The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, China

Experiential | Very Good | Excellent | Magnificent | Out of this world



  • Earlier departures to beat the crowds and it's the smallest boat on the river
  • Elegant and spacious cabins, each with a private balcony
  • Top notch service with a 1:1 ratio of staff to guests 

The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is an elegant vessel from which to explore the Yangtze River in inimitable style. Forget any preconceptions you may have about cruises – this is a small, luxury ship, transporting just 124 passengers along a legendary stretch of the Yangtze. This boutique hotel is the most luxurious boat on the Yangtze, with the largest suites and cabins on the river - and personalised service from the moment you step on board.

The cabins and suites on-board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer are tastefully furnished and have a luxurious feel to them. They’re distinctly Chinese in style, but in a sophisticated, contemporary way. They feature ample soft furnishings, textiles and original artwork. Even the smaller cabins are spacious and come with a private balcony to sit and admire the passing scenery. Of course, you could opt to upgrade to a suite and take advantage of even more space, as well as lovely extras like complimentary laundry service, complimentary soft mini bar, a welcome tea service, welcome house wine and access to the Suite Lounge for unlimited drinks and snacks.

To ease yourself into your luxury-filled few days ahead, perhaps indulge in a treatment in the on-board spa? If you’re not tempted by the fitness centre, slow your pace in the library or catch a lecture or performance in the small on-board theatre. You might find there’s the opportunity to learn how to make famous Chinese dumplings or practise calligraphy or Tai Chi.

Forget unseemly jostling in a buffet line, your meals afloat are served in the swanky a la carte restaurant. You’ll feast on the finest of Chinese and continental cuisine, served with complimentary house wines, local beers and other refreshments at all lunches and dinners.

Yangtze River Cruise trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas to the Yangtze River. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333


  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Fitness Centre

  • Spa