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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Cruise: Upstream from Yichang to Chongqing

5 Days
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US$ 1,232

Marvel at the awe-inspiring scenery of the Three Gorges and immerse yourself into the natural and cultural splendour of the Yangtze River. 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 Yangtze when not making shore excursions to take in some of China’s most fascinating landscape.

This 5-day cruise takes you up the Yangtze River in China, passing through the incredible Three Gorges area aboard the most luxurious ship on the river, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

The Yangtze River is bursting with history and you’ll see remarkable cities and towns, ancient Daoist temples, and the imposing beauty of gorges and peaks on this China vacation. Your journey begins in Yichang, a small city in western Hubei province. In Yichang, board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, the most luxurious ship on the Yangtze 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 up 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 Chongqing, one of the fastest growing cities on the planet. Extend your stay with a few days in Chongqing to explore its significant role in ancient history and World War II, and to sample its world-famous spicy cuisine.

This voyage up the Yangtze River aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer takes you along China’s most captivating landscape.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,232

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Day 1

Embark in Yichang

This evening, arrive at the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and settle into your cabin. Please note that your passport or local ID is required for check-in, and that your photograph will be taken for security identification purposes. Your four-night cruise will set sail on an upstream course tomorrow morning through the beautiful Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is famous for its stunning scenery as well as its historical and culturally-important location. Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in your cabin.

Duration4 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

Xiling Gorges and Three Gorges Dam Project

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. After breakfast, view the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Gorges, measuring some 76 kilometres (47 miles) in length. Enjoy the view of the river where the river widens and sweeps through groves of orange and pomelo trees. Next, visit 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. In the afternoon, enjoy afternoon tea and a selection of activities on board, including a Chinese Medicine demonstration and an Orientation to China presentation. Tonight there will be a Captain's reception followed by an a la carte dinner. After, take part in karaoke or retire to your cabin for a cultural movie.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

The Three Gorges

This morning, cruise the Shennong Stream, disembarking at Badong to join 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 on board, view the Wu Gorge followed by a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Late this afternoon, your ship will enter the Qutang Gorge through two imposing cliffs at Kui Men gate. In the evening, a la carte dinner will be followed by a variety show performed by the crew.

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Day 4


After this morning's Tai Chi and breakfast, there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu and the Relocated Village. After lunch, join a wheelhouse tour and take part in a selection of activities, including an arts and crafts presentation, Chinese tea appreciation, and dumpling demonstration. Tonight you will be greeted by dancing lions for a "Taste of China" dinner. Remember to pack your traditional Chinese outfit.

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Day 5

Disembark in Chongqing

Enjoy an international buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9am.

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2018: Sundays Mar 18 until Nov 18


  • 4 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.

2 Sep 2018
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