8 days
All ages
All Year

7 Night Luxury Nile Cruise

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The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a bespoke dahabiya (traditional sailing boat) that is the first of its kind on the Nile.

Bask in the beauty of the surrounding views – unchanged for hundreds of years – as you sip on delicate cocktails from the comfort of the dahabiya on the Nile Cruise. This is what sailing on the Nile was meant to be.

  • An authentic “dahabiya” (traditional Egyptian sailing boat) offering a completely bespoke service
  • Available for charter, accommodating maximum 12 guests
  • Smallest of the Sanctuary fleet which means the Zein can dock in more places
  • Your itinerary can be personalised to suit your needs


DEPARTURE TIME To be confirmed
DURATION 7 nights/8 days
ACCOMMODATION Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau
INCLUDED 7 nights’ accommodation with a welcome drink Accommodation
Full board meal plan – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal times Resident Egyptologist on board
All sightseeing, guiding and entrance fees as per itinerary
Taxes and service charges
EXCLUDED Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop Gratuity to staff
Drink packages:

Full beverage package – US$ 85 per person, per night

Limited beverage package – US$ 55 per person, per night (mineral water & soft drinks)

Children beverage package – US$ 35 per person, per night (mineral water, soft drinks & juices)

Medical services, travel insurance or visas
All transfers to/from the boat from airports


Day 1

Check-in on board the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau and enjoy a lunch on board. In the afternoon choose three out of the following to visit; Karnak Temple which was built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs, Luxor Temple which is dedicated to the god Anun, the surprisingly entertaining Luxor Museum and the South & Light show in Karnak Temple. Afternoon tea and a gourmet dinner will be served on board.

Day 2
Breakfast on board. During the morning visit the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead. Visit the West Bank with a choice of three from; Valley of the Queens – where the pharaohs’ wives and children were buried, Hatshepsut Temple (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh), Valley of Workers – the remains of the self-contained village where the workmen who built the kings’ and queens’ tombs lived, Tombs of the Nobles, Medinet Habu – a series of temples built by Pharaoh Ramses III and The Ramesseum – the Mortuary Temple of Ramses II. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on board.
Day 3
Breakfast and lunch on board with the morning at leisure while sailing to Esna. In the afternoon visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board.
Day 4
Breakfast on board while sailing to El Kab. During the morning visit El Kab, an Upper Egyptian site on the east bank of the Nile, consisting of prehistoric and Pharaonic settlements. Lunch will be served while sailing to Edfu. After lunch explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board while sailing to El Fawaza.
Day 5
Breakfast on board while sailing to Selsela. After breakfast visit the ancient Egypt site of Selsela which is where the Egyptians believed that the Nile originated. Lunch will be served while sailing to Kom Ombo. This afternoon visit Kom Ombo Temple. In this Ptolemaic temple shared by two gods, Sobek and Horus the Elder, everything is duplicated symmetrically, with double hallways, doors and chambers. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board.
Day 6
Breakfast and lunch on board while sailing to Aswan. In the afternoon visit the Spice market followed by Nubian Museum. Called “The Land of Gold” by the ancient Egyptians, Nubia extended from Aswan in the north to Sudan in the south and had its own distinct culture and language. Much of Nubia was covered with water when the Aswan High Dam was built, but efforts were made to save and preserve Nubian culture. This vast collection of Nubian artifacts is housed in a beautiful sandstone building. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board.
Day 7
Breakfast on board followed by a choice of two of the following sites. Visit Philae Temple, a sacred temple to the goddess Isis. Philae Island was submerged by water, so UNESCO helped transport the temple complex to nearby Agilika Island, where you see it today. Visit the unfinished Obelisk which was abandoned in Aswan’s Northern Quarry when a crack was found as it was being carved from the red granite. Visit Kalabasha Temple built during the early Roman era. Afternoon tea and dinner will be served on board.
Day 8
Checkout from Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau.
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