China & The Yangtze River Cruise
A Yangtze River cruise in China offered by North American and European companies are every bit as varied as offerings in Europe are, with multiple itineraries across several cruise lines that span different dates, durations, ships, rivers and countries.
Avalon Waterways, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Viking River Cruises all offer multiple itineraries and departure dates in Asia. Sailing the powerful Yangtze River, these voyages typically begin in Beijing and finish in Shanghai (or vice-versa) and include between six and 11-day voyages by river cruise ship. Some longer voyages even include an overland stop in vibrant Hong Kong.
River cruise ships in Asia actually tend to be slightly more elaborate than their European counterparts, thanks to the size of the river and the lack of low bridges and ultra-narrow locks. As such, these river cruise ships can have features like indoor swimming pools, expansive spas, and sprawling multi-story atriums.
Most China river cruises are also cruise-tours, and it’s worth noting that these itineraries can involve a substantial amount of flying to and from different locales, particularly if you elect to do one of the itineraries that includes a multi-night visit to the Tibetan city of Lhasa. Lhasa is home to the famous Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama and today a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Operating Period: March – November.