Dahabiya ‘Dream’ is the name of our traditional Nile cruise boat and Explore travel and Cruises want you to have the holiday of a lifetime by experiencing the magic of Egypt in a special and memorable way. During the 19th Century, gentry visitors travelled the Nile on luxurious private yachts known as Dahabiyas. These boats are beautifully crafted wooden sailing ships and allow you to experience the Nile in a nostalgic way. To be called a genuine Dahabiya the boat must have no engine and so sailing on Dream is peaceful and vibration free and is truly a unique river cruise experience. Our company owned and family run Dahabiya ‘Dream’ has been hand crafted to create an authentic sail boat as used by travellers and explorers discovering the wonders and mysteries of the Nile. This Luxury Dahabiya Dream Nile cruise itinerary combines historical and mystical sightseeing with the peace and tranquillity of a Nile cruise as you dreamt it should be. You will visit all the famous sites including the Valley of Kings and Karnak Temple as well as others not on the main tourist map such as El Kab and some of the remote beautiful islands along the Nile. With all your meals and soft drinks, tea and coffee included we want you to relax and enjoy the experience as you make your own journey of discovery on this truly luxury Nile cruise.
Sailing Boat in Luxor, Nile Valley, Egypt - Sail The Nile In Style In Your Private House Boat
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 29, 2018
About Linda Velcic
As a family we are always passionate about travel and taking holidays, that's why 20 years ago we have established Explore Travel & Cruises. We believe in a quality service and product which is why we invest our own time and money into our projects and always strive to support the local communities we work in. We own the Villa in Croatia and our authentic sailing boat on the Nile in Egypt so you are dealing directly with us and not going through a third party. I know you will love taking holiday with us and we look forward to welcoming you.
Linda Velcic purchased this Boat in 2009
Why Linda Velcic chose Luxor
A Dahabiya cruise on the river Nile allows you to explore the ancient sites of Egypt in a traditional way and simply we wanted to recreate the elegance and style not known since the 1920′s in cruising the Nile. Dahabiya Dream’s story starts with Explore Travel & Cruises commissioning the build of this Dahabiya in March 2009 and was completed in October 2010. This Dahabiya is company owned and family run so there is no third party supplier involved and we take the time to getting it right for you. Every care has been taken over the build and finish of this boat to ensure it is as authentic as it can be. Explore Travel & Cruises embraces an ethical approach to its business and believes in supporting the local communities and economy.
What makes this Boat unique
This Dahabiya has luxurious accommodation with its 6 cabins all themed after great explorers of the time. Howard Carter, Amelia Edwards, Giovanni Belzoni, Jean Francois Champollion, William Flinders Petrie and Auguste Mariette. Your Dahabiya Dream team are fully trained and experts in making your holiday as special as it can be. Their priority is your safety and comfort and you have the opportunity to meet them all, enjoy our qualified chef’s fantastic cuisine, and learn more about Egypt.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a fantastic time on our recent cruise on the Dahabiya Dream. Of course we enjoyed the amazing sights of the many temples and tombs that we visited, but what absolutely made our holiday was the welcome and hospitality we received. Without exception every single member of the crew and staff on board seemed to go out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and safe. The boat is classic but comfortable and the food was very good. Any specific dietary requests were willingly catered for. A beautiful country and lovely people. Don't hesitate to go if you're considering it. We had the time of our lives and always felt safe.
The Best holiday ever
we had a wonderful holiday on Dahabiya Dream this Christmas. We feel we were treated like honoured guests rather than paying clients. From our arrival in Cairo and trip to the Pyramids to the magical Dahabiya cruise, everything surpassed our expectations (which were high!).
The star of the trip has to be the exquisite “Dream” and her crew. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them, from the unsurpassable Mahmoud, our superlative guides Mo and Ahmed and the magnificent crew. The food was amazing, and the perfect blend of the familiar and new things to try. Each meal was presented by Hassan the fabulous chef. We spent much of the cruise debating with our fellow passengers who would be taking him home with them at the end of the trip! Hamada was the perfect host, and knew how each of us liked our tea/coffee by the end of the first day. The whole crew were a delight and always had smiles on their faces. Every detail was considered, even down to the human-held bannister for the gangplank! They certainly are the Dream Team!
We found the Egyptians to be delightful people, very caring and with a similar sense of humour to our own. We definitely recommend this holiday to anyone wants to Sail the Nile in Style
Dreams come true after all
Relaxing and peaceful. The crew was wonderful and made us feel special. Mahmoud, our boat manager could not do enough for us. Take a tip, go when it is your birthday!
The tours were well organised and we loved our guide Ahmed. Egypt is sensational and this way of seeing it is very special. Thank you to everyone.
