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A Yangtze River cruise takes you through the very heart of the Chinese landscape

The mighty Yangtze River snakes for a total of 6,380km. It meanders and gushes from its source in the mountains of Tibet to its mouth at Shanghai. The third longest river in the world is aptly named: in Chinese it is simply Chang Jiangor, or Long River. The best way to explore this giant, winding torrent is on a Yangtze River cruise. It will place you in the midst of the panoramic scenery, travelling through the very heart of the Chinese nation.

Our Sanctuary Yangtze Explorer is the ultimate luxury cruise ship. Every cabin has a balcony from which to take in the magnificent scenery. Excursions include the temples and monasteries of Fengdu Ghost City and the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower project in the world.

We will take you down what has long recognised as the most impressive stretch in the Yangtze’s entire length. As beautiful and haunting as a Chinese watercolour, the picturesque Sanxia, or Three Gorges, offer a photographer’s paradise.

Along the way you can learn about the rivers symbolic, economic and cultural importance. As one of China’s key transport routes the Yangtze carries a huge amount of cargo and passengers. It has also, however, historically posed a danger of treacherous floods. And it continues to act as a formidable barrier, that divides China into north and south, culturally as well as geographically.

Let us take you into the heart of China on your Yangtze cruise.

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From Tokyo's sacred shrines to the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand, our well-travelled team will craft the right itinerary for you
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