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Itineraries

The itinerary on The Oberoi Zahra is designed to allow you the opportunity to experience Egypt at a leisurely pace on board the most luxurious cruiser on the Nile. Enjoy seven unforgettable days of unravelling centuries of Egyptian history and discover the Nile and its wonders like never before.

The facility of private docking arrangements, with access for physically-challenged guests, is unique to The Oberoi Zahra. We aim to ensure a relaxed experience while getting on, off and while on board the cruiser.

English-speaking Egyptologists are available on board. Multi-lingual Egyptologists can be organised on prior notice.

Small luxury coaches are available at each stop to take guests sightseeing, while audio-visual presentations provide extra information about sights visited.

The Oberoi Zahra Route Map

The itinerary from Luxor to Aswan covers the same destinations and excursions in reverse order, with slight change in timings.

ASWAN TO LUXOR

8 Days - 7 Nights Cruise Embarkation

Day 1 - Tuesday

12:00 noon

Embarkation from Aswan

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

2:30 p.m.

Visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Aswan

Day 2 - Wednesday

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Optional visit to Abu Simbel

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

1:00 p.m..

Lunch

After Sunset

Sound and light show at the Philae Temple

7:00 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Aswan

Day 3 - Thursday

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

09:30 a.m.

Twin temples of Komombo

11:00 a.m.

Sail back to Aswan

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

3:00 p.m.

Visit to Botanical Garden by felucca

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

6:30 p.m.

Cocktail reception with entertainment

Overnight in Aswan

Day 4 - Friday

8:00 a.m.

Sail to Edfu

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Temple of Edfu

5:00 p.m.

Evening at leisure

8:00 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Edfu

Day 5 - Saturday

6:00 a.m.

Luxor

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 p.m.

Visit Karnak temple and Luxor Museum

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Luxor

Day 6 - Sunday

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Transfer to West Bank to explore ancient Thebes

11:00 a.m.

Sail to Quina

1:0 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Leisure Time

3:30 p.m.

Visit to the Temple of Dendara

8:00 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Quina

Day 7 - Monday

5:00 a.m.

Luxor

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

10:30 a.m.

Visit the West Bank

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Visit Luxor Temple

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Farewell Reception with live music at the club lounge

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Luxor

Day 8 - Tuesday

7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Disembarkation at Luxor

5 Days - 4 Nights Cruise Embarkation

Day 1 - Tuesday

12:00 noon

Embarkation from Aswan

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

2:30 p.m.

Visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Aswan

Day 2 - Wednesday

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Optional visit to Abu Simbel

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spa Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

After Sunset

Sound and light show at the Philae Temple

7:00 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Aswan

Day 3 - Thursday

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Twin temples of Komombo

11:00 a.m.

Sail back to Aswan

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Time

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

3:00 p.m.

Visit to Botanical Garden by felucca

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Spa Time

6:30 p.m.

Cocktail reception with entertainment

Overnight in Aswan

Day 4 - Friday

8:00 a.m.

Sail to Edfu

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spa Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Temple of Edfu

5:00 p.m.

Evening at leisure

8:00 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Edfu

Day 5 - Saturday

6:00 a.m.

Luxor

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Spa Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:30 p.m.

Disembarkation at Luxor

LUXOR TO ASWAN

5 Days - 4 Nights Cruise Embarkation

Day 1 - Tuesday

12:00 noon

Embarkation from Luxor

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

2:30 p.m.

Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor museum

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Luxor

Day 2 - Wednesday

6:30 a.m.

Breakfast

7:00 a.m.

Transfer to West Bank to explore ancient Thebes

11:00 a.m.

Sail to Quina

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2.00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Spa Time

3:30 p.m.

Visit to the Temple of Dendarah

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Quina

Day 3 - Thursday

5:00 a.m.

Sail to Luxor

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

10:30 a.m.

Visit the West Bank

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 04:00 p.m.

Spa Time

4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Visit of Luxor temple

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception with live music at the club lounge.

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Luxor

Day 4 - Friday

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Sail to Edfu

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spa Time

1:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Spa Time

5:30 p.m.

Visit the Temple of Edfu

7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Overnight in Edfu

Day 5 - Saturday

6:00 a.m.

Sail to Aswan

7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Spa Time

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 p.m.

