Amber Dayaheba Cruise

The Amber is an traditional ‘dahabiyya’ and is outfitted in colonial style with oriental and Egyptian touches. The interior boasts period furnishing and each cabin has its own individual decoration. It has six compact cabins measuring 5.75m x 2.50m; each with its private bathroom of 1.25m x 2.50m with a toilet, wash basin, shower and hairdryer. Four cabins have two single beds and two a double bed (triple cabins are not available) and the maximum capacity is twelve passengers. The cabins are located towards the front of each boat on the starboard and port sides, separated by a central corridor. The communal lounge covers the width of the boat and is a lovely setting for serving meals. The kitchen is at the stern, while the staff cabin and sitting areas are located aft. The engine room lies beneath the kitchen and electricity is provide

Recapturing the golden age of 19th century cruising, these exclusive journeys sail the waterways between Luxor and Aswan aboard beautifully crafted dahabiyyas; elegant wooden sailing ships that afford the chance to experience the Nile without the usual crowds. With expert guides, small groups and 7 nights aboard to fully appreciate the classic landscapes, this exceptional and best selling itinerary offers antiquity and ambience in equal measure. The cruise will either operate Luxor to Aswan direction or vice versa. You will be booked on one of the 4 exclusive Dahabiyya’s to Bales. All the Dahabiyya’s are identical with exception of the décor.

The Nostalgic Nile - Amber (Aswan-Luxor) - Your Itinerary
8 days
From: £2395


What's included:

•Scheduled direct flights, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
•Experienced English-speaking guide on board exclusive to Bales passengers
•Private air-conditioned vehicle, exclusive to Bales clients for transfers.
•Scheduled direct flights, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
•Experienced English-speaking guide on board the Amber, exclusive to Bales passengers
•Private air-conditioned vehicle, exclusive to Bales clients for transfers
•Sightseeing as detailed, including entrance fees
•Tipping Included for transfers, porters, the private guide and crew on board the dahabiyya
•Exclusive ‘dahabiyya’. 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners. Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included on the cruise
•Minimum participation 2 passengers
•Please note – the cruise will either operate Luxor to Aswan direction or vice versa. You will be booked on one of the 4 exclusive Dahabiyya’s to Bales.All the Dahabiyya’s are identical with exception of the décor.
•Sightseeing as detailed, including entrance fees
•Tipping is included for transfers, porters, the private guide and crew on board the dahabiyya
•Modern first class hotels. Exclusive ‘dahabiyya’
•7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners. Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included on the cruise
•Minimum participation 2 passengers




Day 1

Day 1
Morning non-stop flight by bmi to Cairo (4 hours 40 minutes). On arrival you will connect with your EgyptAir flight to Aswan (1 hour, 25 minutes) and embark on the Amber, your exclusive ‘dahabiyya’, for a relaxing week spent cruising on the Nile. Overnight at the private mooring near Aswan.
Meals: D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 2

Day 2
This morning there is the opportunity to visit the spectacular temples of Abu Simbel by air. Built by Ramses II, the setting of this magnificent structure, besides the shores of Lake Nasser, makes it one of the most spectacular of Egypt’s ancient sites. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to take this excursion (please see ‘Pre Bookable Option Excursions’). This afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at your private mooring near Aswan.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 3

Day 3
Early this morning visit the High Dam, Old Dam and the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser when the dam was constructed. Later you will sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Ptolemaic temple, uniquely dedicated to two gods – the falcon god Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. Its superb location overlooking the Nile and perfect double symmetry make this one of the most picturesque on the river. Overnight private mooring beside a Nile island.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 4

Day 4
This morning you will sail to Edfu where you will visit the magnificent and spectacularly preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, constructed in the 3rd century BC and, after Karnak, the largest temple in Egypt. Overnight private mooring beside a Nile island.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 5

Day 5
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence your journey to Esna, cross the lock and onwards to Luxor, where the boat moors overnight.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 6

Day 6
There is the option of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to take this excursion (please see ‘Pre Bookable Option Excursions’ below). Today cross over to the West Bank to visit the tombs of the Pharaohs, the romantic Valley of the Kings, where Howard Carter famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Continue to the Valley of the Queens, Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to your dahabiyya for an afternoon at leisure. This evening you will overnight at our mooring near Luxor.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 7

Day 7
This morning your East Bank sightseeing begins with a visit to Karnak Temple. Built over 4,000 years ago, Karnak’s immense Hypostyle Hall alone contains the phenomenal sight of 134 towering columns of intricate stonework. Return to the boat for lunch. Later this afternoon explore the magnificent setting of the Luxor Temple. This sumptuous monument was built over 4000 years ago, and represents the epoch of the once mighty city of Thebes and the worship of the god Amun. Return to your dahabiyya for dinner. Overnight mooring in Luxor.
Meals: B, L & D
Hotel: Cruise Boat - The Amber

Day 8

Day 8
Today bid farewell to the crew and disembark the boat after breakfast. Transfer to Luxor airport for your Egypt Air flight to Cairo (1 hour 5 minutes). On arrival in Cairo transfer to the Iberotel (formerly Le Passage Heliopolis) for lunch (at own expense). Return to the international terminal for your bmi flight to London Heathrow.
Meals: B & Inflight