Dahabiyas are river-going sailboats which were common in Egypt in the days of the monarchy (1920s-40s) when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers loved to cruise the Nile in style.
Relying on the rivers currents and the gentle breeze, this really is the traditional way to cruise the Nile.
Flanked by two lateen sails, this style of boat takes on the gentle rhythm of the river where the breeze often goes against the currents, and can access tranquil banks that larger boats cannot, offering a unique view of the rural daily life.
The dahabiya has 8 cabins, all of which have modern facilities and comforts and is staffed by 12 crew plus a tour leader and guide. Additional facilities on board include an outdoor dining area, shaded sundeck and jacuzzi.