Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruise

Sail the Nile in style

Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruise

The Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruise gives you a Dahabiya sailing experience on the river Nile that allows you to explore the ancient sites of Egypt in a traditional way. The great explorers and those completing the Grand Tour would have sailed the Nile on these types of boat. Our company owned and family run Dahabiya takes you on a Luxury small Nile cruise boat which combines historical and mystical sightseeing with the peace and tranquillity of a Nile cruise as you dreamt it should be.

Dahabiya Dream Small Nile Cruise Boat

Since its launch in October 2010 the Dahabiya Dream has become the best known sailing boat on the Nile for its luxurious style and excellent service at an affordable price. This very special small Nile cruise boat gives you a Nile cruise with everything taken care of. Join us on our Luxury Dahabiya Nile cruise ‘Dream’ and sail the Nile in a manner not seen since the 1920′s. Make sure you watch the Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruises Video

Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruise Highlight
• One of the few remaining Authentic Dahabiyas still sailing the Nile since 1870
• Experienced, Degree qualified, English speaking Egyptologist guide on Dahabiya Dream, exclusive to Explore Travel and Cruises customers.
• Sightseeing as detailed, including entrance fees.
• Exclusive visit to Howard Carter house in Luxor
• 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners.
• Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee are also included on the cruise. Alcohol is available to purchase onboard.
• Private air-conditioned vehicles private to Explore Travel and Cruises clients.
• WiFi access
• International Airfare
• Authentic sailing No engine aboard Dahabiya Dream
• The ability to moor and access sightseeing and islands that are inaccessible to the bigger cruise ships
• Small group guaranteed (12 people MAX.)
• Private Services

Dahabiya Dream Luxury Nile Cruise detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Monday Cruise Arrival to Luxor
At your flight arrival time in Luxor you will be collected from Luxor airport and transferred by private air-conditioned bus to check onto Dahabiya Dream. Overnight on board.
Day 2 Tuesday Luxor – Esna
In the early morning start your Sailing experience and enjoy the beautiful sights and scenes of the Nile. Relax on the upper deck and take your time to think, read, sunbathe and observe the birds and wildlife as you sail towards the Esna Lock and on to visit the Temple at Esna. This is the site of a major temple dedicated to the god Khnum. Under the Greeks and Romans, the city became the capital of the Third Nome of Upper Egypt. Besides Khnum, the temple was dedicated to several other deities, the most prominent of whom were Neith and Heka. This was the ram god that was worshipped throughout this area and who fashioned mankind from mud of the Nile on his potter’s wheel. Overnight on board
Day 3 Wednesday *Edfu – Kom Ombo
Enjoy breakfast and the views as you sail towards Gebel el Silsila where the sandstone for the temples of Southern Egypt was quarried. The great Stele of Akhenaten came from here and it is thought that 3000 labourers produced the quarried stone that built the Ramesseum. Sail on towards Kom Ombo stopping overnight at a quiet island location.
Day 4 Thursday Kom Ombo to Aswan
Today we visit the temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the Gods Haroreris and Sobek, the crocodile god. Then we will continue to sail to Aswan. Upon arrival you will be going on a tour to visit the High Dam passing by the old dam of Aswan, then take a motorboat to cross the Nile to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt ISIS temple built on the Philea Island. By Sunset enjoy sailing on the Nile on Felucca boat around the Botanical garden and the mausoleum of the AGH KHAN. Overnight on board.
(Evening optional tour) to go to the Sound and Light show at Philae Temple
Day 5 Friday Aswan & Sailing to Esna
In the morning there will be time if you wish to visit Abu Simbel Temple (Optional Tour). Enjoy your lunch while we head back to Esna.
Day 6 Saturday Sailing Esna to Luxor
Enjoy a relaxing day on-board , upon arrival to Luxor in the afternoon you will be taken to visit the largest temple in Egypt,the magnificent Karnak temple. The complex is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. You will then go onto Luxor temple which was dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom. Overnight on board.
(Evening optional tour) to go to the Sound and Light show at Karnak temples
Day 7 Sunday Luxor West bank sightseeing
(Optional tour) early morning Balloon Ride over the west bank!
After breakfast, you will visit the west bank of Luxor, including a special visit to the house of Howard Carter and the newly opened replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb which has been painstakingly reproduced to protect the original, at risk of damage from increased humidity levels caused by visitors. You will also visit the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple and stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Once you finish head back to Dream to enjoy your lunch. Overnight on board.
(Optional tour) visit Medinet Habu or the Valley of the Artists on the west bank
(Evening optional tour) visit Luxor Museum and take a horse Carriage ride around the city
Day 8 Monday End of your Adventure trip
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Luxor airport to take your flight back home.

