"Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats."

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer has introduced a new standard of cruising to China. With the largest cabins and the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river, this is a cruise unlike any other. Life aboard the spacious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is tranquil and unhurried.

And with only 62 cabins, and fewer passengers than other boats, the journey is more relaxed. On-board facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, business centre, fitness centre, suite lounge, photo corner, gift shops and private function rooms. A doctor
also travels aboard.

Accommodation

With 62 cabins including 24 suites, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the smallest and most exclusive ship cruising the stunning Three Gorges regions of China.  All cabins boast floor-to-ceiling windows providing access to private balconies with seating area. In addition to a choice of king or twin beds, connecting cabins are also available. All cabins are equipped with personal electronic safety deposit box, mini-bar, hairdryer, air-conditioning, large LCD television with satellite channels.

Facilities

On board facilities include a la carte dining, a luxury spa, an observation deck, 24-hour room service, a two-floor theatre, business centre, fitness centre, suite lounge, photo corner, art gallery, gift shops and private function rooms. There is no smoking policy on the entire ship, except the Explorer Deck.

  • Tai Chi classes
  • Chinese cooking classes
  • Calligraphy
  • Traditional painting
  • Silk embroidery 
  • Karaoke
  • Movies
  • Crew show
  • Manhjong Lesson
  • Evening entertainment
  • Lectures

Included on shore activities

Tour to a relocated family in Fengdu. Visitors can enjoy the town, its shrines and explore real life on the Yangzi River. • Shennong Stream: Crystalline waters, verdant forests and stunning riverine gorges provide an incredible backdrop for an experience aboard traditional sampans rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. Witness the hanging coffins. • Explore the towering peaks and remote villages of the Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiling. Visit the Three Gorges Dam Project, the biggest hydropower project in the world. Guests receive an exclusive visit to the Exhibition Centre and an in-depth museum tour.

Restaurants

Dining on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is your chance to savour traditional Chinese cooking at its finest. With an a-la-carte menu and cooking lessons from our executive chef for all ages, you can enjoy and learn to cook local delicacies.

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Weather

Because of its temperate climate, April, May, September and October are the best time to take a Yangtze River cruise.  Winter is a good season to travel because it is less crowded. In addition, scenery at the Three Gorges (the most impressive section of the Yangtze River) is more breathtaking because of the much lower water level.

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