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Festive King Ramses - 13 days

Escape to sunny Egypt this festive season - explore pyramids and temples, sail down the Nile, discover the Valley of the Kings, plus spend 4 day relaxing at a Red Sea retreat. Choose between Xmas day at the pyramids or on the Nile and ring in the New Year by the Red Sea in Hurghada!

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Trip Highlights

Hurghada - spend four nights at the Red Sea. Relax by the beach, swim and opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
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 - take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo
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
Nile felucca cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
4 days Hurghada - Red Sea stay - swim, sun and sand
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 13
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
9 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

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$105-115, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Where do you fancy spending Christmas & New Year in 2018?
21 and 22 December 2018 departures - Spend Christmas Day on a felucca and New Year’s Eve by the Red Sea in Hurghada.
27 December 2018 departure - Spend New Year’s Eve sailing the Nile on a felucca.
29 December 2018 departure - Celebrate New Year's Eve in Aswan

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to the festive season in sunny Egypt! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Start the day with a visit to Al Jizah, the famous Giza Plateau to see the iconic pyramids and the iconic Sphinx. Next explore the sand-strewn tombs and temples of the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, home to the Zhoser’s step pyramid. Tonight we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

After arrival and check-in in Aswan we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca sailing. Early birds can go on an optional excursion by road to the majestic Temple of Abu Simbel. In the afternoon we board a felucca for a 2-night journey downstream the River Nile, stopping at villages and islands along the way.

If sailing by felucca is not your style, navigate the River Nile on board a 5 star Nile Cruiser with private cabin and ensuite bathroom. See our Nile Cruise Upgrade. for more info.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile felucca sailing - Kom Ombo. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. In the afternoon we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Luxor

Kom Ombo -Luxor. This morning we disembark and drive to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Today we will explore the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Red Sea Riviera

Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 4 days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Sun, Sea & Sand

The next 3 days are free to explore Hurghada or simply relax. On day 9 there's an optional day trip to Girtan Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.

Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has plenty of restaurants and late night bars for evening entertainment. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga – a famously windy place which is ideal for windsurfing.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 12

Egyptian Museum

Hurghada - Cairo. This morning we depart Hurghada and head back to Cairo. We take a guided tour of the enlightening Egyptian Museum, where you can see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamun and opt to visit the Royal Mummy room.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo

After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

5 star Nile cruise for Xmas or New Year

If you’d like to upgrade from the included Nile felucca cruise from Aswan to Luxor, cruise the Nile in style for 3 nights with our 5 star Nile Cruise Upgrade.

The Egyptian cruise boats are similar to 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. All meals are included, buffet style.

Offered on 21, 22 and 29 Dec 2018 festive departures. Please note that the Nile Cruise upgrade is not available on our 27 Dec 2018 departure.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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2018
Price /
Person
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Supp.
USD $1,695
USD $800
USD $1,695
USD $800
27 Dec - 08 Jan 15% offG
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $800
29 Dec - 10 Jan 15% offG
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $800
2019
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $1,695
USD $800
USD $1,695
USD $800
USD $1,695
USD $800
USD $1,695
USD $800

Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
Festive/Easter Post-Accomm
USD $115
USD $15
Festive/Easter Pre-Accommodation
USD $95
USD $10

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.

Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi*, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Offering spectacular views over the Great Pyramids of Giza, this Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for your stay in Cairo. Each guestroom features a balcony and is well-equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi. Spend your evenings enjoying international, Venetian or French cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s four bars. Thanks to the fantastic team of friendly staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with a rooftop pool overlooking the River Nile, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.

Le Meridien Heliopolis*, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Just a short drive from Cairo’s Old Town and international airport, the 5-star Le Meridien Heliopolis combines comfort with convenience. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and a minibar, plus there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Dining options include a choice of four on-site restaurants, serving Egyptian and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and cocktails at The 51 Bar. During the warmer months hotel guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax on a sun lounger on the terrace. There’s also a fitness centre and tennis courts for those who like to stay active whilst on holiday.

Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Just footsteps away from the Great Pyramids of Giza is the Cairo Pyramids Hotel. Combining ancient history with world-class hospitality, the hotel is the perfect base for sightseeing. Guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with friendly staff offering 24-hour room service. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food, with four restaurants offering international and local specialities. Enjoy stunning views of the pyramids from the lush gardens and end your day with a refreshing dip in the pool.

Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

This 5-star hotel is situated in New Cairo approx. 50 min from the down town/ Egyptian Museum area but only a 10 minute drive from Cairo International Airport and Heliopolis shopping area. The elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms each offer views of the Mirage City or on-site swimming pool and are equipped with WiFi, minibar, and all other modern amenities. Work up a sweat in the fitness centre, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or relax poolside with a cocktail in hand before heading to one of the two on-site restaurants which offer a mix of local and international cuisine. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus to Cairo Festival City Mall, which has an outdoor dining hub with a choice of 50 restaurants.

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.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 3 star cruise boat

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.

Sonesta St. George Hotel*, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

An elegant and luxurious classical hotel, the Sonesta's sophistication will ensure 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. All its rooms offer views of the city or the river, complemented by a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Just minutes away you will find the temples at Luxor and Karnak, home to two of ancient Egypt's most famed sanctuaries.

Steigenberger Nile Palace*, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Steigenburger Nile Palace is a grand hotel and stylishly furnished, with many rooms overlooking the Nile River. The hotel has a health club with massage rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness room, and a tennis court on the roof, not to mention a riverside pool. Its four restaurants offer a choice between Nubian, Lebanese, Italian, and Thai cuisine.

Marriott Beach Resort*, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The Marriott Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hotel, with every room enjoying a view of the Red Sea and Hurghada city centre just a few minutes drive away. There is a choice of 8 restaurants and bars for hungry travellers, and a health club, tennis & squash courts, and fitness centre to stay in shape. During the day, soak in the heated outdoor pool or book a watersport activity. The hotel even has its own private island if you fancy a massage among the palm trees.

Hilton Hurghada Resort*, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in tropical gardens, the Hilton Hurghada Resort is a comfortable, charming hotel with a private beach and water sport centre. The rooms have a balcony or terrace with views of the garden, pools or sea.

Continental Hotel, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Tucked into Hurghada Bay, right on its scenic promenade, the Continental is a delightful beachfront resort boasting fantastic terraced rooms (many with seaviews) and excellent facilities. Watersports are in abundance here with swimming pools, scuba diving and snorkelling all readily available. A leisure club offers a sauna and spa treatments to relax after the day's activities. You can also wine and dine at one of the many great restaurants and bars.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.8 out of 5 based on 15 recent reviews

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This has been a trip of a life time and On the Go Tours had made it possible with this tour. Our tour guide, Momo, is so passionate about his country and his knowledge made our experience extra special. The tour was just perfect and with the 4 days of relaxation in Hurghada was a welcome relief after touring Egypt. The sites were amazing and so majestic I cried tears of happiness at a few of the sites. To have a guide like Momo, we couldn’t have asked for better. Not only did he care about us, reassuring, organising us so that we would get the best out of our tour. He helped complete strangers from different ends of the world come together and form great friendships that will continue hereafter. We cannot thank you enough, On the Go Tours and Momo for the best adventure of mine and my mother in laws life. We will forever be grateful.

• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
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Thankyou On the Go for an incredible experience and especially to our tour guide Sam, Haytham Youssry for your wonderful passion, knowledge and insight, kindness and generosity and showing us true Egyptian hospitality and making this the trip of a lifetime I will never forget! I cannot reccomend him highly enough.

Sam's love for Egypt and knowledge was infectious and fun. He spent time hanging out with us, and was part of the group at dinner and drinks as well as imparting his vast knowledge to us in fun, entertaining and interactive ways. He helped us haggle to get great deals with locals and taught us all about Egyptian kindness,culture and hospitality. He was more like an incredibly, knowlegable, passionate, funny and enthusiastic friend than a tour guide. He was great with people of all ages in our group and inspired and entertained us with his love of Egypt and our group became a family in our time with him. He always went above and beyond to help all members of our tour and was always helpful if anyone had and problems or issues. ( one of or members had lost luggage and another one had her hotel room broken into while she slept) These things could have been really disruptive to our tour but Sam handled it with grace and ease and professionalism. He was always upbeat and did a wonderful job at keeping us all happy and smiling. He handled the diverse personalities well and took the time to find out what drew people to coming on the tour so he could cater to their individual interests.

I have done tours before with wonderful guides, but Sam ( Haytham) is simply the BEST!

I cannot recommend him highly enough!

Evonne Fletcher • Submitted 24 Jan 2018

Amazing tour with a lovely and spectacular guide Alam, he went above and beyond so that my family and myself felt safe, comfortable, and overall had a wonderful experience!

• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
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It was the best! Egypt is a wonderful place and we got to see it all. The tour was very well organized and that gave us a great deal of comfort. Our tour guide Momo is a wonderful and very dedicated person in his work. He made this tour a wonderful experience for all. He has been able to combine the accumulation of knowledge about Egypt with the fun. Regarding accommodation and transport it was very very good. Hotels were very nice and the buses very clean and confortable.

• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
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This was an amazing tour! I was travelling in a family group of 3 adults and 3 teens and we all loved it. There were so many experiences - tombs, temples, sailing down the Nile, markets, delicious food, driving though the desert, along the Nile, through villages and crazy Cairo traffic. Highlights were the felucca cruise (if you like camping, go for it!), Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, and Queen Nefartari's tomb (expensive but worth it!), camel ride at the pyramids, snorkelling in Hurghada, the Egyptian Museum, and the temples at Luxor. So much history and so many adventures! New Year's Eve on the felucca with the Nubian crew playing drums and everyone dancing was magical. I recommend staying in Hurghada for 4 nights instead of 2 if at all possible. It was a wonderful place to relax after the busy days of touring. Great snorkelling!

We were so well taken care of by OTG and our guide Alam. Alam was incredibly knowledgeable and organized. He explained everything very well, called us his family and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible experience, that all our questions were answered and that we all felt safe and secure. In fact at no time did I feel unsafe, even at night in the streets or market or train platform. The Egyptian people were very friendly and welcoming, if not a little too eager to sell us their wares, but all part of the cultural experience! I highly recommend this tour!

• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
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Egypt is a country that needs to be seen with an experienced eye and our guide MOMO did not disappoint. His passion and knowledge of the sites and country helped solidify our fascination with Egypt. With the tour we were able to experience so many facets of the country. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in visiting.

• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Festive King Ramses tour and thought everything was handled so professionally and efficiently. Alam was an exceptional guide. From the first briefing to the final transfer to the airport he displayed professionalism, world knowledge and humour. Specific information about each day of the tour was delivered at perfect times so we always knew what was happening next and didn't have to think too far ahead of the busy schedule. His study and knowledge of Egypt's ancient sites was incredible. He did not falter on any question asked including questions on current Egyptian culture and Religions. His people skills were outstanding and he handled difficult travellers with ease and good humour. I would like to nominate Alam for the Tour Leader Award and I know most of our group would be in agreement with me on this.

The hotels were nice and as described. Checking in and out of hotels was quick. Information about each hotel on arrival was never forgotten. ie breakfast times. Alam also always had good recommendations for restaurants and shopping where ever we went.The drivers were always on time and friendly. The transport was clean, spacious and comfortable. I am already recommending this tour to friends and colleagues.

• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
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The tour was well paced and structured. This gave the feeling that each site/temple we visited was better that previous one, culminating with the temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Our guide Dino was brilliant! His knowledge of Ancient Egypt was second to none and he was able to answer all of the many questions we fired at him! He has a tremendous amount of patience and handled quite a few difficult situations with professionalism. This was my second trip to Egypt but I gained so many new experiences and had an absolute blast! Thanks so much!

• Submitted 06 Jan 2018
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Hands down the best 13 days EVER! Largely due to our amazing guide Dino :) Dino wasn't just a guide, he was very much part of the group joining us for evening drinks, meals, additional excursions and generally just hanging out with us socially. It didn't feel like we were just being chaperoned around and educated on the key sites (although he did a fantastic job of that as well), Dino was more like a new friend proudly showing us his country, history and culture. He is a fantastic ambassador for On The Go Tours and Egypt in general and I 100% back him for a Leadership Award! Good Luck Dino and enormous thanks again for an amazing trip!

• Submitted 05 Jan 2018
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Good day All.

I just wanted to type a note of appreciation.

Thank you for making my first solo trip to Egypt so remarkable. As a single lady embarking on this tour I did not for a second feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet amazing people and that is inclusive of all your tour members.

A special note of thanks to Mohamed Alam, his key notes on each monument was insightful, informative and his advice had made each experience enjoyable. I also believe his quirky sense of humour had put us all at ease.

I will forever treasure the memories of this trip, have already informed my family and friends and wish you all the best!

Take care and God bless

• Submitted 02 Jan 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
21, 22, 27 & 29 Dec 2018
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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This has been a trip of a life time and On the Go Tours had made it possible with this tour. Our tour guide, Momo, is so passionate about his country and his knowledge made our experience extra special. The tour was just perfect and with the 4 days of relaxation in Hurghada was a welcome relief after touring Egypt. The sites were amazing and so majestic I cried tears of happiness at a few of the sites. To have a guide like Momo, we couldn’t have asked for better. Not only did he care about us, reassuring, organising us so that we would get the best out of our tour. He helped complete strangers from different ends of the world come together and form great friendships that will continue hereafter. We cannot thank you enough, On the Go Tours and Momo for the best adventure of mine and my mother in laws life. We will forever be grateful.

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