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4 night ultimate indulgence

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Day 1


In the evening, arrive at Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and settle into your cabin.

The four night cruise sets sail on an upstream course along the Yangzi River the following morning, through the beautiful Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres (402 miles) and is famous for its stunning scenery and is historically and culturally important location for China.

Optional: Embarkation dinner (additional charge)

Later in the evening, a documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in the cabins.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 2



Start your morning with a traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the international buffet breakfast. After breakfast, view the Xiling Gorge or choose the 'Tribe of Three Gorges' tour - a 2.5 hour walk through stunning landscapes where you can experience an ancient wedding ceremony (tour at an additional cost and subject to availability).

After lunch, visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. The project was started in 1992, partially completed in 2009 and is due to be finished in 2015. The dam spans 1.2 miles in width and 600 feet in height, and is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. 

In the afternoon, unwind with one of our Aromasoul Dream Spa treatments, attend our Chinese Medicine demonstration and enjoy afternoon tea. The evening will commence with the Captain's reception followed by an a la carte dinner. Take part in karaoke or retire to your cabins for a cultural movie.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 3


Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the international buffet breakfast. This morning cruise the Shennong Stream and disembark at Badong to join a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen.

After lunch on board, view the Wu Gorge followed by a Chinese calligraphy demonstration. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour to the White Emperor City (additional cost and subject to availability) before afternoon tea.

In the evening, luxuriate in your suite with a private gourmet dinner. A crew variety show is avaible post-dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4


Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast. Afterwards there will be a shore excursion to Fengdu, where you can visit the Relocated Village, local Kindergarten or local market. After an international lunch buffet, enjoy the special Aromasoul Dream Spa treatments available at our spa (please book in advance). Attend a Mahjong lesson before a complimentary "Bird Cage" theme afternoon tea.  After a dumpling making class enjoy "A Taste of China" farewell dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 5


Enjoy a "Breakfast in Suite" or an international breakfast buffet before disembarkation at 9am.

Please note: Entertainment and Sailing times are subject to change