Sandal Nile Cruise

The Sandal offers the ideal way to sail the Nile in tranquillity in small groups up to 8 people, with the comforts of home. Ideal for a voyage in family or between friends. Meet people who live from and with the Nile, while you enjoy family environment and excellent food aboard. You can see rare birds, listen to the sounds of nature, watching the scenery go by and conjuring up images of a bygone era.

The Sandal has also been sailing on the Nile for a long time and was originally used for transporting stones. Nowadays they have been converted into spacious and attractive sailing boats with two sails. The Sandal has 3 – 4 comfortable cabins, bathrooms, a kitchen, a living area and a sun deck, semi-covered with a canvas for sheltering from the sun.

 

Sailing the Nile Sandal Style Luxor – Aswan
  3-5 Days program

 

As the sun sets on the distant horizon, the Sandal glides gently across the calm waters towards the shore, its sails reflecting the warm glow of the afternoon sun. It is a scene as timeless as the Nile itself…

During this cruise we will alternate between navigation and walks on the banks of the Nile. As you cruise down the Nile the sights and sounds are simply wonderful. Donkeys braying, men slapping the water with their oars to scare the fish into their nets, kids on the bank yelling out hello, some women washing clothes in the Nile, kids swimming, farmers tending their fields growing mangoes, sugar cane and corn.

You get a chance to explore something of the ‘real’ Egypt, making the most of our flexibility and freedom to escape the tourist trail and visit the remote villages that line the banks of the Nile. This cruise itinerary combines contact with typical local people, with historical and mystical sightseeing. We are going to meet local people of small typical villages, such as the tiny village of Baharif, a sleeping beauty, unknown by tourist. Also you’ll have the opportunity to visit ancient sites on the banks of the Nile, such as the well-preserved Greco-Roman temples at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo, It’s the perfect place sailing the Nile Sandal Style.

Highlights for this Sandal Nile Cruise:

  • Karnak, the old capitol of Thebe
  • Khnum Temple in Esna
  • The Temple of Nekbet and its necropolis in El Kab
  • Horus Temple in Edfu
  • Gebel el Silsila
  • Temple of Horemheb
  • Faris
  • Temple of Sobek and Horus in Kom Ombo
  • Camel Market at Daraw
  • Nubian Village El Koubania
  • Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan
  • Philae Temple in Aswan

This itinerary can also be made in the reverse direction: from Aswan to Luxor. We also can arrange the same voyage on board of a Dahabiya or a Felucca.

The pace of a sail trek is dictated by wind and river conditions. The authentic Nile boats are built from wood and they sail without motor. The boats have to be light in order to be able to sail. On distance they will be accompanied by a tug boat which pulls it in case of wind lack or emergency. During the night the Sandal won’t sail. It will moor on the banks of an atmospheric Nile island, away off the beaten tourist track.

The price of the Sandal Nile Safari varies according to the number of travellers and the season. We must reserve the Sandal entirely for going on safari. The price will thus be in proportion to the number of travellers.

For more information, customizing this itinerary or booking please contact us by phone or e-mail.

 

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