The Oberoi Zahra
based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 7 nights based in the Oberoi Zahra on a full board basis, with sightseeing and private transfers.
At a Glance
The most luxurious boat on the River Nile
Has its own private mooring
25 luxury cabins and 2 suites with a Jacuzzi and private terrace
Includes spa and gym on-board
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Oberoi Zahra is in the dock from the end of May until early July. 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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The Oberoi Zahra is the finest and most luxurious ship operating on the Nile. The leisurely 7-night cruise gives the perfect balance between sightseeing and relaxation – with on board spa treatments that pamper you like a Pharaoh.
The Oberoi Zahra has brought a new sophistication to the cruise experience on the Nile. Until recently, guests would expect long days spent exploring the history and temples before returning to a formal dinner packed into a 3 or 4 day cruise. Now Oberoi have met the demands of modern guests wanting to blend a cultural curiosity with a time to rest, recuperate and enjoy what Egypt has to offer.
With only 25 cabins and two suites, the Zahra retains a highly intimate feel. The cabins have large windows which overlook the Nile and are spread over 30sq metres with a minimalist finish with timber floors. The suites are larger have a separate living room with added gadgetry. Interconnecting cabins are available for families. The cabins also have other added benefits such as WiFi and a 24-hour butler service. Put simply, you will find no better quality of cabins on the Nile and the Oberoi Zahra is the pinnacle of refinement and sophistication.
There are four therapy rooms on The Oberoi Zahra with a private shower and steam room. With views over the Nile, the Zahra offers a full range of treatments. Many guests enjoy a morning of sightseeing before returning to the spa for a treatment or two, then retiring upstairs for a light snack while gazing towards the banks of the Nile with an early evening drink of choice. Added to this, guests can enjoy a delightful swimming pool, gym, games room, theatre and library. This is all in keeping with the ethos of having time to relax on the Nile.
It goes without saying that The Oberoi Zahra has the finest Egyptologists on hand to ensure that you make the very most of the antiquity on offer. Further to this, the Zahra has its own private moorings which ensures that your experience is culturally fulfilling, relaxing and above all luxurious.
Zahra's 25 Luxury Cabins and two Luxury Suites are tastefully appointed with timber floors and modern, elegant interiors. Large windows in both the cabins and bathrooms offer panoramic Nile views. Amenities include LCD TVs, CD and DVD players, high speed internet access and luxury marble and mosaic bathrooms. The Luxury Suites are twice the size of the Luxury Cabins and have a separate living room and a private terrace with Jacuzzi. There are also three sets of interconnecting rooms.
Measuring 26.4sqm, these cabins are spacious and comfortable with either twin or king-size beds, desk and chair, small sitting area by a floor-to-ceiling window, fold-away luggage racks, TV, bathroom with shower and views of the Nile.
The two suites on-board the Zahra are an ample 50sqm including their own private terrace, jacuzzi and private stairs to other decks. Inside the suite there is a master bedroom area with king-size bed , living room, marble bathroom (shower, bathtub and twin basins) and two TVs.
The Zahra happily accepts children over 12 years old but the boat is not suitable for children younger than this. There are no specific facilities on board for children but older children interested in history and culture will enjoy the voyage immensely.
On board, gourmet meals are served in the elegant restaurant with menus changing on a daily basis. The four spa therapy rooms each feature a private shower and steam room. There is also a swimming pool, gym, theatre, library and cigar lounge, internet room, games room and boutique.
Activities whilst cruising on The Oberoi Zahra include astronomy lectures and any land based exploration is done by small luxury private coach with the resident Egyptologist. Groups will be a maximum of seven guests and those who would like to take a short trip to Abu Simbel can do. This happens whilst docked at Aswan, taking a short flight to visit the temples on the shores of Lake Nasser.
Gail Hodgson (Guest)
Having recently returned from a most amazing trip to Egypt, organised by you, I felt compelled to put my thoughts in writing. The Zahra, our cruise boat down the Nile, was impeccable. Attention to detail was observable in all areas and emanated from the superb leadership and management of Mr Milad. The staff anticipated our every need and responded with true professionalism, friendliness and dedication. The cabins were luxurious and beautifully appointed. The food was absolutely outstanding. Each day we were treated to visiting the most wonderful sites under the direction of an inspiring guide.
We felt privileged to be experiencing the treasures of this wonderful country, sometimes completely alone!
At all times we felt very safe and protected. I want to urge anyone keen to visit Egypt to do so as soon as possible before the crowds return. If they want a holiday of a lifetime chose the Oberoi Zahra!
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Staying on-board The Oberoi Zahra you would be forgiven for forgetting you are on a boat at all. I certainly had to remind myself! With ample space both in-cabin and communal areas, great facilities and staff Zahra is wonderfully comfortable and a great way to explore some of the most impressive parts of Ancient Egypt. With huge windows throughout, views of the Nile are always present and the top deck with its fantastic pool and bar is the perfect place to watch the sun rise or set over the Egyptian landscape.
Mrs Rosemary Bates (Guest)
Cannot speak more highly about this wonderful boat on the Nile. This is probably the best holiday we have ever had and the luxury and hospitality we experienced on the Zahra would be impossible to exceed. We stayed in
one of the luxury suites and the accommodation and facilities were top notch with our own private deck and hot tub no request was too much for the wonderful staff.
The food on Zahra was outstanding with the Head Chef coming over every lunch and dinner time to check on our enjoyment. The diversity of menu was superb and every course we ate was absolutely amazing - we have eaten in many Michelin restaurants but the food served on Zahra was some of the best ever.
Our Egyptologist on Zahra, Emad, was excellent and so knowledgeable about the history of Egypt, the Temples and tombs of the Pharaohs. There were only 4 of us with Emad and we felt so lucky to have such personalised
Zahra must be the best boat on the Nile and we cannot recommend it more highly. We would recommend anyone thinking about going to Luxor and the Nile to go now, as there are very few tourists, and we had most of the
Temples and tombs to ourselves and saw virtually no other boats on the Nile - felt like we were visiting Egypt 100 years ago! We felt totally safe everywhere we went but security on Zahra was the highest.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
With it being the only boat on the Nile with a spa it is a great way to relax in between site seeing. A stunning boat with some of the best food. Both lunch and dinner have four courses so you will definitely not go hungry!
Kerry Willmer (Staff)
This is one of the top Nile experiences and the Oberoi Zahra is one of the best boats you can go on Clean lines, very modern and so comfortable. It has a great roof top deck with a pool and lots of space and shade to lounge around in. The food was superb quality and you will find the overall experience a great way to explore Egypt in style
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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
Eight days & Seven night 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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