• 8 Days Yangtze – Art Of Cruising With Spa Retreat

    The Yangtze River is the longest in China and third longest in the world. To the Chinese it means far more than that - it is the mother river of the nation. Cruise through the heart of China and discover the history and local life as you enjoy the scenery of the Three Gorges.
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From AED9,000/Adult

Itinerary

2016 DEPARTURES

Sail the mighty Yangtze River on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer on the below sailing dates, and receive a complimentary night at 'Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing' in a Courtyard Room, before or after your cruise.

3-night Chongqing- Yichang

  • Every Thurs (Mar 17 - Nov 17, except Sep 1)

4-night Yichang-Chongqing

  • Every Sun (Mar 13 - Nov 13)

  • Day 01 Sat – Dubai / Yichang
    Fly Dubai/Beijing CA 942 0115/1250 - Daily except Tue/Sun ( 7h 35m)
      Beijing/Yichang CA 1823 1705/1930 - Daily (2h 25m)

    Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Nil

  • Day 02 Sun – Embarkation

    Have a free morning at leisure. Afternoon, be met and transferred to the most luxurious cruise on Yangtze River – The Yangzi Explorer. Enjoy an embarkation dinner. The ship will set sail on its upstream course the following morning through the Three Gorges region. The total length of this cruise is 660 km in one of the most scenic areas in China.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 03 Mon – Xiling Gorges & Three Gorges Dam

    Start off your morning with a traditional  Chinese  exercise - Tai Chi - and  work  up  an  appetite for  the  buffet  breakfast. Be ready to sail into Xiling Gorge  Viewing  – (the  Three  Gorges  Dam sits  in  the  first  part  of the Xiling Gorge), the  longest  of the  Gorges,  measuring  some  76 km  in  length.

    Enjoy the views of the river where the river widens and sweeps through groves of orange and pomelo trees.

    Next stop, reach Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center – and embark on a tour to understand the world’s largest hydro-electric project. Enjoy a presentation on an orientation to China after lunch.

    Enjoy some free time and an afternoon tea. Evening, be treated to a welcome Crew Cabaret of local folk dances to songs of the Orient.


    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 04 Tue – Shennong Stream/Wu Gorge

    After a buffet breakfast, cruise into Shennong Stream – disembark from the ship (at Badong) and get on board a ferryboat. Be transferred to a local sampan poled by Tujia boatmen, and have an insight into their daily lives. Interact with the Tujia and witness a demonstration on the traditional way of sandals making.

    Before afternoon tea, we’ll reach Wu Gorge  Viewing  –known  for  the  12  famous  peaks  including  the  Goddess Peak. Late afternoon, see the Qutang Gorge Viewing as the cruise navigates through the majestic two imposing cliffs at the Kui Men gate, which marks the western extremity of the gorge.

    Vessel: The Yangzi Explorer
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 05 Wed – Yangtze Cruise

    Cruise through the morning. Afterwards, disembark for a shore excursion to Fengdu. A plethora of demon-decorated temples, buildings, and statues in this river town attest to their beliefs and has earned it the moniker “City of Devils”—the carved facades are truly fascinating.

    This evening, enjoy a Bunny & Emperor Farewell Dinner –a complete Chinese banquet and themed feast. Dress up and enjoy!

    Vessel: The Yangzi Explorer
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06 Thu – Disembark Chong Qing / Brilliant Spa

    You will disembark at about 9:00am. Be transferred to the tranquil surrounds of the North Hot Springs Park to your resort nestled amidst lush green mountains within the grounds of ancient hot spring temples.

    This area is the birthplace of Chinese hot spring culture and is filled with a profound historical and cultural atmosphere. Spend 2 nights to enjoy an aesthetic unity of soul and the nature!

    Included per person per stay:

    • Use of hot spring 60 minutes
    • Brilliant Therapy experience
    • 1 hour yoga or Taichi lesson
       

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 07 Fri – Brilliant Spa & Resort

    Have a free day relaxing in the hotel. Alternatively, you might like to enjoy walks in the surrounds of the resort, learn about tea, listen to a lectures on the Daoist wellness regime of “energy reinvigoration, meridian clearing and detoxification” etc. (at your cost)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 08 Sat – Brilliant Spa & Resort/Dubai
    Fly Chongqing/Beijing CA 1430 1300/1540 – Daily (2h 40m)
      Beijing/Dubai CA 941 1740/2315 – Daily except Mon/Sat (9h 35m)

     Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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