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Sleek & Chic Afloat | Zein Nile Chateau, Luxe River Cruise, Egypt

August 20, 2010

By Dian Hasan | August 19, 2010

It’s been a well-kept secret among discerning travelers that the best way to see Egypt and her magnificent pyramids and temple ruins is on a slow boat, meandering across the mighty Nile. All done in style, at a stratospheric luxe quotient.

Similar to other luxe river cruises, MV Aqua in Amazon (in Peru), and Zambezi Queen River in Africa, the Zein Nile Chateau is Egypt’s answer to bespoke cruise experience. An elegant way to see Egypt is by a “dahabieh” private vessel, operated by Abercrombie & Kent.

Being the first dahabieh built to international luxury standards it is complete with air conditioning, graceful expansive windows and a décor inspired by Egyptian history. Consisting of four rooms and two suites that can accomadate 12 guests, “The Zien Nile Chateau” docks virtually everywhere.

While going up and down the river Nile you can go beyond Luxor and Valley of the Kings. Also can be seen is ‘The Temple of Horembeb’ that is cut into riverside rocks at Gebel Silsila, and then there is the pre- dynastic capital of Upper Egypt. El-Kab has tombs and temples dedicated to the vulture goddess Nekhbet.

Ahmed Faud, the son of King Farouk was the first guest to enter the suite named after his father located on the upper deck of Zien Nile Chateau. It is very spacious and extravagant suite with panoramic windows and replicas of Egyptian royal artifacts. Additionally there is a cigar lounge, a library, a dining room and an Arabian style ‘sky lounge’. This seven night charter for 12 guests start at $29,600 and more information can be found at Abercrombie & Kent Tailor Made Private Travel.

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