The Oberoi Zahra The Oberoi Zahra

Generally regarded as one of the most luxurious and refined cruise boats currently sailing along the Nile, The Oberoi Zahra thoroughly deserves its reputation for excellence. You can expect a designer spa offering a full menu of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. A swimming pool and glorious sun decks. Evenings filled with contemporary haute cuisine, performances of traditional dancing and music and romantic star gazing from the boat’s rail.

But perhaps the greatest luxury offered by The Oberoi Zahra, is being able to see the history of Egypt through the eyes of expert Egyptologists. They will accompany you to the great sights and add depth to your experience. You will see the point where the southern desert meets the Nile at Aswan, the towering High Dam and the Philae Temple – built between 380 and 246 BC (and moved in the 20th century to the island of Agilika). You’ll also experience the two huge rock temples at Abu Simbel, the Greco-Roman style Temple of Komombo and the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island – reached by traditional felucca. And still the wonders of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Luxor and Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Medinet Habu, the Colossi of Memnon and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut await.

Memphis Barker travelled with us on The Oberoi Zahra and wrote about his experience for The Independent. Read article here >>

The Oberoi Zahra, at a glance

  • Ultimately luxurious Nile cruise ship
  • Choice of only 27 spacious cabins and exclusive suites
  • Swimming pool and generous sun deck
  • Designer Spa with Holistic Signature therapies plus Balinese, Thai and western massage
  • Cabins with picture windows and panoramic Nile views from en suite bathrooms
  • Suites typically feature master bedrooms, living rooms, private terraces and fabulous marbled bathrooms
  • Traditional music and dancing on board

Where will the Oberoi Zahra take you?

  • Zahra has 5-day and 8-day cruises between Aswan and Luxor or vice versa.
  • Expect to visit sites such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Dendarah, the Temple of Edfu, the High Dam and Philae temple and the Botanical Gardens by Felucca
  • Catherine was warm, friendly, efficient and delivered what was promised. We were not disappointed on any front. Exceeded all expectations.

    NN, Spain, 2013


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7