Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

China 3

6 Night Rail & River Cruise

This itinerary combines our four night itinerary with sightseeing and accommodation in Wuhan and Chongqing.

Please note that this cruise commences one day prior to the four night itinerary departure dates. Please see the sailing dates for more information.

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Day 1


Upon your arrival in Wuhan you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. You may enjoy your time in the hotel for refreshment, or explore the city at your leisure. Wuhan, being the capital city of Hebei Provence, is an interesting inland city in China both with an ancient history and a thriving presence of a modern big city. You may choose to visit the Provincial Museum for viewing over 200,000 ancient cultural relics, and the East Lake for unforgettable scenery.

Overnight: Superior Room, Marco Polo Hotel Wuhan/ Superior Room or Superior Room, The Shangri-La Hotel Wuhan (with supplement)

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Day 2

wuhan to yichang

Breakfast will be served at the hotel followed by check out and transfer from the hotel to the train station (approx. 1 hour) to take the train in First Class seat to Yichang (approx. 2.5 hours). Upon arrival to Yichang, you will be picked up at the train station and transferred to the Yichang Pier and get embark onto the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer to begin your Yangzi River cruise journey.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 3

Three gorges dam project site & xiling gorge


Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam Project site and embark on a tour of the area (this tour will serve as a general introduction to the project site, which, currently, is the world's largest engineering project).

The Three Gorges Dam Project was started in 1992, partially completed in 2009 and is scheduled to be completed in 2015 with the ship lift. The dam is the largest dam on earth, generating 18,200 megawatts of hydroelectricity (almost 50% more than the world's second largest dam, the Itaipu Dam in Brazil and Paraguay). The dam is 1.2 miles in length and measure 600 feet (185 meters) in height. The dam has 32 generators that generate enough clean energy to reduce China's reliance of highly polluting coal by up to 70 million tons annually.

After the viewing of the dam, you will then be taken to an exclusive visit to the exhibition centre where a large size scale model and other interesting models are available for enjoyment.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 4

shennong stream, wu gorge, qutang gorge & white emperor city

Disembark from the ship and be transfered onto a local Sampan poled by Tujia boatmen. On the return ferryboat ride, a local Tujia boat tracker will join and provide an insight into what daily life entails for them, and guests will also get the chance to try on and feel their unique clothing, rain hat, and rain coat. A demonstration of how the Tujia make their special sandals will also take place on board. After lunch, view the majestic Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge as you sail past. In the afternoon take an optional excursion to White Emperor City which due to its strategic position the town was originally chosen in the first century as the site of his headquarters (supplement charge applicable). Enjoy afternoon tea and in the evening watch the crew variety show after an a la carte dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 5


During the Fengdu shore excursion, explore the real life of the Yangzi River by visiting the village that will provide a unique glimpse into one of China's remote communities. Gain insight, mingle with the locals and see how school children receive their early education.

Tonight, enjoy 'A Taste of China' banquet feast and participate by dressing up along with the crew.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Day 6


Disembark in Chongqing and be transferred to your hotel. You may enjoy your time in the hotel for refreshment or explore the city at your leisure. Chongqing is the largest municipality in the western part of China with its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Besides the wonderful scenery of the Three Gorges, you may also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dazu Grottoes, or the 2-hectare Panda House in the Chongqing zoo which is an undoubted highlight for visitors.

Overnight: Superior Room, Holiday Inn Hotel Chongqing/ Superior Room, InterContinental Chongqing (with supplement)

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Day 7


Breakfast will be served at the hotel followed by check out. You will be transferred from hotel to the Airport by private vehicle for your departure flight.