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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
Why we like it
- Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer has the largest cabins and suites on the river, all with private balconies
- It is one of only two five star vessels operating in the astonishing Three Gorges region of China
- The vessel's exclusive private dining rooms for two offer delicious à la carte cuisine and a selection of French and new world wines
- The vessel has an impressive on board spa
- Other facilities include a fitness centre, a two-tiered theatre, coffee lounge, viewing lounge, Cigar Bar, sun deck, and multi-language library
Our favourite are the four stunning Speciality Suites - the 732 square foot Jade and Mandarin Suites and 829 square foot Celestial and Imperial Suites - which are beautifully furnished and the largest available anywhere on the Yangtze River.
The organisation was superb. We were able to fit so much into each day without feeling hurried.
- MS, Gloucestershire
Carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 plus accommodated on other cruise ships, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service on the river - in fact the vessel carries one member of staff for every guest on board.
Effortlessly stylish, the cabins are huge, and all have floor to ceiling windows to afford wonderful views of one of the most spectacular waterways on earth. The vessel also carries a staff of experienced, knowledgeable guides, enabling guests to join on shore excursions to learn about the river's history and ecology.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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