The Oberoi Philae
The Oberoi Philae offers a luxurious cruise along the Nile that sails past the landmarks of an ancient civilisation. The elegant cruiser sails from Aswan to Luxor or vice versa and courses through Pharaonic dynasties that span thousands of years.
The Oberoi Philae has been rebuilt as a luxury Nile cruiser with large cabins, luxury bathrooms and a spa
Tours during the cruise are all accompanied by an expert Egyptologist
The Philae is a boutique cruise experience - with so many boats on the Nile this is a more personal way to experience this fascinating journey
The Philae has a private docking area in Luxor and Aswan, making it a more relaxing experience embarking and disembarking the boat
Having received accolade after accolade since its launch as the premier cruising vessel on the upper Nile, The Oberoi Philae has recently been completely revamped after being out of service for a number of years, securing it as the most luxurious of floating hotels on the Nile.
Another important distinction is the Philae’s use of private docks in Luxor and Aswan, which enable her to moor next to the shore, a definite plus on the busy waters on the Nile. Without doubt, the Philae is one of the most stylish ways to see the sights of the Upper Nile.
Named after the site of an Ancient Egyptian Temple complex, the Philae has 18 luxury cabins on board (larger than The Oberoi Zahra's suites) boasting large french sliding windows and bright shower rooms overlooking the Nile. Two of its four suites have their own terraces with Jaccuzis and all suites boast spacious bathrooms with separate rain shower, dual vanity counter and a television for bath time viewing.
The Philae's elegant restaurant specialises in gourmet international, middle eastern and indian dining and the impeccable service, presentation and design of both the restaurant and food make meals on board a first class experience. There is also restaurant on the pool deck offering alfresco dining and a well-stocked lounge bar below where international wines and spirits are available.
Guests may prefer to relax in the library, cigar lounge, 24-hour fitness centre, sun deck, temperature controlled swimming pool or in one of the four therapy rooms at the spa at the end of a day of exploring. It is easy to forget that you are on a boat at all when staying on-board The Oberoi Philae such is the luxurious accommodation and spacious facilities at your disposal. A 16-chair theatre is available to enjoy a film or a documentary to preview the next day's adventure through Ancient Egypt.
Onshore, an experienced guide will relay the history of the fascinating temples, tombs and sights en route as you journey between Luxor and Aswan on a four or six night cruise. These personal touches set The Philae above the rest of the many cruise options along The Nile.
When to visit
Have fun haggling in the Souk for an Egyptian costume for your last night on the Nile.
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4 Nights Nile Cruise
Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.
Understand the history of the famous Aswan Dam.
Best of West Bank
Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.
Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues, which are all that remains of the Temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.
Hot Air Balloon Sunrise
Enjoy sunrise over the West Bank for a view of the valley on a hot air balloon.
Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.
Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.
Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).
The indigenous people of Upper (southern) Egypt and the north of Sudan are known as Nubians, and the Nubian Museum shows off the culture, history and art from ancient times until the present day. The building housing the museum is of local architecture.
Sail Aswan by Felucca
Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island.
Sail to Aswan Botanical Garden
For those with longer time, extend your felucca sail and drop off at the Botanical Garden for a stroll.
Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple
Enjoy a spectacular evening at the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.
Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple
A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.
Temple of Dendarah
Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.
Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo
As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.
Temple of Khnum at Esna
The Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna contains the beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall.
Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Tomb & Mummy of King Tutankhamun
Visit the final resting place of the world-renowned Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.
Tomb of King Seti I
We bring you out from the standard tourist circuit to Tomb of Seti I, is the best decorated and longest tomb in Valley of the Kings.
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Visit the Tomb of Nefertari, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.
Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.
Valley of the Artisans
Valley of the Artisans or Deir Al Madina hosts some of the lesser-known tombs of the workers, who have built some of the most colourful and most-preserved tombs in Luxor area, which surprisingly rival the tombs of the kings!
Valley of the Kings & Hatchepsut Temple
For over a thousand years, the kings of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC.) were buried in the Valley of the Kings. You will cover temple of Queen Hatchepsut and 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Valley of the Nobles
The Nobles' Tombs are located close to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, in the Theban Necropolis near Luxor.
Valley of the Queens
The Valley of the Queens is a place near Luxor where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times.