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Yangtze River, China

Yangtze Cruises

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.

Yangtze River, China
Yangtze River, China

Chang Jiangor

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.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Visit Local Yangtze River Communities

Cruise the Yangtze River with onshore excursions to mingle with the locals and visit their communities.

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Take a Tai Chi Class

Join in with a traditional Tai Chi exercise class on the deck of your Yangtze cruise ship.

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Dumpling Cookery Lesson

Learn how to make Chinese dumplings, one of China’s most recognised delicacies, with the on board chef of the Yangtze Explorer.

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Dazu Grottoes

Explore the Buddhist artwork and cave sculptures at Dazu Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Three Gorges Dam

Visit the mighty Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre.

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Cruise the Yangtze River

Glide along hidden Yangtze River tributaries where rural Chinese life, beautiful scenery and 5,000 years of culture remain.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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