Nile Cruise Aswan – Esna – Edfu – Gebel El-Silsila – Daraw 07 days – 06 nights
Launched in December 2011, the word Dahabeya means “The Golden Boat”, Dahabeyas as sailboats were common in Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century when the royal family and elite travelers loved to cruise the Nile and to explore its mysterious nature. They rented the boats for weeks, and made their way from a temple to another, enjoying the river breeze. These boats had from three to ten cabins. Nebyt is one of the titles of goddess Hathor that means the golden pearl. We have chosen this name, as our Dahabeya is the new golden lady of the Nile River.
Day 01: Esna
We will be transferred to Esna to board the Boat, the crew welcomes you on board and will have your bags taken into your cabins. We will then set sail on our voyage to Aswan. We stay overnight close to El-Hegz Island, a small island located in the north of Edfu.
Day 02: Edfu
Morning Sailing gently en-route to Edfu; we enjoy breakfast at your leisure; and visit Edfu Temple, one of the largest and most intact of Egypt’s monuments with two beautiful granite statues of the Falcon God Horus flank the entrance, by horse carriage. After our visit to the temple, we either ride or walk through the bazaar; this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. We will then set sail for our private island “El-Fouza” where we will disembark for dinner served to you on the edge of the Nile.
Day 03: Relaxing Sailing Day
We start our nice day by sailing around 7 hours to El-Silsila Mountain. During our sailing we experience the simple lifestyle of farmers and fishermen. Contemplate the beautiful and mysterious nature of the great Nile and the green fields of Island Bissau. Continue to edge of El-Silsila Mountain where we will have our dinner and stay overnight on board next to the temple enjoying the romantic atmosphere.
Day 04: El-Silsila / Mainha
After breakfast, we visit the temple of Gebel El-Silsila, where we will discover the unknown rock-cut temple of Hormoheb and the famous sandstone quarries in ancient Egypt. We continue to Mainha Island enjoying our barbecue dinner with the drums and folk music around campfire.
Day 05: Kom Ombo
You’ll have breakfast at your leisure as we sail on to Kom Ombo. We will explore the extraordinary temple of Horus and Sobek. The temple was built with a whole symmetry, two entrances, two halls and two sanctuaries dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and the Crocodile God Sobek. We then proceed to Daraw city, which is the most amazing and attractive part of this town with its unbelievable Camel Market in the south of Kom Ombo, we may also see more 20,000 camels brought to participate in the great selling show. After lunch, we sail from Daraw to Kobania; it takes around 5 hours. Lastly, we are going to enjoy our last night trip with our Nubian party.
Day 6: Kom Ombo / Aswan
We sail to Aswan, exploring the famous city, visit the High Dam, crossing the original barrage over the First Cataract, we then tour the pin Aswan granite quarry and examine the impressive Hatshepsut unfinished obelisk. The highlight event is when we take a motorboat ride to the romantic Temple of Philae, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis. In the afternoon, we sail by felucca to the Botanical Gardens where Lord Kitchener indulged his passion for exotic flora, importing shrubs, trees and seeds from as far afield as India and Malaysia. It is pleasant to walk along the island’s shady paths, enjoying its fragrance and a variety of bird life before taking another felucca sail back to Aswan. We then have dinner on board.
Day 7: Disembarkation
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the crew. Your luggage will be collected and will be ready for you to travel to your next destination.
Arrival at Luxor Airport, meet and assist by our representative. We visit Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple, and then we will be transferred to Esna to board the Boat, the crew welcomes you on board and will have your bags taken into your cabins. We will then set sail on our voyage to Aswan. We stay overnight close to El-Hegz Island, a small island located in the north of Edfu.