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Dahabeya Nile Cruises:

Nile Cruise aboard a DahabeyaDahabeya Trips from Esna to Aswan
• 6 days - 5 nights
• Departure any time, book in up to 10 days before
• Full board
Interested?

Sandal Nile Cruises:

Nile Cruise aboard a Small Dahabeya, called SandalSandal Trips from Luxor to Aswan
• Only 3 double cabins
• Full board
• Departure any time, book in up to 10 days before
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Lake Nasser Cruises:

Safari boat cruises on Lake Nasser• from Aswan or Abu Simbel
• 4 nights resp. 3 nights
• aboard a safari boat with only 6 double cabins!
• Nubian Temples
Read more and ask for our price!

Luxor West Bank - Dahabeya Nile Cruises:
Sandal SB, Sandal ST I, Sandal ST II

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Authentic dahabeyas (from the Arabic word for the "golden one") were and are built from wood and have no motors. They have to be light in order to be able to sail. The elegant timber construction limits the number of passengers what makes that kind of travelling relatively expensive but it guarantees unique and unforgettable holiday experiences: The dahabeya or the even smaller sandal glides silently along the banks of the River Nile, the water sloshes softly at the bow, you can see rare birds, listen to the sounds of the nature, open yourself to the passing scenery, and meet people who live from and with the Nile while you enjoy family environment and excellent food aboard. What else could be more relaxing?

Sandal SB - Deck
 Sandal SB - Deck


Sandal SB:

The dahabeya is named after the powerful ancient Egyptian crocodile god Sobek who first came out of the waters of chaos to create the world.
"Sandal SB" has a comfortable upper deck and 6 double cabins.

Sandal SB
 Sandal SB

Sandal Sobbek - Deck
 Sandal SB - Deck

Sandal SB - cabin
 Sandal SB - Cabin

Sandal SB - Bathroom Sandal SB - Deck
 Sandal SB - Bathroom           Sandal SB - Deck


Travel Programme:

During the day ...
you will alternate between navigation and walks on the banks of the River Nile. You will meet the inhabitants of small typical and coloured villages. You will visit Baharif, Iqlit, Bachir, El Hoch, Farès, Baklaouis as well as local markets. Also, you will have the oppotunity to visit ancient Egyptian sites: the necropolis at El Kab with rock-cut tombs, the Kom Ombo Temple dedicated to the Crocodile God, Sobek, and the Falcon God, Horus, the Edfu Temple of Horus, the Philae Temple built for Isis and the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila, which provided stones for the main temples of Egypt, specially in Luxor.

During the night ...
the dahabeya won't sail. It will anchor on the banks of Nile islands, where you will have your dinner off the beaten tourist track around wood fire and typical Nubian songs.


Included in the Services:

  • 1 overnight stay at a hotel on the West Bank of Luxor (bed and breakfast)
  • Transfer from Luxor to Esna or Edfu resp. Aswan
  • During the cruise overnight stay in a double cabin with private bathroom
  • Full board with the best typical food including soft drinks
  • Escort by an Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees for the tombs of El Kab, the temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae as well as for the quarries of Gebel El Silsila
  • Transfer back to Luxor
  • 1 overnight stay at a hotel on the West Bank of Luxor (bed and breakfast)
  • Price per person:
    • 3 nights (from Aswan to Esna or Edfu) price on request
    • 4 nights (from Edfu to Aswan) price on request
    • 5 nights (from Esna to Assuan) price on request
  • Attendance: at least 4 persons

Travel time:
Dahabeya Nile cruises take place from 15th of October to 15th of May.

Any time you may book an additonal excursion to Abū Simbel or a longer stay in Luxor - either in a holiday apartment or a hotel on the west bank.

Aboard the dahabeya no alcoholic beverages are served. Nevertheless, you can bring any in small quantities.
Because the dahabeya sails without motor it is accompanied by a tug boat which pulls it in case of wind lack.

Sandal ST I:

Sothis was an ancient Egyptian sky goddess which was the deification of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and cared for the annual floods. The dahabeyas Sothis I and II are named after her.
Sothis I has a cosy upper deck and 5 cabins for max. 12 persons (cabins for 2 or 3 persons).
Travel programme and services are the same as stated above.

Sandal ST I
 Sandal ST I

Sandal ST I - Deck
 Sandal ST I - Deck

Dandal Sothis I - Double cabin
 Sandal ST I - Double cabin

Sandal ST II:

Sothis II also has a comfortable upper deck. It has only 3 double cabins and is the smallest dahabeya of the sailing boats.
Travel programme and services are the same as stated above.

Sandal ST II
 Sandal ST II

Sandal Sotthis II - Cabin
 Sandal ST II - Cabin

Sandal Sotthis II - Salon
 Sandal ST II - Salon

Not yet just the thing for you?
Go to the list of all available dahabeyas...

Our Service in Luxor:

We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel on the west bank of Luxor where you spend 1 night. The next morning you will be transfered to Esna/Edfu or Aswan where you check in at your booked dahabeya. After your Nile cruise we bring you back again to the hotel on the west bank of Luxor - unless you decided to stay in Aswan or to visit the Temple in Abū Simbel what we also organise for you with pleasure.

Travel Route:

(c)Google - Travel route from Luxor to Aswan

Nile cruise for 4 or 5 days:

(A) Luxor:
Arrival at the airport
Transfer to the hotel
Transfer from the hotel to Esna/Edfu

(B) Esna / (C) Edfu:
Starting point of your Dahabeya Nile cruise

(D) Aswan:
Endpoint of your Dahabeya Nile cruise

Nile cruise for 3 days:

Travel Preparation:

Travel Egypt Nile Cruise Travel Egypt Nile Cruise ~ Janet Wood
M. J. Wood, 2006

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