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Dahabiya on the Nile


El Bey (His Lordship) -or Sinesta Dahabiya or similar  

 

 

Itinerary - Each Saturday from Luxor or Aswan

The journey lasts Eight Days / seven nights

Sample Deck Plan of  the four  Dahabias

Dahabias Rates - Photo Gallery - Sample Deck plan - Add Air Fare from Cairo or Sharm El Sheikh

All are available for private charter

Neues Angebot: Royal Cleopatra Kreuzfahrt auf dem Nil -Luxus auf dem Nil - Royal Cleopatra Stilvoll den Nil befahren

 


Luxor to Aswan Sailing Itinerary

 

Day 1: Saturday - Add flights from Sharm El Sheikh or Cairo ? Click here
Provide us with your arrival details into Luxor, we will be happy to provide you with a complimentary transfer from the airport or the train station to the cruise .
Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed Dahabbiya.

After lunch, excursion to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon.

Overnight moored on the Nile banks of Luxor.

 

 

Day 2: Sunday
You will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing 28 th Dynasty Luxor Temple.

Overnight moored in Luxor.

 

 

Day 3: Monday - Private Guide Tour Esna Temple
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna where your dahabiyya will moor overnight. Private Guide Tour Esna Temple

 

 

Day 4: Tuesday
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu.

Overnight moored beside a Nile island.

 

 

Day 5: Wednesday
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun.
Overnight moored beside a Nile island.

 

 

Day 6: Thursday
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiyya moors overnight.

 

 

Day 7: Friday
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902) and the ' unfinished obelisk', lying in situ since the days of the pharaohs. You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.

 

Day 8: Saturday
Breakfast aboard the dahabiyya ,check-out disembarkation. Complimentary transfer to the airport or train station or your hotel in Luxor .

 

 

 

Honeymoon in Egypt, Honeymoon Cruise, Belly Dance show
Come to Egypt and enjoy your private honeymoon or Anniversary cruise

Aswan to Luxor Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday

Provide us with your arrival details into Aswan , we will be happy to provide you with a complimentary transfer from the airport or the train station to the cruise .
Embarkation in Aswan for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed dahabiyya. Overnight, the ship moors on the Nile banks of Aswan

 

Day 2: Sunday
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902) and the ' unfinished obelisk', lying in situ since the days of the pharaohs. You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.

Overnight moored in Aswan.

 

Day 3: Monday
Morning sail to Kom Ombo to see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun.

Overnight moored beside a Nile island.

 

Day 4: Tuesday
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu.

Overnight moored beside an island.

 

Day 5: Wednesday- Esna Private Guide tour Esna Temple
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna, and onwards to Luxor, where your dahabiyya moors overnight. Private Guide Tour Esna Temple

 

Day 6 : Thursday
Excursion to the West Bank to visit the great burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, Medinet Habu Temple and the Colossi of Memnon.

Overnight moored in Luxor.

 

Day 7: Friday
This morning you will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing 28th Dynasty Luxor Temple.

Overnight moored in Luxor.

 

Day 8: Saturday
Breakfast aboard the dahabiyya , check-out disembarkation. Complimentary transfer to the airport or train station or your hotel in Luxor .

 

 

Many visitors come to Egypt to fulfill their dream of sailing the Nile on board a private boat.
These Four Dahabbiya allow you to experience the Nile 's romance in an intimate, privileged setting. These dahabiyas take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era.

With shallow drafts, sails, and oars, feluccas could navigate not only the great river, but the maze of canals threading through its banks, with or without wind, reaching every part of the kingdom.

Dahabbiyas / Feluccas long ago transcended their role as humble transports. They held the ancient empire together, carrying troops, decrees, and the very mystery of the pharaoh.

 


Along the way, we moor on un-inhabited Nile islands, whose virgin landscapes have hardly changed throughout millennia. Wandering the gardens and Nile islands is an idyllic pastime, and the perfect compliment to your visits to Egypt 's matchless monuments.


The Dahabbiyas are beautifully crafted wooden ships, outfitted in colonial style with oriental and Egyptian touches. The interiors boast period furnishing, and each cabin has its own distinct style and interior .

 

 

The Cabins:
Each boat has six delightfully appointed private cabins measuring 5.75 meters x 2.50 meters . The cabins (maximum occupancy two persons) have private bathrooms of 1.25 meters x 2.50 meters with a wc, wash basin, shower and hairdryer. Some cabins offer two single beds and others have a double. Each Dahabia comfortably accommodates twelve passengers sharing in doubles . Yet of course in a lot of cases we have smaller parties that prefer to charter the boat for four, five or six guests only .

The cabins are named them in keeping with the ship's theme. For example, on the Zahra ('flower') you will find the 'white lotus' cabin; on the Nesma ('breeze') you have 'the zephyr', each with tasteful, individualized embellishments.

 

Start Weekly on Saturday:
The program starts every Saturday in either Luxor or Aswan, and the journey lasts seven nights.

The trip includes visits to sites in ancient Thebes (the Valley's of the Kings and Queens), the Luxor and Karnak temples, as well as Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. Entrance fees for the monuments are all inclusive.

