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We visited Egypt a few weeks ago in September 2011. The trip was fantastic and we had such a great time that I thought I would do a review on the sail boat that we travelled upon down the Nile in style. The small sail boat is called Hadeel Dahabiyya. The Hadeel Dahabiyya has 8 cabins but while we were there, only 2 cabins were booked so there was only one more couple, us, 12 members of staff and our guide. The staff were brilliant and soon become our friends as we travelled down the Nile. We booked through a company called Audley Travel. They have lots of experienced people who can give you first hand advice on your holiday. They are very friendly and will build you a tailor-made itinerary in the best way possible. This is the link to Audley Travel www.audleytravel.com
This is the Hadeel Dahabiyya.
The Hadeel has a lower and upper deck. A jacuzzi on the lower deck and a swing seat on the upper deck. It is a very spacious sail boat. It has sunbeds and shaded areas. The inside of the sail boat is air-conditioned. Travelling along the River Nile on this boat was brilliant. Many other ships and boats passed and took pictures of this very beautiful little quaint boat. The Hadeel truly stood out on the Nile as it didn’t look like the other cruise ships, it looked more like a big felucca. Small boats like the Hadeel often stop on islands that the other boats don’t stop at. We stopped to have an al fresco lunch and a barbecue. If you want to cruise down the Nile in style then I recommend the Hadeel Dahabiyya sail boat.
The upper deck of the Hadeel Dahabiyya
Lower deck on the Hadeel Dahabiyya
Inside of the Hadeel Dahabiyya
We Stayed at the Movenpick Hotel in Aswan. This hotel is located on the famous Elephantine island. The sail boats and ferries dock on the other side of the river to the Movenpick. The thirteenth floor of this hotel, which is a bar and restaurant, had a fantastic panoramic view of Aswan a Nubian village and the Botanical Gardens. We boarded the Hadeel Dahabiyya early on Saturday morning 17th September 2011. Once we met the manager, our guide for the next 7 days and some of the staff we were ready for our first sight-seeing. We caught a river ferry to the Nubian village, and the Hadeel Dahabiyya stayed moored at Aswan.
Movenpick Hotel in Aswan
As we went along the River Nile we saw the Cataract Hotel located on the city side of the Nile. This is where Agatha Christie stayed and wrote her novel Death On The Nile.
The Cataract Hotel
We travelled through a nature reserve on the way to the Nubian village and our guide knew all the different types of birds. Unfortunately he told us so many names that I can’t remember them all now, but we took pictures and it was as if the birds had been told to pose for us.
Nature Reserve along the River Nile
Nature Reserve along the River Nile
Elephantine Island get its name because the rocks and stones look like elephants.
Elephantine Island Aswan
At the Nubian village we visited one of the houses which was made up for tourists. The house was made to show the way a Nubian family lived with paintings on the walls and hanging baskets to keep food fresh. The only thing that just didn’t seem right was the modern electric cooker and the fridge in the kitchen. The old man holding the crocodile was from one of the first generations of Nubians to be moved from the Lake Nasser area.
Nubian man with a crocodile
The Nubian Village
Once we came back from the Nubian village and got back to the Hadeel, we met the other couple who were travelling with us on the Nile journey. We had lunch out on the lower deck and then we all went to the Temple of Philae.
The Temple of Philae, like Abu Simbel, has been moved from its original site when the Nile was dammed and Lake Naser created. The construction of the High Dam meant that the temple would be completely submerged, along with several other key Nubian monuments. UNESCO launched a block by block relocation of the temple to dry land.
After this visit we had tea, cake and biscuits on the sail boat and then after dinner we went into the local market in Aswan to practise our bartering skills.
The boat started to move down the Nile the next morning.
Here is a slide show with some pictures taken on this fabulous first Day on on the Hadeel Dahabiyya.
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