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A holiday experience should be joyful and relaxing! Whether you take merely a Yangtze cruise tour or in combination with a tour of hot cities, our diverse Yangtze cruise tours are always flexible for you.

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With essential parts with a guide plus some open free days, our budget itineraries are particularly designed for clients who are on a limited budget and enjoy a measure of independent travel.
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    FAQs on Yangtze Cruise

    What is the difference between taking the downstream cruise as opposed to the upstream?

    Yangtze River Cruises 2019/2020 have downstream and upstream sailings. Downstream sails from the higher part of the river – Chongqing to the lower part - Yichang. Conversely, upstream sails from Yichang to Chongqing. The main difference is that downstream takes one day less than the upstream. The onshore excursion programs may differ a little in some of the ships, but the Yangtze three gorges sceneries and the dam project are all included.

    How long are the Yangtze vacations? Can I do it in 3 days?

    Basically it takes 4 days/ 3 nights for a downstream sailing, and 5 days/ 4 nights for an upstream journey. At present, there is no reputable cruise company operating only 3 day/ 2 nights along the river.

    When is the latest possible time to board the ship? Is there a ticket for me?

    Usually you need to arrive several hours before the ship sets sail. We will offer you the detailed boarding information beforehand. You just need to show your passport when you board the ship. If you take a guided China cruises tour, the guide will escort you to the boarding port and help you check in the ship.

    There is no dinner mentioned on the day when we board the ship. Where should we have it?

    Before boarding the ship, we suggest you have dinner at a restaurant in the city area. Chongqing is famous for the hot pot and Sichuan cuisine. Also, there are many local flavors for you to taste. The guide will help you choose a good restaurant according to your preferences. You can also have dinner at the restaurant on board after check-in, but it might be expensive.

    Is there a balcony available in the cabin?

    Not all ships have balcony cabins available, but all cabins on the ships we use for our valued clients have a private balcony, thereby ensuring that our clients have a comfortable stay and a truly memorable experience.

    Are the main deck cabins noisy? Do you recommend cabins on the upper decks?

    Please rest assured that you will not be bothered by the noise, as the ships assign guests to cabins on the main, 3rd and 4th decks, which are well away from the engines, anchor gear and entertainment areas.

    As for higher decks, the cabins certainly have better views, but they are mostly executive cabins and deluxe suites, so the cost is much higher.

    Are special diets catered for?

    Yes. Most ships can accommodate vegetarian, salt-free, Kosher, or other diet preferences in the best possible way. However, requests must be made in advance, so be sure to advise your travel consultant of your requirements when you make a booking.

    Is Wi-Fi available on board?

    Free Wi-Fi is not available in most of the ships. Clients need to pay an extra fee for that. Sometimes the Wi-Fi connection is not very good due to a poor network.

    Can I have the service of your private tour guide when on board?

    Sorry, this is not going to work. As your travel agent we purchase the cruise tickets for you, but all activities onboard are arranged by the cruise company. After helping you board the ship, our private guide in Chongqing or Yichang will say good bye to you. Then all activities and shore excursions will be managed by the cruise company. There are always an English-speaking guide and a manager ready to serve passengers onboard.

    Is there dress code during the Yangtze vacation?