Please Note:
• Please advise if you are vegetarian or have other dietary needs so we can make arrangements for that.
• We will send you the optional trip list for all the optional information and prices if you want to add more trips.
• Depending on local conditions the Captain has the right to change the order of the itinerary

*Following your feed back regarding the treatment and care of the working Horses in Edfu, we have decided to take action in support of better animal welfare so we are taking Edfu visit from our itinerary until our demands for better animal care are met and swapping to visit Esna temple instead which is well known for its beautiful Zodiac scenes colours and intact columns. Thank you all for your understanding and Support

• Direct international flight from London to Luxor.
• Only Organic Egyptian Food served on Dahabiya Dream.
• Private Chef to cater to any food requirement if required
• One of the few remaining Authentic Dahabiyas still sailing the Nile since 1870
• There is No Engine on Dahabiya Dream.
• You can add on Red Sea stay, Nasser Lake Cruise, Cairo Pyramids or Petra please contact us for more details
• For a Royal suite cabin with private balcony there is a £250 supplement per person.
• £550 Single Supplement charged on Dahabiya Dream bookings.
• There is opportunity to charter our Dahabiya ‘Dream’ for your own private use to explore the Nile or to celebrate that special occasion with family and friends and to bring your own dreams to life in a truly unique way please contact us for more details and prices.
• Please contact us if you wish to bring children under 10 years of age.
• Children over 10 are charged at full adult rate.
• Part of our Dahabiya Dream profit goes to support local community projects.
• The Dahabiya Dream gets refurbished every summer
• Please read the full terms and conditions

Dahabiya ‘Dream’ Luxury Nile Cruise

ATOL Protected package 7 nights/ 8 days

Price from: £2595 per person discounted to £1999 per person

2 nights extension in Cairo staying at 5 * hotel to visit the Cairo Pyramids and museum can be added from £425 per person
2 nights stay in Luxor can be added from £99 per person
3 nights Stay at the Red Sea Resort can be added from £375 per person
4 nights 5* Nasser Lake cruise can be added from £699 person including sightseeing
For BA flight itinerary please contact us

Features and Technical Data can be seen at the end of the table

Dates From:

Dates To:
Price Per Person Including International flight from the UK: Price Per Person for One Week Cruise only:
13/12/2021 20/12/2021 £1999 £1599
20/12/2021 27/12/2021 £1999 £1599
27/12/2021 03/01/2022 £1999 £1599
03/01/2022 10/01/2022 £1999 £1599
10/01/2022 17/01/2022 £1999 £1599
17/01/2022 24/01/2022 £1999 £1599
24/01/2022 07/02/2022 £1999 £1599
07/02/2022 14/02/2022 £1999 £1599
14/02/2022 21/02/2022 £1999 £1599
21/02/2022 28/02/2022 £1999 £1599
28/02/2022 07/03/2022 £1999 £1599
07/03/2022 14/03/2022 £1999 £1599
14/03/2022 21/03/2022 £1999 £1599
21/03/2022 28/03/2022 £1999 £1599
28/03/2022 04/04/2022 £1999 £1599
04/04/2022 11/04/2022 £1999 £1599
11/04/2022 18/04/2022 £1999 £1599
18/04/2022 25/04/2022 £1999 £1599
25/04/2022 02/05/2022 £1999 £1599
02/05/2022 09/05/2022 £1999 £1599
09/05/2022 16/05/2022 £1999 £1599
16/05/2022 23/05/2022 £1999 £1599
23/05/2022 30/05/2022 £1999 £1599
12/09/2022 19/09/2022 £1999 £1599
19/09/2022 26/09/2022 £1999 £1599
26/09/2022 03/10/2022 £1999 £1599
03/10/2022 10/10/2022 £1999 £1599
10/10/2022 17/10/2022 £1999 £1599
17/10/2022 24/10/2022 £1999 £1599
24/10/2022 31/10/2022 £1999 £1599
31/10/2022 07/11/2022 £1999 £1599
07/11/2022 14/11/2022 £1999 £1599
14/11/2022 21/11/2022 £1999 £1599
21/11/2022 28/11/2022 £1999 £1599
28/11/2022 05/12/2022 £1999 £1599
05/12/2022 12/12/2022 £1999 £1599
12/12/2022 19/12/2022 £1999 £1599
19/12/2022 26/12/2022 £1999 £1599
26/12/2022 02/01/2023 £1999 £1599


