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China River Cruises

Few vacations are able to offer such intimacy as China River cruises. A China River cruise is a truly remarkable vacation experience. A major advantage of taking a China River cruise is that the river cruise ships are able to go deep into the heart of China and Southeast Asia, where larger cruise ships simply cannot reach. Experience Asia as you’ve never could before, by taking a China River cruise vacation!

Take part in the one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere on board these ships, as you visit the river towns and locations that would be impossible to enjoy as much any other way. Plus, the cruise lines that offer China River cruises have fabulous, regionally-inspired cuisine, matched perfectly by an attentive and well-trained staff. Some of the places you might be able to experience may include Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and more! The best times to take a China River cruise is from April to October, when the weather is most comfortable and cooperative.

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Select China River cruises cannot be booked online. If you find that the China River cruise you're interested in cannot be booked online, or if you'd just prefer to book over the phone with one of our River Cruise Experts, call us toll free at 1-866-214-7447 (US & Canada only). International customers can reach us at +001-732-970-9142.

Highlighted China River Cruise Attractions

The following are just a few of the many things to do while sailing the China Rivers:

The Yangtze River

The Yangtze River flows across the entire continent of China from the Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea. As Asia’s longest river at almost 4,000 miles, it’s a river cruise attraction in itself! Traveling to China only began about 40 years ago, so it is an exciting destination that even most seasoned travelers have not yet visited. As you sail along the mighty Yangtze, you can experience a perfect balance of modern tourism and old-world culture as you float past quaint villages and contemporary cities. You will also have the opportunity to witness the Three Gorges region, where you can take in spectacular views of mountains, gorges, and more, including the mind-blowing manmade Three Gorges Dam.

Shibaozhai Temple

The Shiboazhai Temple is a 12-story red template that was built along the northern banks of the Yangtze River during the 18th century. According to local legend, the higher you climb the temple, the more likely your prayers will be answered. If you ascend to the top, you will also be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of the region. It also has a very fascinating history that dates as far back as ancient monks and as recent as the building of the Three Gorges Dam, which you can learn when you pay a visit.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most well-known attractions in Asia. Stretching across the length of China, the Great Wall spans across a range of landscapes, including mountains, deserts, prairies, and more. Depending on what part of this structure you visit, you might be able to see in-tact parts of the walls, ruins, and towers. It’s a wonderful way to take an interesting hike while learning about its fascinating history.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer & Wine Included w/ Dinner

An award-winning river cruise line, Avalon Waterways offers luxury river cruises throughout the waters of Europe, China, the Galapagos Islands and Egypt. Their ships are among the youngest and most innovative in the river cruising industry, featuring large accommodations, fantastic cuisine and wonderful itineraries. As a part of the Globus family of brands, many of Avalon's cruises can be combined with a Globus land package, creating a truly unique vacation package. Thanks to Avalon Waterways' relationship with Globus, they're able to offer inspired enrichment on their cruises through guided sightseeing tours, daily port lectures and VIP access into key destinations.

Emerald Cruises
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  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • Valuable Inclusions
  • Contemporary Style

Founded in 2014, originally as Emerald Waterways, Emerald Cruises, is an award-winning deluxe cruise line well known for its great value and contemporary style, offering both river and yacht cruises. Included in an Emerald Cruises vacation is a wonderful selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you are exploring on land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner aboard their Star-Ships and their yacht, with complimentary tea and coffee all day long. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi is included standard and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • 5-Star Travel

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is a 5-star luxury cruise line, providing all-inclusive river and ocean journeys through Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. Scenic Luxury provides award-winning service and exceeds expectations of comfort and luxury with a small ship experience. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has a diverse selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you want to explore land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included aboard their Space-Ships. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Uniworld River Cruises
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  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
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  • Every Stateroom Has River View
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Uniworld River Cruises
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Product
  • Every Stateroom Has River View

Uniworld, one of America's leaders in river cruise/tour programs to Europe, Portugal, Russia, China, India, and Egypt offers more itineraries on more rivers aboard more ships than any other travel company. Few river cruise lines even come close to offering the quality and diversity of choices you have with Uniworld. With over 500 departures, more than 40 itineraries, and a great crew-to-guest ratio (1 to 3) there is simply no better way to travel.

