If you are planning on travelling with us in February 2015/2016 or October 2016, consider our Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival or Ramses Sunrise tours. These tours include arrangements similar to those of our Jewel of the Nile with the added highlight of witnessing the Sun Festival of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel on 22 February 2015/2016 or 22 October 2016.
Ramses II had his grand temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun's rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight as the sun illuminates the 3 statues of the living world, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows. The temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser. In the temples new position the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned.
Includes: Coach from Aswan to Abu Simbel early morning on 22nd October 2016. Guided visit to Abu Simbel, the sunrise event, entrance fees and visitor ticket for this excursion. Return coach journey to Aswan after the event.
|XMAS Departure||Easter Departure|
|26 DEC - 04 JAN||USD $2,449||USD $999|
|16 JAN - 25 JAN||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|13 FEB - 22 FEB||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|20 FEB - 01 MAR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|27 FEB - 08 MAR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|06 MAR - 15 MAR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|13 MAR - 22 MAR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|20 MAR - 29 MAR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|27 MAR - 05 APR||USD $2,449||USD $999|
|03 APR - 12 APR||USD $2,449||USD $999|
|10 APR - 19 APR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|17 APR - 26 APR||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|24 APR - 03 MAY||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|01 MAY - 10 MAY||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|15 MAY - 24 MAY||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|22 MAY - 31 MAY||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|05 JUN - 14 JUN||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|19 JUN - 28 JUN||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|03 JUL - 12 JUL||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|17 JUL - 26 JUL||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|31 JUL - 09 AUG||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|14 AUG - 23 AUG||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|28 AUG - 06 SEP||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|11 SEP - 20 SEP||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|18 SEP - 27 SEP||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|25 SEP - 04 OCT||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|02 OCT - 11 OCT||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|09 OCT - 18 OCT||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|16 OCT - 25 OCT||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|23 OCT - 01 NOV||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|30 OCT - 08 NOV||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|06 NOV - 15 NOV||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|13 NOV - 22 NOV||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|20 NOV - 29 NOV||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|27 NOV - 06 DEC||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|11 DEC - 20 DEC||USD $2,099||USD $999|
|18 DEC - 27 DEC||USD $2,449||USD $999|
|25 DEC - 03 JAN||USD $2,449||USD $999|
|Supplementary Prices||Twin/Double||Single Supp.|
|Private Tour Supplement||USD $880||-|
Make the most of your time away! Listed below are the optional activities that are available on this trip. Please note that you will need to book these prior to travel as we cannot always guarantee availability of these activities once you are on holiday.
|Abu Simbel by flight. The massive rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel never fails to impress. It's possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan intricately carved facade, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began.|
|An aerial adventure awaits in Luxor! Imagine drifting silently over temples, ancient sites, ruins and villages in the early morning sun. See ancient Thebes from a different angle as you float above the River Nile and wave down at the locals as you drift a few metres from their open rooftops!|
|The World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died here.|
|If your don't fancy travelling by overnight sleeper train on the Jewel of the Nile, Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival or Ramses Sunrise tours, then upgrade to our flight option, and fly from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo. Enjoying two extra nights of comfort in 5* hotel accommodation.|
If you are interested in trips with similar experiences to this one, then check out some of the ones we've listed below.
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Just wanted to drop a line to say what a fantastic time we had on the jewel of the Nile tour last month – This was our second time booking with on the go ( we did Southern Africa 2 years back) and we were not let down. Our Tour header Helal was absolutely amazing- we couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable and experience tour guide, He even made the effort to come back and do a Cairo day tour with us after our tour had finished. We had a bit of a mix up with some flight times which the group was unhappy with, Helal went above and beyond to make everyone happy and to make up for it and we are really appreciated it.
Looking forward to booking our next ‘’on the go’’ Holiday!
Blake Henderson ,
Dear On The Go Tours,
Thank you all for your fantastic 10 day tour of Egypt including the Nile Cruise. We really enjoyed every minute of it and thought your organisation and staff were the best and very helpful, thank you. We would especially like to thank Zidan, your Cairo manager for all his help an also arranging the extra trip that we had to Alexandria, we had a great time there and in Cairo.
