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Yangtze River Cruises

See China's famous sights on a cruise of the Yangtze River, which flows for nearly 4,000 miles across the country. Sailings typically travel between Beijing and Shanghai and include hotel stays in both cities.

Guided group sightseeing excursions in Beijing takes you to the 15th-century Forbidden City and to enormous Tiananmen Square. Top attractions in Shanghai include the waterfront Bund district and tranquil Yuyuan Garden. You can enjoy an operatic performance in Beijing and an acrobatic demonstration in Shanghai.

You'll also travel to a segment of the Great Wall, and to Xian to see the famous army of life-size terra-cotta warriors that once guarded the tomb of an emperor. Some itineraries stop at Suzhou, called the "Venice of the East" due to its network of canals, and at Wuhan to see the ancient artifacts of the Hubei Provincial Museum.

View the mist-shrouded limestone precipices known as the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam, which spans nearly a mile and stands 600 feet tall. Another noteworthy sight is Shibaozhai, home to a 12-story red pagoda perched on a cliff above the river.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of China's culture, history and people on your cruise, as guides in each destination share their expert knowledge and point out significant sights. Your hotel and riverboat accommodations, many meals and sightseeing excursions are covered in one rate paid in advance.


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  • Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple off select Uniworld sailings. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $100 to $1,000 per couple off many Collette trips. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.

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  • Save 5% to 10% off 2019 Uniworld sailings in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $100 per couple on 2019 Cosmos vacations. This discount is combinable with all other offers. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Fly for free in economy from select gateways or save $3,000 per couple on Scenic cruises. Upgrade to Premium Economy from $795 per person. Click here for eligible departures.

  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free plus save $1,000 per couple off roundtrip airfare from select gateways on certain Viking river cruises. Expires September 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,000 per couple off select Alexander+Roberts itineraries when you pay in full at the time of booking. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Yangtze River Downstream Cruise   4   Chongqing, China   Yichang, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Yangtze River Upstream Cruise   5   Yichang, China   Chongqing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of China & the Yangtze   11   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Highlights of China & the Yangtze 2019   11   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Yangtze Sampler Small Ship Cruise + Tour   12   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A+R   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Yangtze Sampler by Small Ship (Private Tour)   12   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A+R   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    13 Day Imperial China & Yangtze River Gold Experience 2018-2019   12   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Family China & the Yangtze 2019   12   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China & the Yangtze 2019   13   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature China & the Yangtze 2019   13   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature China & the Yangtze   13   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China & the Yangtze   13   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    13 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze River Silver Experience   13   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    13 Day Historic Cities & Yangtze River Silver Experience 2019-2020   13   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China, Tibet & the Yangtze   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China (Beijing to Shanghai)   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China (Shanghai to Beijing)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China 2019 (Shanghai to Beijing)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China 2020 (Shanghai to Beijing)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China 2019 (Beijing to Shanghai)   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China, Tibet & the Yangtze 2019   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Imperial Jewels of China 2020 (Beijing to Shanghai)   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    16 Day Tibet & Yangtze River Cruise 2019   16   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Historical China, Tibet + the Yangtze   16   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   A+R   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    16 Day Tibet & Yangtze River Escapade Experience   16   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Wonders of China & the Yangtze River 2019-2020   16   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Collette   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China, the Yangtze River & Hong Kong 2019 (Eastbound)   16   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Tauck   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze 2019   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature China: Tibet & the Yangtze 2019   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World 2019 (Beijing - Tibet - Shanghai)   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World 2020 (Beijing to Shanghai)   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World 2020 (Shanghai to Beijing)   17   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature China, Tibet & the Yangtze   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World (Shanghai - Tibet - Beijing)   17   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World 2019 (Shanghai - Tibet - Beijing)   17   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Roof of the World (Beijing - Tibet - Shanghai)   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China, Tibet & the Yangtze   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    18 Day Scenic China & Yangtze River Silver Experience 2018-2019   18   Hong Kong, China   Beijing, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Cultural China & Yangtze River Gold Experience   18   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Pac Delight   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand China & the Yangtze 2019   18   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand China & the Yangtze   18   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Uniworld   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Grand China   19   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Wonders of China & the Yangtze River   19   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Collette   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Undiscovered China 2019   19   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Undiscovered China 2020 (Shanghai to Beijing)   19   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Undiscovered China   19   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    China Jewels and Tibet Discovery   22   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey 2019   26   Siem Reap, Cambodia   Shanghai, China   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Classic China & the Yangtze River (Small Group Discovery)   12   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise (Thursday Departure)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise 2019 (Thursday Departure)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise 2019 (Monday Departure)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    14 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise 2019 (Saturday Departure)   14   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Flavors of China & the Yangtze 2019 (Small Group Discovery)   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Essence of China with Yangtze River Cruise 2019   14   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   SITA   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Grand China   15   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   SITA   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Grand China 2019   15   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   SITA   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Classic China & the Yangtze River with Hong Kong (Small Group Discovery)   15   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Best of China with Yangtze Cruise 2019   15   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Trafalgar   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Classic China with Yangtze Cruise and Chengdu   17   Beijing, China   Chengdu, China   Trafalgar   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Flavors of China & the Yangtze with Hong Kong 2019 (Small Group Discovery)   17   Beijing, China   Hong Kong, China   Globus   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day Amazing China with Tibet 2019 (Discovery Tour, Wednesday Departure)   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day Amazing China with Tibet 2019 (Discovery Tour, Saturday Departure)   17   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Hong Kong (Thursday Departure)   17   Shanghai, China   Hong Kong, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise & Tokyo (Monday Departure)   17   Tokyo, Japan   Beijing, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    20 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, Tokyo & Hong Kong (Monday Departure)   20   Tokyo, Japan   Hong Kong, China   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of China & the Yangtze River 2019   13   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Cosmos   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Explore China & Tibet (National Geographic Journey)   15   Beijing, China   Shanghai, China   G Adventure   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of China & the Yangtze River with Hong Kong 2019   16   Hong Kong, China   Beijing, China   Cosmos   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of China & the Yangtze River with Mongolia 2019   18   Shanghai, China   Beijing, China   Cosmos   Budget   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of China & the Yangtze River with Hong Kong & Mongolia 2019   21   Hong Kong, China   Beijing, China   Cosmos   Budget   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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