Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Festive King Tut

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9 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $1,629  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

Classic Egypt at its best - ancient temples, tombs, Nile river cruising, topped off with plenty of festive cheer! With 4 tour dates to choose from, the hardest decision you'll need to make is where you want to spend Xmas & New Years - sailing the Nile, at the legendary pyramids or discovering Cairo!

Itinerary
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Hotels
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Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to Egypt and the start of a great festive Egyptian adventure. Arrive Cairo airport and included transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. A big day out with a visit to the famous pyramids of Giza, sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Later we continue to Saqqara to tour King Zhoser's step pyramid - the first known pyramid ever built. Later there is time for dinner before travelling on the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

Arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel. We take a leisurely boat trip to the romantic Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and rescued under an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s to save the temple from the rising waters of the High Dam. As night falls, free time to shop in the colourful souqs or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Sailing the Nile & Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile Felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion to the magnificent rock-cut Temples of Abu Simbel, built by mighty King Ramses II optional excursion is undertaken by road. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route for swimming and visiting local villages.

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

Day 5

Sail away...

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.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Sail away...
Day 6

Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking, we enjoy a guided tour of Kom Ombo Temple and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Checking into our 5 star hotel the afternoon is free for swimming or relaxing by the pool. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Queens and the gigantic Temple of Karnak, 4000 year old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Tonight, we have the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards. Built by Amenophis III, Luxor Temple looks stunning at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights. Book/pay locally. Remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

    Luxor
Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. Consider opting to join our hot air ballooning excursion over ancient Thebes first thing this morning, which is fabulous at sunrise! Then 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 the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and 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. Lose yourself in the stone-columned Hypostle Hall and go crazy with your camera. This is ancient Egypt. Tonight we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Egyptian Museum

This morning we arrive into Cairo and check into our hotel. Later we enjoy a guided tour of the famous Egyptian Museum. See the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamun, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Enjoy the remains of the day shopping and exploring Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cairo

Our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure 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.

Cruiser's 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.

Prices & Dates

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.

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

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1629
USD $789
USD $1629
USD $789

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Festive Post-Accomm
USD $79
USD $50
Festive Pre-Accommodation
USD $99
USD $30

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Luxor - Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak

Included

Breakfast daily
4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (1st class sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation
All meals aboard felucca cruise
2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 9
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD 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$40-50, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

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As a solo female travelling to Egypt alone for the first time I was apprehensive & slightly nervous. But the second I landed in Egypt I knew I was in good hands when I saw the airport rep waiting for me with the On the Go sign.

Our group was honestly blessed to have the best tour guide ever, the legendary Alam!!

Without him this memorable trip & my experience of Egypt would have not been possible. From day one Alam went out of his way to help the group & I from finding & purchasing phone SIMs, money exchange places, advice on dos & do nots with the locals, bargaining tips, what to eat, how to act in the markets, cultural advice etc. Alam quickly made us all feel like family with his genuinely kind, sincere & funny nature. And always went that extra mile & out of his way to ensure we were ok or if we needed anything.

Alam's professionalism & superior knowledge on Egyptology was astonishing & remarkable. Each site, each destination & each location we went to was explained to us in depth with history retold; flawlessly & passionately. Our continuous questions were always answered with enthusiasm & passion demonstrating Alams pride for his country & his amazing knowledge of Egypt. We learnt so much about the richness, the culture & the history of Egypt thanks to Alam & his eagerness to share this knowledge.

Every single transfer & travel arrangements went smoothly & on time. The accommodations & hotels were fantastic, even the sleep over train was a unique but comfortable experience. The itinerary was planned perfectly but executed impeccably, meeting all my expectations. Credit again to Alam who was continuously organizing, calling & arranging everything behind the scenes.

There are too many key highlights for me. The Felucca cruise, personal sailing lessons, the crazy captain & musical dinners - truly unforgettable are just some. I highly recommend adding the bolt on options for they too are truly a marvellous experience.

Thank you On The Go for making my Egypt Holiday amazing & beyond extraordinary. And a massive thanks to Alam for making it even more phenomenal! Alam truly is a great asset & credit to your company & a superior ambassador for Egypt. I have & shall continue recommending On the Go Tours & the fantastic ‘Alam’ (aka legend) to everyone!

