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Amoura (Aswan to Esna)
The Amoura is a two mast Egyptian dahabiya, which was built in 2008. It is 38 metres in length and 6.5 meters wide and has 6 double cabins and 1 double suite, meaning there is a maximum of 14 guests, plus the crew. As the dahabiya has no engine, there is always an accompanying motorboat for towing it if the wind is calm. There is, however, a 24 hour electric power supply, with an onboard generator, and it runs at 220V.
As mentioned above, there are 6 double cabins, each one measuring approximately 13 square meters. These are furnished with either a twin or large bed; air-conditioning; wardrobe; big windows; shower; wash basin; and WC. The suite measures approximately 21 square meters and is furnished with a large double bed; private terrace; wardrobe; shower; wash basin; and WC.
There is a fully equipped kitchen, which also contains a water filter. From here is served the dahabiyas cuisine: traditional Egyptian foods, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea with pastries. Food and beverages are served all day, and night, long including tea, coffee and mineral water.
The sundeck is 29 meters in length and hosts tables and chairs on the deck; an oriental seating area, and a sun lounger. The Amoura also has a salon/bar, which is 27 square meters, with comfortable seating area; air conditioning; satellite television; DVD´s; Internet; and a book corner.
You will be transferred to, or from, Esna in one of our air-conditioned vehicles free of charge, so there is no need to worry about getting to, or from, your embarkation/disembarkation point. Leave the worrying up to us, just relax and enjoy the serene silence as the dahabiya gracefully glides along the River Nile, visiting sites, such as Gebel El Silsila, where the larger Nile cruise boats cannot: even though this cruise sails from Aswan to Esna.
Day By Day:
- Day 1: Aswan Embarkation
- Day 2: Aswan/Gebel El Silsila
- Day 3: Gebel El Silsila/Esna
- Day 4: Esna Disembarkation
Photos of the Dahabia
- 3 night’s accommodation
- Bottled water, tea and coffee
- Afternoon/sunset tea served with cakes and pastries.
- On board Internet
- All transfers as per package
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
- All sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- English, French, Spanish or German speaking, experienced, guides
- Breakfasts x 4, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
- Alcoholic drinks: available on board but must be paid for as per consumption
- Any items of a personal nature
- Trip Duration :
3 nights/4 days
- Trip runs :
- Embarkation :
- Number of Rooms :
6 cabins & 1 suite
- Pick up location & Time:
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Features of the Boat
The Guest accommodation on the Ship comprises of 6 en-suite air conditioned cabins (max. occupancy 2 people) measuring 13sqm 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 large window so guests can have a great view of the Nile whilst enjoying the privacy of their own room. The cabins boast Egyptian cotton bedding 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 suite of the Dahabeya Amoura are furnished with the finest equipment that any traveler would require including a large wardrobe, telephone, nice bathroom, window to view the wonderful scenes of the Nile and a private terrace.
Perfect for entertaining or "when you just want to be alone". The Suite boasts Egyptian cotton bedding, telephone with ample wardrobe and draw space. The bathroom is equipped with a power shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. It has all of the luxury fittings of the cabins but in a more spacious and sumptuous setting area with sofa bed.
The ship also hosts a marvelous sundeck where the guests can enjoy the sunlight and the cool breeze of the Nile. There are some sun beds and showers in the sundeck for everybody to lie down and enjoy the sun during the sailing Nile cruise.
The Upper Deck has oriental seating, sun Lounger. 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 of the ship would be the finest place for the guests to enjoy their time playing games or watching the large screen playing DVDs or watching the satellite channels. 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 have a chat together about the events of the day late into the evening. Meet New Friends.
The food on board our small sailing boats in the Nile (AMOURA) 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 select ion 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 Scheherazade Rose, or a cold beer sets the tone for an afternoon of relaxing as we cruise leisurely to our next temple destination.
Offering many choices and a large select ion of dishes, international and Egyptian, every tourist, from all ages and social backgrounds, would take pleasure in the meals offered in the Dahabeya Amoura.
Enthusiasm and eagerness to please mean that the service staff will look after all your dining needs with friendly efficiency, the intimate layout of AMOURA ensures that food is always fresh and served piping hot with grace and style. Enjoy!
