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Yichang to Chongqing / 4 nights on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

The Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer is the most exclusive cruise ship plying the stunning Three Gorges region. With the largest cabins and suites, all with private outdoor balconies, views are maximised by floor-to-ceiling windows, with armchairs, a choice of king or twin beds, minibar, bathroom and satellite television. Widely considered one of the country’s most scenic areas, guests have the opportunity to participate in shore excursions and cultural activities, whilst a number of special itineraries can also be reserved – one of the most popular being a full day excursion to the Shenningila Nature Reserve. Glide over calm waters in either direction from Yichang to Chongqing on a moving voyage along the world’s third longest river, enjoying the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river. Amenities on board include à la carte dining, a luxurious spa and 24- hour room service. Cultural treats abound in the two-level theatre and there is also a well-stocked library for quiet relaxation.

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Price is per person based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Cabin on the Main Deck in low season. Includes full board, embarkation night dinner, cultural activities and shore excursions. Cabin upgrades available. Departures are on selected dates from March to November - contact our reservation specialists for full details.

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Yichang to Chongqing /Itinerary

4 nights on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Depart Yichang

This deluxe four night cruise begins in Yichang, where you'll embark on your journey along the Yangzi River towards the dramatic Three Gorges region.

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Three Gorges Dam Project, Yichang

Three Gorges Dam Project, Yichang

After breakfast, arrive at the Three Gorges Dam Project and Exhibition Centre. The Three Gorges Dam Project was started in 1992 and completed in 2009; the dam will be the largest dam on Earth, at more than 1.2 miles in length and 600 feet in height. After viewing the dam, guests on the M.S Sanctuary Explorer will be taken on an exclusive visit to the exhibition centre. Return to the ship at midday where your journey concludes. (B)

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Shennong Stream, Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge

Shennong Stream, Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge

In the morning, board a ferry to a local longboat (Sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. In the afternoon, the ship will enter Qutang Gorge, before journeying ahead through to the Wu Gorge - known for its twelve famous peaks, including the Goddess Peak. In the evening, entertainment and dining comes in the form of an a la carte dinner and a crew variety show.

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Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise from the certified Tai Chi Master, followed by a buffet breakfast. After food, the cruise will stop at Fengdu. Opt to the visit the ghost temple, where the Chinese believe the souls would gather after they passed away, or alternatively, explore life of the Yangtze River by visiting a local village that provides a unique glimpse into one of China's remote communities. Later, learn to make dumplings with the help of a lead chef.

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