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May 16, 2017 River Cruising No Comments Email Email


Imagine the romance of drifting down a river, past ancient monuments and intriguing villages; sailing through epic, timeless landscapes; exploring some of the most incredible cultural and historical sites in the world. But with so many destinations to choose from, the biggest challenge for many travellers might simply be deciding which cruise to take.

In which case, luxury travel operator and river cruise expert, Sanctuary Retreats is here to make the decision a little easier. A river cruise with Sanctuary Retreats is a remarkable journey through history – combining sightseeing led by only the most knowledgeable guides, with time to relax on deck taking in the scenery along the banks of the Nile in Egypt, the Three Gorges area of China’s Yangzi River or the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers in Myanmar.

Here are our top river cruising experiences.  Read on for your next travel inspiration.


Luxury all suite cruise ship, Sanctuary Ananda, takes guests in style on voyages of breath-taking beauty and discovery along the great rivers of Myanmar: on the majestic Ayeyarwady from Bagan to Mandalay visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages and ancient towns almost to the Indian border.

For 10 and 11-night sailings aboard Sanctuary Ananda departing 26 July 2017 and 6, 17 and 27 August 2017, guests can enjoy 25% off all suite categories, with rates inclusive of accommodation, meals, soft drinks and local beer throughout the day, wine with dinner and the full programme of excursions and experiences.

From US$1,74.25 per person per cruise (normally from US$2,499).


Travel into the heart of China along the great Yangtze River. Explore the very best stretches of this immense waterway, including the Three Gorges; one of the most celebrated sections of the river, in the comfort of the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

The boutique river cruiser has recently been re-launched, following a comprehensive refurbishment, consolidating its position as the most luxurious ship on the Yangtze. Its 38 deluxe cabins are the largest entry-level cabins on the river, and its boast a further 20 suites and 4 specialty suites. All cabins and suites have private balconies, and the ship offers the highest crew to passenger ratio on the river of 1:1, ensuring the most dedicated and personalized service for passengers

Take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ Early Booking Offer. Book and pay in full three months before any 2017 sailing and receive a 25% discount and a free cabin upgrade for bookings made for the Shoulder and High seasons and a 10% discount for bookings made in the Peak season.

Save from US$675 per couple per cruise in the Shoulder Season (1 June – 7 September 2017); from US$935 per couple per cruise twin in the High Season (2 – 16 November 2017); and from US$396 per couple per cruise twin share in the Peak Season (10 September – 29 October 2017).

Terms and conditions apply. Offer not applicable to Jade, Mandarin, Celestial and Imperial Suites.


Follow the mighty Nile from Aswan to Luxor as it flows through the heart of Egypt aboard an award-winning Sanctuary Sun Boat, visiting highlights including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae and Luxor, as well more remote, but the equally spectacular Denderah, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples.

The 55sqm Royal Suites aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV offers an oasis of luxury for discerning travellers. With a private balcony for the perfect Nile views, the calm yet vibrant tones of the furnishings, creates a relaxing, colonial inspired ambience. State of the art entertainment facilities, as well as premium amenities, create the perfect union of indulgence, comfort and luxury.

Now is the time to indulge in a truly regal experience Nile cruising experience with Sanctuary Retreats. Right now you can enjoy savings of 35% on any 3-night sailing aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, with prices for a Royal Suite starting from just as US$1,404 per person twin share (normally from US$2,160).

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