Our dahabiya MINYA

Welcome on board our dahabiya MINYA (“Happy Bride”)!

The dahabiya MINYA was designed by Captain Mohammed Morsy and Johanna Marius and completed in 2021. It has space for 14 passengers, with six cabins and a suite.

We designed the elegantly appointed interiors with special attention to sourcing as many objects as possible from Egyptian producers – including bed linen, towels, tableware, carpets and rugs, lamps and creative design elements –
and we focused on involving women in the production chains.

Scroll down for photos and a video and to learn more about this beautiful ship.


Mealtimes depend on your sightseeing programme.
Lunch consists of vegetarian dishes; for dinner, our chef will prepare beef, chicken or fish dishes depending on availability.
Your captain shops every day and brings fresh fruit and vegetables from the market.
If you have specific dietary requests – e.g. if you are vegetarian or vegan – we naturally serve an extensive choice of delicious dishes.


We have taken every precaution for your safety. There are life jackets and a fire extinguisher in every cabin. The ship is equipped with lifebelts.

The MINYA Team

Can you see the old man in the back row (3rd from right), to the left of Captain Mohammed (centre, back row)? That is Abd El-Fatah, Captain Mohammed’s former sailing teacher. Now he accompanies the MINYA on its travels as a guiding and enriching presence, taking over if the captain has to leave the helm temporarily. 

Learn more about our team here.


Dahabiyas, river-going sailing ships, were common in Egypt in the early 1900s when sophisticated travelers loved to cruise the Nile in comfort. They made their way down the Nile enjoying the river breeze. To this day the dahabiyas are popular among those who wish to enjoy Egypt at a leisurely pace, to take in the landscapes, view the ancient treasures and life on the riverbank.

Dahabiyas have experienced a revival in popularity.

The experience of sailing the Nile on a dahabiya fulfills dreams and is quite different from traveling on a floating hotel like a cruise ship. The dahabiya experience is a privilege both romantic and intimate. Feel the wind in your hair, float along, and the only sound you’ll hear is the wind in the sails and children laughing on the riverbank wishing you a happy journey.


  • Our dahabiya accommodates 14 guests in six double cabins and one suite, all air-conditioned.
  • Enjoy the feeling of travelling in small groups in a romantic and intimate ambience.
  • All the beautiful temples can be visited at the right time of day.
  • A dahabiya can moor in places where a cruise ship cannot, such as islands and villages along the bank.You can take a walk through the village and observe the bustling village life.
  • The dahabiyas are our most elegant ships on the Nile.


Visualize yourself on board – which cabin would you choose?
Floorplan MINYA
  • traditional sailing ship: no engine, generator.
    45m long, 8m wide.
  • tugboat on a 40m rope.
  • 4 cabins à 15m2.
    twin beds, 1.20m wide, 2 windows;
    bathroom with shower, 1 window.
  • 2 cabins à 15m2
    double beds, 1.80m wide, 2 windows;
    bathroom with shower, 1 window.
  • 1 suite à 40m2
    kingsize bed 2x2m, 6 windows,
    glass doors across the width,
    refrigerator, kettle, hair dryer.
    bathroom with shower, 1 window.
  • shaded sun deck 2802
  • WiFi in all areas
  • A/C in all cabins, suite and salon
  • all required life jackets and fire extinguishers
  • we use only locally grown fresh food, prime quality,
    water filters
  • we create as little waste as possible;
    we separate rubbish and compost organic material
  • we include women in our supply chain.

Watch and feel how it is to sail the Nile on our MINYA


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

+2 0101 3131 886 (Johanna Marius, Egypt)

+49 178 872 3988 (Johanna Marius, Germany)

+2 0100 277 5897 (Captain Mohammed, Egypt)


Al Laqalta, Luxor, Westbank, Egypt

10.00 - 18.30 h

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