Among the key decorative styles of the early 20th century, Art Deco arose just as the West's fascination with Egypt reached its peak; its signature motifs included numerous borrowings from ancient Egyptian design. It is particularly appropriate, then, that guests boarding 'Sun Boat IV' are greeted with a stunning Art Deco-inspired interior, conceived by A&K Vice Chairman Jorie Butler Kent and executed by Egyptian designer Mohammed Naoman. Panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows on most decks grant sweeping views of the Nile's fertile shore; watch as grasses rustle in the wind, and vibrant, red lotus flowers appear in the fall. Rich, warm teak flooring graces all of the vessel's outdoor spaces, lending a regal but welcoming air. Modern comforts coexist in harmony with vintage decoration: for example, all cabins are air-conditioned and feature flatscreen televisions and direct-dial international telephones. A multi-language library also includes an Internet-ready computer for keeping in touch with home.
Day 1 Luxor Start the day at the Temple of Karnak built, over more than a thousand years, by generations of Pharaohs. Transfer to your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board followed by a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. Complimentary cocktail and a selection of canapés will be served followed by a gourmet dinner. Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Day 2 Temple of Hathor / Luxor Temple Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena. Enjoy a morning visit to the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Afternoon tea will be served on board, from which your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun. Dinner will be a Gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show. Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Day 3 Edfu / Kom Ombo Temples Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise to Edfu with a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board, while you continue cruising to Edfu. There will also be an Egyptian cooking lesson presented on board. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone. Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. Day 4 Philae Temple / Felucca Sailing Breakfast buffet on board whilst sailing to Aswan followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Lunch will be on board. In the afternoon (weather permitting) take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets will be provided). Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge and tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Overnight: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Day 5 Aswan Buffet breakfast on board and check out at 8:00 AM