Yes, all foreigners entering Egypt must obtain visas from Egyptian consulates in their own country or at the airport or port of arrival in Egypt. Getting a visa upon arrival is easy; the whole process takes a few minutes. Your passport should be valid for at least 2 months from the day of departure from Egypt, no photo is required.
Egyptian pound, in Arabic a guinea (LE or E₤) is the official currency. One pound consists of 100 piasters (pt). We accept Euros, US$ and GBP£ on board. Banks and ATM’s can only be found in main cities.
Winters (September to June) are mild and summers (July and August) are hot. Temperatures range between an average of 17° C (63°F) in winter and an average maximum of 35° C (95° F) in summer.
Our standard Dahabiya boat trips sail back and forth on the Nile between Esna and Aswan, start location is optional of the two mentioned cities. We offer a guaranteed choice between two itineraries for 3 or 4 night journey. We also offer different trips and itineraries that can be tailored to families or small private groups.
We provide transportation to and from any address in Luxor or Aswan to the Dahabiya boat, according to the itinerary.
Yes, all excursion costs are included for the duration of the boat ride. A tour guide will on board and will accompany the group during the entire boat trip.
Yes, it is also possible to book one or both of our Dahabiya boats privately for your group for a minimum number of 3 nights. Different trips and itineraries can be tailored to families or small private groups. Early booking is highly recommended for private journeys, especially in the high season, October through April. Please contact us for more detailed information and suggested itineraries.
Not unless you're booking the whole boat exclusively for your own use. The 3 night’s journey is the only possibility for those with a shorter stay in Egypt.
Our Dahabiya boats are designed for sailing in the Nile. Due to the prevailing wind, more sailing is possible upstream towards Aswan than downstream towards Esna. Even the ancient hieroglyphs show this: a boat with a sail is sailing south (= upstream), a boat with oars is heading north (= downstream). Luckily each of our Dahabiya has its own small tug that can help if the natural elements fail.
It is not recommended to swim in the Nile or its canals because of the risk of exposure to bacterial and other infections. However, if you feel it is an absolute must to swim in the Nile, be advised that the water is cleaner the closer you get to Aswan.
There are 220 volt power points all over the boat. As electricity is provided by a gas generator, we have to switch the generator off at night time. The entire boat is air-conditioned.
In Egypt, public displays of affection should be kept to a minimum. Caution should be taken regarding picture taking in Egypt. Always ask if it's OK to take pictures of someone or something before doing so. People in rural areas will naturally be suspicious of foreigners taking pictures of them, so it's best to ask and be friendly first. At museums, signs will guide you. Do not take pictures of military people, soldiers or government looking places.
There is no dress code on board the boat. Feel free to wear casual and comfortable clothes to fit your individual preference, however please be advised that, Egyptians are in general conservative, especially in smaller villages, therefore, women are advised not to wear tight fitting or revealing clothing, mainly when going on excursions.
All cabins and suites are air-conditioned and individually decorated with antique oriental furniture and Egyptian fabrics. The cabins each have two large antique beds, French windows and a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. At the end of the central corridor are the two suites. Each suite has an antique double bed, a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, French windows and a private balcony overlooking the Nile.
The suites are more expensive due to the more spacious size as well as the private terrace overlooking the priceless view of the Nile.
With no more than 12 guests to cater for, and fresh supplies delivered each morning from the nearby mainland, our chefs have the time and facilities to create an exquisite dining experience each day. We aim to serve progressive contemporary cuisine, focusing on fresh local produce prepared with Egyptian and Mediterranean inspired flavors. Individual dietary requirements and vegetarians can easily be catered for. The following meals are included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner. Drinks are included with breakfast and afternoon tea. All other drinks will be added separately to the tab.
The choice is yours, depending on what you feel more comfortable with. Travelling with an extended group can be very exciting and fulfilling and many guests find it very easy to mix and chat with others, at the same time the setting on board allows couples the privacy they may want to spend to themselves even if travelling with others. Because of the relaxed, personal atmosphere, with communal dining and plenty of interesting activities and tours throughout the journey, many of our guests choose to travel privately as well.
Yes, the boats and daily activities are suitable for children.
Dahabiya The Orient can accommodate up to 10 guests. Dahabiya Zekrayaat can accommodate up to 12 guests. Most boats of similar measurements can accommodate 16 or more guests; however, as we designed our boats, the main objective was to create as much space as possible on board for the highest level of comfort for our guests.
Yes. Mobile phones on board are also available for guests use for emergencies only.
The main things you need to bring include the following:
Sun hat, sun screen, insect repellent, shoes for walking through water (sandals), bush walking shoes, camera & film, a small flashlight, a small backpack if wanted, personal toiletries & medicine. We provide all bed linen, bath towels and beach towels.
Tips are not mandatory; they are just a sign of recognition for a job well done. The whole crew members are usually tipped between € 5 & € 10 per person per day by a group of 8 guests.