Here's what some of our past traveller's have to say about their holiday with us:
I have just returned from the best holiday and best adventure I have ever had in my life. This trip was not just money well spent - it was an investment, an investment in self-enrichment second to none.
The service we had from your tour guides and local representatives was excellent throughout. Upon arrival, a gentleman (in every sense of that word) called Alberto rescued us from the bowels of Cairo International Airport and whisked us through the administration of our entry into Egypt in record time. It was effortless, and an utter pleasure, thanks to Alberto.
Throughout our tour, we had not a care in the world, and felt free to enjoy to the utmost everything we saw and experienced because we knew that we were in expert hands - those of Alam Otg. Thanks to your local reps, namely Ahmed (in Luxor) and Heni (Dahab), we never had one hitch or delay waiting for transport. How they managed this was quite astonishing.
As you know, the second round of the Egyptian Revolution started while we were in Egypt. We returned by train from Luxor early on Saturday 29 June. Alam told us that, in view of the protesters setting up in Tahrir Square, he felt that we should go straight to Cairo Museum. We all agreed, and what a smart move that was! We almost had the museum to ourselves, and could view the most important exhibits, e.g. the contents of Tutankhamen's tomb, at leisure! It also meant that afterwards we could drive through the now world-famous Tahrir Square on the way to Cairo Market, the Old City, a glorious luncheon and a perfumery. Everyone I know who has gone to Cairo Museum, has told me to brace myself for a jam-packed crowd, and I expected this to be a disappointment. Alam's decision to go early had turned it into a boon for us. Damn, was I happy!
At Dahab, Alam Otg again did some smart thinking on the wing, which had to do with the removal of Morsi by the military and the possibility of trouble could escalate in Cairo. Alam got to work and arranged for us to stay an extra day in Dahab and upgrade to a flight from Sharm El Sheik to Cairo International so as to arrive an hour or two before our departure to South Africa. Well, you have no idea how happy we were to spend another day snorkeling, dining and shopping in beautiful Dahab. The flight back also saved us loads of time and energy, and enabled me to have a bird's eye view of the stepped pyramid complex at Sakkara (one of my favourites) as our plane banked to land after crossing the Nile to approach the runway from the west. I could have reached down and touched the pyramid, it was so close and clear!
When we went to Sharm El Sheik Airport, Alam had a guide take us there, and he helped us book in, and went to the trouble of helping us book our luggage straight through to OR Tambo in Johannesburg. This was so thoughtful, and spared us trekking through Cairo Airport with loads of luggage. This man finally delivered us into the departure lounge - ! - where I happened to have one of the best capuccinos and chocolate cake ever.
Upon arrival in Cairo, I was the only On The Go Tourist on the flight (some had come an hour earlier and some would come an hour later). As I entered the airport I braced myself, a bit daunted at having to find my way - and out of the crowd popped a man saying "On The Go?" I simply could not believe it! Like a guardian angel he saw me straight through to the departure lounge!
I must also commend you on the excellent hotels we stayed in throughout, the very best of which were The Oasis (Giza), The Sonesta St George (Luxor) and The Mercure Bay View (Dahab). The Isis in Aswan was also very good, and well located on the waterfront. Every hotel had a wonderful swimming pool, which was enjoyed by all, especially since we were there in the Egyptian summer.
Our felucca boat ride was equally wonderful, especially the swimming, the amazing food prepared on the support boat, the evening spent smoking shisha pipe inside the Nubian farmstead, the friendliness of the felucca sailors (Jalufa and his mates) and, of course, our eternal companion: Stella! By the time we disembarked at Kom Ombo Temple, I was so relaxed and completely de-stressed. And this brings me to another point that I loved about our tour: the periods of intense site seeing were so well balanced by periods of relaxation (on the felucca, the train, and on the beach).
Alam (our tour guide throughout our tour) was very knowledgeable, and provided us with invaluable nuggets of information, while avoiding getting bogged down in too much detail. The amount of information was, therefore, perfect, as was its content. One of my lines of study has been an MA on the history of Judaism from 587 BC up until the 3rd century AD. Jewish history is intertwined with Egyptian history, which is largely used to date Jewish events. After out tour, I am reading a book on re-dating Old Testament events using a different chronology based on Egyptian history. Our tour has provided a perfect introduction and back-drop to this fascinating book ('A Test Of Time' by David Rohl).
