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Nile Valley to Siwa Oasis

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $2,649  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Explore the best of ancient Egypt, from the legendary pyramids, to the Valley of the Kings, sail the Nile on a felucca, visit coastal Alexandria. Then get off the beaten track & discover Siwa, with its centuries old customs & traditions.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

Cairo - Aswan. Today we visit the famous pyramids and iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Later we will have chance to have dinner before our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel. A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam – a modern feat of engineering - creating Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, there is free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Play cards, go for a swim or just relax in the sun or shade on the boat deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking near Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation this afternoon. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, beautifully illuminated at night (book and pay locally), alternatively, spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Luxor - Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Consider opting to join our hot air ballooning excursion over ancient Thebes - fabulous at sunrise! Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon - a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9
El Alamein

Cairo – El Alamein – Siwa. Starting early (7:00am) we drive north-west towards the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies, under Britain’s Field Marshall Montgomery, halted the German-Italian advance towards the River Nile which was 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. Stopping for a light lunch in Marsa Matrouh we continue onward to Siwa. This evening we take a walk and can opt to have dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

This morning we take a leisurely bike ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, which dates back to near 570BC. Alexander the Great visited Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (who the Greeks identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle on to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon at leisure or optional (book/pay locally) sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Today we visit the Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali was abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain literally melted the mud brick city. A labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored. This afternoon we take a 4x4 desert safari across the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean with an abundance of marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and a sunset dinner.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Siwa – Marsa Matrouh – Alexandria. It's an early start today as we drive along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh. The city has a large Libyan/Berber population who are distinctive in custom and dress. We stop for lunch, swim in the Mediterranean Sea and have time to explore the Libyan souq (if open) before driving onward to Alexandria.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Spend the morning at leisure in Alexandria, before an afternoon tour of Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk – the last monarch of the Mohamed Ali dynasty who abdicated and fled to Italy, Quat Bay Fort and the site of the Pharos – Alexandria’s great lighthouse which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, towering 440 feet above the harbour. This evening we take a tram ride into the downtown area where you can indulge in a little retail therapy before enjoying a famous Alexandrian Fateer for dinner.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Alexandria - Cairo. Today we visit the huge underground necropolis of the Catacomb of Shouqafa, which lies beneath 200 year old houses. These second-century tombs have been extensively excavated since their rediscovery in 1900. The catacombs were originally a private crypt but later used for Roman burials. We continue on to view Pompeii’s Pillar - the tallest ancient memorial column in Egypt, the National Museum and the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we drive back to Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Saturday. Our tour concludes after breakfast, with a departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

5 star Nile Cruise Upgrade

If you’d like to upgrade from the included Nile felucca cruise from Aswan to Luxor, cruise the Nile in style with our 5 star Nile cruiser upgrade.

Cruiser facilities are similar to that of 5 star hotels with their own bar, lounges and restaurant. Your well–appointed, outward facing cabin offers air-conditioning, a private bathroom and views of the Nile as we sail.

The boat deck offers plenty of space for relaxation and a swimming pool. Sightseeing stops to the Temple of Kom Ombo and Temple of Horus at Edfu are made en-route. In the evening, low–key entertainment is on hand. All meals are included, buffet style.

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.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

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!

Oasis Hotel, Cairo
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

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.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category:

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals, though they welcome helpers!

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.

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.

Siwa Paradise, Siwa Oasis
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Siwa Paradise hotel is rustic, with a combination of bungalows and hotel rooms

Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel, Alexandria
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel is a traditional style hotel, close to the beach and to bars and restaurants. Each of the spacious rooms has their own private balconies. The Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel is in the social and cultural centre of the city, 5 kilometres from the airport and 1 kilometre to the nearest metro station.

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
Nile felucca cruising - islands on route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings
El Alamein – World War II, Commonwealth War Cemetery
Siwa sights - Temple of the Oracle, Amun Temple and Cleopatra Spring
Marsa Matrouh – Mediterranean seaside - beach & swim
Alexandria – sightseeing, Quat Bay Fort, Montazzah Palace, Library of Alexandria - forecourt, Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, National Museum
Necropolis of Saqqara
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Colossi of Memnon & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Siwa oasis and village walking tour
Jeep safari – Great Sand Sea, golden sand dunes, cold lake, hot springs, fossil ocean and Bir Wahed
Libyan market – Marsa Matrouh

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor, Luxor - Cairo (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin)
4x4 jeep safari into the Great Sand Sea
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 15
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader day 9 - 15
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 3 nights 4 star Siwan style hotel, 3 nights 3 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Luxor, El Alamein, Siwa, Marsa Matrouh & Alexandria
Bike ride tour of Siwa & swimming in natural springs
Qualified Egyptologist guide days 1 - 8 and at Alexandrian sights of antiquity
Siwa - specialist local jeep drivers and local commentary

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $145-155 USD
Tip for your tour guide and tour leaders. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping your guide and crew is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $60-70 USD

We had a fantastic time in Egypt.

The tour was really amazing and for both off us it was a big bucket list item we can now cross off our list. We were really amazed at how organized OnTheGo is in Egypt, right from the airport pickup to the airport drop off. OnTheGo had reps everywhere and we always felt very well looked after. This really made a big difference as we were a little concerned before the trip with safety and security in Egypt.

On the topic of safety and security, we want to underscore that we never felt threatened or unsafe in Egypt. OnTheGo really made us feel safe and the people of Egypt were very friendly and welcoming. We really feel for them as they are unfairly suffering because of lack of tourism due to, in our opinion, excessively negative media reports about safety in Egypt.

We had Dino as our tour guide during our first week and then Mahmood during our second week in Siwa and Alexandria. Both Dino and Mahmood were great guides. Both very friendly, attentive, and helpful. We really enjoyed having them both.

Overall a great trip. Great organization by OnTheGo in Egypt and great tour leaders.

We really enjoyed Egypt and we hope more tourists start to visit as the place was safe for us and the people are very friendly, warm, and welcoming, and really need tourism to pick up.

Tomas Rodriguez

Mahmoud was our tour guide on the Siwa Oasis leg of the tour. He's very knowledgeable of Egypt and it's history. Very friendly and very approachable. He showed us Egypt's people, culture and religion including local food and restaurants and more. We enjoyed the Siwa Oasis tour very much. Every activity on the tour is a highlight of the trip. We highly recommend this tour.

Myra San Jose

The itinerary gave a very good impression of Egypt helped by an informative and personable tour guide.We were very fortunate with the make up of the group which with one exception gelled really well and helped to make the holiday so memorable.

Maurice Lightfoot

Momo was inspiring - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all things Egypt. The tour was great, I enjoyed the variety of places we visited, the pace of things, the food and the accommodation.

Samantha Cookes

Great trip well organized, Great value.

Mo Mo (our main tour Guide )was more than Excellent, funny, articulate, accomedating, full if information, nothing was too much for him to do for any of us.

Regards

Carol & Graham STOODLEY

Graham Stoodley

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 who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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2016
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $79
USD $20
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $79
USD $20
Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Hotel Rating
3 - 5 star (+ Siwan style hotel)
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4
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Mahmoud was our tour guide on the Siwa Oasis leg of the tour. He's very knowledgeable of Egypt and it's history. Very friendly and very approachable. He showed us Egypt's people, culture and religion including local food and restaurants and more. We enjoyed the Siwa Oasis tour very much. Every activity on the tour is a highlight of the trip. We highly recommend this tour.

Myra San Jose
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