Explore Egypt Aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
Trip Details

Trip Dates

Feb 17, 2019 until Feb 25, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights

Price Details

Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy
Minimum numbers must be met to be able to fill the charters.

Upgrades available: 
Add $750 per person for the Deluxe King Cabin
Add $1000 per person for the Presidential Suite
Contact an ATI Travel Advisor to learn more.

Single supplment: 150%

$25 per person Admiral Travel booking fee due at time of booking
25% non-refundable deposit to secure your space.
Final payment is due November 15, 2018.  
All payments are non-refundable. 

Mena house rooming options

  • Entry Visa for Egypt
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Domestic Flights
  • All tours as described in the program with private English-speaking Egyptologist throughout the trip in Egypt.
  • All meals as mentioned in the program including tea, coffee and mineral water.
  • Unlimited beverage package on board including local Egyptian wine & beer, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the cruise.
  • Portage at airports and hotels.
  • International Flights.
  • Meals and touring not mentioned within the program
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Spa services

Trip Overview

The Hiltons are going back to Egypt for the first time in four years and they invite you to join them! 

The ATI team prides itself of designing and delivering the very best travel experience for guests interested in any destination around the globe, but Malaka Hilton is certainly THE ultimate "tour guide" to a luxury travel experience through Egypt. In fact, Malaka has been identified by Travel + Leisure as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003! She’s known as an “A-Lister.”

In February 2019, join ATI Proprietors Ryan & Malaka Hilton to cruise the Nile aboard the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and explore Abu Simbel, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx with special access to many of these legendary sites. 


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Ryan & Malaka Hilton

Both identified by esteemed travel publications Travel + Leisure as well as CondeNast Traveler for their expertise, Malaka and Ryan Hilton are considered...


  1. Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Visa Purchase: Your Tour Coordinator will pre-purchase visa stamps prior to your arrival.

    Arrival: At Cairo International Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel Heliopolis Towers located near the airport. 

    Heliopolis Towers encased in a glass atrium, fringed with palm trees and jam-packed with intimate bars and gourmet dining, Heliopolis Towers is an inner-city sanctuary located in Heliopolis. 

    Showcasing contemporary architecture with a blend of classic and innovative design, all 246 bedrooms' feature floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Laying claim to one of the city's first gourmet restaurants, The Aqua e Luce, fine dining is on your doorstep. Other dining options at the hotel are extensive, ranging from traditional Egyptian to continental and Oriental cuisine.

    A vast selection of sports and leisure activities are on offer including squash, tennis, a fully-equipped health club, beauty salon, kids and boutique.   

    Overnight Accommodations: Heliopolis Towers Hotel 

    A contemporary hotel great for unwinding after a hectic day of negotiations in the bustling city. Heliopolis Towers Hotel has a host of facilities including two pools, one heated, a children's pool, gym and spa, plus a wide range of dining options with 18 on-site restaurants, bars, lounges.

  2. Monday, February 18, 2019
    Cairo / Luxor   
    (B - L - D)

    Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport by air-conditioned vehicle. 

    Flight: Board your private air charter to Luxor.

    Arrival: At Luxor Airport, your Tour Coordinator will meet you.

    Transfer: Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Sanctuary Nile Adventurer  


    Exact entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the sailing schedules of the boat are subject to change. However, every cruise on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer will include: 

    A colorful "galabeyya party" which gives each guest the opportunity to dress up in traditional Egyptian dress and dance to Arabic music.

    A belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show in Luxor.

    A lecture by your Egyptologist guide. 


    Menus are changed on a seasonal basis to enable the Chef to use the freshest ingredients at all times. However, the following is applicable to every cruise: 

    Most meals are served in the restaurant. However, at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) will be served on deck (weather permitting).

    Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included with every meal. 

    Please note that the strength of the WI-FI signals unavoidably varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in the more remote areas of Upper Egypt. 

    Arrive on board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board in the main restaurant.  

    After lunch, your tour of the East Bank will begin with a visit to the Temple of Karnak. 

    Next your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor. Return to your cruise boat for afternoon tea in the lounge.

    Tonight, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager while you enjoy freshly prepared canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer, followed by a gourmet dinner menu. Enjoy a belly dancer performance and a whirling dervish show. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

  3. Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    (B - L - D)

    After a delicious breakfast buffet on board, visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

    On the way back to the river Nile, we will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon.

    Lunch and afternoon tea will be served in the lounge while you cruise to Esna, where we'll moor for the night. A gourmet dinner will be served on board. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

    Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place - is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and our luxury Nile River Cruiser, Sanctuary Nile Adventurer.

    The elegant Sanctuary Nile Adventurer has just 32 cabins, offering a luxurious yet relaxed cruise on the Nile. Decorated in a contemporary style, the ship’s design combines modern Egyptian culture with seven thousand years of heritage. Add gourmet cuisine as well as sightseeing experiences with the country’s most experienced Egyptologists, this is a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river. The ship has an exclusive docking area at Luxor and Aswan.

    The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer seamlessly blends contemporary Egyptian culture with authentic character, a blend of East and West. The extensive sun deck areas, with their elegant teak floors, include private cabanas around the pool area, the perfect spot for relaxing while taking in the scenery.


