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Yangzi Explorer

EARLY BOOKING OFFER - Upstream Yichang to Chongqing 5 Day Cruise

Experience the luxurious tranquility on board the "Yangzi Explorer" along the majestic Yangtze River. This is the voyage of a lifetime, passing through the Three Gorges region, thousands of years of history and timeless natural beauty, all in the comfort of one of the most impressive ships on the Yangzi today. The Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service with accommodation for only 124 passengers in a comfortable atmosphere, unmatched by any other river vessel.

 

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Day 1: Yichang

Board the deluxe Yangzi Explorer and settle into your comfortable outside cabin to begin your memorable cruise upstream.

Day 2: Xiling Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam Project

Start your morning with traditional Tai Chi, led by our certified Tai Chi Master. This morning’s lecture is on the Three Gorges Project. Learn more about the dam’s construction, including the controversial resettlement of 1.2 million people. Mid-morning there is a Chinese foot reflexology demo in the Tang Theatre. Alternatively, take this time to visit the luxurious spa. After lunch, depart Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. Spanning 2,335 metres in length and 181 metres in height, the dam is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. This afternoon, the lecture topic is traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, sail through Xiling Gorge - the longest of the Gorges, measuring some 76 kilometres (47 miles) in length. This evening enjoy a special Captain’s welcome reception and a delicious a la carte dinner.

Day 3: Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

Begin today with traditional Chinese exercise before an 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. You will also visit a traditional trackers village, where you will have a chance to catch a fascinating glimpse of the traditional, rural Chinese community. This afternoon, guests are encouraged to appreciate the scenery from the Sun Deck as the ship sails through the spectacular Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Tonight, indulge in an a la carte dinner in the Dynasty Dining Room. A talk on the 816 Underground Project in the Tang Theatre will leave you well equipped for tomorrow’s excursion.

Day 4: Fuling

For guests sailing mid-March to May and mid-September to November, this morning you can choose to experience one of the following two activities: The 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project. A lunch buffet is served on board followed by onboard activities such as a traditional painting and calligraphy demonstration and a dumpling cooking class. For guests sailing between mid-May and mid-September, enjoy onboard activities this morning. After lunch, choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project and a visit to a local market.

Day 5: Chongqing

Spend the morning cruising through the gentle countryside to Chongqing, where you will disembark the ship.

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Includes

  • 4 Nights' accommodation on board the Yangzi Explorer
  • Full Board (From breakfast on day two to breakfast on day five)
  • House wine, local beer and bottled water with daily meals
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing
  • Entertainment as provided aboard the vessel

Excludes

  • Embarkation Night Dinner
  • Personal Insurance
  • Gratuities
 

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