The Nile is one of the world's great rivers and has brought life and wealth to Egypt from ancient times, bringing fertility to the land with its annual floods and providing a reliable means of transporting goods and people. The ancient gods of Egypt traveled on the river, taken from their temples on feast days by their priests, and ancient Egypt's pharaohs too traveled the Nile in their elaborate barges; now you too can travel the route that Cleopatra sailed on her Royal barge, first with the great Julius Caesar and later, with her lover Mark Anthony.
During the latter half of the 19th century, members of the European aristocracy and other sophisticated travelers would cruise the Nile in the comfort of their stylish, private 'Dahabiya's'; these were beautifully crafted wooden ships with from four to ten cabins and came complete with a host of servants. They rented the boats for several weeks at a time and made their way from temple to temple enjoying the views of the Nile and the cool river breezes. Dahabiya's were popular amongst those who wished to enjoy Egypt at a leisurely pace, to drink in the unique and timeless Egyptian landscapes, and enjoy the sights of the monuments and villages on the banks of the river - these are the classic views of Egypt, experienced by so many ancient and modern travelers. Traveling by Dahabiya is a unique, peaceful and relaxing experience, and Dahabieh.net have added one more element to this experience - luxury!
Both our Dahabiya's are built in the traditional style, propelled by 2 Lanteen sails at fore and aft. They may look traditional but are fitted out in modern, chic style with oriental and Egyptian touches. The interior boasts superior quality modern furnishings and each cabin has its own individual decoration.
Nile Heaven II has 8 double cabins and two double suites, each having its own private bathroom with a toilet, wash basin, shower and electric shaver point. Eight cabins have two single beds and the two suites have a private balcony a double bed. The maximum capacity is 20 passengers. The cabins are located towards the back of the boat on the starboard and port sides, separated by a central corridor. The communal lounge covers the width of the boat and is a lovely and elegant setting for dining or lingering over a cold drink in the evening, from the on board bar. The kitchen is at the front, together with the staff cabins and sitting areas. There is also has a large deck area with tables, chairs and sun loungers for you to completely relax and offering spectacular views of the Egyptian countryside as you glide silently by.
The Lara has five double cabins and each has its own private bathroom with a toilet, wash basin, shower and electric shaver point. Four cabins have two single beds and the suite with private balcony a double bed. There is also a single bedroom which can be used for the tour guide or for a single person,the maximum capacity is eleven passengers. The cabins are located towards the back of the boat on the starboard and port sides, separated by a central corridor. The communal lounge covers the width of the boat and is a lovely and elegant setting for dining or lingering over a cold drink in the evening, from the on board bar. The kitchen is at the front, together with the staff cabins and sitting areas.
The Lara comes with its own chef who will offer a range of tantalizing dishes during your cruise. You may leave the choice up to us or let us have your special requirements in advance. All dishes are freshly prepared and are subject to seasonal availability.