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Nile River Cruise: The Oberoi Zahra: Stays of Distinction

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,872

DELUXE | CRUISE: 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$ 3,872

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Day 1

Aswan

Today you'll embark your Nile Cruise Ship, your floating hotel for the next 8 days. After lunch on board, 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, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. Next it is on to see the Temple of Philae.

Situated down river from the First Nile Cataract, Aswan is Egypt's southernmost city. Located at the crossroad of ancient trade routes between Egypt, Africa and India, the town was also a prosperous marketplace, where exotic goods were traded. Aswan stands on the most enchanting part of the Nile, where the desert comes right down to the waters'edge and the river is dotted with islands.

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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    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Aswan

Today you'll have the morning at leisure. Optional excursion to Abu Simbel. After lunch enjoy the Sound and Light show from the Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Aswan to Kom Ombo to Aswan

Today visit the twin Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the elder, God of the morning sun. After, you'll sail to Aswan to visit the Botanical Gardens by felucca. Enjoy a cocktail reception tonight. Overnight in Aswan.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Edfu

Sail to Edfu this morning. This afternoon, you will have a tour of the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. 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, it 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 depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are as beautiful as if they were carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is 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

Luxor

This morning sail to Luxor. After lunch visit Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons (monumental gateways), hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines and obelisks built over centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu. Next stop, Luxor Museum which houses a large collection of tremendously significant objects. These include statues from the famous cachette found buried in Luxor Temple, as well as selection of items from the tomb of Tutankhamon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Luxor to Quina

After breakfast on board, you will visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir, El-Bahari and the Colossi Memnon. Luxor is a major attraction for tourists in Egypt. It is considered the world's largest open-air museum with its various temples since the Pharaonic era till the Greco-Roman era, most famous of which is Karnak and Luxor Temples dedicated to the triad of Thebes. The West Bank of Luxor is known for the famous tombs of Seti I, Tut Ankh Amon, Tuthmosis III in the Valley of the Kings and also Queen Hatchepsut's Temple. The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each king's formal name and titles inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the sacred of sacreds. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the west, on a direct axis with the Karnak Temple of Amun on the East Bank.

After returning to your ship, sail to to Quina. Visit the Temple of Dendara, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Quina to Luxor

Sail back to Luxor and continue sightseeing of 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 and the Temple of Hatshepsut.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Disembark Luxor

Disembark after your breakfast.

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DEPARTURES:

From Luxor:
8 Days*
2021
: Jan 5; Feb 2; Mar2, 30; Apr 27; May 25; Jul 20; Aug 17; Sep 14; Oct 12

From Aswan
8 Days*
2021: 
Jan 12; Feb 9; Mar 9; Apr 6; May 4; Jul 27; Aug 24; Nov 16; Dec 14 

4 and 5 day itineraries are also available. Please enquire

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation aboard the Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise in a luxury cabin
  • Small group tour of Temples of Karnak (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Luxor Museum (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Valley of the Kings, Temple of Medinet Habu & Colossi of Memnon (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Dendara (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Valley of the Nobles, Dier El Madina and Temple of Hatshepsut (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Luxor (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Horus (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Aswan and Temple of Philae (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of the Nubian Museum (max 20 guests)
  • Small group tour of Temple of Sobek (max 20 guests)
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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