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Set Sail on the Perfect River Cruise with Sanctuary Retreats.

April 5, 2016 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 11 and 22 July 2016 and 2 and 13 August 2016, guests can enjoy 20% 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 $4,300 per person per cruise (normally $5,375).


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 largest and best appointed suites on the river on board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ Early Booking Offer. Book and pay in full three months before any 2016 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 (2 June – 1 September 2016); from US$935 per couple per cruise twin in the High Season (3 – 17 November 2025); and from US$396 per couple per cruise twin share in the Peak Season (4 September – 27 October 2016).


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.

Modelled on the opulent era of the 1920‘s and 30’s, Sanctuary Sun Boat III is the epitome of graceful luxury, and nowhere is this more keenly evident than within the elegant Royal Suites. At 36sqm, these spacious, yet cosy, suites ooze tranquillity, while their honeyed hues and dreamy four poster beds make them the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day with the pharaohs.

The 55sqm Royal Suites aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV likewise offer 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.

3-nights cruises from US$2,160 per person twin share in a Royal Suite aboard either the Sanctuary Sun Boat III or the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.

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