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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship

Yangtze Explorer (also called Yangzi Explorer) under Sanctuary Retreats is the most luxury, and the only super 5-star ship on the Yangtze River. Carrying only 124 passengers, it offers the finest and the most personalized one-on-one service (highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1) to ensure every level of comfort for an intimate cruising experience.

Top Highlights of 2021:

1. New and Innovative Discovery: the only Yangtze cruise taking you to explore world unique 816 Nuclear Military Plant, amazing White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, etc.

2. Exciting Special Route of Shennongjia Summer Getaway: enjoy enchanting sceneries of World UNESCO natural heritage site of Shennongjia, world only place to close up with wild golden monkeys, seek the tracks of wild men, and enjoy a cool summer holiday, etc. Please check more about Special Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship Itinerary in 2021

Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Yangtze Explorer Chongqing Yichang Itinerary Map

Map of Yangtze Explorer's Itinerary

DAY 1
Embarkation
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Chongqing Chaotianmen DockChongqing Chaotianmen Dock Nightview
  • Highlights of Today
    • Board the ship at Chaotianmen Dock in Chongqing at 16:00-20:30;
    • Have a drink at Explorer Bar and appreciate the stunning night view of Chongqing;
    • Welcome safety briefing;
    • Depart from Chongqing at around 21:30.
  • Dining
    Buffet diner
DAY 2
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - 816 Nuclear Military Plant816 Nuclear Military Plant in Fuling
Xiaoguanshan Folk Culture ParkXiaoguanshan Folk Culture Park
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Feng Yan San Guo ShowFeng Yan San Guo Show about Three Kingdom History in Zhongxian
  • Highlights of Today

    (Valid during May 22 to June 15 in 2021)

    • Shore excursion to (816 Nuclear Military Plant) in Fuling (Included)

      (It is the world largest artificial cave and the hidden mysterious unveiled structure of the real nuclear plant)

    • 816 Town in Fuling (Included)

      (Transformed from the original 816 recreator engineering mechanical plant, it is an industry styled place with lots of memories about the military project era of China.)

  • Highlights of Today

    (Valid during July 17 to August 14 in 2021)

    • Shore excursion to (816 Nuclear Military Plant) in Fuling (Included)

      (It is the world largest artificial cave and the hidden mysterious unveiled structure of the real nuclear plant)

    • Enjoy night performance of Feng Yan San Guo Show in Zhongxian County (Included);

      (It is the marvelous large-scale real landscape show about the brilliant historical culture of the Three Kingdoms Period about over 1,800 year ago and the spirit of loyalty of great military officer Guan Yu.)

  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western Buffet); Lunch (A la carte); Dinner (Chinese & Western buffet); Morning tea & coffee
DAY 3
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Qutang GorgeMagnificent Qutang Gorge (Kuimen Gate)
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Wu GorgeGorgeous Wu Gorge with Red Leaves in Winter
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - White Emperor CityWhite Emperor City in Fengjie
Three Gorges SummitThree Gorges Summit in Summer
Goddess Sky RoadGoddess Sky Road in Autumn
  • Highlights of Today

    (Valid during May 22 to June 15 in 2021)

    • Morning shore excursion to (Included):

      Option A: White Emperor City

      (White Emperor City is the famous Chinese Ancient “Poem City” mentioned in about 1,400 Chinese poems. It tells the touching story of Liu Bei entrusting his son to his prime minister, Zhuge Liang and has the best location to admire Kuimen Gate of Qutang Gorge.)

      OR

      Option B: Three Gorges Summit

      (Three Gorges Summit is the highest peak of the famous Three Gorges area to catch the most beautiful gorge and winding river sightseeing.)

    • Sail through Qutang Gorge (Included)

      (Qutang Gorge is the shortest, most dramatic and magnificent gorge among the three gorges and lets you admire the view of Kuimen Gate printed on the 10 RMB Chinese Note.);

    • Afternoon shore excursion to (Included):

      Option A: Goddess Sky Road in Wushan County

      (With an average altitude of about 1,200 meters, it is advantageous to overlook the belt-like emerald Yangtze and verdant flowery gorge mountains, especially for the autumn and winter red leaves.)

      OR

      Option B: Lesser Three Gorges

      (Lesser Three Gorges is a resplendent pearl of Three Gorge where visitors can take a little boat to admire the majestic mountains, prosperous forests, beautiful riverview, and more wonderful landscape for a returning to nature.)

    • Sail through Wu Gorge (Included)

      (Wu Gorge is deep and pretty with rising peaks, peculiar rocks, rolling cutting cliffs making a picturesque winding gallery boasting abundant natural wonders.);

    • Sail through Xiling Gorge (Included);

      (Xiling Gorge is the longest gorge among the three with most stunning landscapes along the shoals and rapid flow. Due to the port change to Maoping Port, you can only pass the western half part of Xiling Gorge.)

