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Nile River Cruise: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV from Luxor: Stays of Distinction

5 Days
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US$ 1,576

DELUXE | CRUISE: 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$ 1,576

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Day 1

Embark in Luxor

Arrive Luxor and check-in to your Nile Cruise. On arrival, you will start with a visit to o the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. Return to the ship where lunch will be served on board.

This afternoon 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.

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.

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

Karnak Temple and Temple of Khnum

After a delicious buffet breakfast on board, our tour of the East Bank will begin with a visit to the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Afterwards, return to the ship for lunch on board as you sail to Esna.

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.

Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner on board as you sail to Edfu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

Enjoy breakfast on board before heading off to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Return to the ship where lunch will be served on board while cruising to Kom Ombo. After lunch, 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.

After returning to your Nile Cruise afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. You will also have the opportunity to observe an Egyptian cooking lesson while the boat is sailing to Aswan.

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 4

Philae Temple and Felucca Sailing

Breakfast buffet on board with some leisure time this morning. After lunch, take 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. You will also have a 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 and tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Enjoy a Folkloric and Dervish show after dinner.

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
 Aug 21, 29; Sept 6, 14, 22, 30; Oct 8, 16, 24; Nov 1, 9, 17, 25 & Dec 3, 11, 19, 27

2023: Jan 4, 12, 20, 28; Feb 5, 13, 21; Mar 1, 9, 17, 25; Apr 2, 10, 18, 26; May 4, 12, 20, 28; Jun 5, 13, 21, 29; Jul 7; Sep 6, 14, 22, 30; Oct 8, 16, 24; Nov 1, 9, 17, 25; Dec 3, 11, 19, 27


  • 4 nights in deluxe accommodations on board Sanctuary Sun Boat IV - Nile Deck Cabin
  • Small group tour of Luxor East Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor West Bank (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Khnum (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Horus (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (Max 20 guests)
  • All port charges
  • Mineral Water
  • Tea and Coffee during meals
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • All meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included such as sodas, local and international alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visas if applicable


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.

22 Sep 2023
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