Dahabiya Dream Features and Facilities

The order of the itineraries maybe amended as a result of low-water levels, adverse weather conditions, lock closure or other unforeseen circumstances.
There is an accompanying tender boat at all times.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change to give the best sailing times for your enjoyment of the Nile.
Please ensure you have travel and cancellation insurance in place valid for your trip and passports must be valid for 6 months after your travel date.
Based on two people sharing. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply and any new offer is only available for new bookings, selected departures, subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Prices are on a per-person basis.

• Two Royal Suites (The Howard Carter and Amelia Edwards) both with its own private balcony and king beds 28m2
• 4 Luxury Cabins (Giovanni Belzoni, Jean Francois Champollion, William Flinders Petrie and Auguste Mariette) with twin or double beds 22.5m2.
• Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower and hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.
• Each cabin has its own Nile View
• Safety deposit boxes in every cabin
• Air-conditioned throughout with individual cabin control.
• Reception area
• Shaded upper deck with sun deck area

Dahabiya Dream Safety and Security features
• Full fire and safety features including emergency lighting, smoke detectors and sprinkler system throughout the boat.
• Emergency first aid kit on board and 24 hour doctor on call.
• Full 24 service, crew and management on board.
• Advanced water purification system including UV treatment light and a triple filtering system.

Dahabiya Dream Technical Data

• Original Construction Date: Oct 1870
• Reconstruction Date: Oct 2010/updated Sept 2021
• Length: 40 metres
• Width: 7 metres
• 2 Sails
• 2 main generators for electricity supply
• Electricity 220v/50Hz

A Dahabiya Nile Cruise is the only way to explore the Nile in our opinion and offers a fantastic week’s holiday.  Using our Egypt Specialists  add to your luxury Dahabiya cruise holiday with extension options to add to your enjoyment and discovery of what Egypt has to offer you may wish to add an extension to your trip and visit other parts of the Country.

Adding two or three days in Cairo will mean that you get to see the amazing Pyramids of Giza the last remaining wonder of the world and visit the Cairo Museum including seeing the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamen. You can do this from £425 per person depending on the number of nights and dates of travel – call us for more information 44 (0) 1252 641989

Or after your Dahabiya cruise take some time to relax by the Red Sea in Hurghada, with options to visit other sites or just enjoy the snorkelling and diving in the warm clear waters – prices from £375 pp.

If golf is your passion then you can with Explore Travel and Cruises take an extra week with your Dahabiya holiday to enjoy the golf courses of Luxor and or Sharm, designed by golfing professionals and stay in top class hotels. Call us to book on +44 (0) 1252 641989

Combine your Nile cruise week with a cruise on Lake Nasser with its dramatic views, wild birds in abundance and the home of the Egyptian crocodile.

The adventure and stark beauty of the Sahara desert is also an option that can be added to your Luxury Dahabiya Nile cruise.  Sleep under canvas, ride camels and meet Bedouin people with our desert and oasis trip.

We can tailor your trip to exactly what you would like to do and we are experts in both the Country of Egypt and the provision of excellent service so tell us what you would like to do and we will put your ideal holiday package together.

