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The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is a luxury boutique cruise vessel which accommodates 124 passengers, much less than most other cruises along the river. The highest staff-to-guest ratio promises a more attentive and personal service, whilst the spacious and stylish cabins and suites offer wonderful retreats in which to relax and watch the dramatic scenery roll by from your private balcony.

On board cultural activities include calligraphy writing, Tai Chi, tea ceremonies and dumpling making, in addition to luxurious spa and beauty treatments. Watch inspiring lectures and traditional folk dancing performances in the theatre and enjoy delicious meals, freshly prepared with local ingredients by internationally-trained chefs, accompanied by an excellent choice of wines from the cellar.

The Yangzi Explorer sails in both directions between Chongqing and Yichang, on three and four night itineraries. Along the way you'll encounter the jaw-dropping Three Gorges scenery, remote communities and the magnificent Three Gorges Dam. See below for both itineraries.

Book the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer more than three months in advance of sailing to receive an early-bird discount of up to 25%

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Deluxe Cabin

Deluxe Cabins

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Celestial Suite

Celestial Suite, Jade, Imperial & Mandarin Suites

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Chongqing to Yichang

Sail downstream towards the dramatic Three Gorges and the famous locks. Marvel at magnificent scenery, relax in comfort and explore the local area.

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Yichang to Chongching

Sail upstream at a more leisurely pace, passing through dramatic river gorges. Enjoy regular excursions and traditional cultural activities.

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Deck Plans

Yangzi Explorer deck plan

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