On The Go Tours group at Queen Hatshepsut Temple | Luxor | Egypt
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A value-packed adventure into ancient Egypt. Essential Egypt is a round-trip from the Great Pyramids, to the temples of Aswan - and back again! You'll explore age-old wonders, vibrant towns, and priceless treasures of the past.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo: Marvel at the treasures of the Egyptian Museum, explore the Giza Plateau - home to the legendary Great Pyramids and take in the vast Necropolis of Saqqara
Aswan: A colourful city with vibrant markets and plenty of history - Aswan is home to the stunning Philae Temple and Elephantine Island.
Luxor: Ancient Egypt at its very best - journey from the Valley of the Kings to Karnak, past the Colossi of Memnon towards the temples of Luxor and Queen Hatshepsut
Kom Ombo: Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo, which was dedicated to the Egyptian gods Horus and Sobek

Included

8 breakfasts
1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Tours of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan, and Kom Ombo
Escorted by a fully-qualified Egyptian tour guide, with a Egyptology degree
Average group size: 16 persons
7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 9
A felucca excursion to Elephantine Island
Transport and transfers in private, air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights
Tip for your tour guide: tipping your guide is a personal gesture, but we would usually recommend $5-7 (USD) per day, per traveller
Local Payment: GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)
Visas
Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp, paid in local currency
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Land in Cairo

Welcome to Cairo - your Egyptian adventure begins! There's nothing specific planned for you today. So you're free to explore Cairo!

Included:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel

Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Cairo

Day 2

Giza Pyramids & pharoahs

Today, we'll stand before ancient wonders. And we'll step back in time. You'll spend the morning exploring the legendary Giza Plateau: home of the Great Pyramids and the mighty Sphinx. Later, we'll move on to tomb-strewn Saqqara and visit the age-old Djoser step pyramid. There's also time to browse Cairo's bustling Khan el Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Cairo - Luxor. Your morning will be spent in the Egyptian Museum. Here, you'll discover the treasures and antiquities of this great civilisation - and the prized jewels of King Tutankhamun himself. The rest of the day will then be spent travelling by bus south to Luxor.
Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Aswan & the Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Aswan. Today, we'll cross to the west bank of the Nile - home to the mighty Colossi of Memnon, the great Valley of the Kings, and the majestic Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Here, you'll get a true taste of ancient Egyptian extravagance and luxury. This afternoon, we'll continue south - all the way to Aswan.
Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

The Temple of Philae & optional Abu Simbel

Today you have the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring temple of King Ramses II - Abu Simbel. One of the most breathtaking monuments in all of ancient Egypt. This tour is optional - but it isn't one to miss! This afternoon, we'll sail across to Agilika Island and the stunning Temple of Philae.

Optional extras:


Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cross to Elephantine Island

The best way to see the River Nile? By traditional felucca, of course! Sit back and enjoy the rolling view as we sail to Elephantine Island. Here, you'll see the Nubian side to the city of Luxor, a collection of archaeological gems, and an ancient Nilometer.
Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

The temples of Kom Ombo & Luxor

Aswan - Kom Ombo - Luxor. Bid farewell to Aswan; today we start the journey back up north to Luxor. Along the way, we'll stop at the striking Nile-side Kom Ombo; a distinct temple decorated in honour of two ancient gods. By evening, we'll arrive in Luxor. Just in time for an optional night tour of the Temple of Luxor!

Optional extras:

  • Luxor Temple by night

Overnight: 3 - 4* hotel in Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Karnak Temple

Luxor - Cairo. Today, we'll visit the ancient wonder of Karnak - its age-old temples, towering columns, and decadent chapels. With carvings and and monuments at every turn, Karnak captivates the spirit and culture of ancient Egypt. And it transports you there, too.

Tonight, you'll travel to Cairo on an overnight sleeper train.
Overnight: Overnight sleeper train to Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Return to Cairo

Sunday. Today marks the end of our adventure. You'll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight. So make the most of your last moments in Egypt... for now, anyway! Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm.

Included:

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport

Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Local payment - GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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14 Mar - 22 Mar 10% offG
USD $695
USD $626

USD $260
28 Mar - 05 Apr 10% offG
USD $695
USD $626

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USD $825
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USD $260
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26 Sep - 04 Oct 10% offG
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10 Oct - 18 Oct 10% off
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24 Oct - 01 Nov 10% offG
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07 Nov - 15 Nov 10% off
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USD $260
05 Dec - 13 Dec 10% off
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USD $626

USD $260
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USD $825
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New Years departure, book early!
USD $825
USD $743

USD $300

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $70
USD $50
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $70
USD $50

Hotels

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.

