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Bespoke luxury along the Nile

Bespoke luxury along the Nile

Sanctuary Retreats, luxurious Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is an oasis of calm and tranquillity – a bespoke dahabiya (traditional sailing boat), which is the first of its kind on the Nile.

This intricate dahabiya features a beautiful upper deck, a luxurious, Arabian-themed sun deck and an opulently-styled dining area. The extended open spaces and sliding glass doors allow guest to enjoy a delightful indoor/outdoor lounge experience.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is also uniquely placed among Egypt’s sailing boats in that it offers the opportunity for each cruise to be tailored to the needs of its guests. And with only four cabins and two suites, it is the epitome of exclusivity.

Bask in the beauty of the surrounding views, unchanged for hundreds of years, while you sip on delicious cocktails from the comfort of your own private, floating villa. With complete control over everything from the food and music to the timings of your chosen activities, this is not a typical Nile cruise.

If you can tear yourself away from the luxurious dahabiya, Sanctuary Retreats’ renowned Egyptologists will help you delve into the history of the Ancient Pharaohs. And thanks to the unique style of touring and its small size, you can also visit more off-the-beaten-track sites such as the Valley of the Workers. This self-contained village on the West Bank was once home to the workmen who built the kings’ and queens’ tombs, and is one of the best places to discover how ordinary people lived during Ancient Egypt. Visit the remains of their mud brick homes, or admire their own tombs, which have been beautifully decorated with the art and stories of ordinary Egyptians.

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In amongst the many temples and historical sites that make up any Egypt cruise, Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau can also offer exclusive activities, such as a private, candle-lit lunch or dinner on an island in Aswan – a delicious picnic-style meal which comes complete with optional flavoured hookah.

Such a grand and unique tour demands an equally impressive finale, and one such example is the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple. This fascinating walking tour takes you through the history of the world’s largest temple complex where shadows play off the enormous columns in the grand Hypostyle Hall, bringing the mystery and majesty of Ancient Egypt to life.

With its graceful interiors, renowned Egyptologists and caring staff, a cruise on Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a truly bespoke experience, perfect for intimate gatherings of friends, couples and families.

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau can accommodate up to 12 guests and is priced from US $12,000 for a four-night charter.

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