I see that you have won wonderful accolades for your excellent tours, and I can understand why. Keep up this good work. I have already recommended you to people I know who are planning tours abroad.
Lastly, there was Egypt herself. I fell in love with Egypt - infatuated, in fact. I feel as if I left something of myself there, and I will surely have to return to find it. And when I return, it will most definitely be with On The Go!
So, I am so very grateful to my travel agent (Jessica Cameron of Flight Centre, Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein) for recommending Egypt and On The Go Tours. And I am very grateful to On The Go Tours Egypt for making this the experience of a lifetime.
Dr George Bentley Dennill
Dr George Bentley Dennill, Nov 2013
|King Ramses - 14 days|
The question I have to ask myself is why I have I taken until the age of 54 to visit Egypt for the first time. Oh my what a spectacular and varied country - so much history and then so much natural beauty - snorkelling in the red sea was breathtaking.
Full marks to 'on the go tours' from the minute I walked through the airport doors a rep was there to meet me and he kindly saw me through immigration, collection of baggage and customs it was so easy and quick and the same applied to when I left the country.
I chose the King Ramses - 14 day tour - it was absolutely excellent. The tour covered all the major sites and events and also we had lots of down time to absorb and relax and enjoy the surroundings. Alum our tour guide was brilliant he was kind, sensitive with a fabulous sense of humour - his knowledge and explanations were outstanding and he gave us enough information I never felt saturated!!!
my holiday and journey to Egypt was absolutely wonderful and it was with a heavy heart I waved Cairo farewell in the early hours of Saturday the 6th of July 2013 - the experience surpassed all my expectations.
Thank you to Alum you really were pivotal in what was the most extraordinary and wonderful experience and I wish you and your colleagues good health and happiness and thank you to you all for a wonderful holiday which I have wanted to make since I was a young girl and I will never forget your beautiful country Egypt.
Kerri Webber, Jul 2013
|King Ramses - 14 days|
Dear On the Go,
I on the 17th May 2013 had the great pleasure of taking part in your 14 day King Ramses tour of Egypt with Alam Otg as our tour guide. I personally want to thank Alam and all the other wonderful On The Go tours staff. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Cairo every need and want you could imagine was met, nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile. Alam's passion, enthusiasm and love for his country made in my opinion not just me but our whole tour group fall in love with Egypt. I felt safe and welcomed by everyone we met. Again I would like to thank Alam and On the Go for a magical unforgettable experience. I will highly recommend On the Go to all my friends and family and I look forward to exploring more of what this great planet has to offer with On the Go.
Leah Mayne, Jul 2013
|Festive King Ramses - 14 days|
I recently did a nine day tour of Egypt with On The Go.
The tour guides were well informed and gave us excellent information about the history and architecture of the many sites. Also the guides were also very aware of the needs of all group members, and made every effort to accommodate all of our needs and requests.
Accommodation and food all good. The felucca trip was well organised, interesting and very relaxing, made so much more comfortable by having the motor boat with us for toilet and meals, etc
Alam, our guide, talked to us about the political and economic situation. Our tour finished the day before the demonstrations commenced. We managed to complete all parts of the tour, including the Egyptian Museum. We were kept informed of the political position at all times, but never felt in any danger.
Our group consisted of 18 from ages 15 to 67. There was a wonderful rapport between all members of the group and our guide Alam. Lots of fun and laughter.
Yes I certainly will look at more On the Go Tours in future.
Pam Bettison, Jul 2013
|King Tutankhamen - 9 days|
To whom it may concern,
I would like to thank the staff of On the Go Tours for making our holiday truly memorable.
From the moment we stepped off the plane in Cairo and were met by the On the Go representative, I knew it was going to be a good experience.
Once we collected our bags we were met the rep passed us onto Bolous ( who was lovely) who accompanied us to our hotel. He talked to us the whole way explaining things along the way and advising that we could do other options. We got to the hotel and Bolous assisted with getting checked in and gave us information on what was around the area.
The following day we took a day trip to Alexandria with Hashem.