    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner.
  • Highlights of Today

    (Valid during July 17 to August 14 in 2021)

    • Sail through Qutang Gorge (Included);

      (Qutang Gorge is the shortest, most dramatic and magnificent gorge among the three gorges and lets you admire the view of Kuimen Gate printed on the 10 RMB Chinese Note.)

    • Afternoon shore excursion to (Included):

      Option A: Goddess Sky Road in Wushan County

      (With an average altitude of about 1,200 meters, it is advantageous to overlook the belt-like emerald Yangtze and verdant flowery gorge mountains, especially for the autumn and winter red leaves.)

      OR

      Option B: Lesser Three Gorges

      (Lesser Three Gorges is a resplendent pearl of Three Gorge where visitors can take a little boat to admire the majestic mountains, prosperous forests, beautiful riverview, and more wonderful landscape for a returning to nature.)

    • Sail through Wu Gorge (Included)

      (Wu Gorge is deep and pretty with rising peaks, peculiar rocks, rolling cutting cliffs making a picturesque winding gallery boasting abundant natural wonders.)

    • Sail through Xiling Gorge (Included);

      (Xiling Gorge is the longest gorge among the three with most stunning landscapes along the shoals and rapid flow. Due to the port change to Maoping Port, you can only pass the western half part of Xiling Gorge.)

    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to practice Tai Chi with onboard doctor in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western Buffet); Lunch (Chinese & Western buffet); Dinner (A la carte); Morning tea & coffee; Complimentary coffee, tea & pastries in the afternoon
DAY 4
Disembarkation
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Three Gorges DamSpectacular Floor Discharging View of Three Gorges Dam in Summer
  • Highlights of Today
    • Ship disembarkation at Maoping Port at 08:30;
    • Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam (Included);

      (It is the world largest hydroelectric station and the biggest dam project in the whole China contributing a lot to the flood control, electricity generation, shipping, etc. and is the No.2 essence of a Yangtze River cruise trip.)

    • Lunch at Fangweng Restaurant in Yichang

      (One of World’s Nine Cave Restaurants. With location in a cave at the waist of the cliff, it offers special dining experience and outstanding Xiling Gorge scenery for a fresh food enjoyment.)

    • Bus riding to Yichang downtown for leaving.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Bus riding to Yichang Airport / train station for leaving.
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Morning tea & coffee
DAY 1
Embarkation
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Maoping PortMaoping Port in Yichang
  • Highlights of Today
    • Take the tourist bus arranged by Yangtze Explorer from Yichang airport / railway station to Maoping Port at 16:00-20:30;
    • Have a drink at Explorer Bar and enjoy the peaceful night;
    • Welcome safety briefing.
  • Dining
    Buffet diner
DAY 2
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Tribe of Three GorgesTribe of Three Gorges
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Three Gorges DamSpectacular Floor Discharging View of Three Gorges Dam in Summer
  • Highlights of Today
    • Shore excursion to Tribe of Three Gorge (Included);

      (It is one of the best complimented scenic spots by foreign cruise visitors and is superb to get close to the particularly tranquil, primitive and nice sightseeing of villages on water, on mountain and off brook with fine exploration of interesting folk custom of Tujia minority people.)

    • Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam (Included);

      (It is the world largest hydroelectric station and the biggest dam project in the whole China contributing a lot to the flood control, electricity generation, shipping, etc. and is the No.2 essence of a Yangtze River cruise trip.)

    • Enjoy Captain’s Welcome Reception.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese & Western buffet); Dinner (A la carte); Morning tea & coffee; Complimentary coffee, tea & pastries in the afternoon
DAY 3
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Qutang GorgeMagnificent Qutang Gorge (Kuimen Gate)
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Wu GorgeGorgeous Wu Gorge with Red Leaves in Winter
Yangtze River Cruise - Lesser Three GorgesPicturesque Lesser Three Gorges
Three Gorges SummitThree Gorges Summit in Summer
Goddess Sky RoadGoddess Sky Road in Autumn
  • Highlights of Today
    • Sail through Wu Gorge (Included);

      (Wu Gorge is deep and pretty with rising peaks, peculiar rocks, rolling cutting cliffs making a picturesque winding gallery boasting abundant natural wonders.)

    • Morning shore excursion to (Included):

      Option A: Goddess Sky Road in Wushan County

      (With an average altitude of about 1,200 meters, it is advantageous to overlook the belt-like emerald Yangtze and verdant flowery gorge mountains, especially for the autumn and winter red leaves.)

      OR

      Option B: Lesser Three Gorges

      (Lesser Three Gorges is a resplendent pearl of Three Gorge where visitors can take a little boat to admire the majestic mountains, prosperous forests, beautiful riverview, and more wonderful landscape for a returning to nature.)

    • Sail through Qutang Gorge (Included).

      (Qutang Gorge is the shortest, most dramatic and magnificent gorge among the three gorges and lets you admire the view of Kuimen Gate printed on the 10 RMB Chinese Note.);

    • Afternoon shore excursion to (Included):

      Option A: White Emperor City

      (White Emperor City is the famous Chinese Ancient “Poem City” mentioned in about 1,400 Chinese poems. It tells the touching story of Liu Bei entrusting his son to his prime minister, Zhuge Liang and has the best location to admire Kuimen Gate of Qutang Gorge.)

