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Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise

  • Duration5 Nights
  • Cruise TypeDahabiya Boat
  • AvailabilityMonday from Esna to Aswan

Dahabiya Overview

The Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise is a beautiful way to travel through time and history. This is more than just a trip; it’s a way to get to the heart of old Egypt in style and with lots of exciting things to do. The Malouka Dahabiya is a mix of traditional style and modern comfort. It provides a private and luxurious experience while sailing on the Nile.

The High Dam in Aswan, a masterpiece of modern engineering and the start of our trip, is a sight to behold. This huge building not only uses the power of the Nile but also keeps ancient treasures safe. The Philae Temple, an amazing ancient Egyptian building, stands nearby in all its glory. The goddess Isis is honored in this temple, with stories of love and godliness carved into the stone.

When we sail toward El Sheikh Fadl Island, its peaceful beauty will take your breath away. This island is less popular with tourists, but its lush scenery and serene atmosphere make it a great place to relax. Our journey continues to Kom Ombo, where the one-of-a-kind “double” temple waits. This temple, dedicated to Sobek and Horus, shows beautifully how life and godliness were two sides of the same coin in ancient Egyptian society.

Explore the stunning Gabal El Selsela, a place with towering rocks and old quarries. Egypt’s temples and tombs were built with stones from this natural wonder, and you can still feel the history of it. One of the most well-kept churches in Egypt is Edfu Temple, which is dedicated to Horus, the falcon god. The ancients were very good at building things, as shown by this building’s beautiful structure and detailed carvings.

Find the less-visited but interesting El Kab Temple, which tells stories about old Egyptian culture. Then, check out El Hex Island, which is located between the East and West banks of the Nile and gives you a unique view of the river’s varied scenery.

As we get closer to Esna, we know this town full of Egyptian history and culture. The old and the new come together here, giving you a look into the lives of the people who keep the spirit of the Nile alive.

The Valley of the Kings is a must-see for anyone who goes to Egypt. This place where pharaohs were buried, including the famous King Tutankhamun, is full of historical riddles that have yet to be solved. See how beautiful the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is. It is a tomb temple that honors one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs. Then you’ll see the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, two huge stone figures of Pharaoh Amenhotep III that watch over the necropolis.

The Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise is more than just a trip; it’s a way to learn about history, culture, and natural beauty that will never fade. With the mysterious Nile as a background, every moment on board is a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. Come with us and see the amazing things that happened in ancient Egypt.

Dahabiya Highlights

  • Luxurious and intimate cruise experience on a traditional dahabiya boat.
  • Visit to the High Dam in Aswan, a marvel of modern engineering.
  • Exploration of the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
  • Tranquil escape to the serene beauty of El Sheikh Fadl Island.
  • Discovery of the unique Kom Ombo Temple, dedicated to Sobek and Horus.
  • Scenic cruise to Gabal El Selsela, a natural wonder with historical significance.
  • Visit to the well-preserved Edfu Temple, honoring the falcon god Horus.
  • Exploration of El Kab Temple, offering insights into ancient Egyptian culture.
  • Journey's end in Luxor, exploring the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Colossi of Memnon.

Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise Facilities

  • Doctor on call
  • Air Condition on board
  • Private bath/shower with hair dryer
  • Sun Deck
  • All cabins have large, panoramic windows
  • Dining facilities, Bars and Reading Lounge.
  • Accompanying motorboat to pull it in case wind is calm.
  • Sprinkling System, Anti-Fire treatment and full Fire Safety measures.
  • Meroe boat includes Panoramic Suites, 8 Luxury Rooms and 1 Standard Room

Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise Itinerary

5 Nights Esna to Aswan

Day 1:Monday - Esna

Esna, located some 33 miles south of Luxor, is where you will board your Dahabiya and meet the crew. Esna is best known as a thriving merchant town for the small ancient Temple of Khnum, which sits 9 meters below street level.

Your trip will begin with a brief walk to the temple and a stroll through streets filled with beautiful textiles and other exotic goods.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Dahabiya Bout

Day 2:Tuesday - El Kab & Edfu

El Kab, on the East bank of the Nile, was once the capital of Upper Egypt and is still home to the temple of Nekhbet, as well as a row of fascinating decorated tombs carved into the slope of the mountains. Upon docking, you will embark on a beautiful walk through a small fishing village to visit the necropolis.

