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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise: Downstream from Chongqing to Yichang

4 Days
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US$ 1,232

Embark on an exciting voyage along the Three Gorges region of the Yangzi River, marveling at the spectacular scenery and embedding yourself in the rhythms of the culture. Enjoy a wide range of cultural activities like Tai Chi sessions and dumpling-making classes aboard a deluxe cruise ship with the highest crew-to-passenger ratio on the Yangzi when not making shore excursions to take in some of China’s most fascinating landscape.

This 4-day river cruise takes you down the Yangzi River through the incredible Three Gorges region aboard the most luxurious ship on the river, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

On your China vacation, you’ll explore the vitality of the Yangzi River, enjoying remarkable cities and towns, ancient Daoist temples, and the incredible beauty of the river and its famous gorges. Your cruise begins in Chongqing, one of the fastest growing cities on the planet and home to world-famous spicy cuisine. In Chongqing, board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, the most luxurious ship on the river.

The 62 expansive cabins and suites of Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer feature private balconies and premium comforts. The vessel has been restyled to feature the best in contemporary Chinese design. It also has the highest crew-to-passenger ratio of any ship on the Yangtze, ensuring the best in personalized service. While cruising down the Yangtze River, you will immerse yourself in Chinese cultural experiences, such as calligraphy classes and tea ceremonies. Learn how to make dumplings and then rejuvenate your body with Tai Chi classes and traditional spa treatments.

Aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, you’ll take in the gorgeous scenery of the Three Gorges region. Marvel at the sight of Xiling Gorge, the longest of the three gorges, running almost 70-kilometres long. Watch traditional boatmen work their trade at Badong, a riverside county along the Wu Gorge. Pass through the Kui Men gate at Qutang Gorge and stand in awe as you’re seemingly engulfed by the towering rocks. As well, stop by the Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest engineering project in the world, to learn about damming the mighty Yangtze and how it impacts the surrounding regions. Disembark in Yichang, a small city in western Hubei province.

This adventure down the Yangzi River allows you to marvel at China’s grandest landscape from the unmatched comforts of Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.


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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,232

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Day 1

Embark in Chongqing

This evening, board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. Please note that your passport or local ID is required for check-in, and that your photograph will be taken for security identification purposes. After settling into your cabin, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is considered to represent the single most scenic area in all of China. Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in your cabin.

Duration3 Nights

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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    Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

    With the highest crew-to-passenger ratio (1:1) and the largest cabins and suites on the Yangtze River, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets the standard for intimate and luxurious river cruising in China. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a spacious luxury spa, an observation deck, ...

    With the highest crew-to-passenger ratio (1:1) and the largest cabins and suites on the Yangtze River, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets the standard for intimate and luxurious river cruising in China. Onboard facilities include a la carte dining, a spacious luxury spa, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, library, and beauty and fitness facilities. A team of internationally-trained chefs and a well-stocked wine cellar ensure dining aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a superb experience. Innovative a-la-carte menus featuring the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine, served with complimentary house wines, local beers and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners, are hallmarks of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer experience.


    • A la carte dining
    • Beauty and Fitness Facilities
    • Library
    • Luxury Spa
    • Observation Deck
    • Theater

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Day 2


Start your morning with traditional Tai Chi, led by a certified Tai Chi Master. Work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast, followed by a safety briefing and ship orientation. Afterwards, there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu and the Relocated Village. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board, and choose from a range of activities including Chinese reflexology, Chinese painting and calligraphy, and lectures. The evening will begin with a Captain's reception, followed by an a la carte dinner and crew variety show.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

The Three Gorges

Early this morning your ship will enter Qutang Gorge. After breakfast, continue through the Wu Gorge, known for its 12 famous peaks. Take part in an arts and crafts demonstration before cruising the Shennong Stream. At Badong, disembark from the ship and board a ferry to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. Crystalline waters, verdant forests and stunning riverine gorges provide an incredible backdrop for this experience. It's also interesting to see the Tujia boatmen are still wearing traditional handmade sandals to work on the boats. After lunch, view the Xiling Gorge, then enjoy an artisan demonstration and a lecture about China. Tonight you will be greeted by dancing lions for a "Taste of China" dinner. Remember to pack your traditional Chinese outfit.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Three Gorges Dam and Disembark in Yichang

After breakfast, arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. The dam spans 1.2 miles in width and 600 feet in height, and is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. The dam's 32 generators generate a massive amount of electricity which helps reduce China's reliance on coal. However the project also caused much controversy, due to submerging 13 cities, 140 towns, 1352 villages, over 600 industrial factories and more than 1200 archaeological projects. 1.2 million people were re-settled as a result of the flooding. Disembark the vessel at Yichang around midday.

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2018: Thursdays Mar 22 until  Nov 22


  • 3 nights' private cabin accommodation
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Scheduled sightseeing including entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated, including bottled water
  • House wines and local beers at lunch and dinner


  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Embarkation dinner
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

6 Sep 2018
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