M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise


M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise is luxurious floating hotel, continues the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts’ tradition of offering the highest standards of hospitality and is amongst the most spacious accommodation on the Nile. The mutedly elegant interior of the Luxury Cabins and Luxury Suites of M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise is complemented by expansive views of the river framed by large windows within the cabins and the en suite bathrooms. M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise is the only boat on the Nile with a full-service spa. M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise features 25 luxurious cabins and 02 spacious suites. The luxurious cabins are tastefully appointed with timber floors and elegant interiors. Each cabin is spread over 26.4 square meters and minimally furnished with a choice of king-size bed and twin bed, flanked by large bedside tables and two lounge chairs with a coffee table. The bathroom of M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise, finished in marble and mosaic features a vanity counter and a separate glass-enclosed steam and shower stall, with the picture window offering magnificent views of the passing scenery. The luxurious suite of M/S Oberoi Zahra Nile cruise is spread over 50 square meters and offers the additional amenity of a separate living room, private terrace and an open air Jacuzzi.


Accommodation:
•    05 Decks
•    25 Luxurious Cabins (26.4 m²)
•    02 Luxurious Suites (50 m²)


Guest Cabin Facilities:
•    26-inch high-definition LCD television
•    CD and DVD player
•    Complimentary high-speed Internet access
•    Two-line speaker phone
•    Data port
•    Well-stocked mini-bar
•    Tea & coffee making facilities
•    Bathrobes and slippers
•    Daily basket of fresh fruit
•    Down pillows
•    Non-allergic foam pillows
•    Shaver adaptor
•    Voice mail
•    Interconnecting cabins
•    Hairdryer
•    Safe box
•    Individual climate control
•    Bathrooms equipped with full-size bathtub


Guest Suite Facilities:
•    26-inch high-definition LCD television
•    42 inch high definition LCD television
•    Private terrace
•    Separate living room
•    An open air Jacuzzi
•    CD and DVD player
•    complimentary high-speed Internet access
•    Two-line speaker phone
•    Data port
•    Well-stocked mini-bar
•    Tea & coffee making facilities
•    Bathrobes and slippers
•    Daily basket of fresh fruit
•    Down pillows
•    Non-allergic foam pillows
•    Shaver adaptor
•    Voice mail
•    Hairdryer
•    Safe box
•    Individual climate control
•    Bathrooms equipped with full-size bathtub


Cruise Facilities & Services:
•    Therapy Rooms
•    Swimming pool
•    Gymnasium
•    Theatre
•    Library
•    Cigar Lounge
•    Internet / games room
•    Laundry
•    Boutique
•    Medical service on call
•    Egyptologist
•    Private luxurious coaches for sightseeing
•    Private docking areas


Cruise Schedule:
** 08 Days / 07 nights Ex Luxor every Tuesday
** 08 Days / 07 nights Ex Aswan every Tuesday

 

 


08 Days / 07 Nights Ex Luxor


Day 01 (Luxor):
•    Upon arrival Luxor, meet & assist and transfer to Nile cruise. Embarkation will be after 12:00 noon. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 02: (Luxor-Edfu-Aswan)
•    After Breakfast we visit Edfu’s beautiful  preserved Temple of Horus, the best preserved of all large Egyptian temples and built by the Ptolemy’s. Lunch will be on the cruise board while sailing to Kom Ombo. In Kom Ombo, we will visit the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god, conveniently situated on the riverbank. Continue to Aswan. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 03: (Aswan)
•    After Breakfast, we view the Aswan High Dam,  an embankment dam situated across the Nile River in Aswan. And then we will visit the unfinished Obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. Archaeologists are unsure which pharaoh created this structure. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever  erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons (1,066,621 kilograms). Lunch will be on the cruise board. PM, we will sail by traditional Nile Felucca along the shores of Elephantine Island and Philae Temple at Philae Island. Philae Island was a rocky island in the middle of the River Nile, south of Aswan. It was called in Hieroglyphic "Apo" which means Ivory. It was also known by the Greek "Elephantine", most probably because it was an important center of trade, especially for ivory. The Ancient Egyptians built a beautiful and magnificent Temple on this island for the Goddess Isis, but the Temple became submerged  after the first Aswan dam was built in 1906, and it was not until the seventies that many nations attempted to save the Temple. All these  countries, together with UNESCO, selected a suitable place, but they had to wait until the completion of the High Dam, in 1971, which would stabilize the level of the water around their chosen island. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 04: (Aswan-Kom Ombo)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. opptional tour to visit Abu  Simbel Temples.Lunch will be on the cruise board while sailing to Kom Ombo. In Kom Ombo, we will visit the Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god,  conveniently situated on the riverbank. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Tonight, we will enjoy a sumptuous Oriental Dinner and dance all night away to the Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight will be on the cruise board.
•    Optional tour: Abu Simbel Temples either by private coach or by domestic flight.
•    Abu Simbel  temples are 300 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments" which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen  Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.


