FROM: USD $595

Essential Egypt - 9 days

Discover the Great Pyramid of Giza, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Aswan's Philae Temple on this value-packed 9 day tour which takes in the best of ancient Egypt. Ideal for those who'd like to stay on dry land and not overnight on a felucca.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - visit the romantic Philae Temple and sail to Elephantine & Kitchener Island on board a traditional felucca

Included

Breakfast daily
1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan & Kom Ombo
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
7 nights 3-4 star hotels
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 9
Felucca excursion to Elephantine & Kitchener Islands
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Local payment - GBP 150 (or USD equivalent) paid in cash upon arrival
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: USD$90-110, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Egypt's bustling capital.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara Step Pyramid

Our Egyptian adventure begins today with a guided tour of the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx on the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World the three great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago. and the largest pyramid Cheops was constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, Cheops is the largest of the great pyramids and it is thought to have taken 100,000 workers more than 20 years to construct. There are plenty of camels available for hire at the pyramids if you fancy a real Arabian experience.

We travel on to the necropolis of Saqqara to see Zhoser’s step pyramid - which is the oldest large-scale stone monument still standing. Constructed by Imhotep the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, Zhoser’s step pyramid became the template for all future pyramid construction, including the famous Pyramids of Giza. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Luxor. This morning we'll discover the remarkable treasures of King Tutankhamun at the world-famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to a staggering array of Egyptian antiquities. This afternoon we board our coach for the 9 hour drive south to Luxor. Upon arrival this evening we check into our hotel by the River of Nile.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Aswan. Luxor is known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum” and today we'll begin to discover why. After breakfast we cross to the West Bank of the Nile where we'll see the towering 18m high Colossi of Memnon statues before entering the Valley of the Kings, which is home to over 60 beautifully decorated royal tombs, some of which you can enter. The tombs were carved into the desert rocks to house the sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the pharaohs, awaiting passage into the after-life. Some of the tombs are so well preserved that the colours of the incredible pharaonic friezes are still as vibrant as when they were first painted. The best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

From the Valley of the Kings we travel on to the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces. Later this afternoon we continue our journey south to Egypt's southernmost city, Aswan.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Optional Abu Simbel & Philae Temple

Early this morning there is an optional road excursion to visit Abu Simbel which is possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its four colossal seated statues of the Ramses II staring out across Lake Nasser.

After the optional excursion we take a short boat ride out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple which is dedicated to the goddess Isis and dates back to 4th century BC. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool, go shopping in the colourful souks and watch a beautiful sunset over the Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Elephantine Island

Today we enjoy a relaxing sailing trip on the River Nile on board a traditional Egyptian felucca sailing boat. Sit back, relax and watch life along the riverbank as we sail to Elephantine Island. The rocks on Elephantine form the shape of an elephant's back and on the island we'll see an ancient Nilometer which measures the depth of the Nile and wander around the colourful Nubian Village. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple

Aswan - Kom Ombo - Luxor. We bid farewell to Aswan this morning and travel back to Luxor, stopping en route to visit the striking riverside temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek. Arriving into Luxor, opt for an evening excursion to the spectacular Luxor Temple, which is best seen after dark when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Karnak Temple & pool time

Luxor - Cairo. Enjoy a morning tour of the gigantic Karnak Temple Complex. Karnak is home to spectacular towering columns, sanctuaries, pylons, chapels and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. This afternoon you can opt a dip in the hotel pool and soak up the sunshine before later this evening boarding the overnight sleeper train bound for Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cairo

Sunday. Arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our start hotel, where our Egyptian adventure ends. Today offers free time for you to further explore Cairo before included departure transfer to the airport. Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm.

Should you wish to stay a few more days, post tour accommodation is available, should you require.
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Local payment - GBP£150 (or USD equivalent)

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

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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 when necessary.

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.

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.

Eatabe 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 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.

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.

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 are 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.

Reviews

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

This was the trip of my life, absolutely awesome, from getting into the ancient pyramids, walking around the funerary temple of Saqqara, visiting the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, Karnak and all the amazing ancient temples plus viewing the mummies of the Great Ramses II or young Tuthankamun. But that was just half of the fun, we got an amazing group of people who made this double better thanks to our awesome guide and his people's skills making us bound like a family and getting us into the local areas on his spare time to smoke some shisha or meet the locals who were always so welcoming and nice, mostly the children waving at us with such enthusiasm and big smiles. I went there looking for ancient temples and I come back remembering its friendly people even more than the temples themselves. A great experience, definitely worth it.

Check when to travel though as I have the feeling summer may be a bit too hot for many, mainly if you are used to north Europe standards like me, but shoulder season (October) was great, not too hot and not cold at all.

• Submitted 23 Oct 2018
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We have just ended the Essential Egypt Trip run by On The Go Tours in Egypt. I can highly recommend this trip. It was well organised from the moment we landed in Cairo. An On The Go Tours rep fetched us from the airport and guided us every step of the way. The hotels were great – especially since this was sold as a budget trip – far from it, the accommodation was excellent.

Momo our guide got the balance right between too much ancient history information and having lots of fun. All the stops were worthwhile and super interesting. The coaches used were air-conditioned and comfortable. The group we toured with were all great company. Special thanks to Momo who helped my Dad – who is 84 years and enjoyed the trip as much as everyone else, thanks to Momo’s patience and caring way. The overnight train on the last night was comfortable and although not upmarket and super modern- we enjoyed the adventure all the way. On The Go paid attention to small details like getting our baggage sorted at all hotels and even had a separate rep to help those that were on a different carriage, onto the train where needed.

Thanks On The Go for giving me and my dad some lifelong memories to savour.

• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
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A well conducted tour for all ages from the young to the old. Dino our guide catered for all our individual needs 24/7. I will be recommending On The Go and this particular tour to all my friends

• Submitted 11 Oct 2018
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I really enjoyed the whole trip. It was well organised and informative. The tour guide had sound knowledge of all the sites visited and locations we passed through. The fact that we all were about to ask questions, and so many of them was great. All the On The Go crew were friendly, polite and willing to go the extra mile. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

• Submitted 09 Oct 2018
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Mahmoud was unbelievable. He went above and beyond for us and I would highly recommend him to any traveller. The tour was fantastic, well planned and good value and topped off with Mahmoud's exceptional knowledge and passion for his career. Had a great time and would travel with OTG again.

• Submitted 11 Sep 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
GBP£150 (or USD equivalent)
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8
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A well conducted tour for all ages from the young to the old. Dino our guide catered for all our individual needs 24/7. I will be recommending On The Go and this particular tour to all my friends

Justin Worth
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