Yangtze Gold Cruises

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Yangtze Gold Cruises is one of the youngest cruise lines, and all cruise ships are built after 2011. Featured with all 5-star cruise ships, the largest capacity is around 500 passengers. The Yangtze Gold Cruises brought a revolution to the Yangtze River cruise industry.

All the ships are equipped with sightseeing elevators and adopt facilities like a 5-star hotel. A breath-taking central pedestrian street, which is a unique feature in the Yangtze Gold Cruises ships, are available on the ships Yangtze Gold 2, Yangtze Gold 3, Yangtze Gold 5, and Yangtze Gold 6. The other features of the Yangtze Gold Cruises includes children playground, golf course, billiards, and etc.

Yangtze Gold Cruises Ships

Yangtze Gold Cruises operates a fleet of seven five-star ships currently, including Yangtze Gold 1, Yangtze Gold 2, Yangtze Gold 3, Yangtze Gold 5, Yangtze Gold 6, Yangtze Gold 7, and Yangtze Gold 8, all as designated by the China Ministry of Culture and Tourism. They are sailing between Chongqing and Yichang, with 3 Nights 4 Days downstream cruises from Chongqing to Yichang, and 4 Nights 5 Days upstream cruises from Yichang to Chongqing.

Ship Name Built Tonnage Length Beam Decks Capacity  
Yangtze Gold 1 2011 12000T 136m 19.6m 6 349 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 2 2012 17000T 149.9m 24m 6 570 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 3 2012 17000T 149.9m 24m 6 570 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 5 2012 17000T 149.9m 24m 6 570 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 6 2012 17000T 149.9m 24m 6 570 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 7 2013 11250T 136m 19.6m 6 446 Book Now!
Yangtze Gold 8 2013 11250T 136m 19.6m 6 446 Book Now!

Yangtze Gold Cruises Highlights

  • All ships are 5-star
  • Spacious cabins with private balconies and bathrooms
  • All ships have sightseeing elevators
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Indoor pedestrian street
  • Open-air golf course, simulated driving area
  • Billiards, children playground
  • English speaking cruise directors & tour guide available
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2020 Sailing Schedules

Day Chongqing to Yichang
(3 Nights Downstream)
Yichang to Chongqing
(4 Nights Upstream)
Monday Yangtze Gold 1 Yangtze Gold 7
Tuesday Yangtze Gold 2 Yangtze Gold 5
Wednesday Yangtze Gold 6 Yangtze Gold 8
Thursday Yangtze Gold 3 Yangtze Gold 1
Friday Yangtze Gold 7 Yangtze Gold 2
Saturday Yangtze Gold 5 Yangtze Gold 6
Sunday Yangtze Gold 8 Yangtze Gold 3

2020 Yangtze Gold Cruises Rates

Ship Name Shoulder Season Rates
(Mar/Apr/Jun/Jul/Aug/Nov)
Peak Season Rates
(May/Sep/Oct)
Yangtze Gold 1 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 2 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 3 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 5 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 6 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 7 US$389.00 US$425.00
Yangtze Gold 8 US$389.00 US$425.00
** Above Yangtze River cruise prices are not valid for departures between Sept. 30 to Oct. 07.

Yangtze Gold Cruises Itinerary

Would you like to take Yangtze Gold Cruises from Chongqing or Yichang?

There is no price difference, and the only difference is when you take a cruise from Chongqing, it is one day quicker. Cruises sailing from Chongqing to Yichang are 4 days and 3 nights, while Yichang to Chongqing cruises are 5 days and 4 nights (downstream cruises sail with the current and are a bit faster). Upstream and downstream cruises include almost the same sights and excursions.

Yangtze River Cruise Map

CHONGQING to YICHANG Downstream Itinerary (3 Nights)
DAY 1
18:00-20:00 Embarkation at Chaotianmen Pier, Chongqing
21:00 Set Sail
21:00 Cruise briefing
DAY 2
07:00-07:30 Early Bird Morning coffee & tea; Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Shore excursion to Fengdu “Ghost City”
12:00-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
16:30-18:00 Optional excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda (CNY 220 per person)
17:00-18:00 Captain’s Welcome Party
18:00-20:00 Dinner (buffet)
19:30-21:30 Optional excursion:
Feng Yan San Guo “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” Live Show (CNY 290 per person)
DAY 3
07:00-07:30 Early Bird Morning coffee & tea; Tai Chi exercise
07:30-08:30 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Optional excursion: White Emperor City (CNY 290 per person)
11:00-11:30 Scenic cruising — Qutang Gorge
11:30-12:30 Lunch (buffet)
13:30-17:30 Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges
Enhanced Optional Tour: Little Lesser Three Gorges (CNY 150 per person)
17:30-18:30 Scenic cruising — Wu Gorge
18:30-20:00 Scenic cruising — Xiling Gorge (West Section)
19:00-20:00 Captain’s farewell banquet (table dinner)
20:00-23:00 Settle the bills
20:30-21:30 Evening entertainment show
DAY 4
Regular Schedule
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-11:00 Disembark at Maoping Pier.
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
Shuttle to Yichang.
12:30 (Est.) Arrive at Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (near Wanda Plaza).
Schedules with Optional Tour
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-12:00 Disembark at Maoping Pier.
Optional excursion: Ship-lift Tour (CNY 290 per person);
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
Shuttle to Yichang.
13:30 (Est.) Arrive at Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (near Wanda Plaza).


YICHANG to CHONGQING Upstream Itinerary (4 Nights)
DAY 1
16:30-20:00 Board the cruise ship at Maoping Pier, Yichang.
** Complimentary cruise shuttle available departing from Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center.
21:00 Embarkation briefing
DAY 2
07:00-07:30 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
07:30-12:30 Optional excursion: Three Gorges Tribe (CNY 290 per person)
12:30-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam.
16:30-17:30 Optional excursion: Ship-lift Tour (CNY 290 per person)
17:00-18:00 Captain’s Welcome Party
18:00 Set Sail;
Scenic cruising – Xiling Gorge (West Section)
18:00-19:00 Dinner (buffet)
20:30-21:30 Three Gorges Theme Show
DAY 3
07:00-07:30 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
07:00-07:30 Scenic cruising — Wu Gorge
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges
Enhanced Optional Tour: Little Lesser Three Gorges (CNY 150 per person)
12:30-13:30 Lunch (buffet)
14:30-15:00 Scenic cruising — Qutang Gorge
15:00-18:00 Optional excursion: White Emperor City (CNY 290 per person)
18:00-19:00 Dinner (buffet)
19:30-21:30 Optional excursion: “Return to the Three Gorges” Live Show (CNY 290 per person)
Combo: White Emperor City + Live Show CNY 490 per person
DAY 4
07:00-07:30 Morning coffee & tea, Tai Chi exercise
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:00-10:30 Optional excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda (CNY 220 per person)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (buffet)
15:30-18:30 Shore excursion to Fengdu “Ghost City”
19:00-20:00 Captain’s farewell banquet (table dinner)
20:00-23:00 Settle the bills
20:30-21:30 Evening entertainment
DAY 5
07:00-08:00 Breakfast (buffet)
08:30 Check out.
09:00 (Est.) Disembarkation in Chongqing.

Please Note:

  • The cruise itineraries are subject to change due to the weather, river conditions, and permission from the navigation authorities.
  • According to the water level conditions, the embarkation (3 nights cruise) / disembarkation (4 nights cruise) pier might be changed to Fengdu in Chongqing, and the coach transfer would be arranged from/to Chongqing city center by the cruise line, and if this situation happens, we would inform you at least one day before departure date, so please check your email for further information before going to the cruise pier.