The Oberoi Zahra, Nile Cruises, Egypt

Luxury Egypt with Oberoi Zahra



13 Days

Prices Start from

£7,450pp (ex. flights)

This holiday offers the perfect combination of a luxury cruise down the River Nile while taking in some of the best known Egyptian archaeological and historical sites. Expect personalised service and private guiding by expert Egyptologists.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt 1

Pyramids of Giza

View the magnificent pyramids of Giza from your spacious balcony at Mena House.

Hot air balloons, Luxor, Egypt 2

Cruise the Nile

Access Egypt’s archaeological and historical gems whilst gently cruising down the Nile River.

Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise, Egypt 3

Oberoi Zahra

Spend time relaxing around the pool on board the most luxurious cruise boat on the Nile

River Nile, Aswan, Egypt 4


Stay in Aswan and visit Elephantine Island, featuring ancient ruins and a traditional Nubian village.

Why we like it

For those who wish to experience a luxury cruise on the River Nile, this trip is the perfect option. Inimitable Oberoi service during the entire cruise, best-in-field Egyptologists and onboard entertainment, exquisite cuisine and immaculate accommodation. Topped and tailed by fascinating visits to Cairo and Aswan where Steppes’ guides and our personalised, tailored service elevate this holiday above and beyond the standard Egypt touring experience.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2-3


  • Day 4

    Cairo - Luxor - River Nile

  • Day 5-10

    River Nile

  • Day 11


  • Day 12


  • Day 13

    Aswan - Cairo

Day 1


Cairo City, Egypt

For many, Cairo is epitomised by the pyramids, however, there are many attractions of great interest for the visitor.

Day 2-3


Day 4

Cairo - Luxor - River Nile

Nile River, Egypt

With so much focus on the Nile, a cruise offers the perfect platform from which to access many of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures and sights.

Day 5-10

River Nile

Day 11


Day 12


Temple of Nefertari, Nubian, Egypt

Aswan is a little slower, it is a little warmer, and you will notice the Nubians, who have darker skin and are often taller in height.

Day 13

Aswan - Cairo

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt

The Grand Egyptian Museum and Restoration Labs in Cairo

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the sheer size of the display is jaw-dropping and well worth a visit. There are also thousands of artefacts still in storage, crying out for space to be displayed. The opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum or Giza Museum will house these items, including the full Tutankhamun collection, displayed for the very first time. We can arrange a visit to the restoration labs for a behind-the-scenes look at how these ancient artefacts are revived and brought back to life, ready for display.


Avenue of the Sphnixs, Luxor Temple, Egypt
Avenue of the Sphnixs, Luxor Temple, Egypt

Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

Luxor is home to some of Egypt’s greatest temples and sites. Explore both the east and west banks of the city taking in the Valley of the Kings and the splendours of Karnak Temple to name a few. Stay at the wonderfully atmospheric, riverfront hotel Sofitel Old Winter Palace.

River Nile, Aswan, Egypt
River Nile, Aswan, Egypt

The Nile and Oberoi Zahra

A Nile cruise offers the perfect platform from which to access many of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures. There are many boats to choose from but the Oberoi Zahra and its sister, the Oberoi Philae are certainly two of the most luxurious on the river. The boats offer four, five, six or seven-night cruise options between Luxor and Aswan, visiting ancient temples and sites en route with plenty of time to relax by the pool while life on the Nile floats past.

The Temple of Hathor and Nefertari, Abu Simbel, Egypt
Abu Simbel, Egypt

Aswan and Abu Simbel

Spend some time in the picturesque city of Aswan, where the Nile ends and Lake Nasser begins. A few days exploring the Nubian villages and river islands of Aswan whilst staying at the Sofitel Old Legend Cataract, is the perfect way to end a holiday in Egypt. A further highlight of this area is to take a short flight to the southern ancient site of Abu Simbel, the famous temple of Ramses II.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

The Oberoi Zahra £££££

  • Egypt

Oberoi Zahra is a contemporary boat with simple and elegant décor. Each of the 25 Luxury Cabins has expansive views of the river framed by large picture windows and the two elegant suites offer extremely spacious accommodation with a separate living area and their own private terrace with Jacuzzi.

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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

The Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence is a beautiful, five-star hotel situated on the west bank of the Nile with impressive views of the Great Pyramids and over the canopy of Cairo’s ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The service is excellent and the attention to detail in the 269 beautifully decorated rooms is second to none. The hotel has a spa offering relaxing treatments using Egyptian techniques, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

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Four Seasons Nile Plaza £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

The Four Seasons Nile Plaza is the newer of the two Four Seasons hotels set in Cairo’s oldest district. Constructed from scratch, unlike its neighbour the First Residence, you get much bigger bedrooms and a more contemporary feel, with all of the charm and attention to detail as you would expect from a Four Seasons. Located on the banks of the Nile, the views are pretty impressive from almost every angle. There are numerous restaurants to delight all manner of tastes, and the rooftop lounge is a great place to enjoy the views whilst enjoying freshly made tapas & cocktails.

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Marriott Mena House £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

With a superb location adjacent to the Pyramids of Giza, The Mena House was originally a royal hunting lodge used by the King of Egypt. In 1869 it was sold and converted into a hotel and today, the comfortable rooms are surrounded by 40 acres of grounds. The decor within the Palace Wing is elegant with many antiques remaining as well as evidence of the rich history and famous guests it has hosted such as Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £7,450 Per person

When to travel

The most popular time to visit Egypt is during the winter months, from October to March.  Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst. Low season is from June to August and this is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40 degrees and higher.

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