In the afternoon, the boat will arrive at Edfu, home to the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to the god Horus. This is among the best preserved of all Egyptian temples.

Horse and carriage will take you to the temple through the busy city streets.

After returning to the boat, you will set sail for a beautiful island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Dahabiya Bout

Day 3:Wednesday - Sail & Swim

This is a day devoted to the river: immediately after an optional morning walk and breakfast, you will set sail. In the afternoon, you will stop at an island for a stroll or to swim in the Nile.

As dusk begins, there may be an opportunity to walk into the desert along a valley with boulders covered in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and stone-age inscriptions.

These images mark the beginning of the shortest trail through the desert to Libya (28 days in ancient times).

At night, the boat will tie up the foot of the floodlit temple of Gebel Silsileh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Dahabiya Bout

Day 4:Thursday - Gebel Silsileh

The Nile, flowing between two mountain ranges, is at its narrowest. You will usually be the only visitor at this fascinating site, as large Nile cruisers are not allowed to stop here.

After visiting the small temple of Horemheb and walking through the sandstone quarries, where ancient Egyptians cut stone for many of their most famous temples, you will see a picturesque café to enjoy tea and shisha (waterpipe).

You will sail to a picturesque riverbank, stopping for lunch and swimming.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Dahabiya Boat

Day 5:Friday - Kom Ombo

After a night on the water and beneath the stars, the morning trip will take you to the town and temple of Kom Ombo.

The temple was built during the Ptolemaic period on the site of an older temple and at one of the most beautiful locations, on a bend in the river.

The temple was dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god. After enjoying the temple, you will visit the new Crocodile Museum, which contains many mummified crocodiles, attesting to the importance the creature played in this region in ancient times.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Dahabiya Bout

Day 6:Saturday - Aswan

Awake to the beautiful sight of the desert closing in on the river at Aswan Bridge.

Here your cruise comes to an end. You will leave us relaxed and refreshed in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast

What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.
  • Meet and assist service upon arrival & departure
  • Assistance of our personal during your stay and excursions
  • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • Accommodation on board 5 star Dahabiya on full board basis
  • All Nile Cruise excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sights between Luxor and Aswan
  • Egyptologist guide during your excursions
  • All service charges and taxes
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any additional meals and drinks
  • All personal expenses like laundry etc.
  • Tipping to the guide, driver, cruise crew etc
  • Any optional tours & activities

Things to know

Additional information

  • Your daily tours usually start at 8 am, but you can change the time in coordination with your private guide.
  • You can make any changes to the itinerary if you have any special requests.
  • For reservations, contact us, and your reservation will be confirmed with one of our travel advisors.
  • After booking the trip, we will send you a voucher with all the booking details.

Prices

  • Prices are in US dollars per person per trip and you can pay in any other currency.
  • Rates are subject to change in case of any changes in airport taxes, hotel rates, transport rates, or government taxes.
  • Rates are not valid during Christmas or New Year.
  • Travel insurance and entry visa charges are not included in the package.

Tipping on Nile Cruise

The tip is about $3-5 USD per person per night. For example, if you are 2 people staying 4 nights on a Nile cruise, the tip amount is $4 x 4 nights x 2 people = $32. So you leave $32 in an envelope at the front desk at the end of your Nile cruise.

Extra Expenses

Extra personal expenses on the trip may include a food tour, alcoholic beverages, tipping, visa fees, recreational expenses, and other services not listed.

Following are the items with extra costs during the trek:

  • For the visa fees, please check Visa and Passport Information.
  • Additional transport that you require.
  • Tipping for the guide and driver after the trip.
  • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and eventual flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals.

Optional Visits & Entry Tickets

All our packages and tours of Egypt do not include entrance fees to special archaeological sites such as entering the pyramids from inside, the mummies’ room in Museum, or entering the Tutankhamun tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Booking Confirmation Policy

The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking.
We are offering a low down payment of just 25% to secure your spaces on tour, including hotel rooms, cruise cabins, domestic flight tickets, and other travel-related services. The remaining balance can be paid up to two days before your arrival date or in cash upon arrival at the destination to your tour manager, making you’re booking a risk-free investment.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation after confirmation with payment before 30 days of the commencement of the tour: 10% of the value of the tour package.
  • Canceling the tour 30 to 20 days before commencement of the tour: 25% of the value of the package
  • Canceling 19-15 days before commencing the tour: 50% of the tour cost
  • Canceling 14-11 days before commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost
  • Canceling before 10 days or less before the tour date: No refund for the tour

Children Policy

  • Up to 2 years: FREE
  • Age from 2 and below 6 years: 25% of adult price
  • Age from 6 up to 11 years: 50% of adult price
  • Ages 12 and Up: adult price.