• Submitted 18 Feb 2016
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It was a very good experience, the guide was extremely competent and very friendly and the group got along pretty well.

The organisation was faultless (apart from the trains running late but I can't blame On the Go Tours for that) and everyone else with whom we came in contact was very friendly.

In hindsight I didn't enjoy too much the feluca cruise, but just because it was a bit too cold and the days were too short in that period of the year so the evenings were not very pleasant.

• Submitted 05 Jan 2016
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Tour was one of the best that I have been on - extremely well organised and exceeded many expectations (particularly for the country). Value for money was excellent and opportunity for additional excursions was managed and organised in a great manner. The Tour Guide (Mahmoud) was wonderful and could not recommend him more. Was such a great experience to have a local the entire time who was so open and willing to answer everything about all aspects of the country, religion and politics. It was an even better bonus of how knowledgeable Mahmoud was about the ancient history and civilisation of Egypt, which gave us all a higher level of gratitude for being there.

• Submitted 27 Nov 2015
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Alam was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Egypt and interacted with the group in an easy going manner. He helped make the tour a fantastic experience and no question was too much of a hassle. On our tour myself and another girl had our birthdays and Alam organised birthday cake for us and a dinner, which was a very nice touch.

I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone to book a trip to Eqypt via On The Go Tours.

The only suggestion I would make is for the festive tours, the schedule should be tweaked so the start on New Years Day is not too early!!

• Submitted 07 Jan 2015
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Best tour ever!

Peter Stewart • Submitted 04 Jan 2014

Ehab was very friendly, knowledgable and took care of everything, to make the tour care-free and very smooth sailing. He gave us information about the logistics/admin each day, which was very helpful. His guide skills were excellent. Very impressed with the OTG planning & care of travel - no mishups, hidden fees or problems with accomodation and tickets.

Alecia Heah • Submitted 28 Jan 2011

Hamada has been amazing tour guide, so much energy and friendly. He constend positive attitude, highly contributed to the suecess of this trip. He did a great job sharing his passion of Egypt. Especially enjoyed his explanations on the sites visited and the way he made it entertaining creating scene.

Ellen Maynes • Submitted 28 Jan 2011

Hi Janet

I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! The trip to Egypt was absolutely amazing!!!!! Everything went well, the hotel could help us with an early check in and we were treated like royalty!!

I couldn’t possibly say what the highlight was because it was all so great. We did the Hot Air Balloon ride as well, and I am so glad I did because it was really worth it.

Our tour guide was Ahmed Hamed, and he really was excellent. I have been on coach tours before and have never had such a good tour guide!! He really went out of his way to make everyone’s trip amazing. I would highly recommend him!!!

Like I said before everything was great and I would definitely recommend an On the Go Tour to my clients, and can see why the clients I have sent have enjoyed them so much!! I am even thinking about doing another one already!!

Once again, thank you for all you help and for the amazing prize. And please pass on my thanks to your whole team in Egypt as they were all amazing!!

Chat again soon when I book my next trip!!

Davina • Submitted 15 Mar 2009

I have had a fantastic trip nd this is largely because Saeed was one of the best tour guides i have encountered in my travels.. He is professional, organized, very informative and his knowledge on all sites has been incredible.

I foun the tour to cover all the best sites/ excursions and I didn't feel rushed.

Thanks so much for a great trip!

Maria Lloyd • Submitted 29 Dec 2008

I do not usually do group tours, I am a independent traveller but the Classic Tut tour was great. Everything was organized very well by (ABN) Amro the tour guide. It covered pretty much all the main ancient sites of Egypt and the group was great. I would definitely use On The Go again.

Graeme • Submitted 23 Dec 2008

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Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
17, 23, 27 Dec 2016
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2

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It was a very good experience, the guide was extremely competent and very friendly and the group got along pretty well.

The organisation was faultless (apart from the trains running late but I can't blame On the Go Tours for that) and everyone else with whom we came in contact was very friendly.

In hindsight I didn't enjoy too much the feluca cruise, but just because it was a bit too cold and the days were too short in that period of the year so the evenings were not very pleasant.

Nicola Andria
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