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Aswan to Luxor

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
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Board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV and cruise along the Nile River on this 5-day tour. As you sail from Aswan to Luxor enjoy frequent visits to significant Egyptian ruins, take an Egyptian cooking class, visit Granite Quarries, and explore Valley of the Kings on this relaxed itinerary.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aswan | Embark
Day 2 : Philae | Kom Ombo
Day 3 : Temple of Khnum and Temple of Horus
Day 4 : West and East Bank of Luxor
Day 5 : Luxor | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the Granite Quarries, used to build pyramids and temples
  • Visit ancient temples and learn about their history
  • View the Colossi of Memnon, known for their haunting voices at dawn

Ship

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Aswan, Egypt Philae Temple Visit the ruins of Egypt Camels in the desert of Egypt Kom Ombo temple

Day 1 Aswan | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, moored in a private dock in Aswan, where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board.

This afternoon you will have the chance to 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).

Enjoy afternoon tea served in the lounge. Tonight, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager as you enjoy a selection of canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer. A gourmet dinner will be served on board. Enjoy a Folkloric Show and Dervish Show after dinner.

Day 2 Philae | Kom Ombo

  • 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.

Later, an Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu.

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

Day 3 Temple of Khnum and 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. Once you return to the boat, continue to enjoy your cruise onward to Esna, while enjoying your lunch. This afternoon, your Egyptologist will guide you round 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. Afternoon tea will be served while you sail to Luxor. Tonight, a delicious dinner is served on board.

Day 4 West and East Bank of Luxor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor a breakfast buffet on board whilst sailing to Luxor. This morning your Egyptologist guides you around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun and then onwards to the Temple of Karnak.

After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You can 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 river, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

Return to your cruise for afternoon tea on board. Tonight’s farewell dinner is a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Day 5 Luxor | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final buffet breakfast on board before disembarking in Luxor at 8 a.m.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Per person starting at
$1,367
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: 
  • Full beverage package - US$ 85 per person, per night (local wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the cruise)
  • Limited beverage package - US$ 55 per person, per night (half bottle of wine or two bottles of beer, mineral water, soft drinks and juices during meals only)
  • Children beverage package - US$ 35 per child, per night (mineral water, soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise)
- Medical services, travel insurance, or visas
- All transfers to/from the boat from airports
- International and domestic airfare
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