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Yangtze River Crusie Route Comparison

Yangtze River Cruise routes are divided into 4 kinds according to cruise length and days. They are 4-5 days Chongqing and Yichang Route, 4 days Shanghai and Nanjing Route, 10 days Chongqing and Shanghai route, 4-6 days Chongqing and Wuhan route, .

Latest news for Yangtze Cruise route: we are sorry to inform you that there is no ship sailing between Chongqing and Wuhan in 2018. If you are interested in shorter Yangtze River cruising, you can take the popular itinerary between Chongqing and Yichang which covers all the essence of Yangtze River.

Here we compared the routes as well as the upstream and downstream of each route, hoping to give you a clearer mind about the difference so that you can choose a more suitable ship for your need.

No.1: Chongqing and Yichang - the most popular Yangtze cruise route

This route is chosen by 95% travelers. Rich shore excursions, including White Emperor City, Fengdu Ghost City, Lesser Three Gorgers and Shennong Stream, offer you the best of the Three Gorgers in one go.

You can choose from the top deluxe Yangtze Explorer, popular Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises and Yangtze Gold Cruises, to the budget President Cruises. Wild choices of ships and sailing dates, please check the Yangtze Cruise Calendar.

Chongqing - Yichang (4D & 3N) Yangtze Downstream Cruise

  • Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Shore excursion:
    Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, Three Gorges Dam Site, Fengdu Ghost City (optional) and White Emperor City (optional)
  • Chongqing is well connected by air and train with many cities in China.


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Down stream

Yichang - Chongqing (5D & 4N) Yangtze Upstream Cruise

  • Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights
  • Shore excursion:
    Three Gorges Dams Site, Shennong Stream or Shennv Stream, Shibaozhai Pagoda , Fengdu Ghost City (optional), White Emperor City (optional) and Tripe of Three Gorges (optional)
  • Yichang is less conveninet in traffic, but well connected with Shanghai
  • The price of Upstream is CHEAPER than that of downstream.


>>Check the Sample Itinerary

Up stream

No.2: Chongqing and Shanghai - the most relaxing route but needs more time and money

Century Sky is the ONLY ship sailing between Chongqing and Shanghai. The longest and most relaxing cruise route including further shore excursions to Yangzhou city, Chizhou city, Jingdezhen town, Jingzhou city, Wuhan city, Three Gorges, etc. which offers a deeper exploration about the local culture along different regions of the Yangtze.

Chongqing - Shanghai (10D & 9N) Yangtze Downstream Cruise

  • Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
  • 16 Shore excursions including Shennv Stream, Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam Site, Five-stages Ship Locks, Gezhouba Dam, Hubei Provincial Museum (in Wuhan), Jingdezhen porcelain kilns (in Jingdezhen), Xinghuacun Ancient Village (in Chizhou), Dongguan Old Street and Geyuan Garden (in Yangzhou), etc.


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Down stream

Shanghai - Chongqing (10D & 9N) Yangtze Upstream Cruise

  • Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
  • 15 Shore excursions including, Geyuan Garden, Dongguan Ancient Street, Xinghuacun Village, Jingdezhen ancient kiln porcelain yard, Jingzhou Ancient City Wall, Hubei Provincial Museum, East Lake, Three Gorges Dam, Five-stages Ship Locks, Shennv Stream and Shibaozhai Pagoda, etc.


>>Check the Sample Itinerary

Up stream

No.3: Chongqing and Wuhan - Special Cruise Line on Yangtze

Since Victoria Sophia offers lines between Chongqing and Shanghai, and it stops in Wuhan City. Guests could board and disembark in Wuhan for 4-day downstream cruise from Chongqing to Wuhan and 6-day upstream cruise from Wuhan to Chongqing. For the itinerary details, please view the itinerary offered by Victoria Sophia.

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