Wonderful! Absolutely Wonderful. There's not much point repeating everything that's already been said as it is abundantly clear that everyone who has been on this boat has had the same experience. We cannot praise the Explore team highly enough from the moment we booked the trip to the moment we returned. Professionalism and attention to detail shone through at every level. All the information provided beforehand was detailed, relevant and thorough and every element of the trip itself was very well organised and although all transfers to all the sites were arranged, it never once felt like we were being herded about as we had our own dedicated Egyptologist on hand to guide us through any level of detail we wanted. The itinerary was flexible and there was plenty of time to relax on board to enjoy and marvel at the scenery as we sailed. The crew were fantastic as was the food and service. The balance was perfect. Dawn and I also took the optional flight to Abu Simbel and that was also extremely well organised. I joined TA originally to quiz other posters when we were thinking about booking as it seemed almost too good to be true but we were thrilled with our holiday and loved every minute!
Do not book this cruise
I was outright lies to by Linda and Muhammed. They said the boat was covered the cueing had large gains in it when the sun came through. They said all trips would be done by 10.00am "since the sun was too strong." Frequently people were out in the middle of the day and once they took us on a boat with no roof in the middle if the afternoon. In Eygpt there are warnings about the sun and when I went it as unseasonably hot. They totally misled me about all of this despite me having had the foresight to ask about it in advance. Not only that but myself and another guest got a tummy bug on board which meant I spent two days in my cabin. Awful holiday.
A "Dream" holiday
Just spent a week on the Dahabiya Dream - a wonderful, newly built but old-fashioned sailing boat on the Nile - and thoroughly recommend it. The boat itself is beautifully made and maintained. The passenger cabins (six in all) are spacious, beds comfortable, ensuite perfect with a powerful, hot shower. Two windows through which we could watch the Nile. On deck there was a choice of sitting in comfortable deckchairs in the sun, or chairs and sofas under the awning where the dining table was also laid. There is also a comfortable lounge/bar with a wind-up gramophone, and a selection of books and games.
Unfortunately the wind was not kind so we didn't have the sails up much, but the little tugboat that pulled us along meant we didn't have a noisy engine as we relaxed on deck. Sitting back and watching the Nile drift by was remarkably soothing, and there was much of interest to see on the banks, from farmers tending banana, mango and guava "orchards" to a wide variety of birds.
The boat's crew, ably led by Mahmoud, the boat manager, were attentive and friendly - on a few evenings they led us in singing and dancing which we all enjoyed. The food throughout was excellent - three hearty meals a day, plus afternoon tea. The "magic" fruit cocktails are especially recommended. Alcohol on board is local beer and wine, and imported spirits.
The boat was a wonderful base for the cruise, from Luxor to Aswan and back, which took us to several of the amazing temples and tombs Egypt is famous for, with the excellent Sameh as guide. He brought the history of Ancient Egypt alive, gave us an insight into the lives of the Pharoahs and to the symbolism of the amazing art of carvings, statues and hieroglyphs. Under his tutelage it was easy to see why people become fascinated by Egypt. We also marvelled at some of the engineering feats - from the Aswan High Dam to the incredible moving of temples when the dams flooded their original sites.
Be prepared for some serious temple visiting - comfortable shoes or sandals - and wear clothing suitable for an Arab country. Be ready for early morning starts to get to sites before the crowds. We were there in the last week of January/beginning of February and found the weather very good - about 80F every day with clear, sunny skies, cool in the evening and a bit chilly in the early morning. It can be cooler in January, and much hotter later in the spring.
In case you are worried, there are no crocodiles downstream of the Aswan High Dam
Special interest holidays:
A holiday on Dream gives the chance to explore the Ancient Egyptians treasures on the Nile; Kings Valley, Karnak Temples, Luxor Temple, Edfu Temple, El Kab tombs, Philea Temple and Abu Simbel
You can add on Red Sea stay, Nasser Lake Cruise, Cairo Pyramids or Petra please contact us for more details
The Red Sea and its amazing Beaches is only 3 hours drive from Dream. You can add on Red Sea stay,please contact us for more details
• Luxor international airport is 10 minutes drive from the boat.
• Transfer from the airport to the boat is included
• Our Agent will be waiting for you at the airport
• There is direct flight from many European cities to Luxor.
All Meals, soft Drinks, Private tours and sightseeing are included in the itinerary of the boat.
Dahabiya Dream Safety and Security features
• Full fire and safety features including emergency lighting, smoke detectors and sprinkler system throughout the boat.
• Emergency first aid kit on board and 24 hour doctor on call.
• Full 24 service, crew and management on board.
• Advanced water purification system including UV treatment light and a triple filtering system.
Booking Notes: 10% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance is due 12 weeks before the arrival Please note: our rates are per person per night Changeover Day: Monday at 12 pm. Notes on prices: The prices shown are per person per night