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Yangzi River


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


Life on the river


Yangzi River


Riverside flautist






Deluxe Cabin

M.S. Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, Yangzi River, China

A journey of discovery along the Yangzi River, one of the most spectacular waterways on earth

Enjoy a 3 or 4 night cruise as part of your tailor-made holiday in China

Elegant and stylish, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is perfect for relaxed cruising through spectacular and ever-changing landscapes. Carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 plus accommodated on other cruise ships, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service on the river - in fact the vessel carries one member of staff for every guest on board. Sail from Chongqing to Yichang (4 days/3 nights) or vice versa (5 days/4 nights) and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the 'ghost city' of Fengdu, the Shennong Stream and the Three Gorges Dam Project.


Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer has 38 Deluxe Cabins, 20 larger Suites and four Speciality Suites all with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, LCD TV, video on demand, queen sized beds and viewing balconies with armchairs. The opulent cabins are stylishly decorated with neutral tones and floor to ceiling windows for maximum views of one of the most spectacular waterways on earth. 

The Journey

Yangzi Explorer cruises downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights) and upstream from Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights), with shore excursions while travelling in either direction at local villages (including markets and home visits), the lovely Shennong Stream and the colossal Three Gorges Dam Project. The vessel carries a staff of experienced, knowledgeable guides, enabling guests to learn about

the river's history and ecology. On board activities include T'ai Chi classes, Chinese cooking classes, calligraphy and

silk embroidery demonstrations

Facilities & Services

Facilities on board the MS Yangzi Explorer include a theatre, observation deck, library, espresso bar, boutiques and the largest spa on the river with six treatment rooms and an indulgent choice of treatments as well as sauna, fitness centre and beauty salon. The Dynasty Palace restaurant offers both Chinese and Western dishes and complimentary bottled water, house wine, beer, tea and coffee. On board entertainment is discerning and, mercifully, the boat is a karaoke free zone!

Weather & Seasons

This Yangzi River cruise is a year-round option, though the best time to travel is between April to October, with most agreeing that

September is the best month, 

Getting Here

Cruise onboard the Yangzi Explorer depart from Chongqing and Yichang. Chongqing is a 4 hour drive from Chengdu.

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Stay at Four Seasons Beijing to explore the city

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Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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