Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

​Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Is without compare. Supremely elegant, She sets the standard for luxury cruising in China.

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Recently refurbished, the elegant Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets a new standard in luxury river cruising, with 3 and 4 night cruises between Chongqing and Yichang. The most celebrated stretch of the Yangzi is the spectacular Three Gorges where A&K uniquely tailors shore excursions. Highlights include the river town of Fengdu, the crystal-clear waters of Shennong Stream and a ride in a traditional sampan. Qutang Gorge is famous for its rolling waters and dramatic cliffs, while Wu is characterised by majestic forest-crowned peaks. Xiling, the longest, finishes at the vast Three Gorges Dam. Friendly and intimate on board

The most celebrated stretch of the Yangzi is the spectacular Three Gorges where A&K uniquely tailors shore excursions with a fully qualified bilingual guide to avoid the crowds. Highlights include the river town of Fengdu, the crystal clear waters of Shennong Stream and a ride in a traditional sampan. 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.

The Cabins
Offering 38 cabins, 24 suites and four themed suites over four decks, the ship boasts the largest and best appointed cabins on the river. Each has floor-to-ceiling picture windows, a private balcony and en suite bathroom.

DELUXE Cabins (31m²)

These 38 ensuite cabins are the largest entry level of their kind on the Yangtze River. Stylish, and with their own private balconies, each is fully equipped with satellite TV, electronic safe, minibar and fridge.

SUITE Cabins (39m²)

These 20 suites have an indoor seating area and a private balcony with table and chairs. They’re spacious enough to accommodate a third person, and they include a free laundry service as well as access to the suite lounge for unlimited drinks and snacks.



These four suites are the largest on the ship. Dressed in traditional Chinese décor, these sumptuous, spacious suites have separate bedroom and living areas and as well as uninterrupted views of screensaver-worthy landscapes as the ship sails its course.

Additional perks to this luxury accommodation include room service, in-suite private dining, sparkling wine, a fruit bowl replenished daily, and afternoon tea imaginatively presented in a birdcage.

Daily Activity 
Complementing the natural beauty of the river is a rich programme of shore excursions and shipboard activities which highlight the wealth of China’s cultural traditions as well as the river’s history and ecology. Tai Chi classes, Chinese cooking and silk embroidery are just some of the diversions available. In between activities, the Huang Ding Spa beckons. There’s also a fitness centre, sauna and beauty salon.

Luxury On Board 
Dining is a delight with a team of internationally trained chefs dishing up innovative à la carte menus featuring Chinese and continental cuisine served with complimentary house wines and other refreshments at lunch and dinner. The ship boasts the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1 delivering exceptional personalised service.

The specially tailored ‘Summer Camp’ welcomes families on four night cruises, upstream from Yichang to Chongqing, with exciting activities planned to keep all entertained. There is Chinese Opera mask painting, introductory Mandarin lessons, cooking, kite making, movie nights and early morning Tai Chi.


  • Launch year: 2008
  • Length: 91.5m
  • Beam: 16.4m
  • Draught: 2.8m
  • Passengers : 124

What's Included 

  • All three meals during full sailing days and breakfast on day of disembarkation
  • Beverages with meals including house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water
  • Entrance fees as part of scheduled sightseeing
  • Pre-arranged entertainment and on-board activities

Featured Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Journeys

Group of 1817 days, from US$7,995
Luxury Small Group Journey- China, Tibet & the Yangtze (2018)

Explore remarkable cultures with an intguing tour of China, travelling from Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, in the heart of Tibet, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.

Group17 days, from US$7,995
Group of 1813 days, from US$5,995
Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & the Yangtze (2018)

Discover China's past and present-from the bustling capital, Beijing, to the myriad faces of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian. Visit the iconic giant panda bears and explore the storied Yangtze River on an all-balcony river cruiser.

Group13 days, from US$5,995


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