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Festive King Tut - 9 days

Classic Egypt at its best - ancient temples, tombs, Nile river cruising, topped off with plenty of festive cheer! With four festive 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!

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Itinerary
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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
Nile felucca cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars
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

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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
4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation

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$40-50, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Where do you fancy spending Christmas & New Year in 2018?
21 & 22 December 2018 departure - Spend Christmas Day sailing the Nile on a felucca.
27 December 2018 departure - Ring in the New Year onboard a felucca.
29 December 2018 departure - Celebrate New Year's Eve in Aswan.

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

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

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. 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

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. This morning 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.

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. 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.

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On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at FULL PRICE. Single rooms are not offered complimentary with any tour discount or 2-4-1 offer.
Your Own Room - No Single Supp
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21 Dec - 29 Dec 20% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,276

USD $750
USD $1,595
USD $750
27 Dec - 04 Jan 15% offOn this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at FULL PRICE. Single rooms are not offered complimentary with any tour discount or 2-4-1 offer.
On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at FULL PRICE. Single rooms are not offered complimentary with any tour discount or 2-4-1 offer.
G
USD $1,595
USD $1,356

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29 Dec - 06 Jan 15% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,356

USD $750
2019
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $1,595
USD $750
USD $1,595
USD $750
USD $1,595
USD $750
USD $1,595
USD $750

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.

Steigenberger Hotel el Tahrir*, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Cairo, the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir is right by the lively Tahrir Square. Guestrooms offer peace and quiet away from the high-energy of the city, with contemporary decor and sound-proofed windows overlooking views of Cairo. The wellness facilities are state-of-the-art, including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and sauna and massage rooms. Be sure to take advantage of the poolside bar and delicious hotel restaurant, or enjoy the option of 24-hour in-room dining.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.73 out of 5 based on 11 recent reviews

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We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone that was visiting Egypt. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helped us with our questions. We really have an appreciation for the country since our trip

• Submitted 22 Jan 2018
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The tour was great. Egypt is amazing!! Loved all the sites. Guide was fantastic. Knowledge, organisation, personality is tops. He is a gem and Onthego should definitely reward him well. He a superb ambassador for the company and Egypt. I will recommend this trip, Momo and the destination to many people.

• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
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It was amazing holiday I was so happy to book with your agency it was so well organised the tour Gide Alam was outstanding with a lot of information everything was simply wonderful no any worries for anything loved it i will book for the future again with you thank u

• Submitted 09 Jan 2018
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My trip to Egypt was an absolute delight. I knew nothing about this country and was excited to find out more about the treasures this place withholds. I was extremely satisfied with Momo's as my guide. Everything was so well planned and organised, I barely had to think about anything except what time I had to wake up. Momo's knowledge of historical artefacts and monuments allowed me to picture in my head what these places must have been like thousands of years ago. His passion for his country and his willingness to share this with me and my fellow travellers surpassed all my expectations. I felt very safe and immediately bonded with the people on my tour and this was due to Momo's leadership. Thank you for allowing me to visit and explore this amazing country. I am very grateful to once again have chosen On the Go tours after a recent trip to India which was also with this company. I hope to travel with them again in the near future even though sometimes I feel like I need a holiday afterwards, this is exactly the way I like to travel. Never bored and totally On the Go...All the Time.

• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
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We had a fantastic experience. Everything was as we expected. The organisation right through the tour was exceptional and we felt very secure and comfortable. The guiding by Momo and Adham was entertaining and pitched at the right level of detail. Both guides worked tirelessly to satisfy everyone's needs on the tour. And at times went over and above what could be expected. The pre tour information was comprehensive and as we experienced. Our only negative comment is that "factories" were really just shops!. And we would've enjoyed seeing the real factories in relation to Egyptian cotton, alabaster and scented oils. Overall it was first class and we would definitely recommend On The Go and use their services again. Well done team :)

• Submitted 08 Feb 2017
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Going to Egypt was at the top of our bucket list and we were very excited about finally making it happen. The tour from start to finish was brilliant!!! It all ran very smoothly from start to finish with no hitches,no delays and no disorganised events. Ahmed who met as at Cairo airport was extremely helpful and got us through all the queues at top speed. He checked on us once we were settled in at the hotel to ensure that we were happy & comfortable. We met Momo and the rest of the group the next day and our adventure began. Momo has an incredible knack to hold everyone's attention with all his knowledge about Egypt and its history. His passion and love for his country and his heritage reflected during the whole tour and he certainly was never boring. He called the group his family and we most definitely felt that 'he was the Daddy' :)). Nothing was too much trouble for him. We had a very personal journey that we needed to fulfil in Aswan and Momo ensured that even though it was on the same day as an organised tour we got to go to part of the tour as well as organise for us to be picked up to go where we had to go and then to meet the rest of the group at the hotel. Adham was with us on the cruise and once again he ensured that we were all happy and comfortable on the boat. He was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He also made sure that the group brought in the new year with lots of dancing fun and laughter!!! Our trip was made extremely enjoyable thanks to Momo & Adham. The beautiful Happy memories that they helped us make will be treasured for a long time. The one thing we would like to suggest is that there should be more of the local cuisine on the tours. Also to ensure that the hotels used provide tea & coffee making facilities in the rooms Thank you!!!

• Submitted 24 Jan 2017
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Had a great experience with on the go in Egypt, our guide really made Egypts history come alive for us.

Momo and all the reps in the cities went above and beyond with us, Momo even went as far to organize a replacement lunch for us after a disappointing stop at a crowded dirty and with under cooked food tourist restaurant in Cairo, without us even asking.

Thank you

• Submitted 06 Jan 2017
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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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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: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone that was visiting Egypt. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helped us with our questions. We really have an appreciation for the country since our trip

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