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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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      4.734 Reviews
      Maikel
      Spain
      Posted on December 02, 2019
      We were very tired as we got off the plane. Thanks to the good itinerary and we had time to restore strength and energy for the trip. We had visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The giant pandas were the cutest animals in the world and we saw them playing, eating and sleeping. So lovely!!! Our China tour was relaxing and we had a great pleasure!
      Bernhard Allred
      New Zealand
      Posted on November 17, 2019
      Our Yangtze cruise tour was well arranged! We took the luxurious New Century Cruise Ship to view the beautiful sights along the Yangtze River. We had sailed through the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Three Gorges Dam. Especially the Three Gorges Dam left me a deep impression and we saw the great strength of scientific and technological development of China. We were shocked by its magnificence! The guide had thorough and professional explanations. We appreciated his hard work a lot!
      Margaret Hamilton
      UK
      Posted on November 14, 2019
      Everything was exactly as planned, guides were at the airport and boat to meet us and all train tickets were collected with no issues. We have used you before and you will continue to be our first choice for travel in China.
      Lori Bush
      USA
      Posted on November 03, 2019
      Our 8 days budget China Tours were cost-effective and affordable. We had visited many highlight spots, including the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Provincial History Museum in Xi’an and the Shanghai Museum. They were all worth a visit and I liked this trip to China very much!
      Roser and Miquel
      Spain
      Posted on October 25, 2019
      We travelled through China for 3 weeks, as independent travellers. Travel China Guide has Belen once of the most valuable tools to consult about things to do in each city and to get practical information (metro, Train, restaurants). We also booked the train and flight Tickets through Travel China Guide, that were sent to our first hotel, and a Yangtsé river cruise. Kelly, our agent, offered us continuos support by mail and also phone. Very professional and highly resolutive.
      I strongly recommend this travel agency and its web to anyone travelling to China.
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      Nilesh Blas
      United Kingdom
      Posted on October 20, 2019
      We were very pleased with this tour of China. The guides were enthusiastic, considerate and outgoing! We would like to thank the guides of TravelChinaGuide for their professional and friendly assistance during our China tour!I will recommend TravelChinaGuide to everybody who desires to see the beautiful and unique country!
      Josephine
      Canada
      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!
      Daisy
      Singapore
      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
      Switzerland
      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
      Australia
      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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