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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer


The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the smallest, most exclusive and most luxurious ship cruising the Yangtze River. It offers the level of intimacy, facilities, comfort and service expected.

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Cruising aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers an intimate look at the Yangtze River and allows you to do as little, or as much, as you like.

  • All Suites have a private balcony with outdoor armchairs, table and choice of king-size bed or twin beds.

  • Take part in traditional Tai Chi, Chinese cooking, calligraphy or silk embroidery classes on board; watch films and live cultural performances.

  • Enjoy individual climate control, fully stocked mini bar, safety deposit box and flat-screen TV and on-demand movies in your room.

  • Suites serviced twice daily, including evening turndown.

  • Refurbished in 2017, all 62 luxury suites on board received a designer makeover. Contemporary Chinese chic is the overarching theme.

  • The onboard spa has been beautifully refurbished also to promote a sense of bliss. It features six treatment rooms and various spa services.

Cabin Categories

Deluxe Balcony Suite

Private Balcony Suite

Categories: E, D & C, 333 sq. ft/ 31 m
Balcony Suite

Deluxe Balcony Suite

Categories: B & A, 420 sq. ft/ 39 sqm

Ship details

Deck plans of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Presenting the finest Western-style and Asian cuisine, all meals are included during your Yangtze River cruise. For your convenience, international house wines, local beers and soft drinks are also included with lunch and dinner on board, all at no additional cost.


APT Tour Director- will guide throughout your tour around China. 

Crew- Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is like any other ship on the Yangtze. Where most ships have up to 400 guests, the boutique sized Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer presents just 62 luxury suites on-board. With the highest crew-to-guest ratio you are sure to experience personalised service that is second to none.

Local Experts- English speaking local guides will be there to answer any of your questions and highlight the sights from a unique perspective.

Doctor- For your piece of mind, a doctor is on-board for the duration of the cruise.

Facilities include a stylish main lounge and bar, an observation deck, a two-floor theatre, a library, a hair and beauty salon, gift shops and a gym. Perhaps indulge in the ultimate spa experience at the onboard spa, featuring six treatment rooms and various spa services. For your peace of mind, a doctor is on board throughout.