What It's Like | What You'll Do

How you’ll spend your time and reward your curiosity


Embark on a powerful journey along the Nile through Egypt and experience a country with a rich history and a vital present. You’ll stroll sublime temples, shop colorful markets, and visit important museums. Learn how Egyptians lived in ancient times and how they live today. Explore under the sure guidance of our expedition team, and gain an insider's perspective with help from our erudite local guides. And, at the day’s end, relax in your luxurious hotel or on the Oberoi Philae.

Explore the impressive sites of Ancient Egypt

Bookending your Egyptian Nile cruise with stays in Cairo, you’ll see the great places that has drawn visitors to Egypt for millennia: the Pyramids and Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Luxor, and Aswan. You’ll encounter highlight after highlight.

Learn the way of life along the river

Egyptians still farm along the Nile in the traditional way, and you’ll have glimpses into the world of how they live. Virtually everyone who has ever visited Egypt has been struck by the friendliness and hospitality of its people.

See the bustling city of Cairo

Cairo is a center of history, learning and culture and his been so for millennia. Cairenes are both interesting and friendly. Cairo's many historic sites are endlessly interesting to explore.

Enjoy the daily ritual

During your time aboard ship, the entire expedition community gathers in the lounge during the cocktail hour for an expedition ritual we call Recap. As you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, your naturalist or historian may give a talk, and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule. You may find, as have many others, that Recap remains one of the fondest memories of your expedition experience.

Savor time aboard Oberoi Philae

Oberoi Philae, carrying just 42 guests, is an exceptionally fine ship. Each airy cabin is large, with picture views, and wide-open gathering spaces abound aboard ship. History talks and Recaps are a key part of the journey, along with our Expedition Photography program. And when the ship is underway, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the pace of life along the river, relax with a treatment in the spa, or visit the bridge to see the calm ritual of navigation unfold.

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