China 3

4 night cruise Yangzi Explorer

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Day 1


This afternoon, board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in Yichang and prepare for your cruise upstream through this stunning section of the Yangtze River.

Settle into your room before joining your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar for a welcome drink. Tonight there is an optional embarkation dinner (additional cost).

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 2


Start your morning with a traditional Tai Chi lesson as we sail through Xiling Gorge - the perfect introduction to the relaxed pace of the Yangtze River.

Breakfast is followed by an optional shore excursion to the Tribe of the Three Gorges where you can gain an insight into the historical way of life of the Tujia community (additional cost). Alternativley, enjoy the onboard amenities such as the spa or gym, or the activities: Chinese 101 and The Timeless Mighty Yangtze.

After lunch, visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre where you'll learn more about the dam's construction, including the controversial resettlement of 1.2 million people.

This afternoon's lecture focuses on Traditional Chinese Medicine followed by afternoon tea. This evening we'll pass through the Three Gorges shiplocks while enjoying the Captain's welcome reception and a delicious a la carte dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 3


Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the international buffet breakfast.

This morning's shore excursion is 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, you’ll see evidence of early settlements in the form of hanging coffins stowed high within the limestone cliffs.

Back on board we'll sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, giving commentary as we go. Relax and enjoy the on board activities, including a snuff bottle painting demonstration and several lectures. An optional shore excursion to White Emperor City is also offered at an additional cost.

Tonight, enjoy an a la carte dinner followed by onboard entertainment. 

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4


This morning we’ll visit the ancient river town of Fengdu where you’ll get a unique glimpse into some of China’s most remote communities. Choose between exploring the Ghost City's shrines, temples and monasteries or meet the residents of modern Fengdu, including a visit to a local market.

Back on board, take part in a range of activities including reflexology, traditional painting and calligraphy, a dumpling cooking class and a Chinese tea ceremony. We'll also introduce you to the ancient Chinese boardgame, mahjong.

Tonight we'll treat you to a sumptuous farewell dinner, 'A Taste of China'.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 5


Enjoy an international buffet breakfast before disembarking in Chongqing for your onward journey.