Extension prices start from £375 so contact us on 01252 614989 to tell us what you would like to do or email holidays@exploretravelandcruises.com.

Please read our full terms and conditions before you book your holiday.

Supporting and empowering our Community

If you take a holiday with us you are also involved in these projects as we plough some of the profits back into the community. We carefully choose our projects to ensure it helps the neediest and where possible enables people to improve their own lives.

Alongside our sustainable projects we also select on a monthly basis people in great need and provide immediate help with food, clothes, medicines and paying for medical operations in some cases. We are committed to continue and expand these worthwhile projects so thank you for your business which helps us to do this. To learn more see The Dream Story.

A small Nile boat cruise holiday making a big difference.


The Dream

We always have a picture in mind that a Nile Cruise down the Nile will be as Agatha Christies “Death on the Nile”, this sedate turn of the century fashion. However the reality is Nile cruises are a big business in Egypt, meaning big heartless cruise boats where afternoon tea was served from urn’s with dry pieces of industrial Madeira cake! This impression was to form part of a very important family decision – to build a genuine original styled Nile sailing boat.

Dahabiya Dream Construction Story

We wanted to combine a vision of business growth along with ethical employment practises and community involvement.  The building of Dahabiya Dream started in March 2009 and every care was taken over the build and finish of this boat to ensure it is as authentic as it can be and was completed in October 2010. Since that day we have continued building on that idea and creating an on going success.

The dahabiya construction was hand built using centuries old traditional working methods. We used only local workers in the build of this boat and by doing so have supported the local working community and protected the environment by limiting the use of carbon emitting machinery work.

“Dahabiya Dream” an Authentic Sailing boat

The careful and thoughtful finish by local craftsmen can be seen in the hand made furniture, hand sewn sails and furnishings all over the boat. Every effort has been made to create what is the most genuine and beautiful Dahabiya on the Nile.  A true sail boat, Dahabiya Dream is not powered by engines which means that there is no vibration or noise to disturb your peaceful experience on the Nile. Dahabiya Dream has luxurious accommodation with its 6 cabins all themed after great explorers of the time. Howard Carter, Amelia Edwards, Giovanni Belzoni, Jean Francois Champollion, William Flinders Petrie and Auguste Mariette. Your Dahabiya team are fully trained and experts in making your holiday as special as it can be. Their priority is your safety and comfort and
you have the opportunity to meet them all, enjoy our qualified chef’s fantastic cuisine, and learn more about Egypt.

  Community Involvement

If you take a holiday with us you are also involved in these projects as we plough some of the profits back into the community.

We carefully choose our projects to ensure it helps the most needy and where possible enables people to improve their own lives.
• Actively encouraging women in employment our operations manager in Egypt is a lady who herself has developed a network of both women and men providing all the services and purchases we need.
• We have one widow who went into a deep depression on the death of her husband and we supported the family while she could not work specifically to ensure the children remained in school. As she has improved we have encouraged her back to working their small holding and she now supplies the boat with all our organic eggs and ducks.
• We support a very needy family by employing the husband to provide transport for the goods to and from the boat.
• We are keen for local children to complete their education and support another widow to ensure her five children stay at school rather than having to find work. We have given another young man a job aboard Dahabiya Dream on the condition he completes his higher education.
• Alongside our sustainable projects we also select on a monthly basis people in great need and provide immediate help with food, clothes, medicines and paying for medical operations in some cases.

We are committed to continue and expand these worthwhile projects so thank you for your business which helps us to do this.

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Introducing Our Dahabiya Dream Crew

Our Dream crew are extremely professional and the team will ensure that your holiday is full of comfort, good food, fun and great sightseeing.

Their goal is to provide you with an excellent customer service experience and they have built on that by embracing both our high standards and community involvement ethos.

When asked what is it about the role they enjoy some of the teams comments include, “I love meeting our clients”, “enjoying different personalities”, “finding what interests people from different Countries”,  and “making sure we deliver a Dream holiday”.

The Dream crew will be drawing on all their experience both of our company and of hospitality to ensure you are delighted with your Dahabiya Dream Nile cruise experience.