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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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      4.816 Reviews
      Ingrid Paesch
      United States
      Posted on August 14, 2019
      First of all, thanks for making our vacation a most memorable one. Below is a tour review:

      Hotels: The hotels were well chosen as 4 stars hotels and locations were good. The service in all hotels was excellent and the rooms were all clean. All breakfast were excellent.

      Meals: The food was good, but not really our priority. A la carte gives you choices but still it remain difficult. Looking at the pictures doesn't tell you much about the taste. So the guides always had to help us. Everybody is different when it comes to eating so I guess a la carte is still the best option. The restaurants all looked very fancy and the services were good. Definitely I would like to recommend the special roasted Peking Duck, more because of the way you have to prepare it and the way (wrap) you have to eat it. They give a little show to it which makes it much more special. The taste was very good!

      Guides: Because of the different cities we went, we had 6 guides during the whole visit and all were very polite and friendly. All guides were always punctual to pick us up at the hotels. They are all well-educated and very attentive. English was not a problem. Sometimes it felt like we knew each other for a long time. Knowledge of history of the visited sites was more than expected. English was more than sufficient to understand each other well. Nonetheless guides should always improve on their knowledge and language. We have nothing to complain about the guides, but praise for their services. We are very satisfied with their services and efforts to please us. Our special compliments for Linda in Beijing and Monica in Guilin. They are so special to us.

      Drivers & Cars: Drivers are not the least, they are very important concerning our safety in the difficult traffic. They have to drive safely and responsibly at all time in a very busy traffic. That's not so easy. But all drivers did a job well done. All cars were in good condition and very clean at all time. Water bottles were always available to us. It feels so good to be safe and sound back home.

      Overall, the experience was quite good, we love it.
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      Posted on August 11, 2019
      Thank you for organising our itinerary of Xian and the Three Gorges which we found very enjoyable. We were extremely happy with your service.
      Posted on August 04, 2019
      We are so glad we embarked upon an amazing journey with TCG!
      Posted on August 01, 2019
      Living in China with our 2 kids, we decided to go to the Gorges cruise during summer break. After 2 days of small rain, we had chance to see the Three Gorges and the Dam with good weather and astonishment. Nature and technology contrast was really impressive. The cruise in President boat was perfect; the food was excellent. And we had very good chance to talk with other travelers and local personnel. The last evening was a good surprise with a show made by all passengers, friendly and funny. It was an excellent trip to visit China nature, development project but also to have relaxing days. The meals on the boat were excellent. Don't change anything!!! This is the best we have had in travels, but also better than many restaurants. The service was pleasant, the people were very friendly. The meal in Chongqing restaurant was also very good. Very suitable for a family, children could enjoy Chinese and other food easily. Very high quality and choice. We stayed only in the President boat. The service was good. We changed the room for a highest class but it was our own decision. The breakfast was really good. We will recommend all for our friends especially the President cruise. ... More
      Posted on July 27, 2019
      We booked the Yangtze cruise with travelchianguide on board of Yangzi Explorer. We were delighted with all aspects of the cruise, the comfort of the cabin, the quality of the meals, the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff on board and the variety of the excursions. We would certainly recommend this to friends.
      Stephen Dworkin
      Posted on July 19, 2019
      I am more than pleased with the services Travel GuideChina has provided me! They were quick to respond to my questions and the information that they gave me was always thorough and accurate. They were able to secure me half a cabin on the cruise that they booked for me and there was no one to share with so I had it for myself. VERY nice. As far as the cruise itself is concerned it was TERRIFIC! Yangtze Gold Cruise is a 5 star vessel. I was the only Westerner on board but that was NO problem. Everyone was friendly and I found that a smile and a few words in Chinese can get you a long way. The food was great, our river guide Annie very informative and attentive. It was one of the best experiences I have had in my 50 years of traveling (I am 70 years old). I will book another tour from this company if I get another opportunity. ... More
      Shelton Desilva, Lalitha Desilva
      Posted on July 03, 2019
      We returned home from a fantastic trip. We enjoyed every place we visited. Kelly, thank you so much for arranging such a nice Yangtze River cruise and the Xian visit. Lily, the guide at Xian did an excellent job by explaining a lot of things and giving us helpful hints on what to do and what not to. We wanted to meet you all at your office, but unfortunately Lily said there was no time due to our tight schedule. Thank you once again, not only for the tour but also for putting up with my numerous questions and requests during the process. ... More
      Posted on June 30, 2019
      We had an excellent time in China and we enjoyed every moment.
      Albin Ruffner
      Posted on June 10, 2019
      I returned to Bangkok with a lot of nice memories! The accommodation, guides and schedules were above my expectations. All guides adjusted to my desired wishes. All guides accompanied me, although I would be able to come back to a meeting point. On train stations they accompanied me to the gate. And on the destinations I was picked up by a new guide. At the airport in Pudong Khun Yan guided me through the difficult customs procedure. All drivers were exceptional friendly and professional, safe drivers. The whole trip was just perfect. ... More
      June Tindall
      Posted on May 05, 2019
      You did a wonderful job with arrangements for our holiday. Thanks for the assistance you provided for our trip.
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