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Sanctuary Sun Boat IV : Nile Cruise : Aswan to Luxor

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,978

Spend four nights on the Nile on this luxury Egypt cruise between Aswan and Luxor. Explore the ancient temples of Philae and Kom Ombo, along with the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon. Return each night to the luxurious Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, with hospitality fit for a Pharaoh on the Nile.

This 5-day cruise opens up the wonders of Upper Egypt. Travelling from Aswan to Luxor, explore the ancient temples and tombs that preserve this incredible kingdom on the Nile. After dark, return to your luxury vessel for traditional entertainment, gala celebrations, and delicious meals showcasing local flavours.

In Aswan, check into your luxury cabin aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV before an afternoon ride on a more traditional style of Egyptian vessel. A felucca sail boat takes you around Elephantine Island, visiting Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. A gourmet welcome dinner ends with a folklore and Dervish show. Your second day is spent exploring the Philae Temple on Agilika, and the famed unfinished obelisk. Try your hand at some Egyptian cooking before lunch, then pay your respects to the crocodile god Sorbek at Kom Ombo. An ‘Egyptian Night’ costume party takes you into the evening, with the chance to dress in a traditional Egyptian galabeyya.

Go on to explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu, one of Egypt’s best preserved ancient shrines. After lunch, an Egyptologist will guide you around the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna, some parts of which date back to the Ptolemaic era. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner aboard ship as you sail to Luxor, arguably the world’s greatest open air museum. Take a tour of the East Bank including the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak. After lunch, head to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, along with at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Last but not least, admire the Colossi of Memnon before a gala dinner marks your farewell to the ancient lands of Upper Egypt.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,978

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Day 1

Embark in Aswan

Arrive Aswan and check-in to your Nile Cruise. Enjoy lunch on board your ship. This afternoon you will have the chance take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting, life jackets will be provided).

Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge on board. Tonight, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager while you enjoy freshly prepared canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer, followed by a gourmet dinner menu. Enjoy a Folkloric and Dervish show after dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

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    Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

    Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt in a stunning, elegant setting on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, the modern fittings and cutting edge technology on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat IV are combined …

    Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt in a stunning, elegant setting on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, the modern fittings and cutting edge technology on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat IV are combined with sophisticated public areas with luxurious teak flooring for an elegant finish. Harmonious colours and teak flooring are used throughout the boat which, along with modern and eye-catching furniture, makes it a luxurious floating haven.
    The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV has 40 beautifully designed cabins and suites. Boasting floor to ceiling windows (except on the Nile Deck), the luxury cabins are the perfect solace from which to enjoy a relaxing and comforting stay. Every cabin is fully air-conditioned and has a beautiful Nile view. All the suites have bathtubs, while all standard cabins have showers. There is a hairdryer, mini bar and LCD television (with information channels) with satellite available in all cabins a


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    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Philae and Kom Ombo

Breakfast on board your ship, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next, proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Return to your ship where you will have the opportunity to observe an Egyptian cooking lesson. Enjoy lunch while you cruise to Nile. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

Return to your ship where afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu.

Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Temple of Khnum and Temple of Horus

Enjoy breakfast on board before you heading off to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Upon your return to the ship, continue to enjoy your cruise onward to Esna, while enjoying your lunch. After lunch, your Egyptologist will guide you around the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level. Head back to the ship to enjoy afternoon tea and dinner while you sail to Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

East and West Bank of Luxor

After a delicious buffet breakfast on board, our tour of the East Bank will begin with a visit to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. Next, explore the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. After lunch on board your ship, visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge and tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Disembark in Luxor

Buffet breakfast on board and check out at 8:00 AM.

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Sanctuary Sun IV
2020: :
Sep 4,12, 20, 28; Oct 6, 14, 22, 30; Nov 7, 15, 23; Dec 1, 9, 17, 25

Nile Adventurer:
May 3, 11, 19, 27; Jun 4, 12, 20, 28; Jul 6, 14; Aug 19, 27


  • All meals
  • Mineral Water
  • Tea and Coffee during meals
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Sightseeing Programme as detailed in the Itinerary
  • All Port charges


  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • All Local and International Alcoholic Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

9 Dec 2020
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