Enjoy sailing the Nile in comfort and stylish Dahabiya Instead of cruising the Nile with a large cruise ship.
Our luxury 5-Day Merit Dahabiya Nile River Cruise Itinerary is the perfect solution for people who want a more personalized Nile River cruise. With our Merit Dahabiya cruise, it is all about you and the handful of other passengers on board. With only the sound of birds and the wind in the sails, a Dahabiya cruise provides you with absolute peace and tranquility as you sail silently from one ancient treasure to the next.
A trip through the Nile River Valley on board the Merit Dahabiya is well and truly a trip you will never forget. Unforgettable sightseeing; VIP service; artfully prepared meals, and a range of modern amenities all come together seamlessly to create a flawless travel experience in every way.
NOTE: Cruises Depart from Luxor every Saturday
Luxor / Aswan
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Why you'll love this trip
experience a grand and luxurious dahabiya for a romantic and unforgettable way of travel.
Your private, Egyptologist guide provides undivided attention and an insider’s perspective of Upper Egypt.
Enjoy the Nile scenery at a leisurely pace while visiting the ancient Egyptian monuments along the way from Luxor to Aswan.
Enjoy overnight lodging, meals, and admission tickets in the tour price
Tour is suitable for all ages and all genders.
Valley of the Kings
Aswan High Dam
At Luxor and Aswan Travel, we don’t want you to worry about a thing when you are on vacation, and we have done everything we can to ensure that you really don’t need to.
When you arrive in Luxor, the tour manager that was assigned to you when you booked your tour will be standing by at the airport or railway station to meet you and assist you in any way possible. One of our drivers will also be waiting outside in a clean and modern air-conditioned vehicle.
Once pleasantries have been exchanged, your tour manager and our driver will take you to the area where you will be boarding the luxurious Merit Dahabiya river yacht.
Once on board, you will check in, and then at around midday, you will be served your first onboard lunch. All meals are prepared by the boat’s resident chef who will be spoiling you with a wonderful variety of both Egyptian and international dishes throughout your cruise.
After lunch, your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary begins with a visit to Luxor’s East Bank to see two fabulous ancient monuments: Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Luxor Temple is by far the better preserved of the two, but the sheer size of the Karnak Temple complex makes it equally as fascinating, if not more so.
Following your tour of these two sites, you will then return to your luxury Dahabiya river yacht, with some time to spare for relaxing before a delicious dinner is served up in the early evening. Tonight you will be enjoying your first sleep inside your beautifully fitted cabin on the water at Luxor.
The 2nd day of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary begins with a good hearty breakfast, followed by a visit to Luxor’s West Bank to see another three unforgettable ancient monuments. This time you will be visiting Valley of the Kings, a vast royal necropolis which is home to more than 60 ancient tombs, including the tomb of King Tutankhamen. You will also be visiting the indescribable rock-cut mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
After a tour which you will almost certainly never forget, you will then head back to your Dahabiya in time for another artfully prepared lunch. Once lunch has been served, the boat will begin sailing towards Esna, with no other excursion scheduled for this day.
This is a perfect opportunity for you to relax, or for doing a bit of bird watching. Alternatively, go for a dip in the open-air Jacuzzi; enjoy a few drinks or some cocktail in the lounge or bar, or catch up with friends and family online.
Enjoy some afternoon tea on the boat’s sundeck at around 15h00. Dinner this evening will be served while you are sailing, and once the boat nears Esna it will change course slightly, and it will tie up alongside a small island for the night.
Day 3 of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary gets off to an early start, so you will be able to enjoy your breakfast while your river yacht is crossing the Esna Lock, which is actually a very enjoyable and interesting experience in itself. Once you are through the Lock, you will then start sailing towards Edfu, with a good lunch being served along the way.
Depending on the wind, the boat should arrive at Edfu shortly after lunch, and then it will be time for another wonderful excursion, this time to see Edfu Temple. This is an ancient Greco-Roman temple with was later abandoned by the Romans, and subsequently became buried beneath the sand. It remained that way for more than 2,000 years before being rediscovered. As a result of this, its degree of preservation is simply remarkable. In fact, it is the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt.
Following your visit to Edfu Temple, you will board your Dahabiya again, and it will sail to Al Ramady Island where it will be tied up for the night. As usual, dinner will be served in the evening, and you will be spend this night of you cruise on the water alongside Al Ramady Island.
The 4th day of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary once again begins before breakfast. If you are awake at this time, then it really is a wonderful time to be out on deck. At the usual time, breakfast will be served on the water while you are sailing to Aswan via el Sheikh Fadl Island where it will tie up for a while.
Enjoy another good onboard lunch while you are sailing, and then shortly after you have finished eating, you will arrive at the island. Today, instead of having afternoon tea and dinner on the boat, you will have your tea and dinner on el Sheikh Fadl Island.
After enjoying a delicious dinner on the island, you will once again boar the river yacht, and then it will sail on to Aswan where it will tie up for the night. Enjoy the last night of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary on the water at Aswan.
Sadly, this is the last day of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River cruise itinerary, but before you start to say goodbye, first enjoy another good breakfast and a very enjoyable excursion to see two wonderful attractions.
The first place you will visit today is the ancient Philae Temple which was moved in entirety to higher ground in order to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the Aswan High Dam was constructed.
Next, you will be taken to see the Aswan High Dam itself, a dam which quite literally changed both the face and the future of Egypt forever.
Finally, it will be time for you to return to the Merit Dahabiya to check out, and to collect your belongings. When the time is right, we will once again be escorting you to the airport or the train station, dependent on what your onward travel arrangements are.
From all of us at Luxor and Aswan Travel, we hope and believe that your cruise was everything you expected it to be and more. Have a safe and happy onward journey.
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Cruise Boat
- Private Vehicle
- Horse carriage at Edfu
- Taftaf at Valley of the kings
- Motor Boat to Philae island
4 Nights on board Merit Dahabiya Nile River Cruise
Meet and Greet Service – One of tour representatives will meet you on arrival in Luxor, and another one will be there to bid you farewell when you depart from Aswan.
Full Personal Assistance – Our team of tour professionals will be available to offer assistance throughout the duration of your Merit Dahabiya Nile River Cruise Itinerary in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
All Transfers – All transfers are done in modern air-conditioned vehicles and are included in the price of your cruise.
All Excursions – All excursions mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price.
Entrance Fees – Any and all entrance fees to the various sites visited are included.
English Speaking Guide – A fully certified English-speaking guide will accompany you on all excursions. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable, and visitors are encouraged to ask question during excursions.
All Service Charges and Taxes – The price of your cruise is inclusive of all taxes, services charges, and etc. With us, there are NO hidden charges along the way.
- Pre-Arrival and Post-Departure Travel – Tour price does not include travel to Luxor or onward travel from Aswan.
- Tipping – Tour price does not include money for tipping guides, waitresses, waiters, and etc. Tipping is not required or expected, but always appreciated if you feel it is well-deserved.
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Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip except during Christmas, New Year & Easter holidays.
0 - 01.99 Free of Charge
2 - 05.99 pay 25% of tour price
6 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price
12+ pay full tour price as per adult person.
Child pricing applies to children who share rooms with their parents (Max 1 Children in one Room)
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