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Small Group: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer – Chongqing to Yichang

  • Destination

    Sichuan

  • Trip duration

    4 days, 3 nights

  • Price

    From 8300 cny

  • Availability period

    1 Apr. 2020 - 31 Oct. 2020

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min 6. Price is on based on Shoulder Season (Apr / Jun-Aug)

  • Transport

    Van ; Bus ; Cruise ship

  • Accommodation

    Cabin

Explore the very best stretches of this immense waterway, including the Three Gorges, onboard the most luxurious ship on the river, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Discover the secrets of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest reservoir and biggest electricity-generating facility, designed to combat annual flooding and the consequent loss of life.

Marvel at suggestive sceneries characterized by traditional villages, gems of China’s architecture, quiet and clean green water, and peculiar and strong peaks.

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer brings new levels of luxury to cruising in China, with the largest suites and cabins on the river, all with private balconies. This boutique hotel will steer you to a dramatic destination while you enjoy the finest and most personalized service on the Yangtze.

YANGTZE RIVER, CHINA

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Day 1

CHONGQING DEPARTURE

Arrive Chongqing, meet and greet by English-speaking local guide Visit Hongya cave and Jiefang monument. This afternoon, board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise downstream to Yichang.

After you’ve settled in your cabin, you can join your fellow guests in the Explorer Bar . The large windows allow you to enjoy the night-time cityscape of Chongqing as we sail deeper into the Three Gorges region of the mighty Yangtze River.

Tonight, we will host an optional embarkation dinner followed by a welcome safety briefing and talk on the 816 Underground Project, before we depart Chongqing.

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Day 2

CRUISE

Start your morning with an early bird tea or coffee and a traditional Tai Chi lesson , led by our certified Tai Chi Master, and work up an appetite for the buffet breakfast.

This morning, choose between a visit to an intriguing, secret project, hidden in the mountains of Fuling - The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and a local market tour.

The 816 Underground Project is the world’s largest artificial military cave. Over 50 years ago, more than 60,000 constructors came to Jianzishan, a deserted place among mountains and forests, to start work on a top-secret construction of a monumental scale. The work continued for 17 years and was nearly completed when the government decided to suspend it before any nuclear material could be produced. Now, as the secrets of military caves are revealed, you will be able to look at the true face of 816 Project hidden for 50 years.

Alternatively, you can choose to visit the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum and local market tour. The museum will take you some 148 feet underwater to admire the river bed and the intricate ancient rock carvings left there many years ago. Learn about the Yangtze River, its flora, and fauna while enjoying this fascinating museum. Your next stop will be the local market , where you will gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture. This is a daily market where farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to fish and meat, and of course a whole array of pickles - which Fuling is famous for.

Return to Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for an à la carte lunch in the Dynasty Dining Room, followed by demonstrations such as Chinese foot reflexology and traditional Chinese medicine in the Tang Theatre. This is followed by the Captain’s welcome reception , complete with complimentary canapés.

Tonight, you have a chance to attend an epic open-air live-action show (optional), dramatizing the lives and battles of feudal lords and their armies from the ancient Han dynasty. Based on the famous 14th-century novel ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms,’ the story is part historical, part legend, and part mythical. The show includes battles on horseback, light and aquatic special effects, 3D holographic projection and fireworks, with the Yangtze River as the background, and a 180-degree all-swivel auditorium.

Tonight, a buffet-style dinner is served. For those who choose to disembark at Zhongxian County for the Three Kingdoms Open Air Show, an early buffet dinner will be available before departure.

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Day 3

CRUISE

Today is all about the striking Three Gorges; Qutang, Wu and Xiling.

Enjoy a tea or coffee and practice your Tai Chi . In the morning, there will be an optional excursion to White King Town (optional and dependent on the number of guests). In the late morning, the commentary on the Qutang Gorge begins on the Explorer Deck.

A breakfast buffet is served before guests return to Deck 6 as we pass through the Wu Gorge . Through the commentary, discover the myths and facts that make each gorge unique as we pass through them. Experience 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.

Before returning, we will visit a traditional trackers village , where you will have a chance to get a fascinating glimpse of the traditional, rural Chinese community. You’ll find mud huts as homes, basic kitchens where the meat is dried on hooks and coffins in the bedroom. And, while there are satellite dishes, villagers still pride their heritage.

This evening we have prepared a special farewell dinner, ‘A Taste of China,’ followed by Three Gorges Project lecture and a live band performance.

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Day 4

CRUISE - YICHANG ARRIVAL

Enjoy tea or coffee alongside an international buffet breakfast.

Enjoy tea or coffee alongside an international buffet breakfast.

Guests will have the opportunity to do a Ship Lift Tour (optional) before the Three Gorges Project tour.

Alternatively, guests can relax on board before disembarking in Maoping and visiting the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre . The Three Gorges Dam, situated in the Yichang, nearby the Xiling Gorge, is the biggest dam in China and the world’s largest hydroelectric station for the usage of flood control and power generation. In 1997, the dam was officially opened to the public. As the pearl of the Yangtze River, Three Gorges Dam is the top highlight during Yangtze Cruise Tour. The tourist area mainly includes: Gorges Exhibition, which tells the history of the construction of the site with the help of pictures and videos; Tanzi Ling Park, best location where to admire the panoramic views of the Three Gorges project; 185 Park Zone that, at the same sea level of the dam, lets you feel the heigh of the dam and view the surface of water in the impounding reservoir.

After visiting the Project, you will be transferred to the Downtown Yichang for your onward journey.

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Sichuan offers a great variety of activities and fun for young and old to explore.

Yangtze River

SANCTUARY YANGZI EXPLORER

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer brings new levels of luxury to cruising in China, with the largest suites and cabins on the river, all with private balconies. This boutique hotel will steer you to a dramatic destination while you enjoy the finest and most personalized service on the Yangtze.

Sichuan offers a great variety of activities and fun for young and old to explore.

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