There's no better way to experience China's stunning landscapes and ancient culture than on a Yangtze cruise holiday. With ever more comfortable boats, there has also never been a better time to go.
Arguably China’s most dramatic river, the Yangtze has been celebrated in poetry and painting for at least 2,000 years. It is one of China's most important transport routes, carrying a huge amount of cargo and passengers, yet also one of China's most formidable barriers. From the Tibetan Highlands to the East China Sea, a distance of 6,380 kilometres, the world's third longest river traverses a timeless ever changing landscape of deep gorges and towering mountains. Its Chinese name is simply Chang Jiangor (Long River).
During the course of a cruise on the Yangtze, your boat will pass through the most impressive section of the whole river, the famous Three Gorges. The scenery is unrivalled anywhere with crystalline waters, rich forest and soaring rock formations little altered for thousands of years. Embark on shore excursions in the company of knowledgeable onboard guides during the day, returning to your comfortable small boat in the evening to soak up the evening scenery over a well-earned sundowner.
When to cruise the Yangtze
Cruise departures and itineraries offer frequent departures from March through to November.