Dahabiya Cruise: Slowly Down the Nile

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Slow Travel, River Cruises, Historical

Slow travel is all about taking it easy and by taking a Dahabiya, you can discover Egypt at a gentler, more refined way. You avoid the larger cruise ships, the questionable evening entertainment, and larger docks where you don’t really feel you are having the perfect Egyptian experience. The Dahabiya’s are smaller, so can dock in more remote locations. A Dahabiya Cruise could well be what you are looking for when considering a holiday to Egypt.

This itinerary sails from Luxor to Aswan on a seven-night cruise, but you can sail from Aswan to Luxor, should you so wish. You begin in Cairo, staying for three nights staying at the Belle Epoque. You can opt for any hotel in Cairo, depending on the type of hotel you like. Spend the second day with your private guide exploring the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. The second day in Cairo takes you to set out on a walking tour of Islamic Cairo, the souqs and Coptic Cairo. We can tailor your experience in the city, depending on your interests.

Fly to Luxor, and board the Sonesta Amirat. You have seven nights, so you have lots of time to sit and relax, reading a book or sipping a drink as you enjoy the views of the Nile.

You can opt to continue your journey in Egypt after you disembark, maybe with a night back in Cairo or another few in Aswan or on the beach on the Red Sea. 

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • £3295
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.


    • Take a leisurely seven-night cruise down the Nile in a traditional Dahabiya
    • Combine this with three nights in Cairo
    • Take advantage of more remote docks
    • A more personal service than larger Nile cruise ships

    Day 11

    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1-3 Cairo Belle Epoque
    Day 4-10 Nile Valley Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya
    Day 11 Aswan Fly Home

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1-3
    Belle Epoque

    Belle Epoque

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Belle Epoque in Cairo is a gorgeous, colonial-style country house situated in a leafy neighbourhood in the south of the city. The Belle Epoque is perfect if you like to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo’s frenetic energy.

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    Day 4-10
    Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya

    Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Sonesta Amirat is one of the most luxurious traditional Dahabiya’s to cruise along the Nile Valley between Aswan and Luxor in Egypt.

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    Explore Egypt on this privately-guided suggested itinerary combining Cairo, Luxor and Aswan without taking a cruise along the Nile.

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