The Oberoi Philae

Nile, Egypt

At a Glance

  • 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

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Egypt has year-round sun, and almost no rain. Daytime temperatures range from pleasantly warm in the winter to very hot in the summer. Northerly cities such as Cairo and Alexandria are generally about 5ºC cooler than southerly areas such as Aswan and Abu Simbel. Nights in the desert can be extremely cold.

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Have fun haggling in the Souk for an Egyptian costume for your last night on the Nile.

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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.

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.

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On-board The Oberoi Philae guests can stay in either one of its 18 luxury cabins (36sq m) with shower room and opening french windows or one of four suites (54 sq m) each with spacious bathrooms, two with a terrace and Jaccuzi. The elegant and contemporary interiors of each cabin or suite have been designed with comfort in mind and to a high specification. All room options come with remote control blackout, coffee machine, LED TV, DVD player, electronic safe, wireless telephone, free WiFi and luxurious rain showers.


Children over the age of 12 years are welcome on-board The Oberoi Philae.


The Philae Restaurant offers fine dining in impeccable surroundings, the Lounge Bar is open all day for drinks and cocktails and in the evening there is a disco for guests to enjoy. The boat also offers an outdoor pool, sundeck, library, fitness centre and spa with four therapy rooms and hairdresser.


Activities on board The Philae centre around the itinerary you have taken and all your daily sightseeing excursions are with an experienced Egyptologist acting as your guide.


  • 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.

  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Alexandria City Tour

    One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.

  • Aswan Dam

    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.

  • Karnak Temple

    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.

  • Library of Alexandria

    Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.

  • Luxor Museum

    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.

  • Luxor Temple

    The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.

  • Medinet Habu

    Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).

  • Nubian Museum

    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, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.

  • 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.

  • Unfinished Obelisk

    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.

Location & directions

Nile, Egypt

Cruises depart from Luxor or Aswan. In both Luxor and Aswan the docks are in front of the Military Officers Club.

How to get there

To reach the docks, we recommend flying from Cairo to either destination. The flying time from Cairo to Luxor is 1-hour, and from Cairo to Aswan it is 1-hour 30-minutes.

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