China’s landscapes are vast, its history and monuments epic. Complex and energetic – this country must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
And the Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river at 6,280 kilometres (3,900 miles), is its symbolic lifeline. Flowing from Tibet to Shanghai, and cutting through the dramatic mountains of the Yangtze River basin, the river’s fortunes are inextricably entwined with those of the country itself. Historically, the Yangtze served as a divider between northern and southern China, a natural barrier against invaders, and a waterway for transport and commerce. Today, the river basin is the country’s heartland, home to 500 million people – a tenth of the world’s population.
One of the best ways to experience the Yangtze is by boat. And the luxuriously appointed Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is hard to beat. Exploring the very best stretches of this immense waterway, this elegant vessel introduces a new standard of cruising in China. More intimate and luxurious, with the largest cabins and suites on the river, all with private balconies and floor to ceiling picture windows, as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, the atmosphere is more private club than cruise ship.
A highlight of any cruise aboard the Yangzi Explorer is a visit to the most celebrated stretch of the Yangtze – the spectacular Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, famous for its rolling waters and sheer cliffs, is the shortest and narrowest of the three, while Wu is characterised by majestic forest crowned peaks. Xiling, the longest, finishes at the Three Gorges Dam, the largest construction project ever undertaken.
Complementing the natural beauty of the river is a rich program of shore excursions and shipboard activities, which highlight the wealth of China’s cultural tradition as well as the river’s history and ecology. Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking and silk embroidery are just some of the diversions available, while children are well catered for too with kite flying, mask making and calligraphy on offer. In between activities the fitness centre and Huang Ding Spa beckons so you can be sure to look your best wherever the cruise takes you!
If you have ever harboured the idea of sailing down China’s mighty Yangtze River, now is definitely the time to book! Take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ extended Early Booking Offer. Book and pay in full three months before any 2016 sailing and receive a 25% discount and a free cabin upgrade for bookings made for the Shoulder and High seasons and a 10% discount for bookings made in the Peak season.
Shoulder Season 2 June – 1 September 2016.
Save from US$675 per couple per cruise twin share.
High Season 3 – 17 November 2025.
Save from US$935 per couple per cruise twin share.
Peak Season 4 September – 27 October 2016.
Save from US$396 per couple per cruise twin share.
Terms and conditions apply. Offer not applicable to Jade, Mandarin, Celestial and Imperial Suites.