Day 05: (Kom Ombo-Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Sail to Luxor. The day will be at leisure to enjoy the cruise activities. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 06: (Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. And then,  we will cross to the west bank of the Nile to visit the Colossi of Memnon, the two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. And then will go to the Valley of Kings and Queens to visit Hatshepsut  Temple, located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration, and later, a quarry. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. And then, we will tour  the awe inspiring temple of Luxor, was founded in 1400 BCE and built with sandstone from the  Gebel el-Silsila area, which is located in south-western  Egypt. And then we will continue to visit Karnak temple which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Building at the complex began in the reign of Sesostris I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period.
•    Optional tour: Sound & Light show at Karnak temple


Day 07: (Luxor-Quena-Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today we will sail to Quena (If the navigtional circumstances permit). Over there we will visit Dendera temple complex located about 2.5 km south-east of Dendera, Egypt. It is one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt. The  area was used as the sixth Nome of Upper Egypt, south of Abydos. The whole complex covers some 40,000 square meters and is surrounded by a hefty mud brick enclosed wall. Dendera was a site for chapels or shrines from the beginning of history of ancient Egypt. It seems that pharaoh Pepi I (ca. 2250 BC) built on this site and evidence exists of a temple in the eighteenth dynasty (ca 1500 BC). But the earliest extant building in the compound today is the Mammisi raised by Nectanebo II – last of the native pharaohs (360-343 BC). The features in the complex include Hathor temple, (called  the Temple of Tentyra). The temple has been modified on the same site starting as far back as the Middle Kingdom, and continuing right up until the time of the Roman emperor Trajan. The existing structure was built no later than the late Ptolemaic period. The temple, dedicated to Hathor, is one of the best preserved temples in all Egypt. Subsequent additions were added in Roman times . Lunch will be on the cruise board while sailing back to Luxor. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 08: (Disembarkation)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Disembarkation will be after the breakfast.
Note:
The above mentioned itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to navigational and security restrictions. The change will be only in the sequence of the itinerary. The visits will be same. El Ahlam Travel is not liable for these changes

 

 


08 Days / 07 Nights Ex Aswan


Day 01 (Aswan):
•    Upon arrival Aswan, meet & assist and transfer to  Nile cruise. Embarkation will be after 12:00 noon. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Today we will sail by felucca to visit Elephantine Island. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.  


Day 02: (Aswan-Edfu)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today we  will visit the High Dam which was built in 1960. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 363 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. Proceed to the Unfinished Obelisk, much of the red granite  used for the ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are many inscriptions, many of which describing successful quarrying projects. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. It could have weight over 2.3 million pound and  would have been the world largest piece of stone ever handled, but a crack occurred, which caused it to be abandoned. Then we will visit the beautiful Temple of Philae, rising from the water of the Nile. Lunch will be on the cruise board while we sail to Edfu passing by Kom Ombo. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 03: (Edfu-Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. In Edfu,  we will visit Edfu’s beautiful preserved Edfu Temple, known as the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God, built in (237 BC), during the reigns of six Ptolemy's. It is considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after Karnak Temple. Then, we will sail to Luxor. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. In the evening, we will enjoy a sumptuous oriental dinner and dance all night away to the Egyptian Galabeya party. Overnight will be on the cruise board


Day 04: (Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today, we will start the tour by crossing to the West bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of Kings with its many tombs chiseled deep into the Cliffside. From the 18th to the 20th dynasty, the Memphis  area and Pyramid-style tombs were abandoned in favor of the West bank of the Nile in Thebes. Several great leaders as well as many less important rulers are buried here, and more tombs are being discovered even today. The most famous is where Howard Carter discovered the treasure of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the Valley of Queens to visit the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. The design of the temple is set at the head of the  valley overshadowed by the peak of Thebes. Our last stop will be at the Colossi of Memnon, built by Amenohotep III (18th Dynasty) as a mortuary temple in Thebes, guarded by two gigantic statues of Amenhotep. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 05: (Luxor)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today we  will visit Karnak Temple, the largest temple built by a man, represents the combine achievement of many generation of ancient builders. Continue to  visit Luxor temple which was built by two Pharaoh, Amenhotep III and the King  Ramses II who built Abu Simbel Temple. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.
•    Optional tour: Sound & Light show at Karnak temple


Day 06: (Luxor-Kom Ombo-Aswan)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today, we  will sail to Kom Ombo. In Kom Ombo, we will visit Kom Ombo temple (the Ptolemaic temple of Sobek & Haroeries, located in the town of Kom Ombo, about 28 miles northern of Aswan. The temple dates back to Ptolemy’s, built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor in the early second century B.C. Return back the cruise. And then, we will sail to Aswan. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.


Day 07: (Aswan)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. The time will be at leisure to enjoy the cruise activities.Lunch will be on the cruise board. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.
•    Optional tour: Abu Simbel Temples either by private coach or by domestic flight.
•    Abu SimbelAbu Simbel  temples are 300 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments" which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen  Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.


Day 08: (Disembarkation)
•    Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Disembarkation will be after the breakfast.
Note:
The above mentioned itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to navigational and security restrictions. The change will be only in the sequence of the itinerary. The visits will be same. El Ahlam Travel is not liable for these changes

 


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