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Aswan to Luxor

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat III
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Board the Santuary Sun Boat III in Aswan and sail to Luxor on this 4 day Nile River cruise. Visit ancient temples, the Valley of the Kings, and the Granite Quarries on this historic cruise through time. Enjoy the opportunity to attend lectures by an Egyptologist and attend an onboard Egyptian cooking lesson. This short cruise is a great introduction to the history and sites of anctient Egypt. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Aswan
Day 2 : Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples
Day 3 : West and East Bank of Luxor
Day 4 : Disembark in Luxor

Highlights

  • Motorboat to the romantic & majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka
  • Attend lectures and presentations by your onboard Egyptologist guide
  • Visit the Valley of the Kings, where tombs were carved into desert rocks

Ship

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful Egyptian Carvings Kom Ombo temple Travelers wandering the amazing ruins Service on Deck Food

Day 1 Embark in Aswan

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, moored in a private dock in Aswan. On board, be welcomed by the reception staff, who offer chilled fruit juice and assist with the noon time check-in.

After lunch on board, take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka. 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.

During the evening cocktail reception, be greeted by the Boat Manager, who introduces the boat staff and reviews on-board facilities and the cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer are served prior to a gourmet dinner.

Day 2 Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to 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.

En route to Edfu, attend a lecture held by an Egyptologist guide. Explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu. Returning to the ship, savor afternoon tea while cruising to Esna. Enjoy an Egyptian cooking lesson or simply relax on board.

Dinner on board is an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyas”. Dinner is a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Day 3 West and East Bank of Luxor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Luxor and be guided by the Egyptologist around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. Proceed to the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Next visit the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. Have the opportunity to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens.

Proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. 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.

Enjoy a farewell gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.

Day 4 Disembark in Luxor

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

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

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118.1 ft² Twin or King beds. 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

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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