The contemporary Yangzi Explorer has been completely refurbished and now offers a truly luxurious cruise option in China. The experience is further complimented from the small amount of cabins (only 62), each with a private balcony, creating a sense of exclusivity and space on board.
With fewer passengers the ship can offer a 1:1 service ratio, also meaning that the on-shore excursions are based on small groups and so you can visit fascinating but less crowded sites including some exclusive experiences.
The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer cruises the Yangtze River, travelling downstream from Chongqing and Yichang over three nights or upstream from Yichang to Chongqing over four nights. The itinerary includes shore excursions to the Three Gorges Dam Project, Fengdu and Shennong Stream. This summer there is a special four-night Shennongjila cruise sails from Yichang to Chongqing including excursions to Shennongjia Nature Reserve – an ancient bamboo forest with spectacular mountainous scenery, and home to the iconic golden monkeys.
In addition, a family summer camp has been introduced, a great opportunity to engage your children in a fascinating culture through fun and entertainment.
Our highlights of China holiday idea includes a Yangtze cruise which is a great experience as part of any trip to China.
The cabins have all benefited from interior designer touches, with inspiration taken from the local region and translated into contemporary design. Artwork, cushions and furniture were sourced in local markets.
The boat has a full spa and state of the art fitness centre and the restaurant is run by a team of internationally trained chefs who create innovative a-la-carte menus, combining a wonderful choice of Chinese and continental cuisine.
On-board activities incorporate cultural traditions and include Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking classes and hands-on calligraphy and silk embroidery workshops. Fun activities, on-board entertainment and amenities for children are also available. During July and August there are children’s summer camp activities onboard with dedicated staff.
why we like it
The Yangzi Explorer offers a level of comfort that was hitherto unavailable on Yangtze river cruises.