Luxurious Nile cruises by dahabiya

There’s no better way to explore ancient Egypt’s wonders than a cruise along the Nile. And if you’re looking for a vessel that perfectly marries luxury and tradition, there’s nothing better than a dahabiya.

Carrying just 14 guests, these beautiful sailing boats reflect a bygone era of travel and exploration in Egypt – think polished wooden decks and billowing canopies. Their smaller size means they offer a unique opportunity to soak up the local life along the Nile, mooring at picturesque river islands and alongside quiet villages.

You’ll enjoy exquisite à la carte dining and comfortable cabins on board, and you’ll step ashore to experience the wonder and awe of sights like the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum – all in the company of a trained Egyptologist tour manager.

To complement your luxury dahabiya Nile cruise, you’ll stay at exquisite hotels in Cairo and Luxor – both chosen for their riverside setting and spectacular Nile views. This magical journey offers the highest levels of luxury and service for each guest, and an experience of ancient Egypt and the Nile that is truly unique.

With their polished wooden decks and white-tented canopies, dahabiya ships feel part of the local landscape and allow you to really experience life along the Nile. The windows are open, and you’ll hear birds singing and children playing on the riverbank as you cruise under full sail. It’s a magical experience, reminiscent of a golden age of travel when explorers and aristocrats came to seek out the treasures of ancient Egypt for themselves.

As well as a luxury Nile cruise by dahabiya, this tour includes stays at 5-star hotels in Cairo and Luxor. Both hotels were chosen for their elegant decor and spectacular Nile setting and provide the perfect start to this very special Egypt tour.

This tour not only reveals the sights of ancient Egypt on included excursions, but it also gives you the chance to witness daily life on the banks of the Nile. You’ll step ashore to explore little local villages and see less-visited sites – like the home of Howard Carter, which still has his original furniture, books and personal belongings.

You’ll be accompanied throughout by a tour manager who is also a trained Egyptologist. Their knowledge will bring to life the sights and history of ancient Egypt as you hear stories of all-powerful Pharaohs, gaze at hieroglyphic-covered walls and wonder at the glittering treasures in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.

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