The Hotels were beautiful and the visits to places very Informative. Also on the Nile cruise, we like to thank our tour guide there - Aamer Ibrahim. He was very pleasant to deal with and always helped us with transport and currency problems on our journey down the Nile.
We will be recommending your company to anyone that we know that are thinking of travelling to Egypt and tell them what a great time they will have if they go with you.
Thanking you all once again for our lovely holiday, and wish you all the Best for 2014 and the future.
John Haggerty and Sandra Edwards,
Best tour I have been on.
Joanne Mckinnon ,
Fantastic holiday. Loved every minute of it. Next time we will book directly through on the go.
The tour was at very good pace and very enjoyable.
Donald Prider ,
Thank you for arranging our Egypt/UK/Cyprus trip. It all went off without a single hitch.
I said I’d let you know about On the Go Tours. As far as we are concerned they get ten out of ten. We would certainly travel with them again.
Egypt is experiencing a massive downturn in tourist numbers at present which is desperate for them but great for us. Our river cruiser catered for 70 plus people but there were less than 20 on board. We were in a group of seven (all Australians).
The On the Go “Jewel of the Nile” was highly professional, well considered, friendly and well executed. We wanted for nothing. The train trip from Cairo to Luxor and return from Aswan to Cairo was pretty ordinary but we expected that and enjoyed it. The train food was awful so next time I would take my own. This was certainly outside the control of On the Go and was all part of the Egypt experience.
All the arrangements fell in to place magnificently, from meeting and greeting on pre-Day 1, all the touring and right up to final departure at the gates at Cairo airport. Our guide was a four year university graduate in Egyptology, with immense knowledge and the ability to keep it interesting … all in excellent English. The quality of the chosen hotels was excellent and, in fact, the hotel in Cairo (Fairmont Nile City) on the last night with its view of the sun setting over the Nile was the best hotel in which Pauline and I have ever stayed.
Overall, the quality of the whole experience was excellent value for money and Pauline and I would thoroughly recommend On to Go to any potential Egypt tourers.
Could you please post below for us. Thanks
It’s been a lovely, enjoyable occasion visiting Egypt with On The Go Tours. Although our flight was not as enjoyable/entertaining, the holiday package was one of the best so far. Transfers, sites/all transportations, tour guides, hotels, cruise all perfectly arranged.
We were met at the airport by the On The Go Tours representative Sherif, who took us through all the airport arrival facilities. We enjoyed a comfortable drive to our destination hotel Le Meridian Giza. The next day we were met by Egyptologist Mr Osama whose hospitality, kind gesture and knowledge no words could describe or reminisce. All we could say is, thank you for the beautiful, enjoyable time we spent with you in the museum, Cairo, Giza and the pyramids. Thanks so much at the pyramids.
The tour continued to Luxor and further to cruising on the river Nile. We were on the MS Farah the cruise boat for four days which felt like with a big family. What can we say is, well done MS Farah crew. Our sincere thanks to you and appreciation for the prefect work done. Our tour exposed us to horse drawn carriage, felucca sail, and not to mention the temples of which we enjoyed every part. Abu Simbelbolt-on is a must go or do item.
Finally we enjoyed our final day of the tour in a hotel with a very good panoramic view of River Nile, although the hotel is elegant, we would have preferred the initial Le Meridian in Giza owing to the one-to-one personal touch their staff offered. As all things do come to an end, the tour came to an end and we were seen off at the airport by Sherif.
In a nutshell, we would recommend the tour (Jewell of the Nile) offered by On The Go Tours to anybody.
1) Well done On The Go Tours
2) Well done Egyptian people for allowing us to savour such a magnificent history
3) Well done Sherif, Mr Osama, Aaamar and all others
4) Well done MS Farah Crew and Le Meridian team.
Just to say that Kate and I are having the most amazing time here in Egypt.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to everyone here, and in your company for the care and attention with which we have been welcomed.
It feels like a total privilege to be here. Every day gets better than the last.
Please pass on our thanks to everyone.