    Actually casual and comfortable clothes during travel are most people's choice, but dressing up for some particular occasions, e.g. Captain's Welcome Party, is welcomed.
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      4.828 Reviews
      Posted on October 07, 2019
      Our schedules of the China tour was packed with many activities and it was tight but interesting! Summer Palace and Hutong tour in Beijing left me with a deep impression. Summer Palace was an imperial garden and we were lucky to visit a place where emperors had stayed. It was luxurious and elegant. And it was extremely beautiful and marvelous! The vivid explanations of guide Linda attracted me and the trip was so amazing!
      Posted on September 24, 2019
      Our China tour was a great pleasure! The guides were dedicated and kind. The schedule was well designed and we liked this itinerary! We hoped to visit China once more! Thanked the guides for their company and hard work!
      Thanh Thi Nguyen
      Posted on September 16, 2019
      Generally we were very pleased during the visit and very happy having chosen TCG. My sister is a very difficult person, but she's also very satisfied and wants to do it again in 2 years. All the guides have made quite efforts to make our stay as pleasant as possible, particularly Ricky (Guilin) and Allen (Huang Shan). We appreciate very much and please transmit to them our thanks and best wishes. All cars and drivers are almost perfect. They drive safely and are always on time and helpful. Meals are also very good. We understand that sometimes it cannot be the best due to different situations and conditions. There is no comment about eating, very good and above average. Recommendable are the one in Beijing (Peking duck) and the show in Xian. Take care and keep up the quality of services. ... More
      Alan Streeter
      Posted on September 13, 2019
      It was certainly a memorable holiday. Our guides were wonderful, with Rita in Xian and especially John in Beijing being exceptional. Perhaps the only guide not quite as good was Brenda in Datong. While being very knowledgeable and informative, she was not as friendly just giving us the information required but not speaking otherwise. Although Brenda was very helpful at Datong station, going out of her way to take us right to our carriage, she did not stand with us while waiting but stood off a little way on her own. All the other guides would always stay with us and chat and be friendly but we didn't feel that with Brenda.
      The drivers were all good as were the cars. Our driver in Beijing was excellent, well dressed, laughing and smiling and more friendly. All meals/restaurants organised for us were good with the best being the home cooked meal in Xian. The food on this day was excellent. Also the Peking duck was a stand out. The hotels were very good, especially Xian and Beijing, with the breakfasts being more than sufficient as well. We didn't like the hotel in Datong so much. While the hotel itself and the room was lovely, we found the service not so good. The directories were out of date. We were tired so we decided to get room service, this was not easy either with the language barrier. The breakfast was nowhere near as good as the other hotels, the service poor and limited food available. I know these are not very serious things and they did not stop us from enjoying our trip very much but I am just giving an honest evaluation of the hotel. The Century Paragon and our Yangtze River cruise were just wonderful and was a highlight of our trip. The scenery was beautiful and the rooms very comfortable. The only criticism would be the food, we did not enjoy the meals on offer. Otherwise it was great. Our guide, Merry, in Shanghai gave us the opportunity to attend the Era Acrobat Circus, arranged our tickets and escorted us there while the driver stayed to also drive us home. We thought this very kind of them both and we absolutely loved the show. We would like to suggest that perhaps this show should always be included in the Shanghai part of the tour as it would be a shame for tourists to visit Shanghai and not experience this show. We are very grateful Merry suggested it to us. We will definitely remember and cherish our China trip with you!
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      Dr M V KUDVA
      Posted on September 10, 2019
      Our vacation was hassle free and their guides were at hand to meet us at the airports in all the destinations. Guides spoke good English and were knowledgeable, not only about the sites visited but also the culture and nuances of the local people. In particular we were bowled over by the enthusiasm and passion of our guide, Roger, in Xian who made our holiday truly memorable. He was friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Also fluent in English, enthusiastic and passionate about his job as a tour guide. Drivers were friendly and their driving safe. We enjoyed all the meals and in particular the a la carte lunches in Xian. Restaurants were clean with good service except that staff do not understand English. Maybe all restaurants need an English speaking staff to assist customer. We were happy with the breakfast as the spread was wide with Western, Chinese and Japanese dishes. On the Century Sun, there was a slide show about the cruise. Unfortunately it was initially organized only for the Mandarin speaking passengers. Only after repeated requests, was a special slide show held for the English speaking passengers. The Captains dinner on the Yangtze cruise, Century Sun, was a bit of a hurried affair, where the dishes was brought in such quick succession, that we had to literally gobble our meals. We have been on other cruises, and the Captains Dinner is usually a grand affair where passengers take their time to enjoy the dinner. We will not hesitate to use TravelChinaGuide in the future and will also recommend them to our friends. ... More
      John Turchi
      Posted on September 05, 2019
      For my Yangtze River Cruise I chose the Gold Cruise Line. This was an excellent choice! The room was really nice with comfortable beds and a balcony that had two chairs that were nice to sit on while watching the shore go by. The cruise had three included excursions the Ghost City, the Three Lesser Gorges, and the Three Gorges Dam. All five excursions were lots of fun and were either very beautiful or very informative. The cruise line made sure that I was seated at a table with other English speaking people and on each excursion I was a part of a group led by an English speaking Guide. The cruise Director spoke great English and was the perfect high energy and enthusiastic person for the job. His name is Vincent and he helped make the cruise really special! I really enjoyed the cruise! ... More
      Digna M Reyes
      Posted on September 02, 2019
      I was a little bit leery, odd and distrustful at first doing this kind of transaction through the internet where no voices and no faces to attach to, but their professional, prompt and honest communication allayed my fears and anxiety. I was so impressed with how they handled our vacation that I told a lot of people my experience with this company. Thanks a lot!
      Posted on August 29, 2019
      Thanks for the wonderful vacation!
      Chris Needham & Jed Armstrong
      Posted on August 27, 2019
      We have now returned home, and thus I can write the Comments on our experience with the trip arranged via travel China guide company. I would initially like to thank this organization for the support and advice they provided when our plane from Lanzhou to Chongqing, as we received little advice from the airport or airline except for estimated take off time. It certainly reduced the stress I was feeling at the time. Ellie who met us in Chongqing made us comfortable and relaxed about arriving late for our cruise, and provided quite a bit of information on the area during our transfer. It made us feel disappointed that we could not have had more time in Ellie's company, if we had arrived on time, and been able to enjoy the proposed tour items. My only comment on the Cruise relates to the advice I had asked about Dress Code for the meals, which they had said would be Formal. This turned out not to be the case with casual attire being the adopted dress code. Sarah who met us in Yichang was also very efficient in meeting us off the Ship, it having arrived a little late, she again provided a good level of information about the local area and arranged our luncheon stop quietly and efficiently, as we did not have that long before our flight to Shanghai. Sarah saw us efficiently into the airport and the check-in. Finally I would also like to mention that I made a number of Flight bookings and a Train ticket booking via this website and all were efficiently dealt with. I will certainly use their services again, if and when, I next travel to China. ... More
      Posted on August 21, 2019
      Great job. .Selina...all was perfect....
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