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Unlike the cruise ships, dahabiyas and Sandals can berth at any suitable place on the banks of the Nile. This allows for a more flexible itinerary and a more enjoyable exploration of the river.

The trips can be either for as few as 4 days or as long as 7 days, depending upon your preferences. The most popular itinerary is described below in a 6 day cruise.

Day 1
Transfer from Luxor to Esna, arriving at Esna around 11am. Esna is home to the Temple of Khnum and is only a short walk from where the dahabiya is moored, once your luggage is on board then a crew member will walk you to the small but beautiful temple. Returning to the boat for lunch and start of your journey along the Nile.

Day 2
During breakfast we move down to El Kab where there is the great mud brick wall surrounding the temple of Nekbet, walking through the small fishing village on to see the tombs of which there are 4, returning to the boat for lunch and sailing onto Edfu. Visiting the temple in the afternoon and then mooring at El Fowersi Island for the night.

Day 3
Sailing down to Wadi Chat arriving in the afternoon and then taking a walk along the desert road dipping into the ancient caravan trail which has some interesting pieces of art along the trail, meeting the boat down at Gebel Silsila where we moor for the night in front of Horemhebs Chapel.

Day 4
After breakfast taking in the site of the Horemheb Chapel at Silsila with a short stroll looking at the stellas along the river, returning to the boat where we sail down to Ferris a village known for its vast mango growing and for those that want to take a dip in the Nile here is a good place and after lunch will be served. Sailing down to Manea where we moor for the night.

Day 5
After breakfast visit the temple of Sobek and Horus at Komombo returning for lunch and continue to sail for the rest of the day spending the night at Companea Village and having a great view of the Aswan Suspension Bridge.

Day 6
Breakfast is served on deck and once packed then you will be ready to transfer into Aswan Town and your hotel or the airport depending on your schedule.

What is included:
Transfers to the boat from Luxor • Transfer from the boat into Aswan • All meals, tea coffee and bottled water
A crew member will be on hand to take you to El Kab, Silsila and village walking.

What is not included:
Alcoholic drinks (available at an extra cost).
Entrance fees to the sites and transport if required (For Edfu only, you can walk or take a horse and cart).
Guide for the temples (this can easily be arranged if required).
Tipping for the crew.

Mary Rose and Africa leaves every Tuesday from Esna to Aswan for 5 nights.
Cost for a suite cabin per night $300, for twin cabin $270 per night.

Cenderella dahabiya for charter only $1000 per night.
African Queen for charter only $2000 per night.
El Gourna Sandal charter only $1000 per night.

A deposit of 20% is required on booking.
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