The Nile In Style

Cruise in style aboard Sanctuary Retreats fleet of beautiful cruise boats, which bring legendary service and a boutique experience to the Nile River. Explore the cultural treasures of ancient Egypt, marvel at the temples of Luxor and Karnak, search the age-old crypts of renowned pharaohs and learn about one of the greatest civilisations to ever exist from expert guides. The below itinerary is based on the Sun Boat IV, however the Sun Boat III and Nile Adventurer also offer a unique cruising experience in absolute comfort. These stunning vessels all feature beautiful lounges, bars and a sundeck with a pool.

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5 days/4 nights
Departs ex Luxor


  • Explore the ancient temples of Luxor and Karnak
  • Visit the famous Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memmon
  • Enjoy a cruise down the famous Nile River
  • Witness the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum and the temple at Kom Ombo

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The Nile In Style


Day 1: Luxor

Board your cruise today in Luxor. Enjoy a welcome lunch onboard before an afternoon tour of the East Bank, visiting the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor. On your return, you will be greeted by the boat manager for drinks and canapés before dinner. LD

Day 2: Esna

Today see the West Bank of Luxor, exploring the ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Marvel at the famed Colossi of Memmon. Sail to Esna. BLD

Day 3: Edfu

This morning enjoy a visit to the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum. The Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius. Return for lunch and continue on to Edfu this afternoon. BLD

Day 4: Aswan

Explore the unique ‘double’ temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek, and Horus the Elder. This afternoon visit the majestic Philae Temple on the island of Agilika and stop by the granite quarry which holds the huge Unfinished Obelisk. BLD

Day 5: Tour Ends

Disembark in Aswan where your tour ends. B Note: Tours also operate in reverse. 3, 7 and 8 night cruises are also available on request.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


  • Accommodation in Nile Deck Cabin
  • Meals
  • Shared guided sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees and port charges

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Why Egypt: This spellbinding destination offers some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, as well as a insight into age-old Islamic culture. The scenery is also unique, with the mighty Nile River creating swathes of lush greenery amid vast expanses of stark desert.

Climate: Cairo has a milder climate than the southern part of Egypt; however temperatures between May-Oct may reach 30°-36°C. The rest of the year is warm to mild, and it can get quite cold on winter nights. Although quite hot all year round, Luxor and Aswan experience their most extreme temperatures from June-August (30°-45°C). Nights are cool in winter and hot in summer (24°-26°C).

Combine With: Neighbouring Jordan or Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Israel or Morocco.

Getting There: Daily flights are available from Australia to Egypt. Flight time is approximately 18-19 hours with stopovers depending on which airline you fly with.

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