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Yangzi Explorer

EARLY BOOKING OFFER - Downstream Chongqing to Yichang 4 Day Cruise

Experience the luxurious tranquility on board the "Yangzi Explorer" along the majestic Yangtze River. This is the voyage of a lifetime, passing through the Three Gorges region, thousands of years of history and timeless natural beauty, all in the comfort of one of the most impressive ships on the Yangzi today. The Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service with accommodation for only 124 passengers in a comfortable atmosphere, unmatched by any other river vessel.





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Day 1: Chongqing

Board the deluxe Yangze Explorer and settle into your comfortable outside cabin to begin your memorable cruise downstream. After you’ve settled into your cabin you can join your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar. The large windows allow you to enjoy the night-time cityscape of Chongqing as we sail deeper into the Three Gorges region of the mighty Yangtze River. Tonight, join an optional embarkation dinner* followed by a welcome safety briefing and talk on the 816 Underground Project, before we depart Chongqing.

Day 2: Fuling

Start your morning with an early bird tea or coffee and a traditional Tai Chi lesson, led by our certified Tai Chi Master and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. This morning choose between a visit to an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling - The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project and a local market tour. The 816 Underground Project is the world’s largest artificial military cave. Over 50 years ago, more than 60,000 constructors, came to Jianzishan, an uninhabited place among mountains and forest, to start work on a top-secret construction project of a monumental scale. Alternatively, you can choose to visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project and local market tour. The Project will take you some 130 feet under water to admire the river bed and the intricate ancient rock carvings left there many years ago. Learn about the Yangtze river, it’s flora and fauna, while enjoying this fascinating Project. Your next stop will be the local market, where you will gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. Return to Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for a lunch buffet in the Dynasty Dining Room, followed by demonstrations such Chinese foot reflexology and traditional Chinese medicine in the Tang Theatre. In the afternoon you may join a lecture, Pearls of the World. Tonight, you have a chance to attend an epic open air live action show*, dramatizing the lives and battles of feudal lords and their armies from the ancient Han dynasty. The show includes battles on horseback, light and aquatic special effects, 3D holographic projection and fireworks, with the Yangtze River as the background, and a 180-degree all-swivel auditorium

Day 3: The Three Gorges

Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, framed by steep mossy cliffs. Then, sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its 12 peaks. Experience a unique ride along the Shennong Stream on a sampan - a traditional longboat rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. As we gently float through this stunning riverine gorge flanked by verdant forest. Before returning you will visit a traditional trackers village, where you will have a chance to get a fascinating glimpse of the traditional, rural Chinese community. This evening you have prepared a special farewell dinner, ‘A Taste of China’, followed by Three Gorges Project lecture and a live band performance.

Day 4: The Three Gorges Dam - Yichang

This morning, stop in Maoping and visiting the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. Spanning 2,335 metres in length and 181 metres in height, the dam is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. During construction, 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages, over 600 industrial factories and more than 1,200 archaeological projects have been submerged and 1.2 million people resettled. Disembark the ship in Yichang.


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  • 3 Nights' accommodation on board the Yangzi Explorer
  • Full Board (From breakfast on day two to breakfast on day four)
  • House wine, local beer and bottled water with daily meals
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing
  • Entertainment as provided aboard the vessel


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