5 nights Sailing Boat
These river-going sailboats were common in Egypt in the days of the monarchy (1920s-40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travelers loved to cruise the Nile in style. They rented the boats for weeks at a time, and made their way from temple to temple enjoying the river breeze. The boats had four to ten cabins, bathrooms and a host of servants. The Dahabiyya's were popular amongst those who wished to enjoy Egypt at a leisurely pace, to drink in the landscapes, and peruse the monuments and villages on the riverbanks.
We've revived those elegant days, but with modern comforts and conveniences.
Many visitors come to Egypt expressly to fulfill their dream of sailing the Nile. Most of them have been obliged to do this on large, fast-moving cruise boats. Dahabiyyat allow you to experience the Nile 's romance in an intimate, privileged setting. Relying on the soft river currents, Dahabiyyat take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era.
The Nile has inspired poets, painters and writers with good reason. Without it, Egypt, a desert country, would simply not exist. Egypt illustrates humanity's dependence on precious water and land resources like no other place on earth. The ancients struck the right balance, and in doing so created a great, enduring civilization. People come here to admire some of humanity's greatest achievements, but they are rivaled by the beauty of their settings. Dahabiyya's allow you to explore this natural dimension in unforgettable ways.
[The Dahabiyyat] Your ship will moor on privately owned portions of the riverbank at Luxor and Aswan, where luxuriant gardens are frequented by rare exotic birds. These gardens provide our ships with flowers and organically grown vegetables and herbs. Along the way, we moor beside isolated Nile islands, whose virgin landscapes have hardly changed throughout millennia. Wandering the gardens and Nile islands is an idyllic pastime, and the perfect compliment to your visits to Egypt 's matchless monuments.
Our onboard chef is expert at preparing wholesome, appetizing Egyptian and international cuisines, while barbeques and picnics will be organized on the riverbanks and islands in the Nile. Your meals (starting with lunch at embarkation and ending with breakfast at disembarkation) are all inclusive, along with tea, coffee and soft drinks as well as a daily high tea. Passengers are, however, invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages - none are available onboard due to licensing restrictions - but we'll supply the ice and the mixers at no additional charge.
The program starts every Saturday in either Luxor or Aswan, and the journey lasts 5 nights Nights
The trip includes visits to sites in ancient Thebes (the Valley's of the Kings and Queens), the Luxor and Karnak temples, as well as Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. Entrance fees for the monuments are all inclusive.
In addition to these historical sites, guests will visit less frequented monuments and enjoy field excursions to villages and open countryside. In short, we promise our guests a unique, tranquil journey on sailboats fit for a king!
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