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Bedrooms 5 / Bathrooms 5 / Sleeps 10 / Yacht
Bedrooms: 5  Bathrooms: 5   Sleeps: 10  Type: Yacht

5 Attached (ensuites)


Full board accommodation.

Rated 'EXCELLENT' by TripAdvisor & FlipKey

Based on the Nile at Luxor, Princess Donia is a British-owned and run luxurious dahabiya sailing ship, offering a unique experience for those seeking to get away from it all. This romantic 36m ship will take you on a magical sailing trip from Luxor to Aswan. Imagine sitting on deck and enjoying the amazing views in wonderful tranquil silence and see the many ancient Egyptian monuments, temples, tombs and scenes beside the Nile that have not changed in thousands of years.

With only 5 double ensuite cabins and a maximum of 10 guests, Princess Donia ensures a very high standard of accommodation, exceptional service and a great atmosphere. This elegant ship offers a personal touch that is sometimes lacking in today's fast paced world.

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Book this 5 bedroom yacht in Luxor today! A total of 10 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 32 reviews.

The owner responds to 15% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Nov 20, 2018.

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Languages spoken: English



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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Luxor Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Linen provided
  • Staffed property
  • Towels provided

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Wireless Internet

Property Features

  • Waterfront


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck


  • Children - Ask
  • Pets
  • Smoking - Ask


  • 5 Attached (ensuites)


Reviews (32)

Excellent – based on 32 reviews Excellent
32 reviews

Very Good

“Wonderful time on princess Donia”

Reviewed 6 May 2014

My partner and I spent one week on Princess Donia and had a wonderful time. The dahabeya is beautiful and very comfortable. Captain Hassan and his crew coudn't do more to please us and make our stay so memorable. We enjoyed every second of it!

“out of this world experience”

Reviewed 20 May 2013

we had a 5 day cruise on the Princess Donia from Louxor to aswan. The boat is magnificient, incredibly comfortable and clean and the crew are the nicest people you can imagine. They know the Nile better than anyone, willing to go the extra mile for us, as for example setting up a gala diner in front of a temple on a beach where we really felt we owned the world. The food is delicious and very varied. We were there with 3 children from 6 to 10 and the crew were absolutely adorable and very patient. Could not recommend anything more than this.

“So you want a relaxing holiday ?”

Reviewed 19 Apr 2013

What a lovely sailing boat . All your needs catered for and the attention to detail is so good. The staff are fantastic and so quick at providing coffee/tea when asked.The variety of local cuisine was very good.The weather was perfect and not too hot with the cooling breeze of sailing. The rooms are so comfortable and the air con worked so well, although it is not really needed at this time of year.

“Once in a lifetime”

Reviewed 11 Apr 2013

This was the first time I had travelled to Egypt and on the Princess Donia, and I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone. The boat was furnished to a very high standard and this was reflected in the comfortable stay. The boat has no engines on board, apart from a small generator, and this meant that even while sailing early in the morning (well before waking) there is very little noise and you can sleep in as long as you would like to. The food was of a high standard and was mainly a form of local cuisine and breakfast being western. Throughout the whole trip no one had any stomach issues and great care was taken to ensure no risks were taken. The tours that were organise were fantastic and we were accompanied by local guides as well a member of the crew. This provided useful as they would turn away people hassling us and all your prices were taken care of so there was no stress in thinking you were being ripped of by the locals. I could go on and on about the trip but in short it was a fantastic trip and should be done by anyone at least once in their lives! Highly recommended.

“Fantastically, relaxing cruise.”

Reviewed 4 Apr 2013

There is no other way to take a cruise down the River Nile. This has to be the most relaxing, enjoyable way to see all the sights. We had 3 hot meals a day and afternoon tea and biscuits (very civilized). All the staff were absolutely fantastic and attentive. The excursions were wonderful and so well organised, it was all dealt with by the Captain of the ship, who also organised guides for the temples and tombs. If you ever want to go on a cruise this is the way to do it, it was so memorable and relaxing.

Response from the owner Thank you for the high praise for Princess Donia and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your Nile cruise with us. We look forward to welcoming you back one day in the future.

“An amazing Dahabeeyah with a fantastic crew!”

