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Sonesta Dahabiya Nile Cruise

Deluxe Dahabiya Cruise on the Nile

Yachts on the Nile - Cruise the same way the Pharaohs did
Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur

Air conditioned  Felucca dahabia

Starts every Saturday in either Luxor or Aswan - An Eight Day / seven nights journey


Sonesta Dahabiya, the latest addition to the Sonesta Nile Cruises portfolio, combines comfort and beauty in a most inspiring way, promising a remarkable, rewarding cruise experience of legendary hospitality.The Sonesta Dahabiya will take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era in a 7-night cruise experience between Luxor and Aswan. A unique experience down the Nile by traditional small sailing vessel that was commonly used during those elegant days of the monarchy (1920s - 40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers loved to cruise the Nile in style. We've revived those elegant days with modern comforts and conveniences.

Being part of the Sonesta Nile Cruise's high-scale brand portfolio of deluxe service Nile cruisers, facilities aboard the Sonesta Dahabiya are endless, including a stylish lounge, an open-air oriental style jacuzzi, a spacious and partially shaded sundeck.

Offering 5 deluxe cabins and 2 elegant suites (with private terrace), Dahabiya allows you to experience an imaginary world of luxury and privacy. All cabins and suites feature private direct-dial telephones, individual climate control. hairdryers, mini-bars, safety deposit boxes, plasma TVs and movie programs.


Sonesta Dahabiya : LUXOR to ASWAN Itinerary - Add Cairo stay and Abu Simbel


Day 1: Saturday - Luxor (or Aswan)
Transfer is included in Luxor from : Your hotel or Luxor Airport ( Please advise your arrival details)
Private Chauffeur. Private air-conditioned vehicle for your transfer.
Embarkation in Luxor for a relaxing week sailing the Nile on a luxuriously appointed dahabiya.
Today we visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing 28 th Dynasty Luxor Temple, and Luxor Museum
, then on to : Deir El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different perspective on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed and decorated the tombs.

Here we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement in its tour and cruise programs. If you wish to add a very unique experience of touring the only fully restored royal tomb of Her Majest Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses the Great , pleade click here.

Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur
Overnight moored on the Nile banks of Luxor.
Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak . Please bring a jacket.
Cabin amenity for tonight : A fruit basket awaits you in your cabin with our compliments.





Day 2: Sunday

Today we head
to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu , the Ramesseum and the Colossi of Memnon
In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Luxor souks and water front. Overnight moored in Luxor.
Cabin amenity for tonight : Kartouches with your names in Hieroglyphic with our compliments.
Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur


Sonesta Air conditioned   dahabia , sample cabin on board



Day 3: Monday
- We Include the Tour to Esna Temple .
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, we sail to Esna, go through Esna Locks .
Private guide to visit Esna Temple . Cabin amenity for tonight : Egyptian sweets platter . With our compliments.
Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur


Day 4: Tuesday
- On Board Your Nile Cruise
This morning you will sail to Edfu to visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu.
Overnight moored beside a Nile island. Cabin amenity for tonight : Galabya ( the local flowing traditional garb) ,with our compliments. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur



Day 5: Wednesday- On Board Your Nile Cruise
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo visit see the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun.
Overnight moored beside a Nile island. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur


Day 6: Thursday
- Aswan - Soheil Island
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan where the dahabiya moors overnight. Upon arrival we invite our interested guests to a short camel ride to a nearby Nubian Village, time permitting we may be able to go to Soheil Island. In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Aswan souks and waterfront. Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur


Day 7: Friday
- Aswan
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction . We tour the Nubian Museum before heading back to the Sonesta dahabiya .

For nature lovers we include a tour of the Botanical Garden Island in Aswan ( while others will simply have you sail around the island without setting foot on it !), then we go on to Gharb Sehail and tour some of the mini nature protected Islands in the middle of the Nile with sandy beaches and beautiful rare plants .

Evening Sound and Light show at Philae Temple .Private Egyptologist. Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle-Private Chauffeur



Day 8: Saturday - Aswan
Breakfast aboard the dahabiya and check-out. We’ll disembark at Aswan after breakfast. You’ll continue your travel homeward, or perhaps you’ll choose to linger for a few days where royalty have traditionally spent a winter in the fine, dry climate amid splendid dining and entertainment. Add Dendera . Add Cairo stay and Abu Simbel
. Click here for Sonesta Dahabiya - ASWAN to LUXOR Itinerary



The sundeck on board the  Sonesta Air conditioned   dahabia , sample cabin on board



Rates in USD $ :


  • Rates are Per Cabin : Double or single cabin : USD $ 5075.00
  • Peak Season period : Rates are Per Cabin:
    Double or single cabin
    : USD $ 5950 .00
    Rate for Easter will be valid for 2 weeks during Easter
    Rate for Christmas and New Year ( Dec 20 - Jan 1)



  • Rates for the suite with private balcony : Double or single cabin : Total for the SUITE : USD $ 18,325 USD
    This is the total per suite not per person



Sample private terrace for each suite Sonesta Air conditioned   dahabia , sample cabin on board

Upgrade to the Suite with your own private Terrace

Add a once in a life time visit to Queen Nefertari's restored tomb
as well as Dendera and Abydos Temples




Rate Includes:

  • All transfers in Luxor and Aswan, always on a private basis .
  • Private : Guided sightseeing including all entrance fees, all as per itinerary . ( please note that other competitors offer this based on group touring)
    Private air-conditioned vehicle with a private chauffeur .
  • Pre set meals as listed including B = Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast), L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Tea/ coffle and afternoon tea while on board the Deluxe Nile Cruise
  • One large bottle of water ( for each guest) delivered to your cabin daily while on board the cruise.
  • One small bottle of water for each guest, with each meal , every day while on board the cruise
  • An Egyptian Galabiya ( 100% Egyptian Cotton) with our compliments, delivered to your cabin
  • A welcome fruit basket , awaits you in your cabin upon arrival with our compliments.


