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Aswan, Egypt

Nile Cruise - Round-trip Aswan

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
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Discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples, and five thousand years of Egyptian culture on a leisurely 9-day luxury cruise. Delight yourself with a few incredible Egyptian cooking lessons and enjoy local Egyptian wine and beer. Visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and the famous Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Admire the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Explore the historic 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aswan | Embark
Day 2 : Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk
Day 3 : Temple of Hours
Day 4 : The Valley of the Kings and Queens
Day 5 : East Bank | Temple of Karnak
Day 6 : Sail to Esna
Day 7 : Temple of Khanum
Day 8 : Temple of Kom Ombo
Day 9 : Aswan | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu & learn more about the Egyptian history
  • Discover the spectacular Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead
  • Admire the beauty of the graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun

Ship

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Aswan, Egypt View of the Karnak temple in the evening Naos of Nectanebo II - Horus Temple in Edfu Famous Luxor temple complex at night Temple Of Kom Ombo
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Day 1 Aswan | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board. After lunch, 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). Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. In the evening, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager for a cocktail reception, who will review your cruise program for the upcoming days. Enjoy local Egyptian wine and beer, as well as a selection of canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2 Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breakfast buffet will be served on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. This will be followed by a visit 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. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo. Spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities on board, including the pool, games room and gymnasium. Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu. Enjoy an Egyptian buffet menu for tonight’s dinner with the chance for guests to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyya”.

Day 3 Temple of Hours

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning, before exploring the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Return to your boat. Lunch will be served while sailing to Esna. Take time to enjoy the facilities on board, including the pool, games room and gymnasium. Continue sailing to Luxor, while having your afternoon tea. A gourmet dinner will be served on board.

Day 4 The Valley of the Kings and Queens

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast is served on board and you have the morning at leisure whilst sailing to Luxor. Visit the West Bank of Luxor where you can enjoy lunch. Explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. Visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the Nile River, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Afternoon tea and dinner are served on board. Tonight’s dinner is a gourmet meal (jacket required).

Day 5 East Bank | Temple of Karnak

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board. Spend the morning at leisure and enjoy the facilities on board, including the pool, games room and gymnasium. A delicious lunch will be served on board. This afternoon, visit 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 your Egyptologist will guide you around the East Bank of Luxor, including the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. In the evening, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager for a cocktail reception, who will review your cruise program for the upcoming days. Enjoy local Egyptian wine and beer, as well as a selection of canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner. Enjoy a belly dancer performance and a whirling dervish show.

Day 6 Sail to Esna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breakfast buffet will be served on board. Enjoy this morning at leisure and make use of the five-star facilities on board your luxury Nile cruise boat. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served in the lounge while you cruise to Esna, where we’ll moor for the night. A gourmet dinner will be served on board.

Day 7 Temple of Khanum

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breakfast will be served on board. This morning, 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. Continue to enjoy your cruise onward to Edfu, while enjoying your lunch. Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. You will also have the chance to take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson, as you continue cruising to Kom Ombo. Enjoy a Egyptian buffet menu for tonight’s dinner with the chance for guests to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyya”.

Day 8 Temple of Kom Ombo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breakfast buffet will be served on board, followed by a morning 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. Return to the boat and enjoy your cruise to Aswan. Lunch will be served on board.Enjoy your afternoon tea in the lounge. Tonight’s dinner will be a gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Day 9 Aswan | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning breakfast and disembarkation.
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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

Children aged 3-15 inclusive pay child reduction rate when sharing with two paying adults.

Beverage packages:
Unlimited: covers local wine, local beer, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee, and mineral water throughout the cruise. $85 pp/night.
Limited: covers a half bottle of wine or two bottles of local beer, mineral water, soft drinks, and juices during lunch and dinner. $55 pp/ night.
Children, upon request: covers mineral water, soft drinks, and juices throughout. $35 pp/night.

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
- Drinks package
- Medical services, travel insurance, or visas
- All transfers to/from the boat from airports
- International and domestic airfare
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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