M.S Yangzi Explorer
Yangtze River, China
At a Glance
The smallest boat with the most personal service the operates on the Yangtze river
Spacious cabins and suites, all of which have viewing balconies
Spa with six treatment rooms
Daily program of lectures and shore excursions
4-5 night itineraries taking in the highlights along the river
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The vast province of Sichuan has a diverse and varied climate. The eastern lowlands of the Sichuan Basin have a tropical monsoon climate, characterised by humidity and fog. Winters are mild, summers are scorching, autumn is wet, and spring is dry and pleasant. The cities of Chengdu is famed for its fog, with the weather often likened to a damp day in London. The mountainous gorges and forested plains along the Yangtze River make autumn and spring the prime time for a Yangtze Cruise, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures making ideal sightseeing weather. Winter can be spectacular, despite the cold, when the water level is lower in the Three Gorges and the soaring cliffs even more dramatic.
To start planning your holiday to M.S Yangzi Explorer
Cruise the world's third largest river in decadent style and luxury on board the small and intimate M.S. Yangzi Explorer. See the 'life line' of China, The Yangzi River, unveil before you whilst you relax in comfort.
The M.S. Yangzi Explorer is the most luxurious ship to be launched recently on the Yangzi River offering an attentive yet discreet service to all guests. With only a maximum of 124 passengers, the staff can guarantee the most personalised service on the river, particularly as the ratio of crew to guests is 1:1. Sail from Chongqing to Yichang (4 days/3 nights) or vice versa (5 days/4 nights) and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the 'ghost city' of Fengdu, the Shennong Stream and the Three Gorges Dam Project.
Cabins on board are luxuriously furnished and are the largest on the Yangzi with the added luxury of a private balcony. The cuisine is superior to any other on the river offering a fusion of a la carte Chinese and Western dishes and a well stocked wine cellar.
Options to relax are numerous including taking a spa treatment whilst watching the secrets of this mysterious river unwind. For the active there is complimentary sightseeing taken by the best guides to reveal the highlights of this little known region, including the beautiful Shennong Stream long boat journey and the amazing Three Gorges Dam Project.
Spending time on board allows you to be amazed by the dramatic scenery and the friendly faces you will meet along the way. The M.S. Yangzi Explorer has brought sophistication on the Yangzi River to a new level.
There are 38 Deluxe Cabins, 20 larger Suites and four Speciality Suites all with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, LCD TV, video on demand, queen sized beds and viewing balconies with armchairs. The opulent cabins are stylishly decorated with neutral tones and floor to ceiling windows for maximum natural light and river views.
Children are made welcome on board the MS Yangzi Explorer and there is no age restriction, however children under 12 do need to be supervised by an adult at all times. A special children’s programme is available on request and includes activities such as Chinese mask making, kite making and Mandarin lessons, so that they can get the maximum enjoyment and understanding out of their time on the river. Connecting cabins are available on request as are high chairs, cots, children's DVDs, books and board games.
Facilities on board the MS Yangzi Explorer include a theatre, observation deck, library, espresso bar, boutiques and the largest spa on the river with six treatment rooms and an indulgent choice of treatments as well as sauna, fitness centre and beauty salon. The Dynasty Palace restaurant offers both Chinese and Western dishes and complimentary bottled water, house wine, beer, tea and coffee. On board entertainment is discerning and the boat is a karaoke free zone!
The knowledgeable guides offer a programme of daily lectures and shore excursions, ensuring guests get the best information and are truly engaged in their surroundings. As it is the smallest ship on the Yangzi, shore excursions have fewer passengers than most other cruise ships enabling passengers to experience life on the river in a less crowded environment. On board activities include T'ai Chi classes, Chinese cooking classes, calligraphy and silk embroidery demonstrations.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
Although I was a little reticent to go on this cruise, as I had heard that the Yangtze was getting a bit over developed and crowded, I was really pleasantly suprised. For a start the MS Yangzi Explorer was beautifully decorated and really well designed to give a spacious feel. There are a maximum of 125 passengers, so you definitely don't feel too crowded. I also like the focus on conservation as the surrounding environment is so fragile and does need looking after. The shore excursions were very well arranged to local villages and interesting sites and there were also daily lectures so you felt informed and not just like you were passive spectators. This is definitely the only way to see this majestic river as you can do it in the comfort and luxury of the ship and also feel like you are not making too much impact in this generally overcrowded area.
Cruise the Yangtze River
Enjoy a cruise between Yichang and Chongqing, visiting the 816 Underground Project, White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, Shennong Stream, Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Project Dam Site.
Jingzhou Ancient City Wall
Today, we make a visit to the UNESCO-listed Jingzhou Ancient City Wall and the Jingzhou Museum.
Sanyou Cave & Chinese Sturgeon Museum
You will visit Sanyou Cave (Cave of the Three Travellers) and the Chinese Sturgeon Museum - The King of Fishes.
Location & directions
Yangtze River, China
'Yangzi Explorer' cruises downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights) and upstream from Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights), with shore excursions while travelling in either direction at local villages (including markets and home visits), the lovely Shennong Stream and the colossal Three Gorges Dam Project.
- 100% financial protection
- 24/7 emergency assistance
- Firsthand knowledge
- Renowned service
- Award-winning tour operator