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Discover the Yangtze River in luxury & comfort at unbeatable local prices!

The Yangtze River has been on the travel bucket list of numerous travelers across the world, especially taking a relaxing Yangtze cruise to appreciate its golden attraction, the Three Gorges. However, it is complex to choose an ideal ship and plan a Yangtze cruise vacation since there are many cruise routes, ships, and companies with different services.

BUT! No need to worry! Based in Chongqing and Chengdu and with the proud “Traveler’s Choice” award by TripAdvisor year-on-year, we are the leading local travel agency for booking the Yangtze River cruise and China tours. And we have successfully helped travelers from multiple countries/regions achieve their journeys to amazing China with continuous positive reviews. Thus, we are your reliable local expert friend to give the best recommendation and advice for such cruise! Additionally, our experienced travel consultant team and a wealth of clear information will help you quickly select the best ship, catch useful details for the cruise, and plan your vacation in China! Please feel free to contact us for any help or a customized tour! Let’s set sail and embrace the beautiful world!

8 Best Yangtze River Cruise Ships 2024

There are nearly 30 cruise ships under several cruise companies offering Yangtze River sailing trips for global travelers, with various levels of facilities, services, etc. To help you quickly find a satisfying cruise ship for the Yangtze vacation in 2024, here we list the 8 best Yangtze River cruise ships that are the top-advanced vessels with rich experience and most popular among international cruise guests! Select your ship below and book early to save more!

  • Century Oasis

    Century Oasis

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    2023 best Yangtze River cruise ship choice

    Only $526-$571

  • Yangtze Explorer

    Yangtze Explorer

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    ONLY super 5-star cruise with one-on-one service

    Only $1,206-$1,779

  • Century Glory

    Century Glory

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    2019 newly built super 5-star luxury cruise

    Only $526-$571

  • Century Victory

    Century Victory

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    2022 brand new sister ship of Century Glory

    Only $526-$571

  • Century Paragon

    Century Paragon

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    Classic leading luxury Yangtze River vessel for all types

    Only $429-$474

  • Century Legend

    Century Legend

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    Famed 5-star ship sailing the Shanghai-Chongqing Route

    Only request

  • Victoria Sabrina

    Victoria Sabrina

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    Largest & 2020 newly built eco-friendly luxury cruise

    Only $504-$593

  • Yangtze 3

    Yangtze 3

    5 Star Yangtze Cruise

    Best & 2022 newly built luxury all-inclusive vessel

    Only $712

Sail with Best Cruise Companies on the Yangtze

Specialized in booking Yangtze River cruises for many years, we know the area very well. Also, we know exactly the characteristics of each Yangtze cruise company and each fleet due to our years of friendly long-term cooperation. Here, we list the top 6 cruise companies with decades of experience receiving international cruise visitors, and you can click to know their distinct ship info, prices, schedules, itineraries, deals, and more. Select your favorite one to start your relaxing Yangtze holiday now!

  • Centuries Cruises

    Leading in new & luxury Yangtze river cruises

    from only $438-$483

  • Victoria Crusies

    New York based Yangtze ONLY American managed cruise line

    from only $362-$453

  • Yangtze Gold Cruises

    Large and new fleet with valuable prices

    from only $392-$496

  • Changjiang Cruises

    Innovative choice of state leaders and state guests

    from only $377

  • President Cruises

    the honored and competitive cruise brand with global famous design

    from only $362-$415

  • Sanctuary Retreats

    ONLY super 5-star cruise with one-on-one service

    from only $1453-$1747

Yangtze River Cruise Guide

What actually is a Yangtze River cruise trip? What to do and expect there? How to plan and prepare for it? In order to help you figure out all the answers, here we collect the cruise experience onboard, shore excursion sites, Yangtze cruise routes, the latest news, and useful guide info about travel season, ports, transportation, and so forth. Check to have a basic understanding of the Yangtze cruise trip and start your cruise plan with no effort!

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Cruises Routes

There are several different Yangtze River cruise sailing routes. Nearly every ship sails on a stable route with a relative fixed schedule for an entire year, so it gives more flexible chances to select your route for a leisure cruise exploration of the Yangtze! So far, the most classic sailings are between Chongqing and Yichang, for both upstream and downstream, which are offered by most Yangtze cruise ships. Besides, special longer routes between Shanghai and Chongqing, etc. are also available, however with unfixed dates, for in-depth discoveries to more attractive destinations along the legendary mother river.

