Our Favorite River Cruises on the Yangtze

The Yangtze River is to China what the Nile is to Africa or what the Amazon is to South America. It’s such an essential source to China’s culture and economic welfare and it crosses 11 provinces and cities, making it the largest river in China. Perhaps the best way to experience the stark contrast of modern and ancient empires along the Yangtze is by river cruise. Here’s a round-up of our favorite Yangtze River Cruises.


Credit: Uniworld

One word epitomizes Uniworld.: luxury. From personal in-suite butlers to the Hermes bath and body products, the luxury liner leaves no stone unturned when it comes to meeting your every need. Uniworld offers three distinct Yangtze cruises ranging from 11-18 days. Set out to explore the beauty of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges. Uniworld’s experts delve into the cultural riches of China, Tibet & the Yangtze. The newest ship to sail along the Yangtze, the stunning Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, features the largest cabins and suites on the river all with private balconies, and a 1:1 crew to guest ratio.

Viking River Cruises

Credit: Viking River Cruises

In addition to the diverse Yangtze, you’ll explore Xian’s Terra Warriors, Shanghai and dive into over 7,000 years of continuous civilization with expert guides along the waterway on a Viking River Cruise. We love the Roof of the World cruise which brings you on a quest into the magnificent Himalayas. From visiting monks at the Sera monastery to retracing the ancient path of pilgrims at the Jokhang Temple, a world of tranquility awaits. The best part is the Viking all-inclusive value. You’ll have access to one excursion in every port, free WiFi, lectures, performances, complimentary beer, wine, and specialty coffee, to name a few. Whether you are enjoying the view from your private veranda or the impeccable service provided by your stateroom steward, there’s no shortage of deluxe amenities on Viking.

Scenic Luxury Cruises

Scenic Spirit Royal Panorama Suite

Scenic Cruise Line partners with Sanctuary Retreats for an in-depth journey along the Yangtze on board the newly refurbished ship. Immersive experiences such as Tai Chi classes, calligraphy lessons, and Chinese cooking classes make Scenic a stand out cruise. With only 124 guests onboard, the boutique ship and personalized service translates to exceptional service. Aside from private balconies in each cabin, the vessel boasts a gym, theater, library, and beauty salon along with nightly entertainment.

With more than 3700 miles to explore along the Yangtze, a bounty of culture and history beckon to be discovered. Explore all the waterway has to offer on one of our favorite luxury river cruises. All that you need to do is relax while attentive staffs and expert guides lead you into the ancient empire of the Far East.

Save $600 Per Couple on Yangtze River Cruise Packages Through November 30

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The China and Asia experts at Pacific Delight Tours are offering up to $600 per couple off FiveStarPlus® luxury China packages incorporating a scenic river cruise along the Yangtze River from Victoria Cruises. Applicable tour packages range from 12 to 13 days and incorporate other notable destinations within China, with departures available beginning March 2016.

Pacific Delight’s 12-day Imperial China & Yangtze River Gold Experience® visits historical Beijing, the former Tang Dynasty capital of Xi’an and cosmopolitan Shanghai in addition to a three-night Yangtze River Cruise with “Boutique Lifestyle Service” on the newly renovated, five-star Victoria Anna. Rates start at $3,349 per person, based on double occupancy, with a $500 per couple discount already factored into the price.

The Grand Yangtze River Gold Experience® also visits Beijing and Shanghai, but features a more in-depth cruise experience along the full navigable length of the Yangtze from Chongqing to Shanghai with “Boutique Lifestyle Service.” The 13-day experience includes one night in Chongqing prior to boarding the five-star Victoria Sophia and starts at $3,099 per person, based on double occupancy, with a $600 per couple discount already factored into the price.

Featured amenities with the “Boutique Lifestyle Service” include “white glove” service, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, enhanced dining privileges, shoeshine service and reserved seating for evening entertainment.

Meals are included as per the itineraries along with English-speaking guides and the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. International airfare is not included, but can be purchased from Pacific Delight Tours at competitive rates from all major U.S. gateways. Arrival/departure transfers are included when airfare is purchased from Pacific Delight Tours.

Pacific Delight Tours, 800-221-7179, www.pacificdelighttours.com

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