A Yangtze River tour in China is the ideal way to see the best of all worlds in a diverse and dynamic country that’s one of the largest in the world. Whether you want to visit exciting destinations like Beijing, Xian and Chengdu first, or head straight to the river, your Yangtze River tour should tick all a traveler’s boxes for local traditions, relaxing river scenery, and unique and special cultural insights.
It’s with this understanding of our customers’ needs that we’ve curated the ultimate selection of China tours with Yangtze cruises. We know that ChinaTours.com travelers are people who look for an authentic experience from their sightseeing. Time to appreciate the cultural differences and perhaps try their hand at traditional activities is also high on their values, not to mention the opportunity to savor the local regional cuisine to create more of their very own travel food memories. We get it! When you book a Yangtze River tour with us, expect all this and more.
A Yangtze River tour is a sensory experience. Blending the pace of modern change and technology that is evident throughout China’s cities with the total contrast of rural life along the Yangtze, you’ll find this experience is one to savor. Shore excursions from the boat to experience highlights like Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai, White Emperor City, as well as Shennong Stream and Shennv Stream, offer up moments of contemplation and the chance to learn more of China’s fascinating history. Spend time in genuine awe at the industry and imagination of Chinese people and the leaders throughout millennia, particularly when you come face to face with the remarkable structures and stories that unfold before you cruising up or down the river.
Many travelers look for flexibility in their travel schedules and ChinaTours.com offers that through our custom tour option. This is the best choice if you want to design your own tour with a Yangtze cruise. If design is not your thing, then rely on the expertise of our dedicated travel specialists who’ve created a thoughtful selection of small group tours (maximum 12 travelers) and private tours that include a Yangtze cruise. Destinations vary in each tour, with included river cruises available as upstream and downstream options. Need more information? Simply get in touch and we’ll answer all your questions.
Building your tour around a cruise along the Yangtze is a great way to bring a change of pace in your travels in China. Let’s face it. The big cities in China are busy, exciting, and always ‘on’. Cruising the Yangtze provides a welcome reprieve.
While on board, you can relax and watch the visually stunning scenery unfold before you. Beautiful mountains, deep gorges, and jade green water float by in a kind of meditative silence. Sunrise and sunsets on the river are particularly lovely. Operating on relaxed ‘river time’, stepping out on deck at either end of the day is the perfect opportunity to capture lasting travel memories.
Experiencing China from the Yangtze itself affords travelers a unique perspective into the lives of communities and people for whom the river is home. For many, the river is their life, and even after just three or four days, you will gain an appreciation of this vital, inter-connected relationship.
We understand comfort and convenience have a significant impact on how much you’ll enjoy your time onboard. That’s why we’ve carefully selected our cruise operators to provide our customers with five star cruise accommodation.
Depending on the Yangtze River tour selected, the facilities and amenities vary, however, we provide the assurance that each river boat is stylish and comfortable, and serviced by dedicated and attentive crews who are focused on making your experience truly enjoyable. Be sure to ask your travel consultant about the available boats when booking your tour.
There are numerous shore excursions on each cruise, with a number of these included in the overall tour price, allowing you to experience more of what this incredible river has to offer. Optional shore excursions are available too, depending on the cruise operator.
Flexibility is our mantra and we want guests to feel they can opt in or out as it suits them. Decide what inspires you and choose from visits to iconic sights like Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai, and both the stunning Shennong Stream and Shennv Stream. Be sure to ask about which cruise option will suit you best, based on your interests.
Explore these highlights on a Yangtze River tour
The Yangtze River is long - one of the longest rivers in the world, in fact - which means there is just so much to see along the way. The cruise operators we work with travel perhaps the most beautiful section of the river - from Chongqing to Yichang. It’s within this stretch of river you’ll come face to face with some of China’s most distinctive natural landscapes and famous historical structures, including the Three Gorges, Shibaozhai, Fengdu Ghost City and more.
Here are just some of the highlights you can expect to find when you climb on board with the crew from ChinaTours.com.
- The curious Meng Liang Stairway; a set of meter deep rectangular holes which are believed to have been used as a pathway up the mountain
- Ancient pathways at the foot of the mountains that run parallel to the river. Used even in more contemporary times, this footpath was designed and built for ‘barge haulers’ - people who’s profession was to tow boats upstream. The sheer grit required to work these pathways will cause you to reflect on the ingenuity, resilience, and commitment of local people, both past and present.
Fengdu Ghost City
Fengdu Ghost City
In Chinese mythology, Fengdu Ghost City is considered the final resting place for all souls. The inspiration for the city’s name was derived from the different structures which make up the complex of buildings that is the ‘city’. Located on Ming Mountain, you’ll find shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife that make the transition here a more appealing proposition. Learn about the test each soul must take before being granted passage through and understand the significance of the temple’s role in local cultural and religious traditions.
Visiting Fengdu Ghost City is an optional tour with the cruise operators we work with. For more information about inclusions on tour, be sure to ask your ChinaTours.com travel consultant.