Deluxe Dahabiya Cruise on the Nile
Yachts on the Nile. Cruise the same way the Pharaohs did. Private Egyptologist, Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur. Starts every Saturday in either Luxor or Aswan. An eight day / seven night journey.
Sonesta Dahabiya, the latest addition to the Sonesta Nile Cruises portfolio, combines comfort and beauty in a most inspiring way, promising a remarkable, rewarding cruise experience of legendary hospitality. The Sonesta Dahabiya will take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era in a 7-night cruise experience between Luxor and Aswan. A unique experience down the Nile by traditional small sailing vessel that was commonly used during those elegant days of the monarchy (1920s – 40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers loved to cruise the Nile in style. We’ve revived those elegant days with modern comforts and conveniences.
Being part of the Sonesta Nile Cruise’s high-scale brand portfolio of deluxe service Nile cruisers, facilities aboard the Sonesta Dahabiya are endless, including a stylish lounge, an open-air oriental style jacuzzi, a spacious and partially shaded sundeck.
Offering 5 deluxe cabins and 2 elegant suites (with private terrace), Dahabiya allows you to experience an imaginary world of luxury and privacy. All cabins and suites feature private direct-dial telephones, individual climate control. hairdryers, mini-bars, safety deposit boxes, plasma TVs and movie programs.
Day 1: Saturday – Luxor (or Aswan)
Transfer is included in Luxor from: Your hotel or Luxor Airport (Please advise your arrival details). Private Chauffeur. Private air-conditioned vehicle for your transfer. Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed dahabiya.
Today we visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing 28th Dynasty Luxor Temple, and Luxor Museum, then on to: Deir El Medinah is on Luxor’s west bank you get a totally different perspective on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers’ settlement of Deir el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed and decorated the tombs.
Here we’ll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt might not have been a workers’ paradise, we’ll see that artisans and builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement in its tour and cruise programs. If you wish to add a very unique experience of touring the only fully restored royal tomb of Her Majesty Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses the Great, please click here.
- Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur
- Overnight moored on the Nile banks of Luxor.
- Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak. Please bring a jacket.
- Cabin amenity for tonight: A fruit basket awaits you in your cabin with our compliments.
Day 2: Sunday
Today we head to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu, the Ramesseum and the Colossi of Memnon. In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Luxor souks and water front. Overnight moored in Luxor.
Cabin amenity for tonight: Kartouches with your names in Hieroglyphic with our compliments. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 3: Monday – We Include the Tour to Esna Temple.
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, we sail to Esna, go through Esna Locks. Private guide to visit Esna Temple. Cabin amenity for tonight: Egyptian sweets platter. With our compliments. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 4: Tuesday – On Board Your Nile Cruise
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu. Overnight moored beside a Nile island. Cabin amenity for tonight: Galabya (the local flowing traditional garb),with our compliments. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 5: Wednesday- On Board Your Nile Cruise
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun. Overnight moored beside a Nile island. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 6: Thursday – Aswan – Soheil Island
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya moors overnight. Upon arrival we invite our interested guests to a short camel ride to a nearby Nubian Village. Time permitting we may be able to go to Soheil Island. In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Aswan souks and waterfront. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 7: Friday – Aswan
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction. We tour the Nubian Museum before heading back to the Sonesta dahabiya.
For nature lovers we include a tour of the Botanical Garden Island in Aswan (while others will simply have you sail around the island without setting foot on it!), then we go on to Gharb Sehail and tour some of the mini nature protected Islands in the middle of the Nile with sandy beaches and beautiful rare plants.
Evening Sound and Light show at Philae Temple. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur.
Day 8: Saturday – Aswan
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out. We’ll disembark at Aswan after breakfast. You’ll continue your travel homeward, or perhaps you’ll choose to linger for a few days where royalty have traditionally spent a winter in the fine, dry climate amid splendid dining and entertainment. Add Cairo stay and Abu Simbel. Click here for Sonesta Dahabiya – ASWAN to LUXOR Itinerary.
|Rates in USD$ (Rates are per cabin)|
|Double or single cabin||USD $ 5075.00|
|Peak Season period (Rates are Per Cabin)|
|Double or single cabin||USD $ 5950.00|
|Rate for Easter will be valid for 2 weeks during Easter. Rate for Christmas and New Year (Dec 20 – Jan 1).|
|Rates for the suite with private balcony (This is the total per suite not per person)|
|Double or single cabin: Total for the SUITE||USD $ 18,325 USD|
- All transfers in Luxor and Aswan, always on a private basis.
- Private: Guided sightseeing including all entrance fees, all as per itinerary. (please note that other competitors offer this based on group touring)
- Private air-conditioned vehicle with a private chauffeur.
- Pre set meals as listed including B = Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast), L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Tea/ coffee and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise
- One large bottle of water (for each guest) delivered to your cabin daily while on board the cruise.
- One small bottle of water for each guest, with each meal, every day while on board the cruise
- An Egyptian Galabiya (100% Egyptian Cotton) with our compliments, delivered to your cabin
- A welcome fruit basket, awaits you in your cabin upon arrival with our compliments.
Rate Does Not Includes:
- Travel Insurance.
- International air fare from / to your home country.
- Domestic air fare within Egypt.