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A Cabin With A View: The Nile from the Oberoi Philae

Before getting into bed on the third night of the cruise I opened the curtains and blinds. Sleeping with the curtains open I usually wake up with the rising sun, and I desperately wanted to see dawn on the Nile. The Oberoi Philae was docked at Esna, and for a moment I just stood and watched a few dogs roaming the deserted streets. Despite an early start that day to beat the heat and crowds in the Valley of the Kings and other ancient sites on the West Bank of Luxor we also had a late night. Mr Eldin, the boat manager, told us the Philae would be setting sail at about four in the morning so that we could arrive in good time for a morning visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu.

The View

Beyond the Views

The Oberoi Philae

The Cabin

The Meals

I do not just recommend the Oberoi Philae, I choose it

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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