1: Choose the best time to take cruise
Thinking about planning an once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise? Timing may be the first thing you need to think of. Regarding the question of "when to take a Yangtze River cruise", the best time for Yangtze cruise is spring and autumn. To put it more specific, it is April, May, September and October, when the weather along Yangtze River is pleasant and cool. Of course, the best time correspondingly becomes the high season and the price is much higher. If you have no time in Spring or Autumn, Summer and Winter is not a bad choice, becasue there is a air conditioning system in each Yangtze Cruise.
2: Select a cruise route
There are 4 Yangtze River cruise routes: from Chongqing to Yichang (downstream), Yichang to Chongqing (upstream), Chongqing to Shanghai (downstream), and Shanghai to Chongqing (upstream), while only Victoria Prince sails between Chongqing and Shanghai. The most popular routes of a Yangtze River Cruise is from the megalopolis of Chongqing to Yichang and Yichang to Chongqing. However, you can always get off the beaten path and experience wonder like never before. Upstream or downstream? Downstream cruise is normally shorter than upstream cruise. The prices of downstream and downstream cruises are the same for those sailing between Chongqing and Yichang. Cruising upstream from Shanghai to Chongqing is more expensive than downstream.
Downstream: Faster speed and no night sailing. Berthing at daytime by scenic spots, allows more time for traveling around on shore.Upstream: Slower speed enables more extensive appreciation of the sights. some of cruises costs less. There are more activities and entertainment on board in which Chinese culture can be experienced.
3: Choose an ideal cruise ship
Our travel specialist will choose the ideal ship, which can fit into the itinerary of the clients and meet your demands. Generally speaking, we recommend the clients to take the cruise launched or refurbished within 3 years, which are newer and more comfortable. The famous fleets on Yangtze River are Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises, Long Cruises and President Cruises. You can also choose a China tour package which including Yangtze Cruise.
4: How to book a Yangtze Cruise
Step A: Choose suitalbe cruise
Browse the web pages to learn about the cruise routes, compare the ships, and the cruise rates.
Step B: Send online inquiry
Go to the online inquiry page, submit your general requirement and your contact information to us. One of our online travel consultants will reply to you in 10 hours (often in 10 minutes to a couple of hours). We will tell you what's available, a final price (often more discount is available), and a sailing itinerary.
Step C: Communicate with travel advisor
If you need to arrange for hotels in Chongqing or Yichang, local transfers, flights, even arrangement in all the other places in China, you may also tell your travel consultant who will give you detailed proposals and prices. Because the ships do not have fixed pier to park in Chongqing, Yichang, we strongly suggest that you book a local transfer with an English speaking tour guide from us. If you do not have a guide, you might easily get lost and not be able to find the right place to get onboard.
Step D: Confirm tour and pay deposit
when customer decided to book tour with us, a deposit of 100 USD of is required at the time of booking. There are three methods of payment: visa or master card secure online payment via PayPal; Wire transfer; Western Union.
Step E: Send confirmation letter to customer
We will send confirmation letter to our customer and start the operation in one or two days. Customers are suggested to print out the confirmation letter and take with it.
Step F: Final Payment
The final payment is required 30 days before departure for your Yangtze cruise tour.
Step 7: Start your yangtze cruise tour
Our local guide will waiting for you on airport export hall and take you to the right pier to get onboard. Please show your passport to the front desk to check in when you onboard.