River Nile holidays
A Nile cruise is an eagerly anticipated part of an Egypt holiday and a great way to see the historic monuments that dot the riverbank between Luxor and Aswan. Vessels range from luxury cruise ships - with sumptuous cabins, swimming pools on deck and evening entertainment under the African sky - to traditional Egyptian feluccas. These simple sailing boats offer a more rugged form of transport, but one that sings with the romance of Egypt past and present.
Gently meandering along the river is a delightful Egypt travel experience and old-style dahabiyas are another cruise option. With wood-panelled cabins and double lateen sails they recall the elegance of travel in days gone by, but with all the modern amenities. Like feluccas, these distinctive sailing boats have the advantage of being able to moor at places that the bigger cruise ships can't reach. Itineraries on the smaller craft also tend to be less rigid, meaning that temples can be visited outside peak times.
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Egypt is a country packed with history, where world-famous sites such as the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings complement the spectacular scenery of the River Nile. Explore it all in style by combining a luxury Sanctuary Retreats Nile cruise with stays at two of Egypt's most iconic luxury hotels.
For more than 5,000 years the world's longest river has been the lifeblood of Egypt and a cruise on the Nile is a must in any lifetime. However Egypt offers so much more, from Cairo's Pyramids to the stunning Red Sea - experience a bit of everything on this spectacular highlights tour.
Paired with the highlights of Cairo, this 8-day river cruise aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV takes in everything from the Valley of the Kings to the great temples of Aswan. And, spread across a total of eight luxurious days, it's a truly relaxed way to explore the highlights of the Nile Valley.
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