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Chongqing Yichang Cruises - 4 Days & 3 Nights
This downstream route is the golden cruise line to discover the significant Three Gorges of the Yangtze, chosen by more than half travelers!
Chongqing - Fengdu - Fengjie - Three Gorges - Badong - Maoping - Yichang
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Yichang Chongqing Cruises - 5 Days & 4 Nights
It is another popular and classic upstream route to appreciate the Yangtze’s golden section at a more leisure pace!
Yichang - Maoping - Badong - Three Gorges - Fengjie - Fengdu - Chongqing
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Shanghai Chongqing Cruises - 11 ~ 12 Days
The appealing in-depth Yangtze River panorama cruise includes exploration of the fabulous nature, culture, and history of its lower and middle reaches (Dates are unfixed every year).
Shanghai - Yangzhou - Nanjing - Chizhou - Jiujiang - Wuhan - Yueyang - Jingzhou - Yichang - Three Gorges - Chongqing

Shore Excursions

It is a must-see Yangtze highlight and one of the ten finest scenic sites in China. So, nobody been to the river will omit Three Gorges sightseeing. Getting its name because of its three beautiful gorges, including Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges is the ideal classic spot to marvel at the world’s top gorge view and China’s poetic charm.

The largest hydroelectric plant in the world, taking over a century to complete. With quite significant contribution to flood control and power generation transmitted to many provinces, this project is another major reason for so many tourists to cruise the Yangtze River. Every Yangtze River cruise arranges a shore excursion to look at the marvelous dam project on site.

Also called Three Gorges Dam Ship Elevator, it is not only the largest but also the most sophisticated ship lift in the whole world. You will take a sightseeing boat to take this incredible ship lift up or down, with an elevation of 370 feet (about 113 m), to pass the Three Gorges Dam within only around 40 minutes, particularly efficient compared to the past 3 hours.

It is a mysterious and idyllic land with abundant Ba and Chu cultures. Here, ancient stilt houses and bridges are under good preservation, and native Tujia ethnic groups on water, by brooks and on mountain tops still continue their own simple folk lifestyle. Tranquil scenery of bamboo forests, lakes, hills, etc. of a rural tribe there attracts plenty of global visitors!

China Tour Packages with Yangtze River Cruises

6 Best Tour Packages
Almost all travelers, especially first-timers to China, prefer to combine a Yangtze cruise with more beautiful destinations in their China vacation instead of enjoying the Yangtze cruise alone! Here are the 6 best China Yangtze River cruise packages most chosen by our dear guests from around the world, which are helpful to enrich the China travel experience to the utmost, with classic discoveries to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, etc.!
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6 Days Chongqing, Yangtze River & Zhangjiajie Exciting Tour

(Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Zhangjiajie)

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No.1 Short Tour

4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise

(Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang)

from request Details

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No.1 China Tour

13 Days Classic China Tour with Yangtze Cruise

(Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Yangshuo / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai)

from $2,253 Details

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Best China Nature

15 Days China Yangtze Tour with Zhangjiajie & Guilin Landscape

(Shanghai / Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Zhangjiajie / Xian / Beijing)

from request Details

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No.1 Xian Yangtze Tour

6 Days Xian Yangtze Cruise

(Xian / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang)

from request Details

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Most Classic China Tour

11 Days China Golden Triangle Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

(Beijing / Xian / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai)

from $1,979 Details

Tour from Gateways
Which city will you start your China Yangtze tour? Plenty of visitors also plan their trip based on the gateway cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong so far with numerous international flights linking the entire globe. Besides, those three gateways also serve frequent flights and high speed trains to / from most middle-class and big cities domestically for easy transfers. That upgrades your trip convenience easily no matter how many destinations your China trip covers!
Beijing

Beijing

Capital of China. It is where to admire the magnificent and luxuriant styles of past imperial families and look at the miraculous Great Wall.

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Shanghai

Shanghai

The “magic Shanghai” is a stunning gateway to feel the metropolitan vibes and China’s traditional poetic beauty in nearby Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan...

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Its skyline and night view, international culture blending with local tradition, and countless food choices make Hong Kong a paradise for visitors.

