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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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Each vessel represents the ultimate in luxury Nile cruising and offers contemporary, stylish and relaxing accommodation on board. All cabins and suites offer stunning Nile views from either large panoramic windows, or your own balcony. Each cabins also features a private bathroom with bathtub, shower and hairdryer, are fully air-conditioned and an LCD television.

Wheelchair access is available upon request on a complimentary basis.


Dining with Sanctuary Retreats is a luxurious, gourmet affair from breakfast to dinner. Each menu combines classic and modern cuisine from the region, using the freshest, local ingredients. For those wanting it, there are always more Western style dishes available as well. Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals, drinks packages are also to purchase onboard for additional fee.




Your cruise with Sanctuary Retreats, includes a range of exciting shore excursions lead be expert Egyptologists. Get close to the extensive history and culture of this incredible country, by visiting some of it's most famous sights. Excursions on your cruise include trips to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Temple of Luxor and the chance to sail the river in a traditional Felucca.