      OR

      Option B: Three Gorges Summit

      (Three Gorges Summit is the highest peak of the famous Three Gorges area to catch the most beautiful gorge and winding river sightseeing.)

    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese & Western buffet); Dinner (A la carte); Morning tea & coffee; Complimentary coffee, tea & pastries in the afternoon
DAY 4
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - 816 Nuclear Military Plant816 Nuclear Military Plant in Fuling
  • Highlights of Today
    • Shore excursion to 816 Nuclear Military Plant in Fuling (Included)

      (It is the world largest artificial cave and the hidden mysterious unveiled structure of the real nuclear plant)

    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese & Western buffet); Dinner (A la carte); Morning tea & coffee; Complimentary coffee, tea & pastries in the afternoon
DAY 5
Disembarkation
Yangtze Explorer Cruise Itinerary - Chaotianmen DockChaotianmen Dock in Chongqing
  • Highlights of Today
    • Ship disembarkation at Chaotianmen Dock in Chongqing at 09:00 and be transferred to Chongqing airport / railway station for departure.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Morning tea & coffee
Please Note:
  1. Subject to Change:

    Please note that all arrival and departure times, shore excursions and lectures are subject to change due to weather, river conditions and permission from the navigational authorities. The cruise company will arrange the same fabulous sightseeing if the prearranged sites cannot be visited in a particular case.

  2. Embarkation Tips:

    (a) Please call the ship one day ahead or at least in the morning on the boarding day to have clear idea about which pier you are going to use; (b) It is better to arrive in Chongqing before 16:30 on the embarkation day; (c) There are 14 sub-pier of Chongqing Chaotianmen Port. As the car/taxi driver can only stop the car at the entrance of the port, you need to walk to your exact pier. Usually, it needs about 180 meters (about 3 minutes) to the nearest No.9 Dock, about 180-680 meters (about 3-8 minutes) to No.7, No.5, No.3 and No.1 Docks, and about 680-850 meters (about 8-10 minutes) to the No.2, No.4, No.6, No.8 and No.10 Docks from the east side, via the edge of the port to the west side; (d) The boarding time and departure piers may change based on the ship line, water level, season, weather and other factors. Please pay attention to the important info your travel consultants sent to you before your boarding.

  3. Disembarkation Tips:

    Luggage Consigning for Chongqing - Yichang Disembarkation: For the national policy about the security of the Three Gorges Dam Project, no large luggage (exceeding 20cm*40cm*50cm or 5kg) is allowed to be taken into Three Gorges Dam scenic area. You could consign your luggage to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal and get the luggage consigning document from the cruise staff on the 4th cruising day morning and gather it after you are in Yichang downtown by showing that document. The service is offered by the cruise company and needs extra charge of 25RMB for each piece of luggage.

  4. Arranged Shore Excursion:

    The ARRANGED shore excursions are included in your quotation, so you could visit the sites without extra charge. However, if you do not visit the sites, the fees of arranged shore excursion sites are not refunded. If you do not visit the shore excursions, you could stay on the ship to enjoy some leisure time. And for your safety, you are not allowed to leave your ship on your own.

  5. Optional Shore Excursions:

    The OPTIONAL shore excursion needs extra charge. The optional sites will be visited depending on the number of travelers who want to go. You can visit if there are 30 or more people interested (the number of visitors may be adjusted based on the real situation). You have the final decision where to go or not on your own. If yes, tell the reception desk who would register for you and receive your pay in site.

  6. Special Routes to Inspire You:

    Apart from the normal itinerary mentioned above, there is also a special route offered for Yangtze Explorer visitors to enjoy the primitive Shennongjia Scenic Area, rare wild golden monkeys and other highlights in the July and August of 2021. Please check detailed itinerary of 2021 special routes of Yangtze Explorer cruise.

  7. Physical Demands:

    There are many stairs to climb up to Fengdu Ghost City and reach the top of Shibaozhai Pagoda / White Emperor City. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended to visit these sites.

  8. Chongqing / Yichang Local Transportation:

    To know detailed transportation in Chongqing and Yichang, please head to How to Get to/Leave Yangtze Cruise Ports in Chongqing and Yichang.

  9. Dressing Code for Parties:

    Travelers who attend the Captain's Welcome Reception, Yangtze Pirate Night Show should wear smart casual or formal.

  10. More Travel Guide & Support:

    To know more details your life onboard, like cabins, dining, drinking, service, onboard activities and lectures, please head to Yangtze River Cruise Guide 2021. You’ll find everything here.

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    Please Note:
    • The above price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing.
    • The prices are valid by Dec.31 of the year.
    • Please enquiry for the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
    • Please quote us for the price may change during China's Golden Week (the first week of October) and Spring Festival.
    • Limited winter schedules may be adjusted into other dates, cruise ships, etc. based on the arrangement of the cruise company.

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