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Nile Cruise aboard a Dahabiya

Dahabiya Nile Cruises

• from Esna to Aswan
• 6 days - 5 nights
• Departures all year round
• max. 10 double cabins
• most exclusive way to travel

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Safari boat cruises on Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser Cruises

• from Aswan or Abu Simbel
• 4 nights resp. 3 nights
• green safari boat
• only 6 double cabins!
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Living in Luxor - Dahabiya Nile Cruises: Dahabiya Bahira

Authentic dahabiyas (from the Arabic word for the "golden one") were and are built from wood and have no motors. They have to be light to be able to sail. The elegant timber construction of a dahabiya or an even smaller sandal limits the number of passengers which makes that kind of travelling relatively expensive but it guarantees unique and unforgettable holiday experiences: The dahabiya 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 a family environment and excellent food aboard. What else could be more restful?


Dates of departure:

  • every Monday
  • minimum number of pax: 2


Dahabiya Bahira with 8 cabins:

Dahabiya Bahira is an air-conditioned sailing boat. It has 8 double cabins with en suite shower rooms and small fridges, 2 of them are suites with private terraces.

Dahabiya Bahira
Dahabiya Bahira

Dahabiya Bahira
Dahabiya Bahira - Deck

Dahabiya Bahira
Dahabiya Bahira - Deck

Dahabiya Bahira
Dahabiya Bahira - Salon

Dahabiya Bahira
Dahabiya Bahira - Suite


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 typical and coloured villages. You will have the opportunity 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, especially in Luxor.

  • Day 1:
    Transfer from Luxor to Esna, boarding
    Visit of the Temple of Esna 
  • Day 2:
    Visit of the rock-cut tombs in Elkab
    Visit of the Temple in Edfu
  • Day 3
    Walk in the desert at Wadi Chat
  • Day 4
    Visit of the Chapel of Horemheb in Gebel el-Silsila
  • Day 5
    Visit of the Temple in Kom Ombo
  • Day 6
    After breakfast end of the cruise, transfer to Aswan downtown

Temple in Kom Ombo

During the night ...
the Dahabiya won't sail. It will anchor on the banks of Nile islands, where you will have your dinner off the beaten tourist track.

Because the Dahabiya sails without a motor, it is accompanied by a tug boat which pulls it in case of wind lack.



Included in the Services:

  • Transfer from Luxor to Esna
  • 5 nights in a double cabin with private bathroom
  • Full board with the best typical food including soft drinks
  • Desert walk


  • Price on request
  • Children at the age of 1 or 2 are free if sharing the cabin with their parents

Not included in the Services:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Transport to the temples as well as entrance fees and tour guides
  • Tips for the crew
  • Transfer from Aswan to Luxor


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


Our Service in Luxor:

We will pick you up at the airport in Luxor and transfer you the same or the next day to Esna, where you check in at your booked dahabiya. After your Nile cruise, we bring you back to Luxor - unless you decided to stay in Aswan or to visit the Temple in Abu Simbel, which we also organise for you with pleasure.


Travel Route:

┬ęGoogle - Travel route from Luxor to Aswan

Nile cruise:

(A) Luxor:
Arrival at the airport

(B) Esna:
Starting point of your dahabiya Nile cruise

(C) Aswan:
Endpoint of your dahabiya Nile cruise

Travel Preparation:

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

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