The Oberoi Zahra
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based in the Oberoi Zahra on a full board basis, with sightseeing and private transfers.
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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.
To start planning your vacation to The Oberoi Zahra
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 meters 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, theater 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, theater, 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, organized 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 vacation 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 vacation 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 personalized
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
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.