"The Princess Donia, the scenery, the accommodation, the glorious food quality, the weather, Captain Hassan and crew were all perfect. We will be going again and again, a dream that came true – the very best sailing boat on the Nile." - Barry Dunn
This luxurious dahabeeyah sailing ship offers a unique experience for those seeking to escape the world. This romantic 36metre ship will take you on a magical sailing cruise trip from Luxor to Aswan.
Imagine sitting on deck and enjoying the amazing view of the wonderful tranquil silence and see many ancient Egyptian monuments, temples, tombs and scenes beside the Nile that have not changed in thousands of years.
The 5 star elegant cruises on the Princess Donia dahabeeyah depart every Friday, for five or seven nights.
Princess Donia Fact sheet
The Guest accommodation on the ship comprises of four en-suite air conditioned cabins (max. occupancy 2 people) measuring 11.25m that can be set out with either two single beds or with a king-size bed. Each cabin is individually named, tastefully decorated and has three large windows so guests can have a great view of the Nile whilst enjoying the privacy of their own room. The cabins boast Egyptian cotton bedding, flat screen TV, and telephone with ample wardrobe and draw space. The bathrooms are equipped with a power shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. You also have your own steward who is responsible for helping to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible.
The Owner's Suite
The owner’s suite (max. occupancy 3 people) is fully air-conditioned and spans the full width of the rear of the ship. The suite is more than 15m with a beautiful Lounge that opens onto it’s own private terrace which affords panoramic views of the Nile, perfect for entertaining or “when you just want to be alone”. The suite has all of the luxury fittings of the cabins but in a more spacious and sumptuous setting. The Owner’s Suite is ideal for entertaining and for the corporate charter.
The Upper Deck is the place to be for sun worshippers with sun beds and cool down shower. It has oriental seating, sun Lounger, two Pergolas decorated with Arabic style, one of them has a big bar serving Fresh juices and alcoholic, However Sundeck is for guests wanting to escape the heat of the sun it is partially shaded. We will take meals at our large banqueting table and relax on the comfortable deck furniture, or sip mint tea in our Arabic corner furnished with local carpets and cushions as well as Arabesque sofas.
Salon & Restaurant
The Salon is at the front of the ship and makes a delightful meeting place, as well as providing an alternative location for meals. Borrow a book or DVD from our library, play board games, watch major events on satellite TV or connect with the outside world with our onboard internet connection. The salon is also a place to meet your fellow guests for drinks at the bar before dinner and perhaps sip a digestive and discuss the events of the day late into the evening.
The food on board JUDI is designed to offer a wide range of dishes which will appeal to most tastes.
Breakfast is a leisurely affair which may be taken on the top deck whenever you are ready in the morning. There are no set times and the stewards will bring you freshly squeezed juice, fresh fruit, fine coffee and a variety tea's, eggs any way you like them, even soft boiled eggs and soldiers as well as the usual cereals etc. Or you may prefer to try an Egyptian breakfast "Shak Shuka" eggs scrambled with onion, peppers, garlic and a little chili served with soft bread rolls to awaken your palate! We buy freshly caught fish from the local fisherman as they pull up alongside at any convenient point during our journey; we are able to change the menu at short notice to accommodate freshly grilled Nile Perch or Catfish.
Lunch is on the top deck under the shade of the canvas roof which protects everyone from the midday sun. We generally serve a selection of local Mediterranean dishes including Baba Anoug (eggplant and chick pea dip) Middle Eastern Salads, Falafel, Sweet Tomato Salad and local Flatbread. It's perfect lunch fare for vegetarians as well as carnivores. A glass or two of Shahrazade Rose, or a cold beer sets the tone for an afternoon of relaxing as we cruise leisurely to our next temple destination.
Dinner can be a slightly more formal affair (though it needn't be) and it is an opportunity for the ladies to dress up. Most evenings are a delightful temperature to dine outside on the upper deck or wherever we dock, on a sandy island, in the grounds of one of the temples or simply on the banks of the Nile. If the weather is less than perfect (too hot, too cold) then dinner is served in the air-conditioned Salon after cocktails in the bar prepared by our Head Steward.
