What is a Dahabia?
Traditional Egyptian Sailing yachts are called “Dahabia”. A Dahabiya is a metal sailing yacht built for cruising the Nile. These Boats are built to center life on deck during the charter. A spacious deck and a good size dining and lounging area and a comfortable cabin size are their main features. Accommodations from 1 to 8 persons in separate Triple or double cabins, each with a private toilet/shower are available.
Life on Board
You could lounge on the deck sunbathing, sipping your drink, read your favorite novel or explore the natural beauty of Egypt as you sail. Land trips to ancient ruins are included. Mealtimes are another form of entertainment with all that local Egyptian cuisine and wonderful conversation. Having a meal under the stars on the River Nile, its waters gently touching the sides of the boat is an experience not to be missed. For those who prefer a different view each day and are prepared for a different and unique cruise in Egypt, a holiday on a Dahabiya Nile Cruise is the perfect solution.
Day 1 – Welcome onboard your private sailing vessel. Meet The Captain and the crew, enjoy your welcome drink and Walk With your private Egyptologist / Tour Guide through the Markets of Esna to visit the magnificent temple of Khanom. Go Back to the Boat and enjoy your lunch as your Captain and crew set sail toward Edfu. At sunset, you will dock north of Edfu. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2 – At sunrise, the captain will start sailing to Edfu. You are expected to arrive at Edfu at about 11:00 AM. When arriving at Edfu, Your Private horse-drawn carriage will take you from the boat to Visit the Legendary Temple of Horus, the best-preserved in Egypt. After visiting the Temple, Explore the city of Edfu and then drive back to your boat. Start sailing and enjoy the great scenery of the local villages. Overnight at Elmerinat.
Day 3 – Morning Sail to Beautiful Gabal Elsisilah. Arrive about 1:00 PM, and then visit the ancient sandstone quarries, a beautiful off-the-beaten-track site.
Sail to Fares for an overnight. Enjoy watching the stars and the clear sky.
Day 4 – Start Sailing From Fares to Kom Ombo. Visit a Masterpiece of the Greco-Roman art in Egypt, the twin Temples of Horus the falcon god, and Sobek the crocodile god. See the Ancient carvings of the medical instruments, the mummified crocodile, and the preserved Nilometer.
Enjoy Shopping for Egyptian cotton Gallabeyas and T-shirts in the tourist market of Kom Ombo. Sail to Baklaweez where we will dock for the night.
Day 5 – We will sail from Baklaweez to Aswan. Arrive at Aswan at sunset.
Enjoy your Farewell Dinner and Local Dance with your Captain and crew. Overnight at Aswan.
Day 6 – Disembarkation after Breakfast. We thank you for traveling on and would love to see you here again.
Today is your free day to explore the Modern city and ancient monuments of Aswan
– The service of the Boat Captain and his crew (Sailor, Chief, Housekeeper)
– The Service of a private Egyptologist Tour Guide.
– The service of a towing motor Boat and its two crew members accompany your boat in case of emergency or lack of wind.
– Full board accommodation (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) your first Day start with lunch and the last day ends By Breakfast.
– Guided tours to Esna, Edfu, Gabal Elsilsilah and kom Ombo.
– Horse-drawn carriage ride in Edfu.
– Fuel, docking fees.
– All Taxes.
– Any Transfers or tours not mentioned in our itinerary.
– Beverage and any personal items.
– Tipping of Tour guides, Reps., Crew.
Specification: Dahabiya Nile Cruise – 6 Days 5 Nights