Guide to a Perfect trip in Egypt!
Donia Nile Boat
Imagine sailing down the Nile on a sailing ship that could have come straight out of an Agatha Christie film. Sitting out on the deck and enjoying amazing views whilst cruising leisurely down between the banks of the Nile aboard the first ever five stars Dahabeeyah sailing ships.
Dahabeeyah 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 Dahabiyya 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 acheived 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.
Dahabyea 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 refer to the small boat that is sailing in the River Nile, gonig 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.
|Boat type||Egyptian Dahabiya,two masts sailboat|
|Length||38 Meters, Width 6.5 Meters|
The Guest accommodation on the Ship comprises of 6 en-suite air conditioned cabins (max. occupancy 2 people) measuring 13sqm that can be set out with either two single beds or with a king-size bed. Each cabin is individually named, tastefully decorated and has three large windows so guests can have a great view of the Nile whilst enjoying the privacy of their own room. The cabins boast Egyptian cotton bedding, flat screen TV, and telephone with ample wardrobe and draw space. The bathrooms are equipped with a power shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. You also have your own steward who is responsible for helping to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible.
The Owner's Suite The Owner's suite is fully air-conditioned and spans the full width of the rear of the ship. The suite is measuring 21m2 with a beautiful Lounge that opens onto its own private terrace which affords panoramic views of the Nile, perfect for entertaining or "when you just want to be alone".
The Suite boasts Egyptian cotton bedding, telephone with ample wardrobe and draw space. The bathrooms are equipped with a power shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. It has all of the luxury fittings of the cabins but in a more spacious and sumptuous setting.
|Sundeck||The Upper Deck is the place to be for sun worshippers with sun beds and cool down shower. It has oriental seating, sun Lounger, two Pergolas decorated with Arabic style, one of them has a big bar serving Fresh juices and alcoholic, However Sundeck is for guests wanting to escape the heat of the sun it is partially shaded. We will take meals at our large banqueting table and relax on the comfortable deck furniture, or sip mint tea in our Arabic corner furnished with local carpets and cushions as well as Arabesque sofas.|
|Salon & Restaurant||The Salon is at the front of the ship and makes a delightful meeting place, as well as providing an alternative location for meals. Borrow a book or DVD from our library, play board games, watch major events on satellite TV or connect with the outside world with our onboard internet connection. The salon is also a place to meet your fellow guests for drinks at the bar before dinner and perhaps sip a digestive and discuss the events of the day late into the evening.|
-Every Friday from Luxor (Esna) to Aswan "05 days - 04 nights"
-Every Tuesday from Aswan to Luxor (Esna ) "04 days - 03 nights"
7 Cabins/ 14 persons.
Price range : $200- $250 per person per night
Every Tuesday for 5 nights / 6 days
|Luxor - Esna|
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
|Esna - Edfu|
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.
|Edfu - Silslea|
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.
|Silslea / Kom Ombo|
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.
|Kom Ombo / Aswan|
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