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Cruise with Hot Cities
Have visited China before and want to discover more of this vast country? It is wise and popular to plan your Yangtze cruise with other hot cities. For international travelers, they show great interest in Chengdu (1-2 days), Zhangjiajie (2-4 days), Xian (1-2 days), Guilin (2-4 days), Wuhan (1-2 days), Nanjing (1-2 days), etc. These explortions will greatly deepen your understanding of diverse nature, culture and history of amazing China!
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Chengdu
Zhangjiajie
Xian
Yichang
Guilin
Wuhan
Nanjing
Chongqing

This “Little Hong Kong” with its spectacular skyline is super popular for a city lost. It is home to spicy food, UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Dazu Rock Carvings and Wulong Karst Landscape, and parts of the Three Gorges.

Most popular itinerary:

6 Days Chongqing, Yangtze River & Zhangjiajie Exciting Tour

(Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Zhangjiajie)

Chongqing Yangtze Tours
Chengdu

Famous as the “Hometown of Giant Pandas” & “Land of Abundance”. People flock to Chengdu for its symbolic “laid-back” life pace and to seek ancient Shu Kingdom mysteries and rich UNESCO heritages nearby. 1.5 hours’ bullet train ride from Chongqing.

Most popular itinerary:

6 Days Yangtze River Cruise Tour from Chengdu

(Chengdu / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang)

Chengdu Yangtze Tours
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie (Hunan Province) has the most fascinating national parks in China. You can explore the Avatar Mountains in the UNESCO-protected Zhangjiajie National Forest Park or walk on Zhangjiajie Glass Bridges over the Grand Canyon.

Most popular itinerary:

8 Days Leisure Tour to Zhangjiajie & Yangtze River

(Zhangjiajie / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing)

Zhangjiajie Yangtze Tours
Xian

It is home to the Terracotta Warriors and the starting point of the Silk Road. Here you can dig out over 5,000 years of brilliant history to learn more about this ancient capital of 13 dynasties. Also, the Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, etc. are must-visits!

Most popular itinerary:

10 Days Xian Zhangjiajie Yangtze Cruise

(Xian / Zhangjiajie / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing)

Xian Yangtze Tours
Yichang

The small Yichang (Hubei) is known as “the Gateway to the Three Gorges” and “Hydropower capital of the world”. With a history spanning over 2,700 years and being the hometown of Quyuan, Yichang has many highlights and is excellent to learn Chu Kingdom history!

Most popular itinerary:

5 Days Yichang Tour with Yangtze Cruise Experience

(Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing)

Yichang Yangtze Tours
Guilin

"East or West, Guilin Landscape is the Best”! Guilin is China’s most gorgeous place. Cruising the Li River down and roaming around Yangshuo is best to discover its karst landscape. Also, Longji Rice Terraces is incredible to marvel at locals’ agricultural artistic talent.

Most popular itinerary:

6 Days Yangtze River Cruise from Idyllic Guilin

(Guilin / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang)

Guilin Yangtze Tours
Wuhan

The capital of Hubei Province has long been historically significant since 3,500 years ago. Thus, it has enough cultural relics to explore China’s brilliant culture. As an enormous port on the Yangtze, it is the core city of the river’s development and has rich stunning sightseeing.

Most popular itinerary:

6 Days Wuhan City Tour with Yangtze Cruise

(Wuhan / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing)

Wuhan Yangtze Tours
Nanjing

It was the ancient capital thousands of years ago throughout several dynasties and kingdoms. In Nanjing, the ancient sites and historical landmarks tell its history and culture. You won't miss the top tourist attractions like Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Qinhuai River, etc.

Most popular itinerary:

7 Days Nanjing & Yangtze River Tour

(Nanjing / Yichang / Yangtze Cruise / Chongqing)

Nanjing Yangtze Tours

Our Customers’ Yangtze Cruise Trips

During the past years, we have helped a great many cruise guests from across the world achieve their sailing dreams to the Yangtze River. And so far, we have received 980+ pieces of feedback and 580+ TripAdvisor reviews from our real guests, and they have also shared hundreds of nice trip photos and inspiring travel stories with us. You can have a clearer understanding of the real experience of the cruise and tour in China as well as our provided service by checking them below, as we will keep upgrading.

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