Dahabiya Nile Cruise – a way through Egypt that offers luxury, tradition and a dash of magic.
The waters of the Nile are beautiful, a place like few others in the world. It runs through Egypt like a lifeline, the sustenance of Egypt’s great civilisations. And so the only fitting way to see the temples that have stood for so long is to take a trip by boat.
But here there are a great number of choices, and some are not in keeping with the image of the Nile people have in mind before they depart. Big boats with big engines, chugging up and down without character or even any flavour of Egypt – it can take the edge off experiencing such a remarkable part of the world.
That’s why I can recommend dahabiyas so heartily. They are traditional Egyptian sailing vessels, so they offer a total immersion into the spirit of the river.
They are luxurious, built in the style of early 20th century vessels which ferried the aristocracy along the Nile. Now with modern twists and creature comfort, they fit in with the era, as well as set their own standards.
And they do offer that little something extra, a dash of magic. Whether it’s enjoying the setting sun sat in the on-deck Jacuzzi, or heading on to a Nile island for a barbeque lunch in a private spot, there are experiences on board that other, larger ships simply cannot offer.
And all that comes before you feast on the temples themselves!