Disembarkation at Aswan

Itinerary Inclusions, Terms & Conditions

Offer Includes

  • Accommodation and all meals.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary and guide charges.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Service charges & taxes.

NOTE:

  • Cruise price does not include spa therapies.
  • Oberoi Hotels & Resorts reserves the right to change the prices and polices without giving any prior notice.

Child Policy

  • The Oberoi Philae is unable to accommodate children under the age of seven (7) as the vessel is not designed for very young children.
  • There could be safety concerns for very young children.
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring the actions of their children at all times.
  • Children must occupy a separate cabin which will be charged at the normal rate.

Reservation Guarantee Ploicy

  • 15% deposit is required within 48 hours from receipt of booking.
  • 35% deposit is required 90 days prior to check in date.
  • 50% deposit is required 45 days prior to check in date.

Cancellation Charges

  • Full amount of the cruise will be charged if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to check in date.
  • 50% of the cruise amount will be charged if cancellation is received 60 to 31 days prior to check in date.
  • 15% of the cruise amount will be charged if cancellation is received 90 to 61 days prior to check in date.

Pre-Embarkation Information

1. Are there any 'formal nights' for dinner?

No there are no scheduled 'formal nights'. We recommend elegant casuals (jacket not essential) for dinner and convenient clothes during the day.

2. Are shorts permitted in the restaurant in the evening for the teenage boys?

Shorts are not encouraged during evening meals. However, it is not a concern during the day.

3. Are gratuities included?

The room prices already include a service charge. This is distributed amongst the team members. However, if any guest wishes to leave additional gratuities, they can do so at the time of departure. It is a common pool and all additional gratuities are distributed equally amongst the staff members. However, the gratuities for the Egyptologists are not included and can be given directly by the guest at their discretion.

4. Is there a laundry, pressing and dry cleaning facility on board?

Same day laundry and one-hour pressing service is available at an additional charge. Government regulations do not allow storage of chemicals on board and hence there is no dry cleaning service available.

5. Is there a computer room, or web access in the cabins?

The entire cruiser is wireless enabled. If guests are carrying their own laptop with WiFi facility, it can be connected to internet. However, there are also two laptops available on board for guest use in the Club Lounge 24 hours. This is a complimentary facility.

6. Is there a 110-voltage outlet in the cabin?

The normal voltage in the cabins and suites is 220. However, 110 Volts is available on a plug in the bathroom. Also, we have converters available on request.

7. Are there medical facilities on board?

The cruiser is reasonably equipped to handle a light medical situation including an oxygen cylinder. However, doctor is available on call in case of any emergency.

8. Is there a wheelchair on board?

Yes, there is a wheelchair on board. However, there is very limited mobility for the wheelchair in the existing docking areas and in the sightseeing locales.

9. Is there room service in the cabins if a guest does not want to go to the restaurant?

Due to infrastructural limitations, we do not encourage room service. However, if someone is indisposed, we can make a one-time exception. In this case there is no extra charge. We also have an all day dining menu available from 1100 hours till 1900 hours on the sundeck comprising of salads and sandwiches.

10. What entertainment is available on board?

We have a marine satellite on board that ensures availability of TV channels 24 hours a day, even during sailing. Each cabin also has a DVD player with a selection of DVDs available at the Front Desk.

11. Are there any theme nights?

No, we do not do any theme nights.

12. What is included in the cruise?

Three major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in The Restaurant, water served during the meals and given during excursions, sightseeing as per the itinerary excluding the optional tours, cost of an Egyptologist, service charge and taxes are included.

13. What is suitable clothing for sightseeing?

Light summer clothes are suitable almost throughout the year including sightseeing between 1000 hours till 1600 hours in winter months. A light jacket is recommended during winter months. However, early morning and late evenings can be fairly cool during winter months with temperatures ranging from 8 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius. We recommend flat sole shoes for all sightseeing excursions.

14. If we wish to do some extra excursions, can it be organised?

Our group size for sightseeing does not exceed 9 guests. Extra excursions can be organized at an additional charge with a sufficient notice on board. However, availability of guide is based on the tours planned for the rest of the members of your group. Priority for guide will be given for the normal sightseeing itinerary.

15. Can we request for a specific language speaking guide?

As a default, on non-receipt of any request we organize an English-speaking guide. However, if you wish to have a special language guide, please inform us at least three weeks prior to your arrival so that we are able to fulfil your request. We will endeavour to meet your needs