In addition to these historical sites, guests will visit less frequented monuments and enjoy field excursions to villages and open countryside. In short, we promise our guests a unique, tranquil journey on sailboats fit for a king or a Pharaoh !

A skilled river captain is on board at all times . A guide is at your disposal to plan your itinerary and escort you through the sites you choose to visit. The crew has completely separate quarters, to ensure your privacy.

 

 

What to Pack:
Most of the year look forward to warm, even hot weather in Luxor & Aswan, morning & evenings are cooler. For Shore excursions, we suggest comfortable cotton & natural fabric lightweight clothing. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.  Lightweight comfortable & casual clothing. Swimsuits, sun hat.

 


 

Honeymoon in Egypt, Honeymoon Cruise, Belly Dance show
Come to Egypt and enjoy your private honeymoon or Anniversary cruise

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Royal Yacht Cruise on the Nile

Cruise the Nile the same way the Pharaohs and Sultans did

 

 

 

Daily Telegraph
Peter Hughes
Saturday 13 May 2006

'Going with the flow'

...'The riad I found was not in the city but on the Nile. It's a dahabiya, a traditional, two-masted Nile sailing cruiser. Anywhere else it would be called a yacht. King Farouk had several. So if a riad is a small princely palace on land - now given over to holidaymaking - a dahabiya is a riad on the river...'

...'Mahogany panelled and with two faux-glass oil lamps swinging from the beams - a perfect touch for a sailing ship - the look was of a colonial club. Hercule Poirot could have popped up at any moment. There were button-back leather sofa and chairs, an antique bookcase and Scrabble, and tables where we ate when the weather was too chilly for the deck. The food was outstandingly good...'

...' While the bigs ships charged by as if permanently late, the El Bey moved at the same courtly pace as the Nile - slow enough to enable us to smell woodsmoke from the villages and watch the kingfishers hover. Under our isosceles sails we were as much a curiosity as the boys laying fishing nets and the women doing laundry, the donkey carts and buffalo. But it was the sight of some 40 huge cruise boats, moored in ranks, cheek by gunwale up to 10 deep, at the pretty little temple of Kom Ombo that made the greatest sense of dahabiya travel. The dahabiyas dont take you to sites different from the norm, but they do take you in irresistibly different style...'

...'The greatest compliment to the El Bey was that, for all the wonders of ancient Egypt, shown to us by our own guide, the part of the week my fellow passengers enjoyed most was the time on the river...'



WITH UPWARDS OF SEVENTY ILLUSTRATIONS ENGRAVED ON WOOD BY G. PEARSON
AFTER FINISHED DRAWINGS EXECUTED ON THE SPOT BY THE AUTHOR.

 

Amelias drawing of Abu Simbel Temple , A Thousand Mile up the Nile
Amelia;s own drawing of Abu Simbel Temples in Nubia

PREFACE
TO THE SECOND EDITION

FIRST published in 1877, this book has been out of print for several years. I have therefore very gladly revised it for a new and cheaper edition. In so revising it, I have corrected some of the historical notes by the light of later discoveries; but I have left the narrative untouched. Of the political changes which have come over the land of Egypt since that narrative was written, I have taken no note; and because I in no sense offer myself as a guide to others, I say nothing of the altered conditions under which most Nile travellers now perform the trip. All these things will be more satisfactorily, and more practically, learned from the pages of Baedeker and Murray.

AMELIA B. EDWARDS.

WESTBURY-ON-TRYM,
October 1888.

PREFACE
TO THE SECOND EDITION

FIRST published in 1877, this book has been out of print for several years. I have therefore very gladly revised it for a new and cheaper edition. In so revising it, I have corrected some of the historical notes by the light of later discoveries; but I have left the narrative untouched. Of the political changes which have come over the land of Egypt since that narrative was written, I have taken no note; and because I in no sense offer myself as a guide to others, I say nothing of the altered conditions under which most Nile travellers now perform the trip. All these things will be more satisfactorily, and more practically, learned from the pages of Baedeker and Murray.

AMELIA B. EDWARDS.

WESTBURY-ON-TRYM,
October 1888.

 

Chapter 2

...................................But the difficulties were all over now, and everything was settled ; though not in the way we had at first intended. For in place of a small boat, we had secured one of the largest on the river ; and instead of going alone, we had decided to throw in our lot with that of three other travellers. One of these three was already known to the Writer. The other two, friends of the first, were on their way out from Europe, and were not expected in Cairo for another week. We knew nothing of them but their names.

Meanwhile L. and the Writer, assuming sole possession of the dahabeeyah, were about to start ten days in advance ; it being their intention to push on as far as Rhoda (the ultimate point then reached by the Nile railway), and there to await the arrival of the rest of the party. Now Rhoda (more correctly Roda) is just one hundred and eighty miles south of Cairo ; and we calculated upon seeing the Sakkârah pyramids, the Turra quarries, the tombs of Beni Hassan, and the famous grotto of the Colossus on the Sledge, before our fellow-travellers should be due.

 

 



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