Olympics and a Cruise

Victoria Cruises expects business from the Beijing Olympics tourism

By: Ana Figueroa

Agents with clients traveling to Beijing, China for the 2008 Summer Olympics should consider recommending a cruise along the scenic, temple-lined Yangtze River with Victoria Cruises. Space is expected to fill rapidly during this busy period.

“The 2008 Olympics is the most anticipated large-scale event ever to come to China, and while the games are the major draw, many visitors will wish to extend their travels with the addition of a pre- or post-Olympics cruise or tour,” said Larry Greenman, manager of customer service and public relations for Victoria Cruises.

“A relaxing Yangtze cruise through the scenic Three Gorges and other culturally-rich regions in China’s heartland will provide an ideal complement to the excitement of the Olympics in Beijing,” noted Greenman.

With the largest fleet of five-star vessels on the Yangtze River, Victoria Cruises offers several itineraries including the popular Three Gorges Highlights, which sails downstream from Chongqing to Yichang and includes a magnificent view of the Three Gorges and the impressive Three Gorges Dam project, as well as an excursion down one of the Yangtze’s tributary rivers

The four-day/three-night Chongqing to Yichang sailing departs daily except for Saturdays and starts at $675 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin during July and August 2008, $720 per person, double, in September.

Victoria Cruises’ Three Gorges Highlights program is also available for upstream sailings, which depart every day except for Tuesdays, but takes one extra day due to river currents. The five-day/four-night Yichang to Chongqing upstream journey is priced the same as the downstream sailing.

For those seeking a longer sailing, Victoria Cruises offers an eight-day/seven-night roundtrip Chongqing-Yichang-Chongqing journey, known as the Three Gorges Explorer, which includes different shore excursions in each direction. The Three Gorges Explorer departs daily except for Saturdays and starts at $1,200 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin during July and August, $1,300 per person, double, in September.

As an alternative, Victoria Cruises’ Grand Yangtze Discovery encompasses the magnificent Three Gorges area as well as the intriguing, historic and scenic sites along the Eastern part of the Yangtze River. Journeying between Chongqing and Shanghai, this itinerary offers a window into the soul and spirit of China and its people, with highlights including a Qing Dynasty-style Bazaar surrounding a Confucian Temple located at Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province. Other shore excursions include Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, and Huangshan, one of China’s fabled mountain ranges. The seven-day/six-night downstream Grand Yangtze Discovery offers summer 2008 departures on July 9 and 23; Aug. 6 and 20; and Sept. 3 and 17, and is priced from $1,400 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin during July and August, $1,500 per person, double, in September. The nine-day/eight-night upstream Grand Yangtze Discovery is priced the same as the downstream sailing, and has departures on July 1, 15 and 29; Aug. 12 and 26; and Sept. 9 and 23.

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