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Five Reasons to Cruise the Nile with sanctuary Retretats

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Cruising the Nile has long been seen as the most romantic way of visiting the sites of Ancient Egypt and what better way to do it than on one of Sanctuary Retreats’ own boats. The standard of service, quality of food and our private docks are all part of our boats' recipe for success.

By taking a luxury Nile River cruise you are able to see some of the country's most important sights with comfort and style. Each Nile cruise includes a programme of fascinating shore excursions accompanied by one of our Egyptologists, who, with their specialist knowledge and insider access, will guarantee to enhance your Nile cruise.

So, here are five reasons to cruise the Nile with Sanctuary Retreats:

1. World's top cruise ships

The Sanctuary Retreats boats have received excellent reviews by the travel media, including readers of Condé Nast Traveller. Yahoo! Travel recently wrote: "Sanctuary Retreats' Sun Boat III takes passengers on a Nile River cruise in the ultimate lap of luxury. Fit for Cleopatra herself, the boat's incredible pool-deck oasis plunges guests into a Nubian paradise complete with a palm tree-lined pool. Lounge in the shade of one of the curtained cabanas, while sipping a cocktail from the open-air bar. Heaven."

Sanctuary Sun Boat III Exterior

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

2. Private docks

At Luxor and Aswan we have our own "state of the art" private docks, which give you the privacy and exclusivity not always possible with other boats. At our docks all Sanctuary Retreats boats have increased privacy and security plus our guests never have to pass through several boats to get to our boats.

Aswan Private Dock

Private dock at Aswan

3. Best Egyptologists

The country's ancient sites and legends are brought to life by Egyptologists of the highest calibre. Our Egyptologists are repeatedly rated as "excellent" by our clients.

Below are some comments made by our guests:

"Azza proved to be an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable and with patience to explain. A woman in love with her job, her country and eager to have Egypt to regain its beauty and attractiveness."

"Guide Ramez Salama was excellent covering a mass of information on Egyptology, and also answering any other questions we had about Egypt and its people".

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Kom Ombo

4. Award-winning gourmet chefs

Our expert chefs can also cater to specific dietary needs of guests. Vegetarian and children's menus are available. Open doors meals (Breakfast, Tea time, BBQ, Egyptian dinner) are served on the deck during sailing if the weather permits.

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Nubian Style Chicken

5. Stylish decor

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau - Bespoke dahabiya experience (traditional Nile boat with sails), available for charters. With only four cabins and two suites, it is the epitome of style. Unique opportunity to tailor your Egypt cruise and each day's sightseeing by offering an "a la carte" style touring itinerary.

Sun Boat IV - Furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, the modern fittings and cutting edge technology on board are combined with sophisticated public areas with luxurious teak flooring for an elegant finish.

The Sanctuary Sun Boat III - Intimate river yacht representing the ultimate in luxury Nile cruises. Style, comfort and refinement are reflected throughout, with white and ecru tones combined to create warmth and depth.

The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer - Decorated in a modern, comfortable style and providing gourmet cuisine as well as superb sightseeing experiences, this is a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau Baladi Cabin

Cabin on Zein Nile Chateau