Sanctuary Retreats Completes First Nile Cruise From Cairo to Aswan in 15 Years

Sanctuary Retreats announced the completion of the first long cruise down the Nile from Cairo to Aswan for 15 years on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat III, which departed Cairo on Aug. 19, 2012 and finished in Aswan ten days later on Aug. 29.

For the past 15 years, cruise ships have been unable to sail from Cairo to Aswan. Now, this route has been re-opened by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and with their support alongside the Egyptian Government and the Floating River Association, Sanctuary Retreats is the first company to have completed this journey offering a selection of Egypt over 10 nights.

Dates for 10-night cruises in 2013 are April 6 and 20 on board Sanctuary Sun Boat III, May 24 and July 2 on board Sanctuary M.S Sun Boat IV and May 10 and September 10 on board Sanctuary M.S Nile Adventurer.

With 18 cabins, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III is a smaller than average 5-star elegant Nile Cruise boat in 1930s colonial chic style with unique personalized service. The boutique Sanctuary M.S Sun Boat IV has 40 luxury cabins and is furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, while the elegant Sanctuary M.S. Nile Adventurer has just 32 modern beautifully designed cabins offering a relaxed cruising experience.

Prices start from $3,440 per person for the 10-night cruises in 2013 on a full board basis with all sightseeing, entrance fees and guidance from world class Egyptologists included. Flights and transfers not included.

Departure dates for 2013:
April 6, 2013: Aswan/Cairo - 10 nights – Sanctuary Sun Boat III (18 Cabins)
April 20, 2013: Cairo/Aswan - 10 nights – Sanctuary Sun Boat III (18 Cabins)
May 10, 2013: Aswan/Cairo - 10 nights – Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (32 Cabins)
May 24, 2013: Aswan/Cairo - 10 nights – Sanctuary Sun Boat IV (40 Cabins)
July 2, 2013: Cairo/Aswan- 10 nights – Sanctuary Sun Boat IV (40 Cabins)
Sept 10, 2013: Cairo/Aswan - 10 nights – Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (32 Cabins)

Early Booking Offer:

All new bookings for the 10-night cruise made before Jan. 31, 2013 can take advantage of a complimentary private transfer on arrival, complimentary pre-cruise check-in with one additional night half board on board prior to the departure and an upgrade to an upper category deck subject to availability.

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