When it comes to River Nile cruises, most people know about the large cruise boats and feluccas, some people know about yachts, but few people know anything about dahabiyas, which take their name from the Arabic word for gold: dahab (the earliest form of this boat was golden coloured). This is rather ironic as the dahabiya was the mode of transport, on the Nile, long before the modern day diesels, or the steamers made famous by Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile".The dahabiya is a (usually) two-masted sailing boat that relies on wind power: it has no engines except for a generator that makes electricity. This gives it something that is in very short supply nowadays: silence! Sailing on a dahabiya allows the sound of the river splashing against the boat on of the only sounds you will hear, along with the singing of the birds (and the diesels in the distance). You can relax and imagine yourself as one of the aristocrats or elite travellers during the days of the monarchy, or even a member of the monarchy, as this is how they used to negotiate the river. Elegance and style, that is what they were built for; four to ten cabins, fully equipped bathrooms, elaborate furnishings, and servants to do everything. Nowadays it is very similar, though more modern and with the necessities of today, with electricity, Wi-Fi, showers, etc.The history of the dahabiya goes back to the Pharaonic times: there are inscriptions of very similar boats in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Kings and Nobles. Famous Egyptian leaders, such as King Farouk and President Sadat, had their own dahabiyas and the English novelist, journalist, traveller and Egyptologist, Emilia Edwards, even had a piano installed on hers. Aristocrats loved them, especially as the journey could take up to two or three months to complete, stopping at all the sights between Cairo and Abu Simbel (no Aswan High Dam in those days), with the whole trip being one of pure decadence and style.Sadly, the end of the monarchy also signalled the end of the dahabiya! Steam power was the rage, soon to be overtaken by gasoline and/or diesel engines. However, the dahabiya was not forgotten, and very soon, amongst all the large cruise boats sailing up and down the River Nile, the two masts of the dahabiya slowly started to re-emerge. Visitors were starting to realise that the peace and tranquillity that they sought, could be found. As well as that, the shallower draft meant that these boats could sail closer to the many islands dotted along the river, giving access to places like Gebel El Silsila; out of bounds for the heavier cruise boats. This also allows for experiences like dinner in front of the "Speos of Horemheb": an illuminated meal that you will never forget, and all thanks to the dahabiya's shallower draft and smaller passenger capacity.The other huge advantage with being able to snuggle up to these smaller islands is that the River Nile now becomes your swimming pool. You can dive and swim to your heart's content, or sit back and watch the frolicking of others from the sands of the island.During its journey the dahabiya will stop to collect supplies of food, either from riverside markets, or directly from local farmers and gardeners: everything is fresh and cooked as required. Frozen food? Forget it! Throughout the day mineral water and tea are available, as well as cups of strong Turkish coffee, karkade (hibiscus), or fresh fruit juice. You can even savour some local beer and wine.Imagine being lulled to sleep by the gentle lapping of the waves, only interrupted by the call of a bird. This is night time on a dahabiya! Serene nights; peaceful days; silent sailing; total relaxation; and all available today, as it was almost 100 years ago.Although we use the spelling "dahabiya", it can also be spelled as: dahabeeya, zahabiya, dahabeyya, dahabiah, dahabiyah, dhahabiyya, dahabiyeh, dahabieh, dahabeah, and dahabeya.Book Dahabiya Nile Cruise from here: Dahabiya Nile Cruise | Luxury Nile Cruises | Dahabiya
Luxor Historical SitesLuxor contains one-third of the world’s monuments and have the biggest temple in all wold (karnak temple) by it’s picturesque colors, Unique design resulting from diversity of religions result masterpiece.Luxor temple with it’s great edifice, which commemorates drawings of King Ramesses the Second and it’s Huge statues.In the western mainland of the city where we are heading for the Eternal Pharaonic tombs of the great and immortals of the Pharaohs Kings graves walls and colors as if they were painted yesterday, the mummy retention of the original image, the beauty of furniture in the tombs, accuracy in the design of coffins do we have to see?Luxor museum contains many of the Pharaonic pieces in their original condition retained in full glamor with precision in sculpture and design.Hot Air Balloon Ride Over LuxorThe passenger begins his journey by enjoying the sunrise with a vision of the city’s landmarks through the Pharaonic areas in a tour of the fresh air.Nile River FeluccaEnjoy a beautiful cruise with the charm of nature and enjoy the charming atmosphere of the sunrise and sunsetThe most happy moments for the tourist when the boat swaying it as if it almost fell and sink, he feels very happy when touching the hands of the Nile water, and the most distinguishing feature is that it also swaying in the wind and this makes it more natural than the boats that are driven by motors.Visit Luxor SouqLuxor includes two streets for shopping and buying gifts from the most prominent streets of Upper Egypt with dozens of tourist bazaars and various shops for perfumes and natural herbs and other gifts bought by tourists from different countries during the visit to Egypt.StagecoachThe cabriolet is a journey for lovers and tourists in Luxor.The stagecoach is one of the oldest occupations in Luxor. It was inherited from its ancestors.Spreading the city of Luxor and the strokes of the hooves of horses, which drag the carriages as a section of the prestigious tourist sections of the ancient city, they are part of the features of tourism and the most important means of transport and entertainment for tourists on the Corniche.