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Dahabiya Nile cruise sailing

This itinerary incorporates an extra special and exclusive Nile Cruise called the Dahabeya Sandrine. The difference between this boat and other cruises is that of privacy and the fact that this is a brand new modern vessel. It is fantastic couples and families wanting to discover the Nile on a Dahabiya sailboat, but also for honeymoons as well as wedding anniversaries or a closed group of family or friends wanting a private space for their special trip.

You will explore Egyptian culture, history, flora and fauna. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nile, visit authentic temples, secret islands and small villages. Stop in the fascinating towns and cities of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.

Highlights

⛵️  Sail the Nile on a private boat

👙  Laze on the sundeck or in the jacuzzi

🧕🏽  Visit Ramadi Village and other cultural delights

🏝  Discover Fawaza and Beshir Islands

📷  Gorgeous sightseeing and views right from your sun lounger

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 (Saturday) - Arrival in Luxor

Upon arrival at Luxor Airport, our representative and guide will welcome you and transfer you into Luxor for a visit to the fantastic East Bank, the wonderful Karnak and Luxor temples. After the visit, board Sandrine Dahabiya and start your sailing journey to Esna. Overnight at the  Sandrine Dahabiya on Full Board Basis.

Day 2 - Exploring the Nile

Enjoy a full day of sailing in the Nile and visit amazing off the path sites on your way such as El Hegz, El Kab village or the gorgeous Fawaza Island. Whilst you marvel at the beauty of the Nile why not laze on the sundeck or in the Jacuzzi!

Day 3 - Off the beatten path island discovery

Enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard and have a closer look to the local life in Ramadi Village. Continue your sailing journey while enjoying lunch at the lovely sundeck. This afternoon visit interesting rock-cut temples in Jebel El Silsila before sailing to the beautiful Beshir Island.

Day 4 - Kom Ombo temple

This morning set sail to Kom Ombo to visit the unique twin temple before hopping back on board to sail to Heradib. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route before a fantastic sail afternoon to Aswan enjoying the stunning Nile landscapes, peaceful ambiance and the comfort of your fantastic Dahabiya.

Day 5 - ASWAN, the always sunny city

Set sail to Aswan and enjoy breakfast en route before visiting the charming temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. This afternoon and evening is at leisure to enjoy the comfort of your Dahabiya or sightseeing the interesting city of Aswan.

Recomended tours: Trip to a Nubian Village & Felucca ride on the Nile

Day 6 - Visit Abu Simbel temples

This morning you are free to sleep in, kick back and relax. Enjoy the stunning views around you and the opportunity to visit the Abu Simbel Temples. Dig into lunch on board as you set sail to the lovely town of Edfu.

Day 7 - EDFU & ESNA

After breakfast head to shore and visit the well preserved temple of Edfu dedicated to Horus, the falcon God. Hope back on board and enjoy the peaceful sail trip to Esna where you will visit one of the most famous Ancient Egyptian temples.

Day 8 - Explore the Valley of the Kings and West bank

Enjoy your delicious breakfast on board before check out from Sandrine Dahabiaya. Afterwards, explore with your guide the fascinating West Bank of Luxor which includes the fascinating Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Hatshepsut temple before your transfer to Luxor airport to catch your flight back home. Safe travels!

Details -

  • Based on low-season rates
  • The Dahabiya Sandrine can be booked alone or it can be combined with a Cairo or beach extension.
  • Sandrine cruises depart on Sundays from Luxor and on Wednesdays/Thursdays from Aswan.
  • Subject to Availability
  • All prices are correct at the time of writing

What's included?

INCLUDED
  • Transfers from and to Luxor Airport
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing with the service of an English Speaking Guide
  • 7 nights accommodation on the Dahabiya Sandrine on Full Board Basis as specified including soft drinks
  • All excursions, meals and activities mentioned in the itinerary
EXCLUDED
  • International flights. You can get flights from as little as £400 per person return depending on the season.
  • Egypt entry visa.  On arrival visa fee is US$25, payable in pounds sterling, US dollars or euros.
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This itinerary incorporates an extra special and exclusive Nile Cruise called the Dahabeya Sandrine. The difference between this boat and other cruises is that of privacy and the fact that this is a brand new modern vessel. It is fantastic couples and families wanting to discover the Nile on a Dahabiya sailboat, but also for honeymoons as well as wedding anniversaries or a closed group of family or friends wanting a private space for their special trip.

You will explore Egyptian culture, history, flora and fauna. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nile, visit authentic temples, secret islands and small villages. Stop in the fascinating towns and cities of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.

