Although you could enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Nile from the comfort of your cabin, we recommend you explore the plethora of gems Egypt is home to. Walk alongside an expert Egyptologist and take a leap back in time picturing this civilisation in its prime.
Visiting the temples of Ancient Egypt is a must on any discerning traveller’s list. From the Temple of Kom Ombo to the Valley of the Kings, passing by the island-based temple complex that is Philae Temple, there is a plethora of opportunities for you to take a deep dive into Ancient Egypt’s history and culture. As you walk through tall pillars that withstood the sands of time, one can’t help but picture what such an edifice looked like during its apogee. Listen to your expert guide as they decrypt the hieroglyphs carved in the walls that surround you, learn about the ancient ways and culture this civilisation lived by, see how Ancient Egypt’s discoveries have shaped the world as we know it today, and of course, let yourself be marvelled by the beauty and magnificence of your surroundings.
Navigate with the wind along the Nile as you explore its shores from the comfort of a felucca, a typical Egyptian sailboat. Take the time to circle Elephantine Island (once the beating heart of Aswan), sail along the banks of Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens from where you can see a beautiful display of palm trees and other endemic flora, and finally, stop by the Agha Khan Mausoleum where rests Aga Khan III.
Wandering on the Riverbanks of Luxor
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to roam and discover the East and West banks of Luxor.
On the East side, where most of the city’s population lives, you can explore with the help of your Egyptologist the large complexes that are Karnak Temple and the Temple of Luxor.
On the West bank, you can find the world-renowned Valley of the Kings. This incredibly well-preserved archaeological site is a royal burial ground beautifully ornated by colourful hieroglyphs. Wander through this architectural wonder until you find one of Luxor's most striking sights: the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, tucked into the cliffs of Deir el Bahri.
Enjoy a Culinary Experience Aboard Our Cruise
Egypt is a country that assaults the senses, and it cannot be properly discovered without also experiencing the traditional culinary delights. As soon you arrive onboard a Sanctuary Retreats boat, you are greeted with a sweet homemade juice, derived from fresh, locally grown fruits; setting the tone for the four days of fantastic food and drinks to follow. With a selection of traditional delicacies prepared by our world-class chefs onboard, get ready to be utterly spoiled.
Roam Through the Streets of Aswan
At the start (or end) of your cruise, take some time to roam through the streets of the market town that is Aswan. Learn about the Nubian Culture and how Aswan was (for centuries) the gateway to the rest of Africa for Ancient Egypt. If alighting in the city at the end of your cruise, hop on a day trip to the famous temple of Abu Simbel.
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor
Take to the skies for a new perspective of the Nile and its surroundings. With 360 panoramic views of the horizon, enjoy the incredible backdrops as you make your way through the morning sky. Start your journey on the West Banks, and while you fly over the Valley of the Kings soak in the stillness and serenity of the early morning hours. As the golden rays of sunrise illuminate the landscape that surrounds you, transfer over to the East Bank where you can witness the city awaken one household at a time. During this incredible journey, your pilot will fascinate you with captivating stories of Ancient Egypt and its withstanding monuments. This activity comes at an extra cost but is worth the ride!
Find out everything you need to know before your travels to Egypt through this guide.