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Adventure Travel

When a tour operator offers "Adventure Travel" it often means that their tours include very active itineraries, usually involving the in-depth exploration of the area(s) being visited, and possibly visiting remote locations. This type of tour tends to appeal to thrill-seekers, and those that like to participate in activities that include a good amount of physical exertion.

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Escorted Tours

An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.

Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).

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Budget Tours

The tour operators that we list as offering a "Budget" product are those that tend to have pricing that is considered more economical, and as a result often include components (i.e. accommodations and tours) that are good but not quite top tier.

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Independent Travel

Also referred to as self-guided travel, independent travel gives you the freedom to do things at your own pace. You don't have a guide with you like you would on an escorted tour, but you can make your own schedule and choose your own itinerary.

This option is usually significantly less expensive than an escorted tour that includes similar components; however, cost and quality simply depends on the tour you select as both budget and luxury tour operators offer this type of travel.

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Customizable Tours

These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.

Contiki
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  • For Guest Ages 18 to 35
  • 350+ Global Trips Available
  • Founded in 1962
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  • Adventure / Escorted
  • For Guest Ages 18 to 35
  • 350+ Global Trips Available
  • Founded in 1962

Hassle-free vacations, exclusively for 18-35 year olds, is the specialty of Contiki. Their mix of sightseeing, culture, and being able to tour with others in your age group makes for a fantastic tour. Contiki offers tours in over 40 countries, on 5 continents.

Costsaver
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  • Budget / Escorted / Independent Travel
  • "The Ultimate Unpackaged Vacation"
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  • 3- and 4-star Hotels
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  • Budget / Escorted / Independent Travel
  • "The Ultimate Unpackaged Vacation"
  • Fantastic Value
  • 3- and 4-star Hotels

Offering value trips in destinations around the world, Costsaver allows you to choose what you want in a vacation without having to break the bank. Accommodations are offered in 3- and 4-star hotels, and from the moment your trip starts Costsaver has a Travel Director and Driver that will make sure you get where you need to be, allowing you to just enjoy the vacation. They're been in business over 100 years, so they know what they're doing and have an extensive global network. Their tours include accommodations, transportation aspects, some city tours, and several meals.

Gate 1 Travel
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  • Exceptional Value
  • Groups of 24 to 42 Travelers
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  • Budget / Customizable / Escorted / Independent Travel
  • Exceptional Value
  • Groups of 24 to 42 Travelers

Founded in 1981, Gate 1 Travel offers escorted tours, European river cruises, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. Our extra discounts on their travel packages and tour packages provide exceptional value.

Trafalgar
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  • Founded in 1947
  • Award-Winning History
  • 300+ Trips Across All 7 Continents
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Trafalgar
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  • Escorted
  • Founded in 1947
  • Award-Winning History
  • 300+ Trips Across All 7 Continents

With over 70 years of experience, Trafalgar provides hassle-free vacations to some of the most popular destinations in the world. Among the possibilities are Europe, Britain, Egypt, the USA, Canada, South America, China, New Zealand and Australia. Trafalgar is especially well known for their outstanding quality, service and reliability. Their expertly designed tours include transportation (via deluxe motor coach, rail or cruise ship), first class hotel accommodations, daily sightseeing tours, the professional services of a knowledgeable Tour Director (that provides guests with concierge service) and most meals. Of course, in addition to the scheduled activities, Trafalgar tours also give guests free time on their own to explore and relax at their own pace. By booking a Trafalgar tour with American Discount Vacations, you can save up to 40% of the cost of doing it all on your own. With over 300 tour itineraries available from Trafalgar, you're sure to find the perfect vacation! Plus, you can put your mind at ease after learning that Trafalgar has a 98% satisfaction rating from past guests.

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