China
 

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Day 1

CHONGQING

This evening begin your Yangzi River cruise trip aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise to Yichang. After settling into your magnificent suite, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometers (402 miles) and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China. Later in the evening, an informative documentary about the Three Gorges Dam Project will be shown in the cabins.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Day 2

FENGDU

Start your morning with traditional Chinese exercise and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast served in the Dynasty restaurant. Breakfast in your suite is available on request. After breakfast enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu where you can visit the community and see the local kindergarten, before returning to the ship for a Chinese reflexology demonstration.

After an international lunch buffet choose between lectures & discussions, Chinese painting and calligraphy, enjoy the special Aromasoul Dream Spa treatments (please book in advance for slot availability), or an introduction to the Chinese language.

After a complimentary afternoon tea attend the Captain's welcome reception before a private gourmet dinner in your suite and a crew show performance.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Day 3

QUTANG GORGE, SHENNONG STREAM, WU GORGE & XILING GORGE


Early morning Tai Chi as the ship enters Qutang Gorge. Either enjoy an international buffet breakfast or "Breakfast in Suite" before viewing the Wu Gorge. Disembark at Badong for a local longboat (sampan) trip poled by Tujia boatmen.

Enjoy an international lunch buffet followed by snuff bottle painting and viewing the Xiling Gorge. Afterwards attend one of our lectures or demonstrations or simply relax at our spa with an Aromasoul Dream Spa treatment (we recommend booknig in advance). 

Enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea or "Bird Cage" theme afternoon tea in your suite. Tonight there will be "A Taste of China" farewell dinner before the option of a photo session in your suite.

Overnight: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


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Day 4

THREE GORGES DAM PROJECT & DISEMBARK IN YICHANG

 

Either enjoy an international buffet breakfast before arriving at the Three Gorges Dam Project site and exhibition centre and embark on a tour of the area. 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. The dam's 32 generators will generate enough clean energy to reduce China's reliance on coal but it will also submerge 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages and over 600 industrial factories, more than 1,200 archeological projects and the 1.2 million people that will be resettled as a result of the flooding.

On return to the ship say your goodbyes and disembark at midday.