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.
There has been a revival of dahabiyas and you can now travel in modern comfort.
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, children laughing on the riverbank wishing you a happy journey.
Why sail on a dahabiya?
You will be with a small group.
Every beautiful temple can be visited at the right time of the 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 busy village life.
- traditional sailing ship: no engine, generator.
35m long, 6,5m wide.
- tugboat on a 40m rope.
- 4 cabins à 12m2
twin beds, 2 windows, wardrobe;
bathroom with shower and small tub.
- 1 suite à 22m2
private balcony, 2 windows on each side,
glass doors across the width,
bathroom with shower and small tub 4,5m2, hair dryer
- shaded sun deck 200m2
- 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,
- we create as little waste as possible;
we separate rubbish and compost organic material
- we include women in our supply chain