Reviewed 2 Dec 2012

Our cruise down the Nile on the Princess Donia was a wonderful trip and I would highly recommend booking this Dahabeeya. Why do one of the large cruise ships when you can really do something special? And the Princess Donia is very special. Captain Hassan and his entire crew, especially Khalil the steward, were amazing! They did everything they could to make sure we were all happy, comfortable, well fed, entertained and safe. The boat is large and well maintained. We only had four in our group but there clearly was enough space, even for a fully booked trip, for everyone to find a quiet space to stake out on deck to sit and watch the scenery go by. The rooms were spacious and clean, the bathrooms spotless and the showers had great hot water pressure. The onboard chef prepared all meals and everything tasted delicious. It was served family style and there was always more food than we could finish. The captain made all of the arrangements for our excursions and in most cases paid for them upfront so that we wouldn't have to negotiate prices for cars or guides. We would just pay him back when we returned to the boat. It was very hassle free, everything was very reasonably priced and the services were always excellent On a few occasions, when a hired guide wasn't an option, Captain Hassan accompanied our group. He put on his traditional galabiya and led us through a small village where we stopped in a friend's home for tea, and he also hiked with us around the Temple of Horemheb (his favorite site), near aswan. He seemed to be known and respected by many of the locals, and in turn we felt welcome by everyone as well. If you are going to do a Dahabeeya trip on the Nile, try to arrange your schedule so that you can sail from Luxor to aswan. That way you'll end your trip in a more peaceful area. And make sure you book your trip on the Princess Donia you will not be disappointed!!!

Response from the owner Thank you for your review of your experience on board Princess Donia. We are delighted that you and your group enjoyed the cruise so much. We are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful crew and we hope that one day you will return to visit us again.

“I would rate this as one of my best vacations!”

Reviewed 26 Nov 2012

What better way to sail down the Nile than with the crew of the Princess Donia. The boat and crew were beyond my expectations. Rooms were spacious and comfortable and were cleaned on a daily basis. The meals were the best I've had after being in Egypt for 3 months. There was a variety of food at each meal and more than enough to eat. The crew was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed - arranging excursions, providing refreshments on our return from visiting temples, and providing entertaining conversations. If you are going to cruise the Nile this is the only way to go. Great boat and a great crew.

Response from the owner Thank you for your high recommendation for the Princess Donia. We pride ourselves to give all our guests the very best experience possible, so it is very pleasing to hear that you enjoyed your cruise so much.

“A little piece of heaven”

Reviewed 27 May 2012

As a group of 10, we booked the Princess Donia all inclusive for a 7 day journey from Esna to aswan and back to Luxor. It was exactly as described--all inclusive. We wanted for nothing. The staff was fantastic--anything we wanted to do or see was never any trouble and our wallets never had to come out at any time. The food was great, the lemon juice waiting for us at the end of our tours, the cocktails in the evenings, the wine with dinner, all was wonderful. The boat itself is amazing. Very comfortable and clean, the the mooring spots along the Nile were chosen with care for their beauty and serenity. Sitting on deck in the early morning watching the birds just a few feet away was delightful. It was a totally different Egypt than you see from the road or the bigger boats. I can't think of anything that could have been made better. It was a magical week of relaxation and adventure surrounded by good friends and a welcoming staff that all of us will remember for a very long time to come.

Response from the owner We are so happy that your recent trip on the Princess Donia was such a pleasure for you all, we take great pride in offering the best Nile experience possible. Thank you.

“Magical from beginning to end.”

Reviewed 9 Dec 2011

My husband and I have just had the most amazing holiday on board the Princess Donia.Our normal holidays are Sandy Lane Barbados,Reethi Rah Maldives,Marbella Club Spain etc etc which are all 5 star that being the standard we are accustomed to. We have never been to Egypt let alone going on board a Sailing Boat all I can say what a brilliant experience from our welcome on board,meeting our fellow passengers,cruising up the Nile embarking to see wonderful Eygptian History it was awe inspiring. The attention to detail on board the Princess Donia was outstanding from wonderful staff for whom nothing was too much trouble,meals served on board elegantly and tastefully presented. This was a truly 5star plus experience and anyone contemplating a holdiay in Eygpt where I can assure you we were met with the utmost kindness should look at the video on the net of the Princess Donia. If you want the holiday of a life time we can truly recommend it,the Princess Donia certainly lives up to its name as we were treat like royalty whilst on board.

“A most amazing a memorable holiday we have ever experienced”

Reviewed 9 Dec 2011

We had such a wonderful week on the Dahabeeyah Princess Donia the service was first class the crew so lovely and could not do enough for us to make our holiday so different, we have been on many cruises but this was amazing.The accomadation was very good,clean and well thought out.We sailed along the Nile and stopped at locations that the big cruise ships could not get into therefore we saw many beautiful sights,temples and daily life of the Egyptian people, Captain Hassan arranged all the tours etc and an expert guide took us around the Valley of the Kings, Karnak,just to name a few also in the Soukes one of the crew would do the bartering for us.We loved being entertained by the crew of 8 they sang and played their instruments, must not forget the food it was good plentiful and very varied.we would with out a doubt hope to sail on the Princess Donia again.

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