We started the tour on the the 8 June and I was excited. Hashem was able to explain so much and I could see he was very knowledgeable and very interested in sharing his knowledge. He too was a wonderful person). That night we arrived at the train station to take the sleeper train. As there were too many of us, Arhmen 1 took part of the group, and Arhme 2 (another local rep in Cairo) and another gentleman waited with us and for our train to arrive. Though we didn't have a guide with us, arrangements were made with the porter on our sleeper cabin with contact details and phones numbers were given to us just in case.
Unfortunately our train travel was delayed due to a protest, and our train had stopped at Luxor train station. We had spoken to Arhmen 1 who was on the other train and he made arrangements for the Local rep in Luxor to come check on us and stay at the station with us until our train departed.
Which was great, as it put our minds at ease knowing that someone was there to take care of us.
Though we had lost the day in Aswan, Hashem told us all that we wouldn't miss anything, and he was right. He made every effort to ensure we saw the markets that afternoon, followed by the evening at the Nabu island where we had a wonderful dinner and met Bassam (who was going to take the people on the Nile Cruise).
The following morning some of us did the trip to Abu Simbel, and then we met up with the rest of the group (who in the interim were looked after by Bassam). We also did the Philae Temple & the Dam that afternoon. It was a bit rushed, but I was so happy that we didn't miss a thing.
The next few days on the Nile cruise Bassam looked after us. I have to admit I was totally astounded by his knowledge too and what a wonderful person he is.
In Luxor, Hashem took us for the day and night and then Bassam took us by sleeper train back to Cairo.
We spend another day in Cairo and were met at the train station by Bolous, Arhmen and another gentleman that ensured our luggage was taken care of and that we got on the bus with Bussam.
I have travelled all over the world, but I have never been on such a well organised tour and been on a tour where there was a great support team on the ground at every location. Not to mention that every support staff as well as tour guides were not only professional, knowledgeable, approachable, but they were happy, excited and funny.
On the Go was recommended to me by a work colleague who travelled to Egypt last year, and I am so happy that we made the decision to tour Egypt with your company. That I too have recommended your company to friends and family. I also have to take this opportunity on how safe we felt whilst travelling through Egypt.
My husband and I were on our honeymoon and it was the best vacation I have ever taken. And I can't thank you enough for have a GREAT team.
We will be back one day and I look forward to taking another On the Go Tour.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
Sofia Ietto Conti, Jul 2013
Everything went off pretty much perfectly. On The Go was such a great choice. They were on the ball, completely professional and really experts in travelling through Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
The guides, particularly our Egypt guide, were incredible. But I think the best bit was that they met us at the airport in Cairo inside the immigration area (even though it was 2.30am) and filled out all our paperwork, took us through immigration & got our bags for us and were at our hotel within an hour getting ready to have a few hours sleep.
The same process in Jordan, going through the border crossing into Israel - collected our passports & did the visa & exit tax stuff for us. It really made that aspect of the trip especially stress free.
I felt completely safe there the whole time. Egypt is really struggling at the moment and we were the only tourists in a lot of places which was incredibly sad - as their economy relies so much on us. Cairo was pretty wild - it's a bit dirty, but that's expected & all part of the 'opening of your eyes' part of the adventure, really. Jordan was very, very friendly. Everyone was excited to see us & made us welcome. Israel was very western - and Tel Aviv in particular just feels like the Gold Coast! The hotel you picked us out there was excellent - very clean and free Wifi into the rooms which was really great.
I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this part of the world to anyone who asks - and would not hesitate to recommend On The Go specifically.
Thanks again for all your help - Michael and I both came away with the consensus that this was truly the trip of a lifetime. Something we will never, ever forget.
Brent Davidson, Jun 2013
|Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land - 18 days|
We just want to thank you for all that you did in terms of sorting out this holiday for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that wants to experience Egypt.
A special thank you needs to go out to our Tour Guide, Haytham Youssry. Our tour would not have been the same without him.
He is the most friendly, professional person with such a passion for his position and industry. You could not help but get excited and drawn in by his amazing personality and passion for the ancient history of Egypt.
We just want to say thank you
It was amazing.
So thank you, thank you, thank you!
Kathryn Erasmus , Jun 2013
|Pharaohs Adventure - 6 days|
Laura Hodgkinson , Jun 2013
|King Tutankhamen - 9 days|