Sanctuary Retreats is delighted to announce the successful completion of the first long cruise down the Nile from Cairo to Aswan for 15 years on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, which departed Cairo on 19th August 2012 and finished in Aswan ten days later on 29th August.
For the past 15 years, cruise ships have been unable to sail from Cairo to Aswan. However this route has now been re-opened by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and with their support alongside the Egyptian Government and the Floating River Association, Sanctuary Retreats is the first company to have completed this spectacular journey offering an unprecedented selection of Egypt’s ancient wonders over 10 nights.
Dates for 10 night cruises in 2013 are 6th and 20th April on board Sanctuary Sun Boat III, 24th May and 2nd July on board Sanctuary M.S Sun Boat IV and 10th May and 10th September on board Sanctuary M.S Nile Adventurer. All Sanctuary Retreats boats offer the very best in intimate and luxurious Nile
With 18 cabins, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III is a smaller than average 5-star elegant Nile Cruise boat in 1930s colonial chic style with unique personalised service. The boutique Sanctuary M.S Sun Boat IV has 40 luxury cabins and is furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, while the elegant Sanctuary M.S. Nile Adventurer has just 32 modern beautifully designed cabins offering a relaxed cruising experience.
The journey between Cairo and Aswan is steeped in history, the banks of the river offering a vast array of ancient temples and tombs. Highlights from the newly opened stretch between Cairo and Luxor include Beni Hassan with its row of rock cut tombs adorned with paintings; Tell el-Amarna, the short-lived capital of pharaoh Akhenaten; the Red and White Monasteries with their insight into Coptic Egypt as well as Abydos Temple, dedicated to Osiris the God of the Underworld. The longer cruise enables guests on board to relax and enjoy leisurely river cruising as they soak up the scenery and gain a fascinating insight into local life alongside this majestic river.
Prices start from $3,440 per person for the 10 night cruises in 2013 on a full board basis with all sightseeing, entrance fees and guidance from world class Egyptologists included. Flights and transfers not included.
Early Booking Offer
All new bookings for the 10 night cruise made before 31st January 2013 can take advantage of a complimentary private transfer on arrival, complimentary re-cruise check-in with one additional night half board on board prior to the departure and an upgrade to an upper category deck subject to availability.
For further information on this offer visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com/cruises/offers to book call 0207 190 7739 or visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com