Our Story

Nour El Nil was created by three international partners, all of whom had one thing in common–a love of Egypt. Enrique, Eleonore and Memdouh have built their business on a simple idea: to provide travelers with an authentic way to experience this extraordinary country and mythical river in a way that others can only dream of. For more than two decades, Nour El Nil has been proud to offer a unique and luxurious experience to guests from all over the world.


We reintroduced dahabiyas to the Nile a decade ago for the pleasure of those who wish to experience this magical river. Since then, our philosophyhas been to offer guests the most original, enjoyable and complete trip possible. Of all the different type of boats on the Nile, we offer the longest sailing time between Luxor and Aswan, This allows you more time to experience unique insights into both ancient and modern Egypt outside the large cities.

Our Boats

Built from the ground up by Memdouh, a sailor with over 30 years of experience sailing the Nile, our dahabiyas provide a unique blend of authentic architecture and modern luxury. Each dahabiya has its own character and atmosphere, but they all have comparable levels of comfort and luxury, thanks to the impeccable taste of owner and interior designer, Eleonore.

Our Crew

Nour El Nil proudly employs a crew of over 100 Egyptians, all of whom have been hired and trained by the owners. Our crew is our family (many of them literally so) and their goal is to make you feel that you are also part of the family. Providing a combination of impeccable service and authentic personality, they will leave you feeling both pampered and genuinely cared for.


We serve only the most authentic Egyptian cuisine, made from fresh ingredients purchased each day from farmers and fishermen along the river. From freshly-caught Nile Perch to the delicious hand-made felafel, each meal is a feast to be savoured.

Our Guesthouse

Set in a traditional-style three-story mudbrick house, the fifteen bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are effortlessly chic and stylish. More guesthouse than hotel, Beit Sabée has appeared in design magazines for its cool use of Nubian colours and local furnishings with a twist. Near the farms around Medinet Habu and away from the hustle of Luxor city, Beit Sabée offers quiet accommodation, a closer contact with rural Egypt and fabulous views of the desert and Medinet Habu from the rooftop.