3 Best Dahabiya Nile Cruises
As most people would agree, Egypt is an absolutely fascinating country to visit and explore. To begin with, it has lots of amazing ancient monuments to see and explore. Many people would also agree that the ideal way to fully experience the magic of these relics is by way of a cruise on the Nile. While virtually any sort of Nile cruise is wonderful experience; Dahabiya Nile cruises are even better.
Because Dahabiys are a lot smaller than a regular cruise ship operating on the Nile, a Dahabiya cruise is a far more private experience. In most cases, Dahabiya sail boats usually have less than 12 rooms. Some have 8 or 10, and there are most likely some which have could possibly have as many as 15. Outside of the high season, it is not uncommon for a family or group of friends to be the only passengers on board. Most Dahabiyas will sail providing there are at least 4 or more cabins occupied. Okay, let’s take a look at three of the best Dahabiya cruises.
1. Merit Dahabiya Nile Cruise – A Week in Paradise
It is possible to book both 5-day and 8-day cruises on the Merit Dahabiya. A cruise on this Dahabiya is so amazing. If you book the 5-day cruise, you will probably regret not booking the extended 8-day cruise. With the 8-day cruise, you will also have the option to visit the the rock-cut Temples of Abu Simbel which are among the best ancient wonders in Egypt.
The 8-day Merit Dahabiya cruise commences in Luxor and ends in Luxor. Guided tours are provided in Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and at Aswan. During these outings, be taken to see some of the most impressive monuments to be found in the Land of the Pharaohs, including attractions like Valley of Kings, Karnak Temple; Temple of Horus and more.
The Merit Dahabiya is a 5-Star twin sail river yacht with 10 deluxe cabins. It has lovely dining facilities, as well as bars, a reading lounge, and even an outdoor Jacuzzi. All the on board staff have undergone training to deal with unexpected emergencies and fires, and with a doctor on standby around the clock, you truly are in good hands.
2. Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya Nile River Cruise – 7 Nights in the Lap of Luxury
The Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya launched in 2009, making it a newer boat compared to some other Dahabiyas. The Sonesta Amirat has 5 standard cabins plu 2 deluxe suites, all with their own private terrace. All cabins have TVs, mini-bars, hairdryers, safety deposit boxes, and direct outside line telephones. Other nice features include an Oriental-style open-air Jacuzzi, a stylishly decorated common lounge and a nice size sundeck.
Providing you book your trip through a well-established travel agent, you will get to enjoy a number of expertly guided onshore excursions during your Sonesta Amirat Nile cruise. Because the vessel only has 7 berths, it is a good choice for families and groups of friends. (In such cases, it is quite possible to have a truly private cruise.
3. Nour El Nil Dahabiya Cruise – A Breathtaking 5-Night Cruise Experience
The Nour El Nil Dahabiya sail boat is the opportunity to see many historical attractions which don’t feature in many other Nile cruise itineraries. It is particularly well-suited for those who would rather avoid large crowds. The cruise itinerary includes multiple sightseeing outings but it does not include any sightseeing tours in Luxor
No matter which one of these Dahabiyas you choose for your journey on the Nile, you can be confident that it is guaranteed to be a breathtaking experience you will remember forever.