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Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Retreats was born in Africa in 1999, with the first of their Sanctuary Lodges in Kenya. Building on their heritage of luxury and adventure travel, Sanctuary also operates stunning river cruises across the world’s most epic rivers including the Nile in Egypt.

The Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of expedition ships brings the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Located in some of the most stunning locations in the world, each vessel is completely individual in its design and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally”.

You can choose to cruise onboard the newly refurbished Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, stunning ships that offer all that’s needed to see Egypt in style. Blending modern decor with seven thousand years of Pharaonic heritage, these cruises provide a relaxing and luxury environment. There are just 32 and 40, beautifully appointed cabins, all of which feature air-conditioning and an uninterrupted view of the Nile.

As part of their luxurious fleet, Sanctuary Retreats also operate two much smaller vessels, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III and the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau. Each of these intimate vessels is designed in a bespoke, boutique-style which represents the traditional and modern Egyptian styles. With only 14 and 6 cabins, respectively these vessels are only available on a full charter basis and offer the opportunity of a lifetime for a family or group of friends wanting a Nile experience with a difference.

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Walk like an Egyptian

Immerse yourself in some of Egypt’s oldest and most awe-inspiring historical towns and cities. With the help of your English speaking guide, take a fascinating excursion in every port and discover the famous monuments and stunning treasure of this ancient civilisation. All tours and excursions are included in the price of your cruise, including trips to the Egyptian Museum, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent Pyramids of Giza.

Small Ship Sailing

With river vessels accommodating a mere 64 to 80 passengers, you will enjoy a more intimate and personalised river cruising experience. Smaller group sizes, mean you can get the most out of your expert lead tours, where you will never have to try and beat the crowds. With a high staff to passenger ratio of 1:3 onboard, you will also enjoy an incredibly attentive and personal service whilst you cruise.

Luxury, Naturally

The Sanctuary philosophy of ‘’Luxury, Naturally’’ can be found throughout their fleet of stunning vessels. All presented with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of the destination. Each ship is beautifully furnished in a contemporary style including cutting edge technology and luxurious teak flooring, to combine modern culture with seven thousand years of heritage.

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

The smaller of Sanctuary's two Nile vessels, The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer offers an intimate and luxurious haven along the River Nile.

Sanctuary Nile Explorer

The smaller of Sanctuary's two Nile vessels, The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer offers an intimate and luxurious haven along the River Nile.

Sanctuary Sunboat IV

The Sanctuary Sunboat IV offers the very best luxurious Nile river cruises, with its beautiful contemporary style interiors and art deco influence.



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