The Oberoi Zahra
The Nile, Egypt
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.
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At a Glance
Runs for 7 night cruises which allows you to really relax and enjoy the river and its surroundings
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
Why not try one of Oberoi’s indulgent massages whilst cruising down the Nile.Scott Dunn team
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.
Location & Directions
The Nile, Egypt
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.
When to go
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.