Old King Ramses - 13 days

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Definitive Egypt, including the pyramids, Nubian Aswan, the Philae Temple, Nile felucca sailing, Luxor & the Valley of the Kings. Topped off with Dahab on the sunny Red Sea coast, where you can swim, dive, snorkel or just relax!


Our King Ramses - 13 day tour departs weekly till 01 July 2012. If travelling AFTER 01 July, please see our New King Ramses - 14 day tour with similar touring arrangements.

Day 1: Cairo
Saturday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! We pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight - Cairo
King Zhoser's step pyramid at Saqqara
Cairo - Aswan. A big day out. First to the Giza Plateau to see the pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx. Onwards to Saqqara, an ancient necropolis of sand-strewn tombs and home to the great step pyramid. Zhoser’s step pyramid was the first ever constructed in 2700 BC by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect.

Later there is opportunity to freshen up before boarding the overnight seater train to Aswan. Sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Train (B)
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Abu Simbel
Arrive Aswan and check into our hotel. Today, we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Days 4 - 5: Felucca Cruise
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning air excursion to the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage on the River Nile downstream, stopping along the way at local villages and islands.

If sailing by felucca is not your style, navigate the River Nile on board a 5 star Nile Cruiser with private cabin and ensuite bathroom. Add to this a sleeper train upgrade. Sleeper train cabins are fully enclosed, fitted with bunk beds, linen and washbasins. Sleeper train upgrades are offered independently. Whilst our Nile Cruise Upgrade can be purchased in conjunction with a sleeper train upgrade. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B:2, L:2, D:2)
All overboard - felucca sailing!
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Kom Ombo we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel. Overnight - Luxor (B)
The Tomb of Tutankhamen, at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor
Luxor - Dahab. Optional early morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor before crossing to the west side of the Nile and commencing our tour of the Valley of the Kings. One of the first sights you’ll see is the Colossi of Memnon. This huge pair of enthroned statues is all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Touring of Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After a little R&R by the hotel pool, visit Karnak Temple. This evening we travel by overnight bus to Dahab via Hurghada. Overnight - Bus (B)
The beach at Dahab on the Red Sea
Arriving at Dahab, our base for the coming days, there is plenty of time to explore the Sinai – a region of incredible beauty. Dahab offers great diving, snorkelling, swimming and sun-worshipping possibilities. Check out our exciting range of 4 day dive bolt-ons. Overnight - Dahab (B)
Turtle swimming in the Red Sea
Days 9 - 11: Snorkelling or Mt Sinai
Dahab's waterfront is dotted with laid back cafes, bars and shops, perfect for eating, top seafood, drinking and a little relaxing retail therapy.

Optional excursions such as snorkelling at Dahab's Blue Hole or an energetic climb to the summit of Mt Sinai and a visit to St Katherine's Monastery are available. Watching a magnificent sunrise or sunset from the top of the mountain is a truly wonderful experience. Camel and jeep treks into the surrounding Sinai Desert are also available. Overnight - Dahab (B:3)
Egyptian water pipes lined up at the coast in Dahab
Dahab - Cairo. Very early this morning, approx 6am, we bid farewell to Dahab and travel back to Cairo and enjoy a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum.

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, commonly referred to as the Egyptian Museum is home to an extensive collection of some 120 000 ancient Egyptian antiquities, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms. Opt to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom are displayed. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 13: Cairo
Thursday. Cairo - breakfast. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport. (B)

Combine Egypt and Jordan!

Explore Egypt and visit the neighbouring Kingdom of Jordan, renowned for the mineral rich and incredibly buoyant Dead Sea, its stunning red desertscapes at Wadi Rum and the jewel in its archaeological crown, the Rose City of Petra.

Our Road to Jordan tour, combines the King Ramses itinerary with five memorable days in Jordan. Discover the stunning Treasury and Monastery at Petra, 4x4 in Wadi Rum and camp out under the stars and bolt on an excursion to the Dead Sea.

 

KING RAMSES II - ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL

 

Join us to watch the Sun Festival of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel on our King Rames Sun Festival tour, departing Friday 19 October 2012 and our Sun Chasing tour, departing Monday 18 February 2013.

 

King 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.

 

On The Go Tours offers an opportunity to witness the phenomenon on our special King Ramses Sun Festival and Sun Chasing tours. Includes: Coach from Aswan to Abu Simbel in the wee hours of the morn prior to the festival commencement. Guided visit to Abu Simbel, the sunrise event, entrance fees and visitor ticket for this excursion. Return coach journey to Aswan after the event.

 

 

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Cairo
  • Departs: Saturdays - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:12, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 4 - 5 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes
The On The Go Theatre
On tour in Egypt. Pyramids, Nile cruising, Abu Simbel & Red Sea!

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