Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Aswan to Luxor

What better way to immerse yourself in the visually stunning and culturally rich country of Egypt, than a luxury cruise down the river Nile.

Tastefully furnished, with all the amenities to be expected from only the finest of Nile cruises, and only 40 cabins, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is an exclusive, floating hotel.

Facilities & Activities

The boat has a number of amenities onboard to help ensure the trip is a truly unforgettable experience, from a heated swimming pool on the top deck, to an outdoor bar for sundowners on the lower deck.

WIFI is accessible throughout the entire boat at an extra charge however given the surroundings you are unlikely to want to spend much time looking at your screens. Of course, the highlight of this cruise is all the fascinating sites you will see and visit along the way, with countless stories to be told by the boats excellent on-board Egyptologists.

Your trip will start in the ancient city of Aswan, at a private dock, while in Aswan you will have the opportunity to take a ride on a felucca – a traditional Egyptian sailboat, a visit to the majestic Philae Temple and the massive quarries the Egyptians once used in order to build mega structures such as the Pyramids. From there the boat will sail North, stopping at incredible sights such as the Temple of Horus and the Roman structures in Khnum and Esna. Finally, you will arrive in the city of Luxor once known as Thebes, home to wonders such as the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Luxor temple. Between your trips there will also be a variety of entertainment and events to partake in on the boat itself.

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Expect 3 meals of the finest quality everyday served aboard in the restaurant on the main deck, with attentive and professional wait staff, with buffets and themed events on certain nights of the trip and fine al a carte cuisine on others.

There is also a lounge bar on the Bridge Deck which serves as the perfect spot to have a drink while watching the world go by.


Stylish cabins showcase contemporary design whilst incorporating art deco influences.  Standard cabins are anything but, with floor to ceiling windows  (with the exception of those on the Nile deck), air conditioning, mini bar and a flat screen TV. The size of these rooms varies from 15 to 18 metres squared and come with a king bed or twin on request.

The Presidential Suites are a larger 38 metres squared, with the obvious added benefit of a private living space, with the beautiful upholstery to be expected from a boat of this calibre, whilst for those staying in a Royal Suites, at a sizeable 55 square metres, it would be easy to forget that you were even on a boat if it wasn’t for the stunning scenery passing you by outside your windows! These rooms also boast a balcony, a great addition for making the most of your location.

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Please note there is a minimum age of 10 years old on the boat.

An additional bed can be added to a cabin, but connecting rooms are not available.


Sanctuary Retreats as a brand is always committed to conserving the environment and supporting local communities but there are no current philanthropic projects within Egypt that we are aware of.


The boat departs from a private dock at the new corniche by the Aswan New Bridge, Aswan can be reached by internal flight from Cairo and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.