Sailing from Luxor (Esna) to Aswan

5 days/4 nights on one of our Dahabiyas


Some would say life doesn’t get much better than sailing the Nile on a dahabiya!

Sail the longest river of the world in the romantic and intimate atmosphere of our dahabiya ABUNDANCE or MINYA

Experience Egypt on a Nile cruise with us on one of our classic Nile sailing ship, the dahabiya ABUNDANCE or the dahabiya MINYA

Choose this cruise from Luxor (Esna) to Aswan and join us for an unforgettable journey down the Nile, to tombs and temples from the eras of the pharaohs, and explore their past and present with some of the best tour managers and guides in the country. Travel in the footsteps of historic explorers and adventurers! Immerse yourself in the fascinating panoramas from the deck of our sailing ship, while the Nile Valley glides past in all its multi-faceted, colourful variety.

We guarantee you will experience an unforgettable Nile cruise with us!

Prices are available on request.


Day 1 - Board the dahabiya ABUNDANCE or MINYA in Esna, visit the Khnum Temple of Esna

Day 2 - Sail, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, sail, plantation walk

Day 3 - Visit Gebel el Silsila, sail, Temple of Kom Ombo

Day 4 - Sail, camels in Daraw

Day 5 - Sail, disembark in Aswan

Dahabiya Nile Cruise Excursions Edfu Temple
Komombo Dahabiya Nile Cruise Egypt


Today we begin our journey from Luxor to Aswan on our elegant dahabiya, ABUNDANCE

First day of your Nile Cruise sees us beginning our journey from Luxor to Aswan on our elegant dahabiya.

We collect you from your hotel at 9 am and drive to Esna, around 1 hour away, where our ship is anchored.

But before we hoist the sails, we will visit the Khnum Temple of Esna. Despite its sleepy atmosphere, it is unjustifiably overshadowed by its more monumental cousins. Only the portico of the original temple building remains, but its 24 columns over 13 metres in height with lotus-leaf capitals are a highlight of pharaonic architecture. Let your gaze drift higher and drink in the beauty of this luxuriant stone vegetation.

After marvelling at these wonders of the ancient world, you are ready for your magical cruise.

  • Your Nile cruise begins!
  • Khnum Temple of Esna
  • First night on the dahabiya


The second day of your Nile cruise on the dahabiya ABUNDANCE or MINYA

Today we sail to Edfu, where you will encounter a temple dating back to the end – and, simultaneously, the culmination – of an architectural tradition spanning over 3 millennia. This pharaonic temple was dedicated to Horus, the falcon god, celebrated here in many text and image cycles. Explore the many chambers and halls with us and marvel at the immensity and magnificence of these monuments.

You now have time to digest your impressions on the deck of our ship while the Nile Valley glides past. We soon arrive at the wadi of Shatt er-Rigale, where you can stroll through lush green palm groves on the very fringe of the barren, inhospitable desert. We will anchor in Gebel el Silsila.

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Explore one of the most famous tombs, with truly exceptional paintings & colors!

Tomb of Nefertari

In the Valley of the Queens, you can explore the tomb of Nefertari for 20 minutes. QV66 is the tomb of Nefertari, the Great Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. It was discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904. It is called the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
The paintings and colors in this tomb are truly exceptional.

  • Waking up on our dahabiya ABUNDANCE
  • Edfu
  • Wadi Shatt er-Rigale


3rd day on the dahabiya – Visit to Gebel el-Sisila and Kom Ombo

The chain of sandstone cliffs at Gebel el Silsila was used as a gigantic quarry, where tons of stone were chiselled for many of the pharaonic temples we have already visited on our dahabiya tour. But this was also the location of numerous shrines and cult buildings, including the famous Great Speos of Pharaoh Horemheb and the fascinating Nile chapels from the New Kingdom, once chosen to be inundated by the Nile in the annual flooding.

Our next stop is the Temple of Kom Ombo, picturesquely located on a bend of the Nile.The exceptionally beautiful double temple of Kom Ombo, construction of which began in the Ptolemaic dynasty, was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. Sobek was celebrated by the burial of countless mummified crocodiles, whose astonishingly well-preserved bodies are on display today in a museum.

  • Gebel El Silsila
  • Kom Ombo


Camel market in Daraw

In the small town of Daraw we take you to a private camel stable where you can take a close look at the lovely camels.  Afterwards we take a stroll through the busy and colorful market streets of the town and stop in a local coffee shop to watch the bustle some more. 


The camel market in Daraw takes place every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. On these days, we can organize an early morning visit to the famous camel market, where hordes of camels from the Sudan are sold to the highest bidders. An ideal location to study unfamiliar cultures and traditions associated with trading and selling.

  • Camels in Daraw
  • Stroll through the village of Daraw


On our dahabiya Nile cruise, we will sail to Aswan today

After a final substantial breakfast on our dahabiya ABUNDANCE or MINYA, Captain Mohammed and his crew bid you farewell.

We take you to your hotel in Aswan or the train station or the airport.

  • Leaving the dahabiya with a heart filled with memories for a lifetime
  • Moving on on your journey


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