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Yangtze Explorer

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 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 of2020:

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)
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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Ship Itinerary of Special Routes in 2020

In the year of 2019, Yangtze Explorer takes the lead in creating and offering special experience of the wonderful visit to the famous Shennongjia National Nature Preserve 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 Shennong Stream with a deeper exploration, and have best new-try to the 816 Underground Nuclear Project and the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. All that are best arranged to give you a special and unforgettable experience of the Yangtze River cruise in China.

Yichang - Chongqing 5 Days & 4 Nights Upstream Cruises of Essential Shennongjia Visit

(Valid only for Yangtze Explorer on July 7th, July 28th and August 18th in 2019)

During the relaxing Yangtze River cruise in some summer dates, the world famous Shennongjia Nature Preserve, a UNESCO world natural heritage site and known as the “green pearl” in China, would change your experience really cool. Grateful thanks to the prosperous natural conditions, besides the dense forest providing fresh air, Shennongjia is the best home for a wide species of wildlife, which even enables you to get really close to the wild golden monkeys just in this world unique place. Furthermore, the special visits to the very primeval groves and peculiar natural sightseeing could lighten up your cruising trip with more surprises! Please check the detailed itinerary at below to start your 2019 summer trip on the Yangtze River in China.

Yangtze River Cruise Summer Route
Day Time Events & Activities Place
Day 1 14:00 Gather at Yichang Banshan Hotel and take the arranged coach to visit Three Gorges Dam Site;
Yichang Banshan Hotel Address: #56 Fazhan Ave., Dongshan Development Zone, Xiling District, Yichang (宜昌市西陵区东山开发区发展大道56号 - 宜昌半山酒店)
Yichang Banshan Hotel, Three Gorges Dam
15:00 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam site
18:30 Embark the ship at Maoping Port Maoping Port
19:15 Captain’s Welcome Party Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:45 Chinese and Western buffet dinner Dynasty Dining Room , 2nd Floor
21:00 Welcome safety briefing & facilities introduction Tang Dynasty Theater, 3rd Floor
Day 2 (B, L, D) 06:00-07:00 Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
07:00 Take a morning excursion to Shennongjia Nature Reserve, UNESCO World Natural Heritage in Hubei Province, China Shennnongjia Scenic Area
07:30-09:00 Take the bus to Shennongjia Jiuhuping Center to transfer on the scenic area sightseeing bus
09:30-11:30 Visit Large Dragon Pool (Da Long Tan ) Protection and Research Center of Golden Monkey, the world unique place to close up to wild golden monkeys, and then visit Xiao Long Tan Wildlife Rescue Station
11:40-12:30 Enjoy lunch at Xiao Long Tan restaurant (Chinese dishes)
12:40-16:00 Enjoy the primeval forest and waterfalls and fresh air at Golden Monkey Mountain (Jin Hou Ling), and natural subalpine scenery at Banbiyan where tracks of wild men were found. Then, visit Liaowang Tower (Liao Wang Ta) which is the highest building in Central China. After that, visit Shennong Valley (Shen Nong Gu) that is also called Scenery Bealock (Feng Jing Ya) and reputed as “No. 1 Scenery in Shennongjia”.
16:30-18:00 Take a coach to get back to Xiakou Port and return your ship
19:00 Chinese and Western buffet dinner Dynasty Dining Room , 2nd Floor
21:00 Appreciate Band play and movie Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 3 (B, L, D) 06:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
06:30 Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air; Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:00-08:00 Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion to Shennong Stream to visit Bamboo Gorge and the trackers village Shennong Stream
12:00 Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
13:30 Sail through Wu Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
16:00 Sail through Qutang Gorge Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
16:30-17:30 Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and pastries with band performance; Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
19:00 A la carte Western dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
20:00 A Talk on 816 Nuclear Bunker; Tang Dynasty Theater, 3rd Floor
21:00-21:45 Appreciate Band play and movie Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Appreciate Band play and movie Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 4 (B, L, D) 06:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
06:30 Play the traditional Tai Chi with the master to get a physical stretch and inhale fresh air; Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:30 Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
11:30-12:30 Chinese and Western buffet lunch Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
12:30-16:30 Shore excursion to Fuling-816 Underground Project (world largest artificial cave of military nuclear project) or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum (the world first underwater museum) 816 Underground Nuclear Project site or White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum
16:30-17:30 Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and pastries; Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
17:00 Yangtze Explorer departs from Fuling; -
19:00 "A Taste of China” Farewell Dinner Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
21:00-21:45 Appreciate Band play and movie Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
22:15-23:00 Appreciate Band play and movie Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
Day 5 (B) 06:30 Morning tea and coffee Explorer Bar, 6th Floor
07:00-08:00 Chinese and Western buffet breakfast Dynasty Dining Room, 2nd Floor
07:00 Luggage out of cabin for collection; -
08:00-08:45 Disembark at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing Chaotianmen Port

Note:

1. The special itinerary with Shennongjia visit is valid only for upstream Yangtze Explorer cruises starting on July 7th, July 28th and August 18th in 2019.

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.

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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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