Helen Wong Tours’ eponymous managing director and founder knows plenty about travellers, tours and China, and says Australia’s love affair with river cruising has seen an increase in interest for Yangtze cruises through the breathtaking Three Gorges.
“The cruises through the spectacular Three Gorges between Yichang and Chongqing – and vice versa – have been popular for many years. But based on the more recent thirst by Australians to experience a luxury cruise ship holiday, we forecast a healthier flow of Australians along the Yangtze.”
The Three Gorges cruise is a feature of Helen Wong’s Tours’ 15-day Yangtze Wonders group tour, which also includes visits to Shanghai, Xian (home of the Terracotta Warriors) and Beijing. Until the end of November 2017 it is priced from $5750 per person, twin share from Australia; and the nine-day Downstream and Upstream Yangtze tours, from $2760 per person, twin share, including stays in Shanghai and Chongqing. Return air fares from Australia are extra.
In meeting demand for luxury cruise holidays, the company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, uses the seven-strong American-owned Victoria Cruises fleet in its program, and each vessel is five-star rated by the China National Tourism Administration.
With multi-lingual cruise director on board, each ship is air conditioned and boasts outside cabins with private balconies and bathrooms. All meals are included in a choice of two restaurants along with wi-fi access and a host of other features.