A Dahabiya is a traditional shallow-bottomed, barge-like vessel with two or more sails. A dahabiya is equipped with a few cabins and their bathrooms, up to six.
Dahabiyas have been around in one form or another for thousands of years. They are usually wind driven.
A Dahabiya is the traditional means of transportation for long distances on the Nile.
A modern Dahabiya is often accompanied by a motor vessel that pulls her when there isn't enough wind.
Sailing on a Dahabiya is by far the most authentic way to explore the Nile. However the good Dahabiyas are rather expensive, sometimes more expensive than the upscale deluxe cruise ships.
Sailing on a Dahabiya is an out-of-the-ordinary journey.