Plan a Yangtze River Cruise
How to get started?
This page will give you an overview how you can get the most out of your Yangtze Cruise. Careful planning can make the difference between a memorable expericence for a lifetime and... you know what we're talking about. Alternatively you can ask one of our experienced travel advisors to do the work for you. They can perfectly fit the cruise in a travel package of your choice.
When is the best time to go on the cruise?
The best seasons to take a Yangtze River cruise are spring and autumn. To put it more specific, it is April, May, September and October when the weather is cool and comfortable. These four months are often called high seasons. The prices are the lowest for the winter cruises and the highest in high seasons. Check Yangtze Cruise calendar 2013
Upstream or downstream?
The difference between upstream and downstream cruises is that downstream cruises are one day shorter. The prices of upstream and downstream cruises are the same for most cruise routes except for cruises between Chongqing and Shanghai (where the upstream price is more expensive). Also shore excursions may vary due to different schedules. Read More about Upstream and Downstream
Which ship to take?
There are over 20 ships on the Yangtze River. The newest and most luxury cruises are the Victoria Cruise and President Cruise. Four new shps: President 7, President 8, Century Paragon and Century legend will make their first voyage April and May 2013. There are so far the largest and most luxury ships on the Yangtze River. Check out Cruise Calendar 2013/2014
How to choose a Yangtze Cruise cabin?
Choosing a suitable cabin is very important for putting together a perfect Yangtze cruise. It is a personal decision, depending on a traveler's budget and lifestyle. There are basically four essential factors to consider when making a decision: the ship’s star rating, the ship’s operating history, cabin types and cabin locations. Read More about Choosing a Yangtze Cruise Cabin
A Package or a cruise only?
The advantage of a package would be that we could tailor made your personal China experience with all tour components fitting perfectly together or you can choose one of our Yangtze Cruise packages and customize it your way. If you book a cruise alone we suggest to book at least the transfer from the hotel to the ship with us, so that we can guarantee a smooth check-in procedure.
No extraordinary preparations are required to take the Yangtze Cruise. Please have a look at our FAQ what kind of suggestions we have in terms of travelling to China in general. As there are two formal nights on the ship we suggest men to bring a coat & tie and the ladies a dress or pantsuit. As all suggestion this is of course voluntary.
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Recommended Yangtze River Tours
- Destination: Shanghai, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai
- Shanghai is an intoxicating blend of historic culture and an ultra-modern mega city. Combine this with some of China's most spectacular scenery, cultural treasures and religious and historical sites on the Yangtze River to see the huge contrast which is China.
- Destination: Beijing, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang
- Beijing has been at heart of China's history, government and culture since ancient times and the Yangtze is known as the cradle of Chinese culture and in many ways is the life blood of China. We combine both to give a great insight to our country in 8 short days.
- Destination: Hong Kong, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai, Beijing
- Take a cruise on the spectacular Yangtze River and stay in Hong Kong and Shanghai. This is a truly comprehensive and very popular journey exploring China's greatest treasures at a relaxed pace.