Rate Does Not Includes:

  • Travel Insurance .
  • tips.
  • International air fare from / to your home country .
  • Domestic air fare within Egypt .





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The Sonesta Dahabiya– the Amirat was launched in February, 2009 – offers a cruise experience like no other on the Nile. It is intended to take you back in time to a gentler, more gracious era on the Nile during your 7 night cruise between Luxor and Aswan. Facilities include 6 cabins and 2 suites, open air oriental-style Jacuzzi, spacious sundeck and stylish common lounge. All cabin accommodations are full board, and feature private direct-dial telephones, individual climate control, hairdryers, mini-bar, safe deposit boxes, plasma televisions and movie channels. The suites each offer a private terrace. Daily guided excursions are offered to renowned Egyptian temples, tombs and ruins along the Nile. As a member of the Sonesta fleet of deluxe-service Nile cruisers, this small cruise boat will combine comfort and beauty in an inspiring way, offering a spectacular opportunity for an extended family or small group to discover the Nile on a private cruise.

Highlights of a Nile Cruise include the Karnak Temple, one of the largest temples in the world, the extraordinary Luxor Temple, Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Queens, the well preserved Edfu Temple, Esna Temple and Kom Ombo Temple, the twin temples of Abu Simbel and the romantic island Temple of Isis at Philae.


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From: "W. RUSSELL" <cwrussell1@.....................>
Subject: Russell Family Trip
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Dear Omar,
We are home and I am working my way through a mountainous pile of laundry!
What a wonderful trip we had- everything was beautifully arranged from transfers, to guides to flights to accommodation. We thought the guides we had : Rania in Cairo, and Wa-el in Luxor were fantastic, informative, friendly and great with the kids. Both were terrific but I would especially recommend Wa-el, great person and couldn't do enough to make our trips special.
Josef transferred us around without a hitch, our private van arrived as if by magic each time we needed it.
We were so sorry that we couldn't visit Waafa at her house, but we had to get up very early the next morning(3am) for our flight to Luxor and it would not have been fair to the children to keep them out late. Our first day in Luxor was extremely busy so we were glad that the kids had some sleep the night prior. Our cruise ship was lovely, and everyone on board were so friendly and kind to us. We had fruit baskets in our room, and the chef came by each meal to see that everything was fine and offering to make the kids anything special.
What a relief it was to have everything organized for us, after a day of trekking around monuments, it was wonderful to see our van appear to whisk us off to the hotel or ship.
Omar, I can't say enough about how professional and friendly everyone was. Liam especially made a ton of friends both old and young, they all seemed intrigued by his blond hair and cute smile!We brought back Papyruses for Shona's classmates and she is regaling them with her travel tales this week.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending travelinstyle to any of our friends. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish and we hope to use your services again if not for Egypt, perhaps for another destination.
Many thanks to all of your team Omar, it was a "once in a lifetime experience" which we enjoyed so much.
Best wishes from us all,
Catriona, Bill, Shona and Liam



Erin  with a group of children in Luxor

Photo Credit : The Mighty Alan : aka Mighty Ra - The Richmond Party
Sonesta Dahabiya on the Nile Jan 2010




Erin  with a group of children in Luxor

Photo Credit : The Mighty Alan : aka Mighty Ra - The Richmond Party




Jacuzzi on board the Sonesta Air conditioned   dahabia , sample cabin on board

Your Jacuzzi on board the Dahabiya - Cruise the Nile like a Pharaoh.






-----Original Message----- : Trip to Egypt April 2010
From: William Situ []
Sent: Thursday, May 2 @ 01:21 PM
Subject: Reflections on Egypt Trip

Dear Omar, Azza, Fatima & Team

It's been a few weeks since we returned from our trip to Egypt, and I have finally settled down back to the hurried pace of life in New York. Just wanted to express my thanks to you and your team for planning a wonderful 12-day trip to Egypt. Throughout the trip, we were impressed by the professionalism of your staff, and the level of care and planning for each day's activities, travels and meals. The tour guides are educated in their field and they gave us a good explanation and tour of the different sites and temples that we visited. The travel between different sites was well executed as we were shepherded by private vans, and your staff made sure we arrived at the airports early, and got picked up on time. Egypt is a large country, and we went to many different sites, and the transition and travel in between was smooth. The hotels you picked were very nice and relaxing, especially in Aswan and Luxor. We had good experiences dining in chosen restaurants in Cairo. The cruise was relaxing and efficiently took us to the different temple sites between Luxor and Aswan.

Ever since I was a kid, I had wanted to visit Egypt and see that all the country had to offer. I have read a lot about the history and mythology of the sites before the trip. And with your team, you had fulfilled that dream of mine. Words cannot express all that I had experienced and seen, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. I have uploaded all of my travel photos on Flickr which you can feel free to look at. What I cannot capture in words, I have captured in photos.

Best regards,

William Situ


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