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13 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $1,749  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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.

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Day 1

Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

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  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

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  |  Breakfast

Days 8-9

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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 10

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  |  Breakfast

Day 11

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 sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 12

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  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Sunday. Check out after breakfast, and begin your journey home with an included airport transfer. Happy travels!

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.

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

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

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 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 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: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 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.

Old Oasis Hotel, Bahariyya Oasis
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set amongst a garden of palm trees, the Old Oasis Hotel is the ultimate in desert relaxation. A chilled out vibe surrounds the place and the guest rooms are simple and comfortable with good en suite facilities. Days can be spent cooling off in the out door pool and evenings are spent with the resident Bedouins, listening to music, sharing a sheesha pipe and singing along. Located in the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's less visited Western Desert.

Badawiya Hotel, Dakhla Oasis
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Built in a traditional mud brick style, the Badawiya Dakhla Hotel sits in front of the mountain escarpement of the Dakhla Oasis. Guest rooms are a mixture of sophisticated comfort and Bedouin charm with traditional rugs and specially commissioned light fixtures. The out door swimming pool has arguably the best view of the area and is the perfect place to relax. When hunger strikes then head to the mouth watering in house restaurant. Well located in the heart of the Dakhla Oasis in some f Egypt's most beautiful of landscapes.

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.

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!

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.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
White Desert, Black Desert and Crystal Mountain
Dakhla Oasis/Al Qasr - abandoned Islamic city
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo, Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Bahariyya Oasis - Golden Mummy Museum, Tombs of the Nobles, El Heiz - date palm grove and spring
Farafra Oasis - Badr (local sculpter) Museum & Hot springs
Kharga Oasis - El Bagawat - Christian necropolis
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Luxor - Temple of Karnak


Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
1 night camping - White Desert
Touring of Cairo, Giza/Saqqara, oases, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor
Swimming in natural hot/cold springs and River Nile
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
All relevant transfer and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights Oases hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (1st class sleeper cabin)
4x4 desert safari & camp equipment
Insight into isolated communities and traditional way of life
Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $135-145 USD
Tip for your tour guide and 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: $40-50 USD

Very friendly,highly professional & outstandingly knowledgeable guide!

I have just returned from your Sandblaster tour and wanted to say how much my family appreciated your guide Mahmoud Ramadan. He really went the extra mile to look after us, which was very much appreciated – especially since my husband was unable to join my daughters and myself for the desert portion of the trip. He was also always fascinating and informative on all of the sites we visited and was great at even making the longer journeys interesting, with the little surprise stops he planned – a tea-break in the desert for Bedouin tea, our own special, secret “crystal mountain” away from the one frequented by other tourists and many other things. His knowledge of Egyptology is very impressive and he is a great ambassador for Egypt, and Islam and a very honest and pleasant young man. We felt completely safe in his care and he represented OntheGo as a company in an excellent light. The two off-road drivers who took us through the desert (Henay and Mohammed were also very good. In addition to being excellent drivers, who made us feel completely safe at all times, they worked really hard and cooked some great desert meals). The whole trip – the desert, the felucca and the monuments - has been memorable and, despite the current electoral situation – we felt completely safe in all locations.

Dear on the go,

I feel it is only appropriate that I express my gratitude for the Excellent Service received from one of your employees (Alam)

It is not often that one takes the time to write a letter to compliment but rather send one very quickly when you want to complain. In my case I do feel it necessary to ensure that it is known that Alam (as he was known to us during our tour), has exceeded my expectations when it comes to service.

From the moment he gave us the briefing on our first day I realized that this gentleman is very well organized, in touch with his groups and each persons individual needs.

He is a true professional and he is well versed in egyptology. He really took his time to explain the complex world of the ancient egyptians in a way that we not only understood it, but gave us lessons we can take with us forever. This I have never experienced from any other tour I have been on before.

I also feel it necessary to mention that I have travelled with your company in India as well as now in Egypt and I am truly impressed by the details you give attention to. All the staff I encountered through all my trips have been very kind and helpful. You have a great concept and I will surely be using you again very soon indeed. I will recommend you above other tour operators I have used in the past without a doubt.

No tour company expects a fan letter from someone in their sixties - but that is exactly what I am writing. We have just come back from your Sandblaster tour to Egypt which started in Cairo on the 7th January and lasted for a fortnight. Everything worked smoothly, the guides were very good and the route and sights were fascinating.

But what made our particular trip so very special was our guide Mohamed Hady Mohamed. He has enormous charm, with such an ability to get on with people.

Hady did not just have great knowledge and enthusiasm for the world and the Gods of ancient Egypt. He put it over with such enthusiasm that at least two of bthe people on the group went round the tombs and temples in the Valley of the Kings and elsewhere pointing out which gods and pharohs were featured in each one and reproducing the stories which he has told us. Having had to listen to many worthily dull guides in the past made me all the more aware of the skills he had, when taking us round

Details of how ancient Egypt had worked and worshipped in the past was only part of the information Haddy gave us. He also told us just what were realistic prices in the markets – and how to bargain successfully. Moving round and supervising a party of 18 people cannot be easy, but he managed the process so successfully that he hardly noticed he was doing it. We were particularly touched when he asked us to lunch with his wife and family in the oasis town where he lived – an honour none of us is going to forget.

Everyone on the tour recognised how lucky we were to have Hady with us. He made what would have been a very good tour anyway really memorable and all privately agreed that we should write to tell you say so.

We have just returned from an excellent Sandblaster trip to Egypt. We left on the 3rd January and returned last Sunday. We were both struck by the efficiency of On the Go as an organisation for everything worked like clockwork. All the staff were very friendly and helpful but I would like to give a special commendation to Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Abdelhady. He was our guide and he was superb. We were a small party but very mixed; there were a few oldies like ourselves, a couple of teenagers and the majority were in their twenties. He was very concerned that we all should have a good holiday and kept an eye on everyone. He was excellent at explaining what was going to happen, what we needed to do and when. He gave us good advice about diet - no one had a stomach upset - and made sure we were not conned when we went shopping, advising us of realistic prices and to be wary of 50 piasta notes etc. But most of all he was great fun and made the trip incredibly enjoyable. He was clearly very knowledgeable but was never boring and happy to answer any questions. We all found it great fun trying to detect the different gods and felt that we were much more clued up by the end of the holiday than when we started.

His family home was at the oasis that we visited and he gave us a great treat by inviting us all to eat with his family. He was so generous as indeed were they, that we all felt very touched and lucky to have him as our guide. He was always doing just that bit extra to ensure that we had a good time and were safe, offering to wait for us or escort us etc

He ensured that what would have been a good holiday was excellent.

This was our first package tour and we started with a certain wariness but we have had such a good time that I am now converted.

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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Supplementary Prices

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Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
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Tour Details
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 4
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Very friendly,highly professional & outstandingly knowledgeable guide!

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