  4. Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    Edfu - Kom Ombo       
    (B - L - D)

    Breakfast will be served on board. This morning, your Egyptologist will guide you around the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level. 

    Continue to enjoy your cruise onward to Edu, while enjoying your lunch. 

    This afternoon, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus.

    Return to Sanctuary Nile Adventurer where afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. You will also have the chance to take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson, as you continue cruising to Kom Ombo. 

    Tonight's will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyyas". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties.

    Overnight Accommodations: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

  5. Thursday, February 21, 2019
    (B - L - D)

    A breakfast buffet will be served on board, followed by a morning visit the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Return to the boat and enjoy your cruise to Aswan. 

    Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. 

    Next, we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. 

    You will also have a chance take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting, life jackets will be provided). 

    Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

  6. Friday, February 22, 2019
    Aswan / Abu Simbel / Cairo   
    (B - L)

    A buffet breakfast will be served on board, before check out at 8am.

    Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Aswan Airport. 

    Flight: Board your 45-minute flight to Abu Simbel.

    Lunch Bags will be provided. 

    Abu Simbel: The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt in modern times. Recently the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece, and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside.

    Flight: Board your private air charter to Cairo.

    Arrival: At Cairo domestic Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is a glamorous and stylish hotel located in the leafy quarter of Garden City, a modern retreat in an historic part of Cairo. With the Egyptian Museum close by, this is an excellent base to explore this ancient city. Many rooms offer views over the Nile or Citadel and are dressed in French Empire-style fabrics. The sumptuous bathrooms feature large bathtubs and a glass-walled separate shower complete with plump toweling bathrobes. Intimate shisha lounges decked out in low seating and soft lighting provide tranquil spaces to unwind and watch the sun set over the Nile. On the fifth floor there are three pools with sheltered poolside cabanas to allow you to escape the Cairo heat. There are also seven restaurants and bars to choose from, each serving its own unique menu. The hotel is also home to one of Cairo's largest spas offering a wide range of holistic therapies including its signature treatment 'The Nile Journey'. Other facilities include a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and gym.

  7. Saturday, February 23, 2019
    (B - L - D)

    Pick-up time from hotel around 06:45 am

    Early Access (07:00 – 09:00 am) Egyptian Museum: You'll tour 7,000 years of history at this museum which houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. Don't miss the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, the solid gold sarcophagus that held his mummy, and his beautiful throne.

    With its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, completed in 1363, is one of the finest in Egypt and also houses the mausoleum where Sultan Hassan's sons are buried. Next door, discover the much newer Refaie Mosque, completed in 1912 with well-preserved, colorful decoration. Buried in tombs here are a Muslim saint, a companion of the Prophet Mohamed, Egypt's last royal family and the last Shah of Iran.

    Finally, visit the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.  Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets to find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork and glassware to leather goods and perfumes. 

    Lunch: Enjoy set-menu lunch at the famous ‘Naguib Mahfouz’ restaurant.

    Named after the Nobel-prize-winning Egyptian author, Naguib Mahfouz restaurant lies in the very heart of the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar making it a convenient, air-conditioned place to take a break from shopping. The coffee shop at the entrance offers drinks, snacks and shisha (water pipes), while the restaurant section offers a selection of chicken, meats and mouth-watering Middle Eastern mezzas (small appetizers). Please note that alcohol is not served here.

    Return to your hotel. Rest of day is free at leisure.

    Dinner: Transfer from your hotel to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

  8. Sunday, February 24, 2019
    (B - L - D)

    *The Hiltons have arranged for a special host to escort us today. Full details will be a surprise upon arrival!

    Begin with the legendary city of Memphis, which was founded in 3100 BC by Menes, the Pharaoh who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Memphis became the capital of the Old Kingdom and the heart of Egypt's busy import-export activity, with traders from around the world giving it a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    Next, move on to Sakkara, the former necropolis (cemetery) for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and the place where the very first pyramids were built as tombs for kings. Instead of the smooth sides featured on other pyramids, the pyramids here feature six steps on the outside, representing the pharaoh's stepladder to heaven. Discover the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first pyramid ever built and the world's oldest freestanding stone structure. 

    Lunch: Enjoy set-menu lunch at ‘Le Jardin’ restaurant located in Marriott Mena House Hotel. 

    Opened 2014 under the name 139 Pavilion, with an international cuisine offers Egyptian, Indian and international dishes, it's an all-day dining room, overlooking the great Pyramids of Giza with a very unique view of greenery landscape. 

    The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built over 4,500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu's, constructed from over two million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants, whose labor in building the pyramids paid their taxes to the Pharaoh, who also fed, clothed and housed them.

    Entry to Cheops Pyramid - Entry to Solar Boat Museum - Camel Ride

    Private Access to nearby the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the 'Dream Stela' that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV.   

    Return to your hotel. 

    Farewell Dinner at hotel: This evening, gather at the hotel for farewell dinner. 

    Overnight Accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

  9. Monday, February 25, 2019

    Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport by air-conditioned vehicle. 



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