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Aswan - Egypt’s Southernmost City Where The Desert Touches Waters - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Aswan

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.

High Dam - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

High Dam

Built between 1960 and 1971, the immense High Dam is 3,830 meters (12,562 feet) across, 111 meters (364 feet) high and 980 meters (3,214 feet) wide at its base. At the eastern end of the dam there is a visitors' pavilion detailing the construction of the dam and at the western end there is a lotus-shaped tower, built to commemorate the Soviet Union's support in the building of the dam.

Philae Temple On The Island of Agilika - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Philae Temple

The Philae Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Isis and was built in Ptolemaic times. The oldest parts of the temple were built by Nectanebo I (380 - 362 B.C.) and a large portion of the temple was constructed during the regime of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285 - 246 B.C.). With the building of the High Dam this monument was relocated to the nearby island of Agilika. The UNESCO-led project took eight years to complete during which Agilika was landscaped to look like Philae.

Abu Simbel Temples, The Twin Rock Temples in Nubia - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Abu Simbel temples

Abu Simbel temples are two rock temples in Nubia, about 290 kilometres southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, as it was necessary to avoid their being submerged after the building of the High Dam on the Nile River.

Temple of Kom Ombo, Double Temple in The Egyptian Town of Kom Ombo - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Temple of Komombo

The construction of the Temple of Komombo began in the 2nd century and completed in the 1st century BC. The temple is built in imposing Graeco - Roman style and is in a particularly beautiful setting overlooking the Nile. The Chapel of Hathor, just to the south of the temple, now houses a few crocodile mummies from the nearby crocodile necropolis.

Botanical Gardens on Kitchener’s Island - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Botanical Gardens

Take a short ride on a felucca, indigenous boats, to the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island. The British general Horatio Kitchener was presented with the island in the 1890s as a reward for leading the Egyptian army's successful campaigns in Sudan. He made the island his home and indulged in his passion for beautiful flowers by covering it with exotic flora from as far as India and Malaysia

Historical City Edfu, The Site of The Ptolemaic Temple of Horus - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Edfu

The historical city of Edfu is located on the west bank of the River Nile. Edfu is the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, the Falcon God.

Temple of Horus at Edfu, Best-Preserved Ptolemaic Temple in Egypt - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Temple of Horus

The Temple of Horus at Edfu, which was buried under sand and silt for nearly two thousand years. It is the largest and best-preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt. Construction of the temple began in 237 B.C. and the main temple complex took 25 years to complete.

Luxor - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Luxor

Spread out on the east bank of the Nile and built on the site of the New Kingdom capital city of Thebes, Luxor is the tourist Mecca of the Nile Valley. The exciting excavations in the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, aroused international interest in the town. The bustling town is centred around the magnificent Luxor Temple, an enduring symbol of its glorious past.

Karnak Temple, The Country’s Most Important Temple - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Karnak Temple

Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, Karnak Temple is the country's most important temple. It covers two hectares (five acres) of land. The temple lay buried under sand for more than 1,000 years before excavation work began in the mid 19th century. Today, the huge task of restoration continues

Valley of the Kings - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Valley of the Kings

The remote barren Valley of the Kings was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. By digging their tombs deep into the Theban Hills pharaohs from 1500 BC on hoped to stop robbers stealing the priceless the possessions buried with them. Sixty-two tombs have been found in the Valley of the Kings including Tomb of Ramses VI, Tomb of Tutankhamen and Tomb of Seti.

Medinet Habu - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Medinet Habu

The beautiful temple of Medinet Habu is second only to Karnak in size and detail. Many military campaigns are recorded in detail on the temple's pylons and walls. In the second court, colourful relief depicting religious festivals are well preserved.

Colossus of Memnon - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Colossis of Memnon

Soaring 18meter (60 feet) into the sky, the two enthroned statues are the first monuments most visitors see on arriving in the West Bank. All that remains today are the two faceless colossi called the Colossis of Memnon, which, despite the ravages of time, are an impressive sight. During the Roman period the northernmost statue became a popular tourist attraction as it was heard to 'sing' at sunrise.

Tombs of the Nobles - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Tombs of the Nobles

The Tombs of the Nobles is made up of more than 400 tombs of Theban nobles and high officials. While the royal tombs were hidden away in a secluded valley, these tombs are closer to the surface of the hills overlooking the Nile. Vivid art works cover the walls, providing an invaluable insight into daily life in the New Kingdom.

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Against its stark mountainous backdrop, the partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a breathtaking sight. It is an extraordinary monument that rises from the desert plain in a series of imposing terraces. The ongoing excavation of the site continues to reveal much exquisite decoration.

Luxor Temple, Most Impressive Ancient Monuments in Egypt - Cruise Highlights - The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser

Luxor Temple

The Luxor Temple is remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis, and added to by various rulers over the ages, including Alexander the Great. With its grand colonnades, Luxor Temple is one of the most impressive ancient monuments in Egypt.