Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau

Nile, Egypt

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a dahabiya (traditional Egyptian sailing boat) with four cabins and two suites, and is only available for private charters, making it ideal for families and friends wanting to explore the sights along the Nile.

At a Glance

  • Only taken as a private charter - great for families and friends

  • On board you have your own Egyptologist to show you the sights on the Nile

  • All the cabins have a Nile view

  • A chef on board to cater individual tastes, offering International and local Egyptian food

  • Each and every cabin is individually decorated

  • With it being one of the smallest boats, it makes it possible to dock in more places than other boats

  • Your itinerary can be personalized to suit your ends

Cruise, Parties & events, Couples, Culture

Insider's View

No cabin is similar, all individually decorated

Alice Moseley

Insider's View

Watch the sun set on the deck of the boat whilst enjoying a cocktail

Alice Moseley

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The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau has only six cabins in total, four luxury cabins and two signature suites all decorated in their own original style with influences drawing from Egypt's history, culture and geography. All cabins have en suite bathrooms, fully air-conditioned and LCD televisions.

The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau offers you the unique opportunity to tailor your Nile cruise and each day’s sightseeing by offering an “a la carte” style touring itinerary. Carefully created itineraries provide a fascinating insight to the local architecture, culture and lifestyle of this spectacular ancient land. With the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau, guests have the choice with the sights they would like to see and get a chance to experience a more intimate and private travel, with a more flexible itinerary.

Indulge in the freedom to see the wonders of Ancient Egypt at your own pace. Walk amid the wonders of the Valley of the Kings with our renowned Egyptologists, stroll through the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, or visit the outstanding Temple of Karnak, which took over 1,200 years to complete.

With its extended open spaces on board, the Zein Nile Chateau features a beautiful upper deck with a plunge pool to cool off in, making it a great spot to enjoy the evening sunshine and watch the sun set behind the banks of the Nile. There is also an Arabian themed styled dining area on top where guests can have dinner or if preferred, enjoy the dining area downstairs which has panoramic views, enclosed with sliding glass doors.

The chefs on board can cater to every guests need offering international cuisine as well as local dishes to ensure they accommodate each and every like and dislike. Not only do they have buffets but also elegant a la carte dinners and an extensive wine list on offer to enjoy, both local and international.


The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau features six beautifully designed cabins. There are two suites and four signature cabins each decorated in its own original style with influences drawing from Egypt’s history, culture and geography. All cabins feature a Nile view, are fully air-conditioned, have LCD televisions with satellite connection and private bathrooms with shower and hairdryer.

The Farouk Suite (93m2)

Located on the Upper Deck. Influences from Egypt's Royal era can be seen in the furniture, décor and photographs adorning the walls. A poignant piece is an original hand-woven rug, a replica of family letter sent by Egypt's King Farouk to his mother, the Queen, which sits next to the luxuriously appointed bed. The suite also features a private dining area and panoramic windows, which offer a superb view of the natural surroundings while wood flooring sets a calm tone for luxury Nile cruises.

The Napolean Suite (43m2)

The Napoleon Suite reflects Egypt's influential Napoleonic era. A drawing of the route his forces took through Egypt adorns the walls, with splashes of color in the accompanying furniture. The four poster bed and classical furniture enhance the regal nature of the suite.

The Philae Cabin (20m2)

Tranquility and romance surrounds you in this calm and exotic cocoon. Decorated richly with style and grace, adorning the walls is a beautiful map of the Nile. This cabin features a king bed

The Nubia Cabin (20m2)

The essence of Nubian culture, this cabin is steeped in beautiful tradition reflected in its colors and ambiance. The room features twin beds.

The Lake Nasser Cabin

Colorful and bright with a touch of elegance, the Lake Nasser cabin brings out the sights of nature of its namesake.The room features twin beds.

The Baladi Cabin (20m2)

Highlighting Egypt's culture and artistic world, the Baladi cabin, with king bed, chronicles famous artists and singers. Be transported back into Egypt's artistic heyday.


Children are welcome on board Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau. Specialists are available on request to educate and entertain the children throughout the day, enriching their experience on board.


The professional chefs on board cook some wonderful international and local dishes to include a variety of flavors catering for individual tastes. Tasty buffets, elegant a la carte menus, barbecues and extensive wine lists are offered.

The boat has a stunning upper sun deck, an Arabian themed sun deck and a dipping pool. A laundry service is available on board.


All the excursions and tours from the boat are included in the cost. You will have an Egyptologist on board for the duration of your cruise to show you all the places of interest along your journey. All the guides are fantastic and will tailor make your trips making them fun and interesting, even for the younger guests on board.

Location & Directions

Nile, Egypt

The seven night cruise departs from Luxor and sails to Aswan, before returning to Luxor again.

When to go

Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.

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