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Pharaohs and Beaches

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from $1,999  |   Guaranteed Departure

Enjoy a fun and educational family adventure in ancient Egypt. Explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings in Luxor and experience the local way of life, visiting a Nubian island and a local school in Aswan, before heading to the beach on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera.

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Day 1
Overnight: Cairo  |  

Saturday - Welcome to the start of your Egyptian Adventure! Arrive Cairo airport, included onward transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 2
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

This morning we visit the great pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Greek-listed seven wonders of the world, they were constructed from over 2.5million limestone blocks, taking more than 20 years to build. We explore this area on foot and then on camel back! Off we ride into the sands, our sturdy ships of the desert beneath us.

Day 3
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Cairo – Aswan. Today we see the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum. In the afternoon we explore the Citadel and the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar before taking the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan including dinner.

Day 4
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

This morning we arrive into Aswan and explore the Nubian city on a guided walk of the local market and souq. Scenically located on the Nile, a walk along the riverside corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. Free afternoon.

Day 5
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Free morning or opt for the morning excursion by flight to Abu Simbel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure; maybe relax by the pool, take a stroll along the Nile corniche or explore the ever lively market place.

Day 6
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Aswan - Luxor. This morning we take a motor boat to cruise around and between the islands located on the Nile, before stopping at Sahal island where we visit a local village and school (if open); sometimes there is even a local football game in action. Lunch will be served in the home of an Egyptian family followed by the train north to Luxor, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. The 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes, known today as Luxor, is our base for the next three days.

Day 7
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

This morning you have the option to go hot air ballooning before we visit Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air.

Day 8
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Today, we visit Luxor’s West Bank. The subject of countless documentaries, our destination this morning is the site made famous by the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb - the Valley of the Kings. Other exciting highlights of ancient Egypt include the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the gigantic Colossi of Memnon.

Day 9
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Luxor - Hurghada. Bidding farewell to Luxor, we travel by road north-west to Hurghada, a coastal resort town on Egypt’s famous Red Sea coast. This evening, enjoy dinner at your 4 star hotel located near the beach.

Days 10 - 11
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Why not pack your bathing suits, sun lotions and sun glasses and opt for a boat excursion on the Red Sea. Dropping the anchor at a location renowned for its safe snorkelling and swimming possibilities, you can opt to don mask, snorkel and fins for a great view of the colourful shoals of fish in the aquatic wonderland that is the Red Sea. After a day of swimming, snorkelling, sun tanning or relaxing, you’ll have no doubt worked up a healthy appetite - dinner is served up at the hotel.

Day 12
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Hurghada - Cairo. Bidding farewell to the beach we journey by road back to Cairo. Spend the evening at leisure in the capital.

Day 13
Breakfast

Thursday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.

Visit the incredible temples of Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel Bolt On Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert. Not to be missed!

Tailor-made accommodation

No-frills or fancy, historic, quaint or quirky, we offer accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

On all our quotes we will provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels using our 'On The Go' categories below. Accommodation can range from western-style hotels and resorts to charming boutique or heritage properties, cruise boats, desert camps, jungle lodges and other styles of accommodation unique to the region.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids. Perfectly located across from the Pyramids and also close to Cairo University and the Hanging Church.

Sleeper Train, Cairo
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There is also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Grand Plaza Hotel, Hurghada
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sat on a golden beach in Hurghada, the Grand Plaza Hotel offers an unforgettable experience. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished with soft Egyptian cotton linen. 2 outdoor pools are on offer to refresh and relax by and there is also giant chess - perfect for families! Being on the beach there is a whole host of watersports on offer - a great way to enjoy the Red Sea Riviera! The Grand Plaza Hotel is only five minutes from Hurghada International Airport.

Novotel Heliopolis Airport Hotel, Cairo
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Novotel Heliopolis Airport is a modern hotel set in well manicured gardens with spacious rooms. The rooms overlook the open air garden and therefore are extremely airy and comfortable.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau
Egyptian Museum
Visit to local primary school, village/market walks
Luxor - Luxor Temple illuminated by night
Luxor - Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Citadel & Khan el-Khalili bazaar
Aswan - boating on the Nile to Sahal island and lunch with village family
Luxor - Temple of Karnak by day,
Valley of the Kings
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to dive or snorkel!

What's Included

Maximum group size: 25
7 nights 5 star hotels and 4 nights 4 star hotels all with swimming pools
Giza - camel ride by the pyramids
Luxor - horse-drawn carriage to Luxor Temple
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
Enlish speaking Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology (days 1 - 9)
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch (with village family on Sahal island) and four dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin) including meals
Aswan - boating on the Nile and visit to a Nubian island
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
3 nights Hurghada - Red Sea stay - swim, sun and sand
All relevant transfer and transportation

What's Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Adt $80-90 USD / Chd $30-40 USD
Gratuity for your tour guide. We suggest $20-30 USD per adult. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: Adt 40-50 USD / Chd $25-35 USD

Dear Sarah

I just wanted to write and thank you for organising our unforgettable trip to Egypt. We had the most amazing time and will treasure our memories of it.