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.

Grand Pyramids Hotel , Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Not far from the mysterious Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, you’ll find the Grand Pyramids Hotel. Its guestrooms are spacious and generously sized, offering views of either the pyramids, gardens or swimming pool. Dine on either international cuisine in the buffet-style restaurant or savour some traditional Italian fare in the candlelit Lucciano. With a spa offering a sauna, steam room and revitalising massage treatments, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing.

Aracan Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the resort style pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.

Sleeper Train, Luxor

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a simple breakfast is provided.

Iberotel Luxor, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located in Luxor, this hotel is set on the banks of the River Nile and the perfect base for exploring this city’s ancient wonders. The spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and you can enjoy breath-taking views out to the Hills of Thebes from your private balcony. A generous daily breakfast is served featuring cereals, omelettes, fresh pastries and more. But this hotel’s most unique feature is its heated pool, which has been designed to float on top of the River Nile.

Citymax Hotel Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located right on the banks of the river Nile, the Citymax Aswan offers an outdoor pool with fantastic views across the water. Connected to a nearby shopping centre, you're also just a short walk from the beautiful Feryal Gardens. All rooms are spacious with private bathrooms and modern amenities including a television and air conditioning. Free WiFi is available in the public areas and a restaurant serves meals throughout the day.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.76 out of 5 based on 17 recent reviews

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I have just returned from the Essential Egypt tour with On The Go and it was an amazing trip! From arriving at the airport and meeting the OTG representative, everything was well organised and hassle free. 

Our tour guide was Amir. He is awesome!! From the beginning he was so friendly and enthusiastic about showing us around Egypt, giving us loads of information at each place and time to explore ourselves. Learnt so much from him about this fascinating place, and he was always happy to answer more questions.  

The trip itself was amazing. There's lots of travelling on this trip, but it's really not too bad, and the sights you see when you get to where you are going are worth it. I'm not a big fan of boats, but the Felluca ride across the Nile was pretty fun too. 

On the first day I also did the optional tour of Cairo with Ahmed Helal - another excellent guide from OTG. It's worth doing this add on as you don't spend much time in Cairo, and you go to three very different places. 

I'm so glad that I decided to do this trip. It was just ace.  If you're thinking about it too, you should probably just book it. And hopefully you get Amir as your guide.

• Submitted 16 Jan 2020
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I did a fair bit of research between companies first and found that On The Go had an itinerary that included everything I wanted to do at the most competitive price.

The tour itself exceeded all of my expectations! Momo was extremely engaging, organised and energetic as a guide, really bringing Egypt's extensive history to life with his humour and knowledge.

The sites were incredible, not only the pyramids (which I had dreamed of visiting since I was a kid), but all of the other tombs and temples as well. I couldn't believe how well preserved some of it is. Abu Simbel was my favourite, we got there before most of the crowds so we really got to appreciate the colossal structures.

In terms of safety I never had any issues. The government and tourist companies seem to have made tourist safety a priority, with a lot of procedures in place to ensure this. I actually feel more unsafe in parts of London than anywhere in this beautiful country. Even in busy markets I never felt threatened, just amused at all of the compliments the stall owners give to try and make us buy things!

• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
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My wife and I had a very amazing tour the sight -seeing in Egypt is unbelievable.

The hotels we stayed in were great, especially with the all you can eat breakfast. Transportation was good but I think the bus from Cairo to Luxor was long but overall it was OK. Now this trip wouldn't have been half as great without our wonderfully knowledgeable guide Amir. He made our trip better he made our trip unforgettable. He went out his way to help us he treated us like a family.

Amir thank you so much. My wife and i felt safe all the time and we really enjoyed our time and every place we visited.

• Submitted 16 Dec 2019
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My friend and I (22 & 27) had the most amazing time on our 9-day Essential Egypt trip with our tour guide Amir. The best thing about Egypt is understandably the sight-seeing, but the second best thing truely was our tour guide Amir. From day one he went above and beyond to make sure we had the best and safest time. There wasn't one point on the trip we didn't feel 100% safe or comfortable. There is literally nothing else Amir could have done to make our trip better, he treated us like family and we can't thank him enough for making our Egypt trip the unforgettable experience that it was.

The sight-seeing in Egypt is unbelievable and there really isn't anything like it anywhere else in the world. You know it's a monument when it makes you say 'oh shit' when you stand in front of it. The hotels we stayed in on tour were great, all of our transfers were comfortable and the tour itself was jam packed with everything you could think of doing to experience Egypt from Cairo to Aswan (including out to Abu Simbel). The optional add ons are so worth it (Backstreets of Cairo, Abu Simbel and Pyramid/Sphinx Sound & Light Night Show) so bring extra money for those or arrange ahead of time.

