About This Listing
After an adventurous day in the hustle and bustle of Cairo, retreat to the quiet and beauty of your houseboat on the River Nile. Located a few minutes from the center of the city, you will find it hard to believe that such tranquility can be found amidst the chaos of this wonderful city. Enjoy the fresh breeze on your private balcony with a spectacular panoramic view of the Nile and the city, or just take in the view from the large windows and glass door from within.
While as a houseboat the overall feeling is rustic and bohemian with wooden floors and cozy ambiance, the furnishings can be described as basic Scandinavian with a touch of Egypt. Amenities include air conditioners/ceiling fans, washing machine, wireless internet, satellite TV, balconies, equipped kitchen, and a lovely garden with bench (on the connecting land). Breakfast is included.
Your hosts, Dan (from the USA) and Mia (from Sweden), will share their decades of experience living in Cairo and traveling throughout Egypt and the region to assist you in any way we can to make your stay a most memorable one. To begin with, for example, we have access to wonderful Egyptian drivers who speaks good English to take you to and from the airport; and our private tour guides are the best!
This room is in a 3-bedroom apartment and has its own private small balcony, and the bed is large and can accommodate a couple.
If all 3 bedrooms are available, you are welcome to rent the entire apartment for ultimate privacy, and we offer this apartment in its entirety at a special price - just ask!
We look forward to welcoming you. Dan and Mia
Quiet and no large parties.
Appropriate dress for Muslim cultural sensitivity.
Only registered guests are allowed on the houseboat. (No outside guests.)
Dan was very welcoming. It was great to chat to someone with so much experience of Cairo. Learning how to get a taxi and cross the road were life-saving tips!
The houseboat is in a great location. It's a little slice of peace in an otherwise chaotic city.
The rooms are clean and tidy and the bed is very comfortable.
I would recommend it to anyone visiting Cairo.
We had an incredible stay at the Nile Houseboat. The accommodations were comfortable & clean. The location is convenient & unique. Dan was an excellent host, making our stay very enjoyable. He helped arrange an airport taxi, as well as a driver/tour guide. Highly recommend booking at stay at Dan's floating accommodation!
Dan is a cool and caring host. Unfortunately, we forgot the instructions to find the Nile boat at home, but Dan was quick to contact us to provide new directions. We recommend to let Dan provide contact to local guides if you plan to visit the major sites in and around Cairo.
Dan's Houseboat is amazing and the perfect way to see Cairo! In a bustling and busy city, the houseboat was a great way to relax.
Dan is a really nice guy and gave us some great recommendations too!
The tours arranged with Mina were great - Mina is a lovely guy and it was great to meet him too.
Thanks Dan and Mina for a great few days!
The houseboat is amazing. We loved staying there away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo. Dan was super friendly, helpful and accommodating. We also loved meeting other interesting people staying there. So much more fun and atmospheric than being in a hotel. We'd definitely go back without a second thought.
Like a page in Naguib Mahfouz's novel "Adrift on the Nile," Dan's houseboat is a refuge for creative and non-conventional people who prefer an authentic and exciting stay in Cairo. I pity the travelers who would choose a sterile hotel over Dan's charming houseboat. Meeting Dan, staying on his boat a few nights and hearing about his life was a real high-point for my trip. The other travelers I met on his boat were all fascinating people.
The location was easy enough to find and direct taxi drivers to and the boat is clean, comfortable and superbly decorated. Dan was absurdly helpful and he gave excellent advice and shared his wealth of connections, which led to an unforgettable trip. Thanks so much Dan!
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About the Host, Dan
Hi, I'm Dan. Born in New York City, I've spent most of my adult life living and working in the Middle East, have visited over 40 countries (and lived long-term in 7 countries), and obviously love to travel, play tennis, music, and generally just spread good vibes wherever I am. I have lived on this houseboat in Cairo for 12 years, and can't imagine a more wonderful place to live. I love sharing my passions with others.
Mia has also lived on this houseboat for 12 years, is a renowned Swedish photographer and journalist, authoring several photo-books on Cairo and the region, and thus she has many interesting contacts throughout Egypt and the region. Her other passions include art and gardening.
We live just below the apartments we are posting on airbnb, and look forward to sharing our love of the region and our knowledge with you.