Dahabeya cruise Tailormade Holidays
Dahabeyas have been around for thousands of years, with similar craft being depicted on the walls of the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. In the 1920-1940’s, dahabeyas were an elegant way to gently cruise along the Nile, a stylish and often sumptuous way for the wealthy to travel at a leisurely pace. Having only a small number of cabins, dahabeyas are a little oasis of tranquility on the busy Nile. They are shallow-bottomed, barge-like vessels with two or more sails. The cabins are luxuriously furnished and quite spacious and there is plenty of room on the sun decks to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Travelling on a dahabeyas allows you the opportunity to see the local life along the riverbanks of the Nile, as well as stopping at ancient temples along the way. Either board in Luxor and sail to Aswan or vice versa, taking in Philae Temple, Kom Ombo and the twin Temples of Haroeris, the Temple of Horus and Luxor Temple. Included in the cruise is a tour of the West Bank - Valley of the Kings and Queens, Queen Hapshetsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Karnak. You also have the option of adding on an excursion to Abu Simbel, an impressive temple site, built during the reign of Ramses II and taking a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over Luxor.