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Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

5 Days
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US$ 1,203

Cruise down the Nile to explore the majesty of Ancient Egypt. See the tombs of past rulers in the Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor, marvel at the well-preserved reliefs of the Temple of Horus is Edfu, and bask in the luxury comforts of a boutique river vessel during your downtime.

This 5-day cruise explores the treasures of Ancient Egypt from aboard a luxury river vessel, Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.

Cruise down the Nile aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, a contemporary boutique boat with an art deco influence. Its 40 cabins and suites feature stunning river views and ensuite bathrooms. The modern fittings, cutting-edge technology and sophisticated public areas with teak flooring and eye-catching furniture make the vessel a luxurious floating haven on the Nile.Take part in onboard activities such as cooking classes with accomplished chefs or traditional galabeya parties, or relax in the sundeck’s pool, watching the mystical landscape pass you by. Key to the experience aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is the presence of Sanctuary Retreats’ Egyptologists, who accompany you on excursions and provide expert insight and access.

Your exploration of Ancient Egypt begins in Luxor, a city of splendour in the country’s south-central region. Situated on the banks of the Nile, Luxor was the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaoh’s capital from the 16th to 11th centuries, B.C. You’ll think you’ve wandered into a giant open-air museum, such is Luxor’s wealth of marvelous ruins. Stroll through the famous Temple of Karnak and marvel at the dedication to the god Amun at the Temple of Luxor. Venture into the Valley of the Kings and Queens to see the elaborate tombs of the pharaohs and ponder what it must’ve felt like for Howard Carter to discover Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

Continue down the Nile towards Edfu to see the Temple of Horus, one of Egypt’s best-preserved ancient sites. The temple helped Egyptologists unlock the secrets of the ancient world due to the quality of its wall reliefs. Then head to the Temple of Kom Ombo to see tributes to the crocodile god, Sobek. Finally, arrive in Aswan, a charming centre off the beaten path for most tourists. Explore the Philae Temple and the ancient stone quarries that supplied the stone for the pyramids before riding a felucca or traditional sailboat out on the waters of the Nile.

This cruise down the Nile offers the splendour of an ancient civilization and the comforts of a luxury ship on an Egypt tour.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,203

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Day 1

Embark in Luxor

Arrive Luxor and check-in. Start at the Temple of Karnak built, over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Transfer to your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board followed by a visit to 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.

In the evening you will be greeted by your Boat Manager for a Cocktail Reception, who will review your cruise program for the upcoming days. Complimentary cocktail and a selection of canapes will be served followed by a gourmet 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


    • Swimming Pool
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Temple of Hathor and Luxor Temple

Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena*. Enjoy a morning visit to the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess or pleasure and of love, usually associating her with Aphrodite. Return on board for lunch whilst sailing back to Luxor.

Afternoon tea will be served on board, from which your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. Dinner will be a Gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

(If there is low water - normally 1 Nov to 28 Feb - we normally take a bus to Denderah).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise to Edfu with a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board, while you continue cruising to Edfu. There will also be an Egyptian cooking lesson presented on board. In the afternoon visit the 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.

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, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Philae Temple and Felucca Sailing

Breakfast buffet on board whilst sailing to Aswan followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next we 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.

Lunch will be on board. In the afternoon (weather permitting) take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets will be provided). 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 Aswan

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

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Sanctuary Sun IV
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr 1, 9, 17, 25; May 3, 11, 19, 27; Jun 4, 12, 20, 28; Jul 6, 14; Aug 17, 25; Sep 2, 10, 18, 26; Oct 4, 12, 20, 28; Nov 5, 13, 21, 29; Dec 7, 15, 23, 3


  • 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.

26 Sep 2019
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