We went in winter and the weather was warm. Definitely consider travelling in winter if you don't like the heat because it's even hotter in summer with minimal shade at some of the sites.

Overall could not recommend this tour more and can only hope you have a tour guide as amazing as Amir.

• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
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As a solo Traveller, I was reluctant on choosing Egypt as my destination. But I was blessed to have Amir as my tour guide. He ensured the safety and well-being of each group member. at the same time he ensured, we had fun and bonded well.

I had a great time and I would definitely recommend anyone who's taking a trip to Egypt.

Go out, book and forget all your worries.

• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
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I really enjoyed this trip to Egypt and would recommend it as a female traveller. I am glad we paid the Tip Kitty and Entrance fees upfront, making this a hassle free holiday. We were provided with great service throughout and made some great friends along the way. We did so much on the tour and had a few days in the middle to relax.

Our Tour Guide, Momo was really good, he went above and beyond to cater for everyone's needs and did a great job of making everyone feel like they were part of a family. I was ill during the second day and he kept checking on me until I felt better and I appreciated that greatly. He was very knowledgeable about Ancient Egypt and the economical/social history of the country. The sites were incredible and well worth the visit, the heat can be unbearable, but the Tour Guide keeps this in mind when arranging the visits. Momo had a great sense of humour and used this to teach us about the Kings and Pharaohs helping us to retain this knowledge and not just leave it behind in Egypt. The Sleeper Train was another great experience and the coaches that transferred between the cities were to a very high standard. Be prepared for the heat, keep snacks & drinks on you at all times, and bringing medication is a must. The WiFi in the hotels are not great, but the friendships you make during the trip who are part of 'The Family' is more important.

• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
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I have used On The Go Tours last year for a trip to India. The reps meetings us at the airport and hotel were lovely and helpful. We had a great time and really enjoyed the sights. Our tour guide Momo was brilliant, I was impressed by his knowledge of ancient Egypt and of the country as a whole. He was funny, enthusiastic and very passionate about his job. He made sure the whole group was happy, asking us at each location how much time we wanted to look around, told us funny stories about the ancient Egyptians, he offered us options for meals and was able to answer all my questions and help whenever we needed it. He even brought the whole group mango juice, which was the least I expected. It’s a shame he isn’t able to do tours in other countries as I would definitely love to have him guide us on other On The Go Tours in different countries. My only issue with the whole trip was the lack of wifi in the hotel rooms. I have made some fantastic lifelong friends and really do miss the ‘Family’ Momo created. Cant wait for the next trip with On The Go.

• Submitted 25 Sep 2019
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First time in Jordan and Egypt and first time being part of a tour group and I loved it! The guide took excellent care of us, making sure we felt safe and were happy to resolve any issues or questions we had. He was extremely knowledgeable and honest with everything that was happening around us and in the group. It being a larger group than in Jordan, I think he did extremely well to cater to everyones needs while still making sure we got to see and do everything and no one felt like they missed out.

• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
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Tour was amazing, it was everything I wanted to see. Our tour guide Amir was incredible, I cannot find the words to describe what a unique, patient, kind, considerate and understanding man he is. He made the trip worth while and his knowledge on all the outings we took was impeccable.

• Submitted 20 Jul 2019
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I loved this tour. It was absolutely amazing. Overall everything that you read online or on the brochure is pretty much accurate. We went to the pyramids, valley of the kings, Luxor, Aswan. Everyone in the group was fun. I also went to Alexandria for the day and it was worth it to go from the north of Egypt to the south. My guide in Alexandria,Nash was also very kind, gave tons of knowledge about the area and history and very accommodating as well. I feel for the price paid, i got more than what I was expecting. I do want to come back to Egypt in the future now. But thank you Amir for making the trip a memorable one.

• Submitted 20 Jul 2019
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan

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My wife and I had a very amazing tour the sight -seeing in Egypt is unbelievable.

The hotels we stayed in were great, especially with the all you can eat breakfast. Transportation was good but I think the bus from Cairo to Luxor was long but overall it was OK. Now this trip wouldn't have been half as great without our wonderfully knowledgeable guide Amir. He made our trip better he made our trip unforgettable. He went out his way to help us he treated us like a family.

Amir thank you so much. My wife and i felt safe all the time and we really enjoyed our time and every place we visited.

MARK DURAN
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