Sandblaster - 13 Days

FROM USD $1,499

On this tour of Egypt explore the spectacular Western Desert, 4x4 across sandy plains, camp under the stars in the White Desert, relax in the Nubian town of Aswan, cruise down the Nile River and of course, visit the world famous Valley of the Kings and Pyramids of Giza.

Day 1: Cairo
Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight - Cairo
Today we will visit some of Egypt’s most famous sites, including the iconic pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, and the vast ancient burial grounds of Saqqara. Overnight - Cairo (B)
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Cairo – Bahariyya Oasis. This morning we drive to the ancient green oasis of Bahariyya, where there will be time to explore the area and admire the sunset over the remote landscape. Overnight - Bahariyya Oasis (B, D)
The spectacular white rock formations in the White Desert
Day 4: White Desert
Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert. After breakfast we make our way by 4x4 towards the striking White Desert with pit-stops at the Golden Mummy Museum, Tombs of the Nobles, and the Black Desert. Upon arrival it is not hard to see how the White Desert got its name, as the landscapes unusual limestone formations resemble snowy drifts. We cosy down at our remote West Desert base for the night. Lunch, dinner and overnight - desert camp. Overnight - free camping White Desert (B, L, D)
On The Go Tours camping in the White Desert
White Desert - Dakhla Oasis. On our way to Dakhla we stop off at the Farafra Oasis, where we visit local artist and sculptor, Mr. Badr Aly at the Badr Museum, whose work uses natural materials and coloured sands offering insight into local customs and traditions.

We also take this time to explore the medieval city of Al Qasr. We roam the recently abandoned ghostly mosque, school, court and olive press. Above the doorways of many of the residences kufic Islamic script inscriptions can be seen detailing the names of the builder or occupants who once lived there - some families can even be traced back to 1518. Leaving Al Qasr behind us we continue on to the Roman Temple of Deir al-Haggar, and take a dip in the local, therapeutic hot springs. Lunch and overnight - Dakhla (oasis hotel). Overnight - Dakhla Oasis (B, L)
Desert Trek!
Day 6: Kharga Oasis
Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis - Luxor. Departing Dakhla, we journey to Kharga Oasis today. In Kharga we visit the Temple of Hibis (exterior only) and the rambling 4th century necropolis of el-Bagawat built entirely of mudbrick. After stopping for lunch we drive on to Luxor for the night. Overnight - Luxor (B, L)
Luxor - Aswan. In the morning we make our way to Aswan where, after hotel check in, we go on a tour of the impressive High Dam. Later we travel by boat to Agilika Island on Lake Nasser and visit the Temple of Philae. Take the rest of the day and evening to fill your time as you please. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Felucca Sailing
Days 8 - 9: Felucca Cruise
Aswan – Nile felucca cruise. Early-risers can opt for a morning air excursion to the impressive rock temples of Abu Simbel before we embark on our 2-night journey 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 (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Back on shore we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus at Edfu before continuing on to Luxor. Upon arrival take some time to rest and rejuvenate, and in the evening there is the chance to visit the Temple of Luxor which is beautifully illuminated at night (book locally). Alternatively spend the remainder of your time bargaining down at the local market of strolling along the Nile Corniche. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Girls in front of the Colossi of Memnon on Luxor's West Bank
Luxor to Cairo. Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride very early this morning before touring the West Bank of the Nile. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a historic backdrop, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome 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, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo. It is possible to upgrade to a sleeper cabin. Overnight - Train (B)
Statue of Rames II at the Karnak temple in Luxor
Following arrival in Cairo and hotel check in, we take a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum, brimming with historical artifacts it is certainly one of the most important attractions in the capital. View the famous solid gold death mask of Tutankhamen and opt to see the Royal Mummy Room. Spend the rest of your final day in Cairo exploring the city at your own pace. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 13: Cairo
Sunday. Check out after breakfast, and begin your journey home with an included airport transfer. Happy travels! (B)

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.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Cairo
  • Departs: Tuesday - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:12, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 4
  • Hotel Rating: 4 - 5 star (+ White Desert camp & oases hotels)
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
The On The Go Theatre
On tour in Egypt. Pyramids, Nile cruising, Abu Simbel & Red Sea!