Highlights

⛵️  Sail the Nile on a private boat

👙  Laze on the sundeck or in the jacuzzi

🧕🏽  Visit Ramadi Village and other cultural delights

🏝  Discover Fawaza and Beshir Islands

📷  Gorgeous sightseeing and views right from your sun lounger

Cairo
Cairo, the Capital of Egypt with a total population in excess of 16 million people is where we would suggest you would begin and end your Egypt holiday. This metropolitan city is one of the largest in Africa, the largest in the Middle East and the 15th largest in the world! Cairo is often associated with ancient Egypt where you can visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. As well as these there are gorgeous historical sites such as the Islamic city, Old Cairo and the Egyptian Museum. Although firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant and modern society with some areas being described as “Paris on the Nile” built in the 19th Century. An ideal place to base yourself at the beginning and end of your Egypt holiday.
Aswan
Heading south along the River Nile beyond Luxor, lies the smaller city of Aswan. Here, the river is wide, slow and beautiful surrounded by colourful local villages that feature the traditional lives of the Nubians. A quiet and beautiful area is the perfect place to stay in Egypt for your cultural and scenic views fix.
Luxor
Luxor continues to have an ancient feel and look, located in the Southern Nile Valley otherwise known as the “Land of the Pharaohs” and the “worlds greatest open-air museum”. Here you will find ruins of temple complexes connected by an avenue of sphinxes over one and a half miles long all standing within a modern city.

On the West Bank of the Nile, most of the ruins and tombs still remain, including the Valley of the Kings, which contains the famous Tomb of Tutankhamen and the stunning Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Nearby, a number of ancient temples and Theban necropolis are located: the Temple of Medinat Habu, Colossi of Memnon, the Ramesseum, Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Nobles. A stay in Luxor with us is sure to fill your historical appetite.
Hurghada
Relax at the end of your holiday with a few nights on the shores of the Red Sea. Enjoy the fantastic weather all year long, paradisiac white sanded beaches with turquoise waters and colourful corals and colourful fish!

Soak up the sun on the beach or jump on a jet ski and get the adrenaline running!

Whatever your preference, the Red Sea is the perfect place to wind down after an unforgettable trip.
Sharm El Sheikh
Relax at the end of your holiday with a few nights on the shores of the Red Sea. Enjoy the fantastic weather all year long, paradisiac white sanded beaches with turquoise waters and colourful corals and colourful fish!

Soak up the sun on the beach or jump on a jet ski and get the adrenaline running!

Whatever your preference, the Red Sea is the perfect place to wind down after an unforgettable trip.
Alexandria
Alexandria was one of the most important metropolis of the ancient world and highly influenced by the ancient Greeks. This significant city was home of the famous lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Great Library (the largest in the ancient world); and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.
Esna
Esna Temple, or, also known as Temple of Khnum, is dedicated to the god Khnum, his consorts Menhit and Nebtu, their son, Heka, and the goddess Neith. Well known for its remarkable beauty and the magnificence of its architecture.
Edfu
Edfu Temple, dedicated to the falcon God, is one of the best-preserved temples of the Greco Roman era and the two beautiful granite statues of the falcon god Horus towering over the entrance as you walk in.
Kom Ombo
Temple of Kom Ombo. The unusual Kom Ombo temple has two identical entrances, hypostyle halls, and sanctuaries. Explore the exceptional beautiful temple of Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and Sobek (Crocodile God). The temple was built with two symmetric entrances, halls, and sanctuaries; it is the only double temple all over Egypt.
Abu Simbel
The main attraction is the great sun temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Queen Nefertari. Both temples were discovered in 1813 it was almost completely covered with sand. Then both temples were moved in 1960 by the help of Egyptian government and UNESCO to avoid the rising water of the Nile. Ramses II built the temple mostly to honour himself as inside there is a mural depicting his famous victory at Kadesh battle where his army defeated his enemies. On the north of Ramses temple, the Nefertari Temple which was built by Ramses II to his favourite wife Queen Nefertari among other 200 wives and concubines.
Gebel Silsela
Here lies the old Pharaonic quarries of Silsela and the off-the-path rock-cut Temple of Hormoheb.
Abydos
The ancient Egyptian believed of God (Lord of the underworld) to be buried here. The temple was built by King Seti I, and completed by King Ramsess II, known as the temple of Seti I.The paintings of the Gods and Pharaohs on the walls of the Osiris Temple at Abydos are among the most beautifully preserved in Egypt.
Dendera
Temple of Hathor is situated here- goddess of love and joy.

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