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Luxor to Aswan

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat III
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Take a journey back in time as your cruise the Nile River on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat III past ancient Egyptian ruins. Embark in Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, as you sail down the Nile River pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon. Enjoy visits to several temples including Temple of Hathor, Luxor Temple and Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the history of this region and take an authentic Egyptian cooking class. This relaxed 5-day river cruise is a great introduction to all Egypt has to offer!
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  • Explore the Temple of Karnak, built over a thousand years
  • Ride on a felucca, an Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island
  • Tour the East Bank of Luxor with your Egyptologist guide
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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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 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, Sanctuary Sun Boat III, 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. 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Afternoon tea is served on board, from which 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 and Kom Ombo Temples

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

Day 4: Philae Temple and Felucca Sailing

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail 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.


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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.


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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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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