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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 2023: 1) Except for the classic cruise itineraries (4 Days Chongqing to Yichang Cruise and 5 Days Yichang to Chongqing Cruise), it is also available to have a loop curise trip that allow travelers to enjoy a longer vacation. 2) In some schedules, 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 2023

In the year of 2023, 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 Three Gorges Dam Project, 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.

Apart from that, the specially tailored International Summer River Camp cruise is the top ideal choice for family visitors to spend some sweet and cool summer holiday on water with a lot of joyous activities and fun. All is so wonderful for a fantastic family trip! Check the detailed cruise itineraries at below and feel free to contact us if you need any help!

photoThree Gorges Dam
photoBoard Your Ship at Maoping Port
  • Highlights of Today
    • Take the arranged tourist bus at Yichang Sanxia Airport or Yichang East Railway Station and start from Crown Plaza Yichang at 10:30;
    • 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.)

    • Visit 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.)

    • Board the ship at Yichang Maoping Port at 17:00 (If you arrive in Yichang late and have no time for the lunch and Three Gorges Dam tour, board the ship during 16:00-19:00);
    • Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Party
    • Welcome safety briefing.
  • Dining
    Dinner (Chinese & Western Buffet)
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)
Wu GorgeGorgeous Wu Gorge with Red Leaves in Winter
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 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 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.)


      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.)

    • Night performance enjoyment: Return to Three Gorges Show (Gui Lai San Xia) is the newest created on-site live performance! The show, directed by Zhang Yimou, is performed to show the beautiful Yangtze River and Three Gorges as the background and stunning Chinese poetry culture as theme.
  • 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
Fengdu Ghost CityFengdu Ghost City in Fengdu
Xiaoguanshan Folk Culture ParkXiaoguanshan Folk Culture Park
  • Highlights of Today
    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner.
    • Shore excursion visit to Fengdu Ghost City (Included)

      (A large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on Ming Mountain. You’ll have a learning about Chinese demons and beliefs of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.)

    • Visit Xiaoguanshan Ancient Dwelling Houses (Included)
  • 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. Please Note: Special itinerary to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve of Yangtze Explorer are only available for upstream cruises starting on April 23, May 29, June 19, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, September 18, October 23, October 30 in 2023!
  2. The time, arrangement, shore excursion, activities and places may be adjusted according to practical situation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. To know detailed transportation in Chongqing and Yichang, please head to How to Get to/Leave Yangtze Cruise Ports in Chongqing and Yichang.
  6. Please feel free to contact our professional travel expert if you are interested or have any questions.

(Please Note: Special International Summer River Camp cruises of Yangtze Explorer are NOT AVAILABLE in 2021!)

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the special SUMMER CRUISE HOLIDAYS for your sweet days with your honey kids on vacation in July and August in 2020. You will surely create lots of cherished joy and laughter among the special designed and arranged activities and interactions to impress you and your children a memorable family trip in 2023!

photoJoyous Experience of Summer Cruise Holiday on Explorer
photoJoyous Experience of Summer Cruise Holiday on Explorer
photoJoyous Experience of Summer Cruise Holiday on Explorer
  • Inspirations
    • Hold your family to board on the top superb deluxe river vessel with the best enjoy of the first-class room amenities, bed linen, and public facilities and entertainment equipment;
    • Create more fun together with your little darlings with the interesting and meaningful activities, including Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt, Cooking Class with Chef, Bingo, Dining Etiquette Class, Pajamas Party with Fun Games, Cocktail Mixing Class, Towel Folding, Family Movie + Popcorns, Dragon Boat Race, and more;
    • Feast your eyes with the marvelous emerald sceneries of famous Three Gorges with rolling hills, rising cliffs, verdant forest and seasonal blossoms for a summer cool down;
    • Enrich the summer holiday memory with close-up to primitive lovely stream and more domestic well-known places of interests with interesting cultural and historical charm along the beautiful Yangtze;
    • Seize a nice chance to make friends of lovely Chinese children and experience being a little diplomatist.
  • Valid Dates:
    • 4 Nights Yichang - Chongqing cruises: July 21, August 4 and August 11 in 2020;
    • 3 Nights Chongqing - Yichang cruises: July 25, August 1 and August 8 in 2020.

    (Please Note: Special International Summer River Camp cruises of Yangtze Explorer are NOT AVAILABLE in 2020!)

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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 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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