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Sailing Down the Nile in Egypt

Sailing down the Nile has been an enjoyable hobby for many Egyptians. Since ancient times and even until today, people from all age groups and different social backgrounds would love to take a boat from any sort, alone or with a company, in the morning or during the night and just relax watching the scenes going by sailing down the Nile.

In the recent years, Nile Cruise ships sailing from Luxor to Aswan, Vice versa, or from Aswan to the marvelous Temple of Abu Simble have become very popular among tourists who travel to Egypt.

The journey usually takes from 3 to 4 days, and sometimes 7 days for travelers who prefer spending a longer vacation and it starts off in Luxor or Aswan.

Many reasons encourage travelers who decide to visit Egypt to go on a Nile Cruise ship. These reasons include that those ships are extremely luxurious offering the guests with the best facilities, the highest standards of services, and one of the most convenient methods of traveling around Egypt.

Each of these Nile Cruise ships has a wonderful entertainment and monuments’ visits program that all the family members enjoy.

This program would usually include a delicious open buffet on full board basis; including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Every night in the Nile Cruise would be a pleasant evening with a party or an activity being carried out every night. One night the traveler would find himself dressed as a traditional Egyptian peasant or as a Pharaonic king in the costume party with many games and competitions the ship organizes. Another evening, the traveler would enjoy watching a belly dance and oriental show, and maybe another evening would be spent in a cocktail party. All tourists enjoy these wonderful parties especially the children.

Another big advantage of Nile Cruise ships is that it enables the tourists to explore all the highlights located in the cities of Luxor and Aswan and even the important monuments located between the two cities.

The visits would often include discovering the Temples of Luxor and Karnak in Luxor, the Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the High Dam in Aswan, and the Temples of Sobek in Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus in Edfu located between Luxor and Aswan.

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The Dahabeya

The latest invention or let us say recreation of the Egyptians to make the Nile Cruise journeys even more enjoyable is the reuse of the Dahabeya style ships.

Many tourists would wonder what is a Dahabeya exactly? The Dahabeya was an elegant style of boats that the royal family of Egypt and the Egyptian aristocrats used during the beginning of the 20th century, the 1920s till the 1940s, to cruise the Nile.

The name Dahabeya was actually derived from the word Dahab, meaning gold in Arabic, a name that these ships have got from the first Dahabeya ships that used to sail in Egypt in the beginning of the 20th century and they were golden colored.

A group of friends or a family would rent these wonderful boats and have a wonderful vacation exploring the Pharaonic temples of ancient Egypt.

These superb boats had a wonderful sense of privacy for the top class of Egypt in the beginning of the 20th century. The boat, with only 5 to 10 cabins, hosted only a limited number of passengers making the travelers feel cozy and at home.

Imagine these wonderful wooden crafted elegant boats sailing smoothly in the Nile moving from one historical site to the other while the tourists relax and enjoy the Breeze of the Nile and watching the Egyptian peasants in their daily life activities.

These Dahabeya boats are quite magnificent and they have a magic of their own making the tourists feel as if they belonged to the royal family of Egypt in the last century. This was why the Egyptians revived these Dahabeya ships to serve the travelers to cruise the Nile in a style that can never be found anywhere else.

A lot of tourists visit Egypt to take pleasure in the wonderful experience of sailing down the Nile. However, some of them would not be pleased with the large ships that host hundred of passengers.

These travelers are unique as they prefer an ambiance that is different, stylish, and romantic. This is why sailing in one of the Dahabeya boats is recommended for any couple dreaming to have a passionate honeymoon sailing down the Nile in the style of kings and queens.

These Dahabeya boats, designed in the colonial type of boat architecture with the marvelous old Egyptian decoration are quite startling.  The cabins are spacious, stylishly furnished and ornamented making the guests feel they belong to royal class and to another period of time.   

The Dahabeya Nile Cruise boats are designed for those who love to experience something different than any other normal tourist. They are designed for the travelers who prefer to spend their vacation in class exactly like the former royal family of Egypt. Among the most fabulous advantages of sailing in a Dahabeya ship is that the ship would only host from 10 to 25 passengers at most giving it a sense of coziness and privacy that would difficultly be found in other larger ships in Egypt

Because of its size and light weight, the Dahabeya boats would give the chance to the tourists to visit and explore monuments that can never be reached by larger ships like temples of the Gebel El Silsila for example.  Sailing down the Nile in a historically designed and decorated ship does not mean the tourist will have to sacrifice any of the modern equipments or facilities that are found in the larger Nile Cruise ships. Every service, facility, or equipment a tourist might think of will be found in his Dahabeya ship. This is why the Dahabeya would be a wonderful choice for a superb vacation.

We have the honor to provide out guests with four marvelous Dahabeya ships, with each of them having its own kind of magic and charm