The representative of On The Go were wonderful - they looked after our every need and often went beyond the call of duty to make sure we had the best experience. Our guide Ahmed Helal was excellent. His thorough knowledge of Egyptology was evident and he managed to convey information in a very skilful way, introducing a subject and later picking it up so that our knowledge deepened and the things that we saw made more sense as we put it all into context. He also ensured that we had the best experience of our tour, seeing temples and picking out details that we would never have seen otherwise.

Ahmed was not only a wonderful and incredibly knowledgable guide but he was also excellent at getting things done. He sorted out all practical details pf our stay, making sure that we had adjoining rooms etc in such a way that we had a very comfortable and wonderful experience. He made sure that we always knew where he was so that we could contact him if we needed to, so we had no concerns of any kind throughout the trip.

In Cairo we were excellently looked after by Abdul, who took us to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar on our last night, which gave us a truly memorable end to our stay. Abdul (Midou) was so much fun and very charming and we all really enjoyed his company.

The tour itself was incredible and the variety of location and what they had to offer meant that each day brought a fresh marvel! The Pyramids and Sphinx were phenomenal - to actually be was amazing. The camel rides were great fun too! Visiting Aswan and sailing on the Nile to visit the Nubian village was an unexpected hi-light for me. The Nile is such a beautiful river! Luxor blew us all away - it is just such an incredible place. The Valley of the Kings has such an eerie desolation about it, and we were lucky enough tho find Tutankamun's tomb open so fulfilled a lifelong wish to visit that. That night we visited Luxor Temple in the evening, which was magical. We had a hot air balloon ride the next morning and then visited Karnak. Each day enriched the others and it gave us a very full and many layered experience.

The journey to Hurghad was another unexpected high point - discovering the country and the change from lucy Nile valley to arid but beautully colourful desert was eye opening. Then the last few day spent in Hurghada was a wonderful way to digest and relax, and very popular with our teenage children. The snorkelling was out of this world!

All the hotel we stayed in were amazing in different ways, but Hurghada was so much fun, and the staff were very friendly. The food was great throughout and the rooms luxurious and comfortable.

Thank you once again for a truly wonderful experience. We would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone and will be telling our friends all about it!

With very best regards

Jeannie Donald-McKim

Great Staff! Great organisation! Great Tour! Thank you.

Anthi Campbell King

Hi Charlie,

Just a note to say thanks for an excellently organised trip. We had a fantastic time.

In particular I would like to complement your staff in Egypt. All the reps were superb, the organisation was impeccable and they all went out of their way to make sure everything went according to plan. The two guides we had were equally brilliant with amazing knowledge and real enthusiasm about their subjects. The kids were fascinated throughout.

We had a problem with our return flights. Swiss Air did not have us on the passenger list. Not your problem of course but despite this your airport guy spent a very stressful and increasingly frantic 3 hours fixing the problem and dealing with a myriad of airport staff who really couldn't care less. He managed to get us onto the flight with 10 minutes to spare! The guy is a hero. If it weren't for his efforts there is no way we would have been able to sort it out so big thanks there.

Cairo, Aswan and Luxor were wonderful and exciting with great hotels and brilliant tours.

All in all a great trip, well done. I wont hesitate to recommend this trip and to recommend On The Go.

Jez Campbell

The whole tour was amazing. The standard of accommodation was much better than I had expected. Our tour guide Yasser - incredible. His knowledge was extensive & his patience lasts a long time. Yasser was the reason that our tour was so good.

Sharon Causer

Well paced, perfectly balanced between leisure and activities, no pressure, fantastic info from very knowledgable guide.

Anthony Moulsdale

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. Single travellers will have to book a single room for any pre and/or post tour accommodation that is required.

Child Prices are based on the child being under 12 years of age at the date of arrival into Egypt. The low season child price is listed below, for high season child prices please contact us.

Further on all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and kids rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent.

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2015

Date
Price / Person
Single Supp.
 
$1999
$2648
Easter departure, book early!
$1999
$2648
 
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$2648
 
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$2648
 
$1999
$2648
 
$1999
$2648
 
$1999
$2648
 
$1999
$2648
 
$1999
$2648
Xmas departure, book early!
$2379
$3028

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
$79
$20
Child Reduction (under 12 years old)
$-370
$370
Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
Tour Bolt-ons
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Great Staff! Great organisation! Great Tour! Thank you.

Anthi Campbell King
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