Discover the secrets of the Yangtze River

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There’s no better way to soak up the beauty of China’s heartland than embarking on a voyage of discovery on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

As you cruise along the world’s third longest river, our boutique vessel offers one of the most refined opportunities to behold why this Golden River is considered the cradle of Chinese civilisation. But how does a Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer journey transcend other holidays?

Boutique cruising

At Sanctuary Retreats, we’re passionate about making your travels as memorable as possible. Which is why we believe small is especially beautiful when exploring this extraordinary country.

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

With a maximum of 124 discerning passengers, compared to the 300 or more favoured by other operators, you are assured an intimate experience with a far more personalised touch. And with one crew member for every guest - the highest ratio along the Yangtze - you can look forward to unparalleled levels of service that allow our devoted team to consistently surpass your every expectation.

Luxurious design

Authentic charm, unrivalled comfort and meticulous attention to detail are hallmarks of life on-board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. And nowhere is this quality more true than within our elegant five-star cabins.

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Jade Suite

With 38 deluxe cabins and 20 fully-serviced luxury suites at your disposal, all with bespoke 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi, you will travel not simply in style but also in some of the most spacious and well-equipped rooms on this world-famous waterway.

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Restaurant on Yangzi Explorer

Best of all, each cabin boasts its own private balcony, ensuring you wake up to dramatic views every day and can marvel at the spectacular canyons and captivating landscapes at leisure.

World-class cuisine

Our handpicked team of internationally-trained chefs will serve up a gastronomic storm in the Dynasty Dining Room throughout your journey.

East meets West on our epicurean a-la-carte menu, with each expertly-crafted dish capturing the best of continental classics and local flavours. These culinary treasures are then matched by the stars of our sommelier-curated wine cellar to further enhance your dining experience.

Chef Li Cheng Hai 2

Chef Li Cheng Hai

For the ultimate flourish, your farewell dinner will be dedicated to savouring a legendary Chinese banquet – the perfect occasion to feast on the mouth-watering specialities characteristic of this alluring Asian corner.

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À-la-carte cuisine

First-class facilities

The leisurely pace of a Yangtze cruise lends itself perfectly to relaxation. So what better way to unwind than by treating yourself to some precious ‘me-time’ in the most spacious spa along the Yangtze.

Our six treatment rooms provide a haven of calm and an indulgent menu of restorative options to ensure you look and feel your best, whilst the adjoining fitness centre has all the equipment to help you re-energise.



And, for extra insight into the fascinating land floating by, simply dip into our on-board programme of free activities crafted to capture your imagination.

From traditional performances and inspiring lectures in the two-floor Tang Theatre to morning tai chi sessions, Chinese medicine masterclasses to calligraphy lessons and an introduction to the local language to dumpling making, you can count on our insider knowledge to keep all ages entertained.

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Yangtze River

To read more about why a Yangtze River cruise with Sanctuary Retreats will leave you spellbound, please see the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer pages.