Victoria Cruises Launches New ‘Tribes of the Three Gorges’ Excursion on China’s Yangtze River

Qutang Gorge Victoria Cruises is now offering a new optional Tribes of the Three Gorges excursion on its four-night upstream Yangtze River sailings from Yichang to Chongqing.

Victoria Cruises (http://www.victoriacruises.com) is now offering a new optional Tribes of the Three Gorges excursion on its four-night upstream Yangtze River sailings from Yichang to Chongqing.

Priced separately from Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package at an additional $42 per person, the tour provides an introspective glimpse into local life in the Xiling Gorge region with opportunities to see Toad Spring, statues of the ancient Ba nationality, scenic Dragon Stream, Monkey Hill (featuring more than 200 wild specimens), Lover Bridge and Huanglong Waterfall. Additionally, passengers opting for the excursion will meet local fisherman and enjoy a boatman performance as well as Crying Wedding performance, a custom of the Tujia nationality.

Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package is priced from $90 per person, which includes the “Ghost City” of Fengdu and Three Gorges Dam excursions, as well as an incredible sailing experience through the Small Gorges of the Daning River, one of the Yangtze’s tributaries (may be substituted for Shennong Stream tributary sailing at Victoria Cruises’ discretion). The Small Gorges excursion culminates with a tranquil sampan journey through the “Mini Gorges” of the Ma Du River, itself a tributary of the Daning.

Victoria Cruises also offers additional optional excursions, such as White Emperor City, which is priced at $38 per person, in addition to the cost of Victoria Cruises’ standard excursion package.

Overlooking the Western end of Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City has long been a refuge for would-be kings and poets who traveled there to be inspired by the breathtaking views. Legend has it that in 25 A.D., white vapor in the shape of a dragon rose from a well, and Gong Sunshu, a soldier who had been headquartered there, declared himself the “White Emperor.” Remains of the city wall can be seen on the hill behind Baidi Mountain, and a temple built to commemorate Gong’s reign dates back more than 1,950 years.

Travelers can book excursions as well as upgraded meal service and other VIP amenities offered through Victoria Cruises’ Executive Deck program in advance of departure, or they can upgrade onboard based on availability.

Victoria Cruises’ Executive Deck program features “white glove” concierge service, enhanced ship placement, access to exclusive VIP areas, exclusive shore excursions for groups of six or more, à la carte meal services or reserved window seating in the main dining room, exclusive happy hour, complimentary Internet access, exclusive cultural demonstrations and reserved seating for evening entertainment.

The four-night cruise is priced from $880 per person for a private balcony Superior Stateroom. Superior Staterooms on the Executive Deck start at $1,080 per person, while Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites and Shangri-La Suites start from $1,340, $1,820 and $2,300 per person, respectively. Prices are based on double occupancy and may vary based on ship and deck placement.

Based in New York, Victoria Cruises established new standards of excellence for sailing China’s Yangtze River when its first ship edged out of port in 1994. Since that time, Victoria Cruises has achieved tremendous success by introducing the majesty of the Yangtze River to travelers worldwide. A true pioneer and innovator, Victoria Cruises delivers an unrivaled and unsurpassed Yangtze River experience. An American-managed company, Victoria Cruises operates the largest fleet of vessels with the coveted five-star rating from the China National Tourism Administration. Victoria Cruises offers a variety of itineraries varying from four to nine days including Grand Yangtze Discovery, Three Gorges Highlights and Three Gorges Explorer.

Victoria Cruises has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and has most recently received the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Award Editor’s Pick for Best River Cruise Line as well as Best New River Cruise Ship in 2010 with the launch of the luxurious Victoria Jenna. Travel Weekly also recently selected the Victoria Jenna as a Silver Award Winner for the Magellan Awards’ River Cruise Ship category.

China’s magnificent Yangtze River continues to awe and inspire and Victoria Cruises remains the finest guide for the journey.

For more information and a free color brochure or promotional DVD, contact Victoria Cruises at 57-08 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; phone 800-348-8084, 212-818-1680; fax (212) 818-9889. Send e-mail to contact@victoriacruises.com or visit http://www.victoriacruises.com.

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