At noon check-in on the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, the "Sanctuary Sun Boat IV", moored in a private dock in Luxor. On board, be welcomed by the reception staff, who offer chilled fruit juice and assist with check-in.
After lunch enjoy an afternoon visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore 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 chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens.
Continue on to Hatshepsut Temple. 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.
Tonight 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.
Sail back to Luxor and join the Egyptologist for a tour of the East Bank of Luxor. The strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor is dedicated to the God Amun. Dinner is accompanied by a belly dancer and whirling dervish show.
Take part in the special "Egyptian Night” dinner costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas”. Dinner is a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.
In the afternoon take a ride (weather permitting) on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets are provided).
Tonight’s farewell dinner is a formal gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine (jackets required). Overnight on board in Aswan.
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