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How to Choose the Yangtze River Cruise Route

From downstream and upstream cruise routes to classic and in-depth cruise routes, Yangtze River cruise has many routes to offer. While all Yangtze River cruises provide a memorable experience with plenty of activities to do onshore and onboard, there are still some differences. The trip length, for instance, varies a lot depending on what cruise route you pick. Therefore, you are suggested to choose your best cruise route before booking a cruise. How to choose a Yangtze River cruise route right for you? Here, we will give you the best picks of our past cruise travelers for your reference. Also, we will give you suggestions based on different factors. Let’s check them out and choose the best one for you!

Best Picks of Past Yangtze River Cruise Travelers

According to the preferences of the past Yangtze travelers, the 4-day Chongqing to Yichang Route and 5-day Yichang to Chongqing Route are the picks of best. These two cruise routes are also the most classic and ones, with the “Little Hong Kong” Chongqing City, and the most beautiful section of Yangtze River included. There are frequent ships cruising on these routes. All the Yangtze River ships cruise on these routes, and there are frequent and stable schedules throughout the year. If you have no idea on which route to choose, you can look no further than these two most popular ones and select the best one from them.

Chongqing to Yichang Cruise Route Map

Chongqing Yichang Cruise Route Map

How Many Days Do You Have for a Yangtze River Cruise?

Usually, the trip length of Yangtze River cruises is about 3~15 days. There are 3 days’ special routes, 4~5 days’ classic routes, 6 days’ middle routes and 15 days’ in-depth routes for you to choose. You can carefully check the days you have for a cruise, and then select the route according to your trip plan.

Warm tip: the 4~5 days classic routes have frequent sailing plan every year, while other routes may be suspended sometimes. You are suggested to contact us or check All Yangtze River Cruise Routes to get the real-time info.

Where Do You Want to Embark & Disembark Most?

Normally, Yangtze travelers prefer to combine their Yangtze River Cruise trip with other China land trips. For example, some visitors may have sweet date with adorable pandas in Chengdu first, and then make a transfer to Chongqing to take the cruise. If you have other China travel plans, you are also highly suggested to choose the cruise according to your entire China trip plan. Where will you travel first before taking the cruising? Do you have extending plans after the cruise tour? Usually, if you are going from Guilin or Zhangjiajie, or have extending plans to visit Guilin or Zhangjiajie, you are suggested to choose the route starting from or ending at Yichang. And if you want to combine your cruise tour with tours to/from Chengdu, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-La or Lhasa, the cruise routes from/to Chongqing are the best choices.

Lovely Panda in Chengdu

Lovely Panda in Chengdu

Do You Have Preferred Yangtze River Cruise Ship?

Apart from the trip length and your China trip plan, you can also choose a cruise route according to your favorite ship. The itinerary of different ship varies. Some ships may cruise along the classic routes only, while there are also ships cruise along the in-depth route.

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Now that you already know how to choose the best cruise route for you, start browsing Yangtze River cruise ships and book your dream cruise! Still feel confused about your China trip plan? How about leaving all the worried behind and letting us help all your details? Our professional travel experts will help you with the cruise booking, cabin selection, transportation to and off the cruise ports, and every detail from your embarkation to disembarkation.

The tour can be tailor-made according to your group size, time, physical condition, plan, interests, budget and other special need. No matter you want to put port cities (Chongqing or Yichang) into your Yangtze River trip or cover several destinations together or even extend your Yangtze cruise tour all over China, www.yangtze-river-cruises.com can provide you best tour guides and experienced drivers with comfortable private cars in any of the destinations. Our English-speaking tour guide will accompany you all the way, showing you the best traveling route and telling beautiful stories in each of the destination.

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