Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau

Nile, Egypt

From $1300 per person in low season
From $4300 per person in high season

based on 7 nights

per person based on 12 people traveling on a full board basis on the cruise, along with all guiding and transfers as stated in the itinerary.

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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

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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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No cabin is similar, all individually decorated

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

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The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a bespoke 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.

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 bespoke 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.

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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.



Clare Monro (Staff)

This dahabiya has been beautifully constructed and I love the individually decorated rooms. My favorite standard cabin is the 'Baladi' one as it has pictures of legendary Egyptian artists on the wallpaper. The communal area is really stylish and light, and it is generally just a really relaxing way to cruise the Nile.


Alice Moseley (Staff)

Taken on an exclusive basis means it is great for family and friends and a memorable way to see the Nile. The chef on board will tailor his menus to your likes and dislikes. All the cabins are very individual and not one is similar.


  • 4 Nights Nile Cruise

    Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.

  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Alexandria City Tour

    One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.

  • Aswan Dam

    Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.

  • Best of West Bank

    Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

  • Colossi of Memnon

    The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues, which are all that remains of the Temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.

  • Hot Air Balloon Sunrise

    Enjoy sunrise over the West Bank for a view of the valley on a hot air balloon.

  • Karnak Temple

    Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.

  • Library of Alexandria

    Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.

  • Luxor Museum

    Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.

  • Luxor Temple

    The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.

  • Medinet Habu

    Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).

  • Nubian Museum

    The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.

  • Sail Aswan by Felucca

    Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.

  • Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden

    For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.

  • Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple

    Enjoy a spectacular evening at the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.

  • Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple

    A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.

  • Temple of Dendarah

    Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

  • Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo

    As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.

  • Temple of Khnum at Esna

    The Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna contains the beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall.

  • Temple of Philae

    The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.

  • Tomb & Mummy of King Tutankhamun

    Visit the final resting place of the world-renowned Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.

  • Tomb of King Seti I

    We bring you out from the standard tourist circuit to Tomb of Seti I, is the best decorated and longest tomb in Valley of the Kings.

  • Tomb of Queen Nefertari

    Visit the Tomb of Nefertari, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.

  • Unfinished Obelisk

    Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.

  • Valley of the Artisans

    Valley of the Artisans or Deir Al Madina hosts some of the lesser-known tombs of the workers, who have built some of the most colorful and most-preserved tombs in Luxor area, which surprisingly rival the tombs of the kings!

  • Valley of the Kings & Hatchepsut Temple

    For over a thousand years, the kings of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC.) were buried in the Valley of the Kings. You will cover temple of Queen Hatchepsut and 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

  • Valley of the Nobles

    The Nobles' Tombs are located close to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, in the Theban Necropolis near Luxor.

  • Valley of the Queens

    The Valley of the Queens is a place near Luxor where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times.

Location & directions

Nile, Egypt

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

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