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Nile Cruise

To fully discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, a cruise on the River Nile is truly an unforgettable experience. The Nile River has been Egypt's lifeline since ancient times and there is no better way to trace the passage of Egypt's history than to follow the course of the Nile.

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Sonesta Amirat Dahabiya

The Sonesta Amirat – with its 5 cabins and 2 suites is one of the most stylish dahabiyas sailing the Nile and has a decor inspired by the vessels of a 100 years ago.Offering 7 night cruises between Luxor and Aswan (and vice versa) the Sonesta Amirat will take you, and a small group of fellow travellers, along the Nile at a leisurely pace visiting small islands, local villages, and Pharaonic sites that are often missed by the larger Nile cruises, enabling you to experience an Egypt that has long been removed from the tourist radar.

All of the 5 standard cabin are twin bedded (15 sq.m including bathroom) and feature private direct-dial telephones, individual climate control, hairdryers, mini-bar, safe deposit boxes, plasma televisions and movie channels.

The 2 suites (27 sq.m including bathroom and terrace) feature double beds and offer attractive private terraces at the bow of the boat.

On board facilities include an open air oriental-style Jacuzzi, spacious sundeck and stylish common lounge.

A la carte dining; and a crew to guest ratio of greater than one to one.

It is possible for families and small groups of friends to charter the Sonesta Amirat dahabiya for an exclusive private cruise experience.

This cruise operates on a Saturday to Saturday basis from Luxor and Aswan on alternate weeks.

Call 020 7407 2111 or email sales@discoveregypt.co.uk for more information


  • Nile Cruise October 2023

    17 October 2023 The management of our travel arrangements “on the ground “was faultless. The organisation and implementation of our schedule was punctual and helpful. We particularly welcomed the assistance and assurance of M when dealing with the turmoil of Cairo airport. His understanding of that chaos was invaluable on the day we flew back to London. All your representatives/ colleagues in Egypt were extremely friendly and accommodating. The knowledge of the guides was invaluable as we grappled with the names / roles of the various gods, kings, and queens. In this context the contribution of Waleed needs to be highlighted, not only regarding the archaeology but also his overall guidance and attitude. His enthusiasm for the history added to our understanding. The members of the crew of the Sonesta Amirat were diligent and charming. Whilst the available space is cramped, we were amazed at the standard of the food we were served and the fun we had in our interactions with the crew (including some crazy “dancing “). We had a wonderful time and wish to place on record our appreciation of the help we had from you in England and your representatives in Egypt. Thanks to you all we were able to concentrate on the history and people of Egypt. And the tomb of Nefertari was truly outstanding- it was incredibly beautiful. Many thanks John – Suffolk.

  • Dahabiya cruise and Cairo Feb 2020

    Thank you for your help in arranging our holiday. Your suggestions worked out very well. As you told us our guide (Fouad) met us airside of security and helped us obtain our visas. We then met Mustafa our driver and they both helped us with our luggage. The Le Meridien Hotel (your recommendation) was very good. Next morning we met “Tuna” our guide for the Pyramids etc. She was excellent, although we did have trouble hearing her at times due to background noise. We then transferred to our boat at Aswan and met LOAY AHMED who was to be our guide for the rest of the trip. He was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and attentive throughout we couldn’t have had anyone better. Our cabin was comfortable with an excellent shower etc. The food on board was very good with plenty of choice. I came home 2 kilos heavier. There were another 6 guests on board and we all got on very well . Dress was informal and relaxed and the ladies did not get the chance to put on the smart frocks! We were (Including the guides) caught out by a cold north wind. We ended using our bath robes to keep warm when dining at night. It all added to the fun. I can not praise the crew enough. My wife has a problem with a leg and the crew competed to be the ones to help her when leaving and joining the boat. The stewards were very attentive and looked after us very well. The 14th. February was our golden wedding anniversary. Our cake was brought up onto deck by the crew singing and dancing. It was the most lovely time and I am not afraid to say, brought tears to my eyes. It truly made it a most enjoyable occasion. Thank you for arranging the cake. It was made on the boat and was beautiful. On the 15th, we left our boat for the last time and were ferried over in a small boat to the far side of the river. As I hope you can tell, we really enjoyed our holiday. David …………. A short extra note from Sandra. The entire holiday exceeded expectations and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your company to anyone wanting a similar trip. All involved were extremely professional, but also approachable.It was so good to have such a happy crew. The cake, singing, clapping, music for our 50th was a big surprise and much appreciated – thank you for organising that. Sandra

  • Dahabiya cruise Feb 2020

    Our guide Loay Ahmed was amazing, very knowledgeable could not do enough for us and we had a lot of laughs with him. The Dahabiya and cruise was great, all I expected and more. The Dahabiya cabin was very comfortable with a nice on suite. There was a little lounge you could use below deck. However we did not a German couple had drinks in it most nights the other four passengers like us tended to stay up on deck chatting and watching the world go by. On deck where we spent most of our time when on board had sun loungers comfortable chairs and a hot tub. We ate all our meals on deck great food breakfast was cereal, fruit salad, omelettes, boiled eggs and lots more. Lunch was buffet style with four courses, dinner again four course but set meal. Food was amazing. The crew without exception were very friendly and again could not do enough for you, I and another passenger even had a go at the helm a few times. The whole trip was very relaxed and peaceful even the excursions. Our guides worked with us if we wanted to change something or add something. We usually set of at about 9am for the trips and found we missed the big crowd's which started to appear as we were leaving. No trip was rushed we were able to take our time and after he had explained and shown everything we had free time to go around by ourselves if we wished.

  • Dahabiya Nile Cruise & Cairo - 10 Nights Feb 2019

    Feb 2019 - After planning and anticipating this trip for over 6 months, we spent 10 days in Egypt in February and our holiday surpassed all our expectations. We were a group of five, with three of the group traveling from the USA and the other two traveling from Ireland. We booked with Discover Egypt because they offered the combination package of Cairo and a Nile Cruise on a Dahabiya. Discover Egypt worked tirelessly on the planning and the logistics and making sure that we were able to squeeze in every sight we wanted to see along the way. We were met in the airport, helped through the visa controls and then escorted to a welcome van. We were even helped through the check in process at our hotel, the Marriott Mena House. The Mena House was lovely and tranquil, with an amazing view of the Giza Pyramids. I want to go back to Egypt just to stay there again. Each morning in Cairo we were met promptly by our driver with the van and our guide. Raham, who was so much more for us than a tour guide - mostly guide, but also group photographer, shopping director and culture interpreter - was fabulous. Our transportation to the Cairo Airport for our flight to Aswan, was also seamless, and we were met at the Aswan Airport without incident. A Dahabiya is a small boat. Ours, the Sonesta Amarit, had a total of five regular cabins and two suites. Our group, along with another couple who had booked with Discover Egypt, had our own guide along for the cruise. Assem, just as our guide in Cairo had been, was excellent. He was very accommodating for our group, and unselfishly shared the history and his love for his country with us. He went out of his way, at every turn, to ensure that we were enjoying our holiday. Our experience with Discover Egypt was, from start to finish, simply amazing. We won’t hesitate to book with them again when we start planning our next vacation. Jamie and friends - USA and Ireland