Dahabiya translated means Golden Boat in Egyptian. They were originally used by kings to travel on the Nile, and are beautifully crafted twin masted sailing ships. The five stars Dahabiya aims to give guests a more than luxurious stay. It is 36m long and has 4 en-suite cabins, a very large Suite complete with its own terrace. There is also a spacious salon lounge with bar and a 24m sundeck. A visit to Selsila temple can be achieved only with our dahabiyas.
Unlike the cruise ships, our Dahabyeas can berth at any suitable place on the banks of the Nile. This allows for a more flexible itinerary and a more enjoyable exploration of the river.
Dahabiya has many transcriptions some write it as dahabeah or dahabiah or dahabiyah or Dahabiya or Dahabeya and Dahabia but at the end they are all referring to the small boat that is sailing in the River Nile, going by the wind only ! imitating Kings and Queens from the past, we are here to let you feel as you are one of them
Guests will be able to enjoy the most fabulous European and Egyptian cuisine. It is a very romantic ship in a romantic setting. Guests will actually be able to reach down and touch the Nile as they sail in a wonderful tranquil silence and see sights that haven’t changed for a few thousand years – yet with all the modern comforts that first class travel offers.
The cruises are between Luxor and Aswan and will call at all the tourist highlights, such as Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo as well as some of the more unusual smaller villages that the larger ships can’t access.
Sightseeing in LXR to visit the Valley of the kings, Hatshepsut, Memenon Colossi , Karnak' Temple , then transfer to Esna and join the Boat , crew will welcome you on board and have your bags taken to your cabins. We will then set sail on your voyage to Aswan. Overnight close to El Hegz Island
Morning Sailing gently l en-route to Edfu; enjoy breakfast at your leisure, visit Edfu Temple by horse carriage, one of the largest and most intact of Egypt's monuments. Two beautiful granite statues of the Falcon God Horus flank the entrance. After your visit to the temple, either ride or walk through the bazaar, this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. We will then set sail for our private island "El Fouza" where we will disembark for dinner served to you on the edge of the Nile.
we set off for the relaxing journey to the temple of Gebel el Silsila, another of our less frequented destinations. You will be amazed as we tie up alongside the Speos of Hormheb. If possible dinner will be served in the grounds of the illuminated temple or on the upper deck of Boat whilst soaking up the tranquil atmosphere with music to match the mood.
Breakfast at your leisure as we sail on to Kom Ombo. Listen to the sounds of the water buffalo as they wade in the shallow water besides the banks of the Nile, the Donkeys as they go about their day to day business and the various bird life of the river. Here we visit to the Greco Roman Temple at Kom Ombo. The temple building is totally symmetrical with two entrance's two halls and two sanctuaries dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and the Crocodile God Sobek. Lunch will be served as we head for a small island where we will moor for the evening and enjoy dinner at this atmospheric location.
Enjoy the privilege and luxury of days gone by as we sail to Aswan, the gateway to Nubia and the Sudan. We should arrive around 10am, giving you plenty of time to visit some of the highlights such as the Temple of Philae and the Souk, and unfinished Obelisk You will have lots of time to prepare for our EGYPTIAN EVENING OF FUN, with Egyptian cuisine, Arabic Music. Dress in your bespoke Gallabeyah.
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the crew. Your luggage will be collected and will be ready for you to travel to your next destination