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Yangtze Explorer

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 just 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 2019:

  • 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. (for cruises on July 7th, July 28th and August 18th in 2019). Please check more about Special Itinerary of Yangtze Explorer.

Cruise Route:

Chongqing - Yichang (4 days & 3 nights;)

Yichang - Chongqing (5 days & 4 nights;)

Special Summer Cruise with Shennongjia (5 days & 4 nights) (Special offer only on July 7th, July 28th and August 18th in 2019)

Price:  $1,044-$1,662 •This price range is based on a standard cabin for twin sharing, valid until Feb.28, 2020.

•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.

•Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.40. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, and it may change according the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will remain the same.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship

Reviews of Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship

Cruise Ship Rating: 4.9 out of of 5. Read the reviews from the Real Travelers on Cruisecritics.com, Tripadvisors.com and Lonelyplanet.com below to better help your cruise plan.

We booked this cruise through Vivian at Yangtze River Cruises. She was very helpful with all arrangements, including a driver from the Chongqing train station to the dock, and a tour on the way to the airport at the final port. The Sanctuary cruise is the best on the river. The size of the ship is smaller, and there is no problem with crowding. We had a deluxe cabin and it was quite spacious and comfortable. We were very glad that all dinners were served a la carte. There was no lining up for crowded buffets as happens on most ships. The chef provide excellent dishes, and the menu included quite a few good western and asian items. The cruise director was extremely knowledgable and provide excellent lectures on history and commentary on all that we were seeing. I think a cruise it the best way to get a sense of the history of this important region, learn about the cultures and populations and appreciate the engineering aspects of the dam.

---- Reviewed by CjcoultonCleveland Ohio, June 7, 2017

I wasn't thrilled about spending 3 days of my time in China on a riverboat, but was I ever wrong! Took the Yangzi Explorer and would highly recommend it! Rooms were immaculate, staff was very helpful and friendly. Most spoke good English, and those that didn't made up for it with great smiles and finding you someone who could speak. Wait staff in the elegant dining room were some of the fondest memories I have of the trip - these folks went the extra mile. The gorges are fascinating - even in the rain or overcast. The descent thru the locks at the dam is an experience. Great activities onboard (the evening shows are put on by the staff and crew of the ship, not actors - but you'd never know if you weren't told!), interesting lectures (I'm not much for lectures, but these were all really interesting!), and yes, even some very nice yet reasonable shops on the ship. The tours that were part of this trips were fun and quite eye-opening! Even the "trip-scrooge" (there's one on every tour) complimented the staff and crew!

---- Reviewed by drtw2503, November 18, 2016

We sailed on the Yangtze Explorer, though one of the smaller it is one of the most highly recommended ships on the Yangtze. It was very good, we knew it wouldn't be mainstream sea cruise standard; nonetheless, the staff, food, entertainment, excursions were all very good.

---- Reviewed by Steve, November 5, 2016

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Price 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.

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