We serve an authentic Egyptian Banquet including the famous Pigeon Farsi, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Fish Tajen, with roasted seasonal vegetables and other Middle Eastern delectable's. After which, the crew will lead the guests in a riotous fun evening of music, singing and dancing in full traditional costume. Enthusiasm and eagerness to please mean that the service staff will look after all your dining needs with friendly efficiency, the intimate layout of JUDI ensures that food is always fresh and served piping hot with grace and style. Enjoy!
Type of boat
Egyptian Dahabiya, 2-Master, sailing boat 2005.
Length: 36 meters.
Width: 6.10 meters.
Number of cabin: 4 double cabins (around 11m2) with twin-or large bed, air condition, wardrobe, big windows,
shower, washing basin and WC.
length 23meters, tables and chairs on deck, oriental seating area, sun lounger.
Number of Cabins
4 double cabins (around 11m2) with twin-or large bed, air condition, wardrobe, big windows,
shower, washing basin and WC
1 suite with a large bed, private terrace, wardrobe, shower; basin and WC.
fully equipped kitchen.
Traditional Egyptian cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea with pastry.
Food and Beverage: Full board including tea/coffee and mineral water.
Food & Beverage
Full board including tea/coffee and mineral water.
- Rate per person in DBL per night including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Drinks (Water, Tea & Coffee)
- All Sightseeing as per Dahabeya itinerary
- Transfer from Airport to Dahabeya and back with Luxury air-conditioned Bus
- Egyptologist Tour Guide will be accompanied for all stay
- Fact sheet of the Dahabeya attached.
Boat Itinerary 5 Nights / 6 Days ex Esna to Aswan :
Day 1 : Luxor – Esna
Sightseeing in LXR to visit the Valley of the kings, Hatshepsut, Memenon Colossi , Karnak’ Temple , then transfer to Esna and join the Boat , crew will welcome you on board and have your bags taken to your cabins. We will then set sail on your voyage to Aswan. Overnight close to El Hegz Island
Day 2 : Esna – Edfu
Morning Sailing gently l en-route to Edfu; enjoy breakfast at your leisure, visit Edfu Temple by horse carriage, one of the largest and most intact of Egypt's monuments. Two beautiful granite statues of the Falcon God Horus flank the entrance. After your visit to the temple, either ride or walk through the bazaar, this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. We will then set sail for our private island "El Fouza" where we will disembark for dinner served to you on the edge of the Nile.
Day 3 : Edfu - Silslea
we set off for the relaxing journey to the temple of Gebel el Silsila, another of our less frequented destinations. You will be amazed as we tie up alongside the Speos of Hormheb. If possible dinner will be served in the grounds of the illuminated temple or on the upper deck of Boat whilst soaking up the tranquil atmosphere with music to match the mood.
Day 4 : Silslea / Kom Ombo
Breakfast at your leisure as we sail on to Kom Ombo. Listen to the sounds of the water buffalo as they wade in the shallow water besides the banks of the Nile, the Donkeys as they go about their day to day business and the various bird life of the river. Here we visit to the Greco Roman Temple at Kom Ombo. The temple building is totally symmetrical with two entrance's two halls and two sanctuaries dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and the Crocodile God Sobek. Lunch will be served as we head for a small island where we will moor for the evening and enjoy dinner at this atmospheric location.
Day 5 : Kom Ombo / Aswan
Enjoy the privilege and luxury of days gone by as we sail to Aswan, the gateway to Nubia and the Sudan. We should arrive around 10am, giving you plenty of time to visit some of the highlights such as the Temple of Philae and the Souk, and high Dam .You will have lots of time to prepare for our EGYPTIAN EVENING OF FUN, with Egyptian cuisine, Arabic Music. Dress in your bespoke Gallabeyah .
Day 6 : Disembarkation
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the crew. Your luggage will be collected and will be ready for you to travel to your next destination
- Meals not mentioned.