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Luxor to Aswan

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
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Sail from Luxor to Aswan on a 5-day Nile River cruise on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Explore ancient temples built by Pharaohs, attend an Egyptian cooking lesson, and sail on a felucca as you travel through Egypt. This relaxed itinerary is a great way to see and learn about ancient Egypt! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Luxor
Day 2 : Temple of Hathor and Luxor Temple
Day 3 : Edfu | Kom Ombo Temples
Day 4 : Philae Temple | Felucca Sailing
Day 5 : Disembark in Aswan

Highlights

  • Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over a thousand years by Pharaohs
  • Attend an Egyptian cooking lesson onboard the Sun Boat IV
  • Ride a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island

Ship

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Embark in Luxor

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day at the Temple of Karnak built, over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Transfer to your deluxe Nile cruise boat, Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, where you are welcomed by the reception staff.

Lunch is served on board followed by a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. Then, 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, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

In the evening you are greeted by your Boat Manager for a Cocktail Reception, who reviews your cruise program for the upcoming days. Complimentary cocktail and a selection of canapés are served followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2 Temple of Hathor and Luxor Temple

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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.

Later, your Egyptologist guides you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. 

Day 3 Edfu | Kom Ombo Temples

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Edfu with a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Continue cruising to Edfu and enjoy an Egyptian cooking lesson 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 is an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya".

Day 4 Philae Temple | Felucca Sailing

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue sailing to Aswan 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.

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).

Day 5 Disembark in Aswan

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final breakfast on board before disembarking in Aswan.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Per person starting at
$1,560
Main Deck Cabin on the Sun Boat IV
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Nile Deck Cabin
49.2- 59.1 ft². King or twin beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
Nile Deck Cabin on the Sun Boat IV
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Main Deck Cabin
49.2- 59.1 ft². King or twin beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
Promenade Deck Cabin on the Sun Boat IV
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Bridge Deck Cabin
49.2- 59.1 ft². King or twin beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
Bridge Deck Cabin on the Sun Boat IV
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Promenade Deck Cabin
49.2- 59.1 ft². King or twin beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
Presidential Suite on the Sun Boat IV
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Presidential Suite
124.7 ft². King or twin beds. A/C, window, private bath with bathtub & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
Royal Suite on the Sun Boat IV
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Royal Suite
180.4 ft². King or twin beds. Balcony, A/C, window, private bath with bathtub & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.

Notes

Included in cruise fare:
- Accommodation
- Full board meal plan - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal times
- All sightseeing, guiding and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Taxes and service charges

Not included in cruise fare:
- Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
- Gratuity to staff
- Any drinks not listed in inclusions
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas
- All transfers to/from the boat from airports. Airport transfers can be arranged at cost of approximately US$25 per person per way (subject to change)
- International and domestic airfare

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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