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Nile Cruise - Round-trip Luxor

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
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Discover archaeological treasures, magnificent deserts, and breathtaking views aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages, and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Enjoy an incredible “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyya” with a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone. Explore 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Luxor | Embark
Day 2 : Sail to Esna
Day 3 : Temple of Khanum
Day 4 : Temple of Kom Ombo
Day 5 : Felucca Sailing around Aswan
Day 6 : Philea Temple and Unfinished Obleisk
Day 7 : Temple of Horus
Day 8 : Valley of the Kings
Day 9 : Luxor | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings
  • Discover the extraordinary Temple of Horus
  • Ride on a felucca around the spectacular Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens
  • Admire the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek

Ship

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Entrance of Luxor Temple, Egypt Philae temple Naos of Nectanebo II - Horus Temple in Edfu Felucca Nile cruise Camels laying down in the sunset

Day 1 Luxor | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,  and be 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. Also 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 its haunting voices at dawn. In the evening be greeted by your Boat Manager for a cocktail reception and 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 Sail to Esna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A delicious breakfast buffet is served on board.  Take time to relax and enjoy the five-star facilities on board your luxury Nile cruise boat. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served in the lounge as you sail to Esna, where you’ll moor for the night. This evening, a gourmet dinner is served

Day 3 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. Tonight, there will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas”. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties.

Day 4 Temple of Kom Ombo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breakfast buffet will be served on board, followed by a morning visit 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. 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 5 Felucca Sailing around Aswan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a breakfast buffet before spending the morning at leisure to enjoy the facilities on board, including the pool, games room and gymnasium. After lunch on board, take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat, weather permitting) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets are provided). Afternoon tea is served in the lounge. Enjoy local Egyptian wine and beer, as well as a selection of canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 6 Philea Temple and Unfinished Obleisk

  • 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 holds a huge unfinished obelisk. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo. Spend the afternoon at leisure and 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 7 Temple of Horus

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A breakfast buffet will be served on board. This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Return to your boat and enjoy sailing to Esna. Lunch will be served while sailing. Use this afternoon to enjoy all the facilities on board.  Continue sailing to Luxor, while having your afternoon tea. Tonight, a delicious dinner is served on board.

Day 8 Valley of the Kings

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board. Spend this morning at leisure. Lunch will be served on board followed by a morning visit to West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. You will have the chance to 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, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Return to your cruise where afternoon tea will be served.
Tonight’s farewell dinner will be on board the ship in Luxor. Enjoy a belly dancer performance and a whirling dervish show.

Day 9 Luxor | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
A buffet breakfast will be served on board, before check-out at 8:00.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Per person starting at
$3,807
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 (US$35 - $85 per person per night)
- Medical services, travel insurance or visas
- All transfers to/from the boat from airports
- International and domestic airfare
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