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Luxor to Aswan

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Sail from Luxor to Aswan on a 5-day Nile River cruise onboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Explore ancient temples built by Pharaohs, attend an Egyptian cooking lesson, and sail on a felucca as you travel through Egypt. This relaxed itinerary is a great way to see and learn about ancient Egypt! 
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Highlights
  • Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over a thousand years by Pharaohs
  • Attend an Egyptian cooking lesson onboard the Sun Boat IV
  • Ride a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Luxor | Embark

Start the day at the Temple of Karnak built, over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Transfer to your deluxe Nile cruise boat, Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, where you are 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. Then, 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.

In the evening you are greeted by your Boat Manager for a Cocktail Reception, who reviews your cruise program for the upcoming days. Complimentary cocktails and a selection of canapés are served followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Temple of Hathor | Luxor Temple

A breakfast buffet is served on board as you cruise northwards to Qena (if there is low water, typically between November to December, take a bus to Denderah). 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. Hathor was the goddess or pleasure and of love, usually associating her with Aphrodite. Return to the boat for lunch as you sail back to Luxor.

Afternoon tea is served on board. Next, 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. Enjoy dinner on board, followed by a belly dancer and whirling dervish show.

Day 3: Edfu | Kom Ombo Temples

Breakfast is served on board as you cruise to Edfu, followed by a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board and take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson as you continue cruising to Kom Ombo. 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 enjoy an onboard “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyya”. Dinner is a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Day 4: Philae Temple | Felucca Sailing

A breakfast buffet is served on board as you cruise 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.

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.

Tonight enjoy a gala farewell dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Day 5: Aswan | Disembark

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

Ship/Hotel

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Sun Deck 2
Shaded Deck
Dining Room

Dates & Prices

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$1,569 2-3 travelers
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
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • 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
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drink Packages
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
  • Medical services

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