Notes:

  • Children policy is applied to children who share rooms with their parents ( Maximum 1 Child sharing parent’s room )
  • If your tour includes airfare, additional charges for your children may apply.

Things to bring with you

  • A valid Passport for 6 months
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sanitizer gel
  • Water holder
  • Bug spray
  • Warm clothes in winter
  • Cotton clothes in summer
  • A hat
  • Travel adaptor
  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Medication
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Top Activities to do in Aswan & Luxor.

From Luxor’s majestic temples to Aswan’s vibrant souks, Egypt Cruise Planner offers an array of immersive experiences that will transport you to the heart of Egypt’s rich history and culture.

  • Embark on a Majestic Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor

    Embark on an unforgettable journey above Luxor, the world’s greatest open-air museum. As the sun peeks over the horizon, your hot air balloon gently lifts off, revealing a breathtaking aerial view of ancient temples and the majestic Nile. Glide serenely over the Valley of the Kings and Queens, witnessing the timeless splendor of these ancient burial grounds from a unique perspective.

  • Experience the Authenticity of Nubian Village Life in Aswan

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of a Nubian village near Aswan. These colorful settlements, nestled along the Nile’s banks, offer a glimpse into the rich traditions and lifestyles of the Nubians. Wander through the brightly painted houses, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their fascinating history and customs. Enjoy traditional Nubian life to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Delve into the Enigmatic of Medinet Habu in Luxor

    Step into the past at Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. This architectural marvel in Luxor is a testament to ancient Egypt’s grandeur. Explore the well-preserved temple complex adorned with intricate carvings depicting victorious battles and daily life. The towering columns and vivid reliefs make Medinet Habu a must-visit destination for all travelers like you.

  • Delve into the Delights of Aswan's Spice Market

    Delve into the bustling Spice Market of Aswan, a sensory explosion of colors, scents, and flavors. Stroll through the vibrant alleys with stalls overflowing with fresh, aromatic spices, herbs, and exotic ingredients. Engage with local merchants, sample unique spices, and learn about their uses in traditional Egyptian cuisine. It’s an experience that captures the essence of Aswan’s rich cultural tapestry.

  • Witness the Enchanting Philae Temple Sound & Light Show

    Experience the magic of ancient Egypt at the Philae Temple Sound & Light Show. As the stars twinkle above, the temple comes alive with stunning lights and captivating narration, telling the tales of gods and goddesses. The interplay of light and shadow across the temple’s majestic structures, enchanting music, and dramatic storytelling create a mesmerizing spectacle that transports you back in time.

  • Embark on a Tranquil Felucca Ride along the Aswan Nile

    Set sail on a traditional felucca and glide gracefully along the Nile in Aswan. Feel the gentle breeze as you navigate the tranquil waters, witnessing the timeless beauty of the Nile Valley. Watch the sun set behind the palm-lined banks, casting a golden glow on the river. This peaceful boat ride offers a journey through the heart of Egypt’s enchanting landscapes and ancient history.

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Lily Martinez

Group Traveller

“Wow! Our group had an unforgettable experience aboard the Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise. The boat itself was a charming blend of tradition and luxury. The crew was exceptionally accommodating, always ready to assist with a smile. We explored the stunning temples and historical sites along the Nile, all while enjoying delicious Egyptian cuisine. This cruise was the highlight of our Egypt trip, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic and luxurious Nile adventure!”

September 30, 2023

Logan and Emma

Solo Traveller

Malouka Dahabiya Nile Cruise exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The boat’s vintage charm, combined with modern amenities, created a perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway. The crew was attentive and made sure our every need was met. We enjoyed the relaxed pace of the cruise, with plenty of time to unwind on the deck and take in the breathtaking scenery. The daily excursions to temples and historical sites were not only educational but also incredibly fascinating. We’ll forever cherish the memories made on this exceptional journey.

April 1, 2023
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