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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.

Good News 2024: Except for the classic cruise itineraries (4 Days Chongqing to Yichang Cruise and 5 Days Yichang to Chongqing Cruise), Yangtze Explorer offers a special exclusive itinerary in 2024, travelers will appreciate the enchanting scenery of World UNESCO natural heritage site of Shennongjia, the world's only place to close up with wild golden monkeys, seek the tracks of wild men, and enjoy a cool holiday, etc.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Special Offer 2024

In the year of 2024, the proud luxury Yangtze Explorer takes the lead in creating offers the attractive visit to the famous Shennongjia National Nature Reserve during your leisure cruising on the Yangtze River cruise in summer period. Besides the highlighting Shennongjia, the cruise would take distinguished you to appreciate the magnificent Three Gorges, and picturesque Three Gorges Summit, poetic White Emperor City and more interesting cultural sites along the golden section between Yichang and Chongqing.

photoBoard Your Ship at Maoping Port
  • Highlights of Today
    • Take the tourist bus arranged by Yangtze Explorer from Yichang airport / railway station to Maoping Port at 16:00-19:00;
    • Have a drink at Explorer Bar and enjoy the peaceful night;
    • Welcome safety briefing.
  • Dining
    Buffet diner
Shennongjia Exploration
photoGolden Monkeys at Shennongjia
photoShennongjia Nature Reserve, UNESCO World Natural Heritage
photoShennong Valley Beautiful Landscape
  • Highlights of Today
    • Take a morning excursion to Shennongjia Nature Reserve (Included);

      (The nature reserve is the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in Hubei Province, China. You will get up to the essence part of the reserve to explore its best nature wonders.)

    • Go to visit Large Dragon Pool (Da Long Tan ) Protection and Research Center of Golden Monkey, which is the world unique place to close up to wild golden monkeys, and then visit Xiao Long Tan Wildlife Rescue Station.
    • Enjoy the primeval forest and waterfalls and fresh air at Golden Monkey Mountain (Jin Hou Ling)
    • Appreciate the natural subalpine scenery at Banbiyan where tracks of wild men were found;
    • Visit Liaowang Tower (Liao Wang Ta) which is the highest building in Central China.
    • Walk to Shennong Valley (Shen Nong Gu) that is also called Scenery Bealock (Feng Jing Ya) and reputed as “No. 1 Scenery in Shennongjia”.
  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Band performance at the bar
    • Movie
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese dishes at Xiao Long Tan restaurant); Dinner (Chinese & Western buffet)
Qutang GorgeMagnificent Qutang Gorge (Kuimen Gate)
White Emperor CityWhite Emperor City in Fengjie
Three Gorges SummitThree Gorges Summit in Summer
  • Highlights of Today
    • 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.);

    • Morning shore excursion to:White Emperor City (Included);

      (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.)

    • Afternoon shore excursion to Three Gorges Summit (Included)

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

  • Entertainment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • Band performance at the bar
    • Movie
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese & Western buffet); Dinner (A la carte); Morning tea & coffee; Complimentary coffee, tea & pastries in the afternoon
Shibaozhai / Xituo
Yangtze River Cruise - Shibaozhai PagodaRed Shibaozhai Pagoda in Zhongxian
Yangtze River Cruise - Xituo Ancient TownXituo Ancient Town - The Starting Point of the Bayan Ancient Road
  • Highlights of Today

      Option A:

    • Shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda (Included)

      (The 12-story red building is reputed as the gem of Chinese architecture and one of the top 8 most peculiar architectures in the world. Popular among cruise visitors to look at the pagoda leaning the hills and climb up.)

    • Option B:

    • Shore Shore excursion to Xituo Old Town (included);

      (It was once the vital commercial town in eastern Sichuan Province about 2,000 years ago and is nice to savor the authentic flavor on the ancient streets stretching from the pier up to the top.)

  • 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
photoChaotianmen Dock in Chongqing
  • Highlights of Today
    • Ship disembarkation at Chaotianmen Dock in Chongqing at 09:00.
    • Bus riding to Chongqing airport / railway station for departure.
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Morning tea & coffee
Please Note:
  1. The time, arrangement, shore excursion, activities and places may be adjusted according to practical situation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To know detailed transportation in Chongqing and Yichang, please head to How to Get to/Leave Yangtze Cruise Ports in Chongqing and Yichang.
  5. Please feel free to contact our professional travel expert if you are interested or have any questions.

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    Yichang → Chongqing

    from $1609
    via Shennongjia

    Chongqing → Yichang

    from $1206
    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 enquire us of the exact price according to your nationality, cruising time and cruising route.
    • The cruise prices for holidays such as National Holiday (the first week of October), Labor Day, Spring Festival, etc., are quoted upon request.
    • Limited winter schedules may be adjusted into other dates, cruise ships, etc. based on the arrangement of the cruise company.

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