrow side gorge where you will have close-up views of high mountain peaks and hanging coffins on the steep cliff faces. After watching an entertaining music and dance show of local Tujia ethnic minority, sail back to your ship.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party with all your mates to cherish the last night onboard. 

Optional Excursion: Take a shore excursion to White Emperor City for an extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursion offers the best viewing spot to appreciate the magnificent Kuimen Gate.

  • Qutang Gorge Qutang Gorge
  • Wu Gorge Wu Gorge
  • Shennv Stream Shennv Stream

Day 5 Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure (B)

After breakfast, your ship will dock at Maoping Dock. Today’s highlight is a morning excursion to Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of Xiling Gorge near Yichang. You will marvel at this gigantic dam from different angles, learn more of the background history of the Three Gorges Dam Project and enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape and scenery. After this excursion, you’ll take the shuttle bus arranged by the ship sending you to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal around 12:30. The local guide and driver will meet you at the terminal and escort you to the airport or train station to catch your flight or train to next destination. Service ends!

Procedures for Leaving: enjoy breakfast onboard - pack your luggage - disembark at Maoping Dock - transfer to Three Gorges Dam (leave your luggage on the coach) - Dam visiting - take the same coach at the dam and shuttle to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal - take our private car service.

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.

  • Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam
  • Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
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