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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 2020:

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.

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Yangtze Explorer Cruise Special Offer 2020

(Please Note: Special cruises to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve and International Summer River Camp cruises of Yangtze Explorer are NOT AVAILABLE in 2020!)

In the year of 2020, Yangtze Explorer takes the lead in creating and offering special experience from the traditional classic Yangtz River cruise.

This proud luxury cruise 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 Shennong Stream with a deeper exploration, and have best new-try to the 816 Underground Nuclear Project and the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum.

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!

DAY 1
Embarkation
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photoBoard Your Ship at Maoping Port
  • Highlights of Today
    • Gather at Yichang Banshan Hotel in downtown to take the arranged bus;

      (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)

    • 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 18:30
    • Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Party
    • Welcome safety briefing.
  • Dining
    Dinner (Chinese & Western Buffet)
DAY 2
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”.
  • Entertaiment Onboard
    • Band performance at the bar
    • Movie
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Lunch (Chinese dishes at Xiao Long Tan restaurant); Dinner (Chinese & Western buffet)
DAY 3
Yangtze River Cruise
photoPrimative Shennong Stream in Badong
photoGorgeous Wu Gorge with Red Leaves in Winter
photoMagnificent Qutang Gorge (Kuimen Gate)
  • Highlights of Today
    • Shore excursion to Shennong Stream to visit Bamboo Gorge and Trackers’ Village (Included);

      (Cruise visitors’ top favored place to seek the top best primitive and tranquil sceneries along Yangtze. You will ride the joyous local “peapod” boat to discover deeper into the serenity and the real village of local trackers to see their dwelling houses and daily life.)

    • 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.);

  • Entertaiment Onboard
    • Learn to play Tai Chi in early morning;
    • A Talk on 816 Nuclear Military Plant
    • 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
DAY 4
Yangtze River Cruise
photo816 Nuclear Military Plant in Fuling
photoBaiheliang Underwater Museum in Fuling
  • Highlights of Today
    • Shore excursion to:

      Option A (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)

      OR

      Option B (Baiheliang Underwater Museum + local market) in Fuling (Included)

      (Carving fishes as the water gauge on the ridge recording the water level changes of over 1200 years, it is the only place using such great method in the whole world and praised as the World First Ancient hydrologic station by the UNESCO);

    • A Taste of China Farewell Dinner.
  • Entertaiment 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
DAY 5
Disembarkation
photoChaotianmen Dock in Chongqing
  • Highlights of Today
  • Dining
    Breakfast (Chinese & Western buffet); Morning tea & coffee
Please Note:
  1. Please Note: Special cruises to Shennongjia National Nature Reserve of Yangtze Explorer are NOT AVAILABLE in 2020!
  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.

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 2020!

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 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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