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The Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,434

Enjoy a leisurely 7 night cruise on a luxury cruise ship along the beautiful and historic Nile River discovering amazing ancient archaeological sites in Luxor, Kom Ombo and Aswan. Also visit the architectural wonder, the Aswan High Dam, a major engineering feat.


Beginning in Luxor, a city that has often been called the World's greatest open air museum, you join your floating hotel for a 7 night cruise. Visit here the Karnak Temple on the east bank of the Nile. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years ago. This is followed by a visit to the Luxor Museum.  Overnight in Luxor.

The next morning, head to the west bank and visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings, the Colossos of Memnon, and the Temple of Madinat Habu. Later, travel by road to the Temple of Dendara dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy. Return to Luxor.

The next day, visit the West Bank again and see the Valley of the Noble's tombs and Dier El Madina, the site of a very special workman's village whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs.  Lastly visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. In the afternoon, visit the Luxor Temple, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries. Overnight in Luxor.

Next sail to Edfu via the Esna Lock. Edfu is a small town and an important centre for sugar production and pottery making. It is the site where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in ancient mythology, took place. Visit here the Ptolomaic Temple of Horus. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size. Overnight in Edfu.

Continue to Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town has a distinctively African atmosphere. You can stroll up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats with their tall masts or sit in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish. Today you will visit Aswan's High Dam, a huge rock filled dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir. Also visit the Temple of Philae, a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Overnight in Aswan.

Sail back down the Nile to Kom Ombo, located on a bend in the river on the east bank. It is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris.  The temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river. Later return to Aswan and visit the Botanical Gardens and later, experience a sound and light show at the Temple of Philae. Overnight in Aswan. 

The following day is free with the option of a tour to Abu Simbel with its Great Temple of Ramses II, constructed between 1274-1244 BC and  considered one of the most beautiful in all of Egypt.  Overnight in Aswan. 

The next day, your Nile cruise comes to an end. 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,434

Itinerary

Day 1

Embark Luxor

Today you'll embark your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 8 days. After lunch, you will visit the Karnak Temple and the Luxor Museum, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries, dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu. Overnight in Luxor.

Luxor is a city that has often been called the "world's greatest open air museum". With the number and preservation of monuments in the area, it is unparalleled to anywhere in the world. Luxor is actually composed of three different areas: the city of Luxor - located on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak- located just north of Luxor, and Thebes - which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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The Oberoi Zahra

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    The Oberoi Zahra



    The Oberoi Zahra, is a jewel on the River Nile. Guests will discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture, in supreme style and comfort. While on board the cruiser, guests can enjoy traditional dance and music performances, relax and refresh ...

    The Oberoi Zahra, is a jewel on the River Nile. Guests will discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture, in supreme style and comfort. While on board the cruiser, guests can enjoy traditional dance and music performances, relax and refresh in the exquisite spa, swimming pool, on a sun-kissed deck, or in the comfort of their luxurious cabins.

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    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Exploring Luxor's West Bank

Today you will transfer to the West Bank Necropolis, to explore the West Bank of ancient Thebes. Visit the Valley of the Kings with its royal tombs, Ramses 'the Six'. This is followed by a visit to the temple of Madinat Habu and on the way back stop at the Colossus of Memnon.

After some joy sailing in Luxor prepare to travel to Dendera by road (90 minutes' drive one way) visit to the Temple of Dendera, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Visit the West Bank

Today you will visit the West Bank, Valley of the Noble's tombs, Dier El Madina, the site of a very special workman's village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the King's, Lastly visit the Temple of Hatshepsut.

After lunch enjoy some joy sailing in Luxor followed by a trip to Luxor Temple and Cocktail reception with live music at the club lounge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Sailing to Esna and Edfu

Early sailing to Edfu. After lunch view the Silsila Temple and the sandstone quarries from the deck. You will then visit one of the best preserved temple of the Graeco-Roman era of Horus at Edfu.

The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery-making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser-hor (classical name-Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in the ancient mythology took place. The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town. The temple is perhaps the best-preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size, approximately 230 by 400 feet with a pylon measuring over 100 feet high. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple was a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail to Aswan

Today you sail to Aswan. After breakfast visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Sailing Aswan to Kom Ombo

Today visit the twin Temples of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of fertility and Creator of the world. The other site is dedicated to the Falcon God Haroeris, also known as Horus, The Elder. After, you'll sail to Aswan to visit the Botanical Gardens by felucca and enjoy the sound and light show at Philae Temple in the evening. Overnight in Aswan

Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as one approaches from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Exploring Aswan

Today you'll have the morning at leisure. Optional excursion to Abu Simbel. Enjoy a Cocktail reception with entertainment before dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Disembark Aswan

Today, after breakfast, check out of your floating hotel in Aswan.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on board the cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel insurance

 

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