Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

 
Egypt 4

7 Night Nile Cruise Sun Boat IV - Aswan

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Day 1

Embark in aswan

Arrive on your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board. Spend the day at leisure, to enjoy the facilities on board including pool, gymnasium and games room.

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.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV


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Day 2

Philae and Kom Ombo Temples

Early morning sailing to Kom Ombo. Breakfast buffet will be on board. Morning visit to the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Later, an Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board. Enjoy the sailing to Edfu. Lunch will be served on board. After lunch, you will have a chance to explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Esna where we’ll moor for the night. Enjoy an Egyptian menu for tonight’s dinner where guests will have the chance to dress in traditional Egyptian “galabaya”.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
 

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Day 3

THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS

Breakfast will be served on board and you will have the morning at leisure whilst sailing to Luxor. Visit the West Bank of Luxor where you will 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. You will also 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.

Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board. Tonight’s dinner will be a gourmet meal (jacket required).

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
 

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Day 4

TEMPLE OF KARNAK

Breakfast buffet will be on board followed by a visit to 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.

Return to your cruise for afternoon tea on board where you can spend the afternoon soaking up the Arabic sun on deck, or enjoy some of the boat’s other facilities such as the lounge bar. Enjoy local Egyptian wine and beer, as well as a selection of canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV


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Day 5

TEMPLES OF HATHOR AND LUXOR 

A breakfast buffet will be served on board as you cruise towards Dendera. 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 of pleasure and love, often associated with Aphrodite. Return to the boat for lunch as we sail back to Luxor.

Afternoon tea will be served on board. Next your Egyptologist will guide you around the East Bank of Luxor including the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. During tonight’s gourmet meal there will be entertainment from a belly dancer.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV


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Day 6

EDFU AND TEMPLE OF HORUS

Breakfast will be served on board as you cruise to Edfu, followed by a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Despite being built by the Greeks, this impressive structure is the largest and most complete preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board and take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson, as you continue cruising to Kom Ombo.

Tonight’s dinner on board 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 specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV


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Day 7

FELUCCA SAILING AROUND ASWAN

Enjoy a breakfast buffet followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next we 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) 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.

Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV


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Day 8

disembark aswan

Early morning breakfast and disembarkation.


 
 
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