Yangtze River Cruises

On your guided tour through China, include a 3 or 4 night Yangtze river cruise to your itinerary and experience the breathtaking scenery as your sail through the Three Gorges and onto the Three Gorges Dam. Walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu, explore the hidden 816 project and meet local families in Beijing’s Hutongs. Take a sampan through spectacular scenery on the Shennong Stream.

Popular Yangtze River Cruises

26 Days Beijing to Shanghai
Operated By: Scenic
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Operated By: Costsaver
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Operated By: Trafalgar
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Must do experiences and highlights on your river cruise through China

Sampan Shennong Stream
Sampan Shennong Stream
Swap your river cruise boat for a sampan to explore the pristine waters and sheer height of the narrow scenic gorges of the Shennong Stream.
See the Terracotta Warriors
See the Terracotta Warriors
Journey to Xi'an to see Emperor Qin Shi Huang's incredible Terracotta Warriors, the perfect addition to a Yangtze river cruise itinerary.
The Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam
Witness the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric scheme, heralded to be a Chinese engineering feat of similar scale to the Great Wall.
Lunch in Beijing’s Hutongs
Lunch in Beijing’s Hutongs
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture when you enjoy lunch with a local family in their traditional home in the narrow laneways of Beijing’s hutongs. Explore the shops and converging laneways for a quintessential Beijing experience.
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Walk along this well preserved section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu where you can enjoy the stunning views of forest with changing leaves or blossoming flowers to match the season. An iconic China experience.

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Recent Reviews

What our clients are saying about their river cruises along the Yangzte

“Stress free trip for China highlights”
AA - NSW, Australia Nov 2018
Viking provide a very hassle free itinerary to experience the highlights of China. Accommodation and the cruise down the Yangtze were of a very high standard. The 6 day cruise was very enjoyable and you experience travelling through the locks of the Three Gorges Dam, something that I don't think other groups all do. Extra time, especially in Xian, would be good and some rail travel rather than all air connections within China would improve the itinerary. There were no hidden extras, but the inevitable ...read more

“Our first insight into China”
Baz - Auckland, New Zealand Oct 2018
Our tour was exceptionally organised using planes, trains, coach and boats to see the major "must see" parts of China. The local guides made each place far more meaningful even though we'd taken definitive guide books with us. The tour guide who was with us for the entire time was able to give us continuity and deal with the logistics of each day and how we were going to achieve the itinerary with regular toilet stops. We were primed the night before as to what we'd need in the way of wet weather ...read more

“Excellent trip”
Ahmad & Ron - NSW, Australia Sep 2018
Extremely happy with the services provided by Yvonne and the Global Journeys team. The trip to China was great, the small group [12] got along with everyone, the accommodation was premium and very comfortable and clean, the food was very delicious with lots of variety and plenty of food. The Yangtze River Cruise was great, having our meals at the Executive Lounge was a great idea with a choice of European or Chinese food. It was nice to have tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks and cookies all day ...read more

“Fantastic tour of Imperial China”
Chandra - NSW, Australia Sep 2018
Thank you Yvonne and Travelmarvel for organising this fantastic trip for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The included activities were great and were at a good pace. We travelled a great distance and saw a lot. All the hotels were excellent and centrally located. There were only 12 people in my group and everyone got along really well. I was a solo traveller but never felt alone thanks to the lovely people in my group. Weather wise it was a good time to travel in September as it wasn't hot at ...read more