Yangtze Explorer

Yangtze Explorer mainly introduces Yangtze Explorer Overview, Why Choose Yangtze Explorer, Yangtze Explorer Itinerary and Onboard Experience, which can make you better know Yangtze Explorer and have a good Yangtze River cruise tour. Launched in 2008 and refurbished in 2017, Yangtze Explorer is a 300-feet-long river vessel with five decks. It can accommodate 136 passengers. The Yangtze Explorer Route is the most popular Yangtze River cruise, namely, Chongqing and Yichang.

Yangtze Explorer Overview

Yangtze Explorer is the smallest and most exclusive cruise ship floating on Yangtze River and through the stunning Three Gorges. During your Yangtze River cruise on Yangtze Explorer, you can enjoy delicious A-la-carte dining, use internet access, an observation deck, which make your Yangtze River cruise a truly unique experience.

Basic Information about Yangtze Explorer

  • 38 deluxe cabins, 31m2/333ft2
  • 20 suites, 39m2/420ft2
  • 1 Mandarin suite, 81m2/871ft2
  • 1 Jade suite, 81m2/871ft2
  • 1 Imperial suite, 110m2/1183ft2
  • 1 Celestial suite, 110m2/1183ft2
  • Viewing lounge with bar
  • International restaurant
  • Coffee Lounge
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa, Sauna, and Hair Salon
  • Well-appointed function rooms
  • Double-decker theatre area with bar
  • Library

Why Choose Yangtze Explorer

The new “Yangtze Explorer” will bring you the top Yangtze river cruise experience to the Three Gorges with unparalleled scenery in China. The “Yangtze Explorer” has an extraordinary design, luxurious and magnificent style and has a high status in the Yangtze River cruise. Unlike other Yangtze River cruise ships, which usually carry more than 300 passengers, the Yangtze Explorer only provides attentive personal care for up to 120 distinguished guests. During your Yangtze river cruise on Yangtze Explorer, you can enjoy the unique experience and feel comfortable with dedicated caring.

“Yangtze Explorer” arranges regular voyages between Yichang and Chongqing from March to November. During the four or five-day itinerary of “Yangtze Explorer”, you can relax in spacious luxurious rooms or suites and private balconies; taste gourmet food prepared by Austrian chefs at the restaurant; or sip champagne in the Explorer Bar. At the same time, the shore excursions will give you the opportunity to explore the thousands of years of culture in mainland China, appreciate the magnificent Three Gorges Dam landscape and walk into the rustic local house to understand their living conditions.

Top Reasons to Choose Yangtze Explorer

  • Exclusive VIP Service-Yangtze Explorer treats all guests onboard as distinguished first-class guests with real one-on-one VIP service due to smaller number of passengers than other boats
  • Largest Cabins and Suites on Yangtze: All standard cabins provide the largest space of 31 square kilometers with private balconies.
  • Unique Shore Excursion: Creatively scheduling a series of special attractions, such as nuclear plant, underwater museum, authentic trackers’ village, etc., it brings more surprises for your tour to the Three Gorges and Yangtze.

Yangtze Explorer Itinerary

The cruise itinerary onboard the Yangtze Explorer is designed for a relaxed pace and is tailored to water levels at different times of the year. Visit Daoist temples and shrines at Fengdu Ghost City or alternatively get a glimpse of authentic local life, explore the towering peaks and remote villages of the Three Gorges – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge – and see the controversial Three Gorges Dam.

There are two options available. The 4 days and 3 nights cruise departs Chongqing on Thursday and travels downstream to Yichang, arriving on Sunday. Alternatively, you can travel upstream over 5 days and 4 nights, leaving Yichang on Sunday and arriving in Chongqing the following Thursday.

Major Shore Excursions and Attractions

Onboard Experience


If you choose Yangtze Explorer to take a Yangtze River cruise, you will have the chance to savor traditional Chinese cooking at its finest. With an a-la-carte menu and cooking lessons from the executive chef for all ages. If you are interested in Chinese cooking, you can learn to cook local delicacies.

Interesting Activities and Entertainment

Tai Chi Exercise

If you are interested in Tai Chi, you can learn from the certified Tai Chi master and experience the soothing art form in the outdoor observation deck area or inside the Tang Theater. As an internal Chinese martial art, Tai Chi has some benefits, such as promoting mental clarity and a healthy body, assisting with balance and helping the circulation of blood.

Huang Ding Spa

There are six individual treatment rooms and a variety of beauty treatment on offering guests to use the best Italia spa products from “comfort zone”. The new spa has been described as a heaven of relaxation.

Crew Shows

At night, there are some shows including singing, dancing and music. Travelers can enjoy the shows performed by crew on board with many intereesting themes including talk show, sing and dancing show or cabaret show, etc.


All cabins boast floor-to-ceiling windows providing access to private balconies with outdoor armchairs and coffee tables. In addition to a choice of king or twin beds, connecting cabins are also available. All cabins are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, safety deposit box, mini bar and LCD satellite television.