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Day 1: Dahabiya Cruise: Aswan Embarkation
Once you have arrived in Aswan you will be met by our representative who will help you with your luggage and then escort you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle. Here he will hand you over to your guide, who will then take you on a trip to visit the Aswan High Dam, which created the world’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Nasser, once it was completed. You will then be taken on a short motorboat trip to Agilkia Island, home of the Temples of Philae since their previous location was flooded due to the creation of Lake Nasser.
The motorboat trip, back from the island, signifies the end of this exciting day and you will then be driven to embark the Dahabiya Amoura, your floating hotel for the next 3 nights.
Overnight onboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)
Day 2: Dahabiya Cruise: Aswan/Gebel El Silsila
During breakfast you will start sailing towards Kom Ombo, where you will visit the temple. The Temple of Kom Ombo is very unusual as it is dedicated to two gods: Sobek and Haroeris (the Greek name for the Egyptian god 'Herwer', which translates into 'Great Horus' or 'Horus the Elder'). It is built symmetrically, with two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a clear division that separates the temple into one half Sobek and one half Haroeris. It is a Ptolemaic temple, built between the reigns of Ptolemy VI (Philometor) and Ptolemy XII (Neos Dionysos) with sandstone from the nearby Gebel El Silsila quarries. The forecourt and outer corridor were added during the Roman Period.
After this amazing visit you will head back to the Dahabiya Amoura before it sails for Gebel El Silsila. Once believed, by the ancient Egyptians, to be where the Nile started, Gebel El Silsila is situated where the Nile narrows, as well as where the bedrock changes from limestone to sandstone. It was a very popular quarry, during the New Kingdom and Greco-Roman Periods, with stone being removed for the building of: Dendera, Edfu, Esna, Karnak, Kom Ombo, Western Thebes, and many more historic sites. Nowadays you can see a small Amenhotep III chapel as well as an unfinished sandstone sphinx.
The Speos of Horemheb is directly across the river from Gebel El Silsila and is a rock-cut chapel with four pillars forming five openings. It was built by the Pharaoh Horemheb and the sanctuary commemorates him with the god Atum. Ramses II completed the Speos and later pharaohs, such as Ramses III, Ramses IV, and Shoshenq I are commemorated on a stele offering to the gods of Thebes, Heliopolis and Memphis, which can be found to the south of the Speos. It is at this fantastic location that you will have your dinner tonight, enjoying the marvellous atmosphere.
Overnight onboard in Gebel El Silsila. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Dahabiya Cruise: Gebel El Silsila/Esna
During breakfast you will start to sail to Edfu, where you will visit the Temple of Horus, which is one of the best preserved temples in the whole country. Dedicated to the god Horus, it was built between 237BCE and 57BCE, during the Greek (Ptolemaic) Period; it actually sits on the remains of previous temples that had been built here.
The reliefs on the walls tell the story of Horus taking out his revenge on Seth, for the murder of his father; Osiris, and give a fantastic insight into ancient Egyptian religion. An enormous 10 foot tall statue of Horus, the falcon god, stands at the entrance of the main temple building, and there are also a granite shrine to Nektanebo (360-342BCE) , the remains of a mamissi (birth-house), and the base of a pylon that once belonged to a Rameses II temple.
The Temple of Horus is also the second largest temple in Egypt: Karnak being the largest!
You will then visit the small bazaar in Edfu before heading back to the Dahabiya Amoura for your dinner and a Galabeya costume party.
Overnight onboard in Esna. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Dahabiya Cruise: Esna Disembarkation
After your breakfast it will be time to say farewell to the crew of the Dahabiya Amoura and disembark your cruise. You will then be driven to Luxor to experience a full day’s tour of the sites. First of all you will visit Luxor’s West Bank; the ancient Theban necropolis. Here you will get to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you can explore 3 tombs (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost); the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri; the workers village at Deir El Medina; and finally, the remains of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III: the Colossi of Memnon. You will then be driven to Luxor’s East bank where you will be taken on a tour of Luxor’s famous two temples: Karnak (the world’s largest religious site) and Luxor. Marvel at the immense columns in Karnak Temple’s Hypostyle Hall, as well as getting to see various obelisks, statues, more columns, and various artefacts that were primarily dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next you will visit the smaller, in size but not in spectacle, Luxor Temple. Mainly added to by Ramses II it is now missing one of its obelisks, which can be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris: swapped for a clock (in the Mohammed Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel) which has never worked. This temple also boasts many columns, statues and various artefacts.
Finally you will be driven, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to your point of departure in Luxor, as you continue your Egyptian adventure. (B)