Take in the highlights of Egypt and Jordan this festive season. Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, sailing the Nile and relaxation in Hurghada on the Red Sea; combined with Jordan's rose city of Petra (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World), the beautiful Wadi Rum desert and the buoyant Dead Sea.
Where do you fancy spending Christmas & New Year in 2018?
21 and 22 December 2018 departures - Spend Christmas Day sailing the Nile onboard a felucca and New Year’s Eve in Petra.
29 December 2018 departure - Celebrate New Year's Eve in Aswan
Welcome to Egypt! Arrive into Cairo and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore.
Cairo - Aswan. A big day out at the pyramids and sphinx at Giza, then a visit to the ancient tomb-strewn necropolis at Saqqara. Tonight we travel by overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Aswan. After arrival into Aswan and hotel check-in we take a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temple 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
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise - Kom Ombo. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night sailing trip downstream towards Kom Ombo. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route at local villages and at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
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
Today we 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
Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor on day 8, we drive east to Hurghada which is part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera! The remainder of today and tomorrow offer free time for you to explore or simply relax. On day 9 there's an optional day trip to Giftun 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 snorkelling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. The Red Sea resort also has plenty of restaurants and bars for evening entertainment.
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast x 2
Hurghada - Cairo - Amman - Petra. It's an early start today as we head back to Cairo. Leaving around 7am our journey will take approx 5 - 6 hours before arriving to the Egyptian Museum for an informative guided tour. Opt to see also the Royal Mummies, if you wish. After we transfer to the airport to fly to Jordan on MS 701 departing Cairo at 16:45/16:55/17:00/17:55, arriving to Amman, Jordan at 17:55/18:05/19:15. Travellers need to independently book this flight at a personal cost. NOTE: If travelling on Fri 21 Dec 2018 departure your flight is still the MS701 on Sun 30 Dec 2018. If your tour commences after 01 Jan 2019, please do not book this flight at this point in time. Upon arrival into Amman we transfer to Petra - our base for the evening. Please note this flight is not included and needs to be booked separately. Please see Trip Notes for more details.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Welcome to the Rose City! To access Petra on our guided walk we travel through the famous narrow and deep siq. The rocks then give way to reveal the most amazing sight – the beautiful Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. There is also a gigantic amphitheatre originally built to house 3000 spectators, though the Romans increased capacity to a whopping 7000.
After the guided tour, you’re free to head off and further explore or or just relax and take it all in. If you are feeling energetic, why not continue up the hillside along the ancient steps that take you to the Monastery, to take in the stunning views.haggle for a horse and chariot ride Free evening or why not test your culinary skills in the Petra Kitchen? Consider our Petra Kitchen - something good's cooking add-on.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning we can revisit the Rose Red city entering via 'secret road' of Al Madras for further exploration. After we drive to Wadi Rum - a vast, silent landscape of pastel coloured sketches of sandy desert punctuated by amazing rock formations known as jebels. Here we'll undertake a 4x4 desert safari, before tucking into a Bedouin dinner at our desert camp. Bed tonight is under a galaxy of stars or in tents.
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Shobak - Dead Sea. This morning we explore the vast, well-preserved 12th century Shobak Crusader castle, perched on a hill top. After exploring the castle we descend some 1300 meters to the buoyant Dead Sea, for some rest, relaxation and a little pampering.
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
The lowest point on the earth’s surface at more than 400m below sea level, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and high on most travellers’ bucket lists. Lucky for us we have a whole day to spend here, whiling away the time bobbing in its mineral-rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath. Option to visit the Ma’in hot springs and the site where it is thought Jesus Christ was baptised by John (book locally).
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Dead Sea - Amman. Today our holiday together come to an end. Today we offer departure transfer to Amman airport at 05:00, 07:30, 11:00 and 14:00. For 2018 departures - 23:00 (evening of day 14) or today at 04:00, 07:00, 09:00, 12:00 & 16:00. If you would like a departure transfer at any other time or a transfer with post tour accommodation this can be arranged at an additional cost.
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. Offered on festive departures 21 Dec 2018, 22 Dec 2018 & 29 Dec 2018
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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
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 Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Cairo
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.
Helnan Aswan*, Aswan
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Old Village Resort, Petra
Located above Wadi Mousa, Old Village Resort has a wonderfully traditional feel about it with open stonework and original architecture. Rooms are full of character, some with delightful archways and all directly accessed from the outside. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner why not dine al fresco at the restaurant overlooking the mountains. Well located in forested wadis facing Petra’s mountains.
Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.
Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly every day. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. This accommodation is well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.
Tour was great, Alam is the best :)”
To whom it may concern, I am writing because I was very impressed with Alam and his tour guiding skills. He had excellent knowledge and was very personable. He had great patience with all members of the group while still maintaining a sense of humour....which was even more greatly appreciated. He could always make jokes and was willing answer any question. Everyone on my tour was impressed by the calibre of his knowledge on Egypt in terms of history and culture and relay information with sensitivity and grace. Alam was always willing to help and go above and beyond.... ”
MoMo really took time to get to know everyone in the group. He always added in his own suggestions or tips on food for us to get a true and authentic experience. His knowledge and care was outstanding. An amazing trip and made even better by outstanding experience and consideration from MoMo. Thank you!”
Mido Alam is an incredible group leader. He is knowledgeable about Egypt’s ancient history and current culture, seamlessly takes care of the logistics and red tape for his clients, responds to individual requests, and makes it comfortable for his clients to contact him 24/7. He bonded with the 12 of us, and then when another group of 11 more were added, he worked tirelessly, with their needs as well. He orchestrated various side trips for small groups within the larger ones, making it clear what all the options entailed. He met with everyone at their final moment with the group, regardless of how late or early their individual departures. It was remarkable how much he made each individual feel special, while listening and responding to the needs of the group as a whole. He has the energy, flexibility, and breadth of skills of a super hero. I was dubious about taking a group tour; I only did so because I had been warned about Egypt’s safety. But Alam’s quiet, competent care made me feel safe, the ease of travel he provided was an indulgence, and the mini lectures and discussions on the bus were more fun and informative than had I been on my own. Thank you Alam, for an amazing experience of Egypt!”
Hi On The Go,
I would just like to provide you with further feedback about a recent tour that I travelled on.
I would like to start off by mentioning that I am a travel agent in Australia and I have travelled on 15+ extended tours and countless day tours all around the World. During this time I have never met a guide that has the passion for their job or their Country as Haytham does. I work for a company where everyone is passionate about their jobs and travelling, and no one comes close to the passion that Haytham showed me and the rest of our group.
I also noticed that Haytham went above and beyond in making sure that everyone was comfortable, and had no issues with anything. Often calling us after check in to make sure everything was okay with the room. He also made sure that we had lunch at reasonable times and that we ate food that was at clean restaurants (ensuring that we did not get sick). There was a couple of occasions where our itinerary stated that we needed to arrange our own lunches, but were organised and paid for by Haytham.
Haytham was a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer any question that was thrown at him, he also had very interesting ways of getting this information across to us by 'role plays' which made it very fun and interesting.
I believe that Haytham is a huge asset to On The Go tours and you are very lucky to have such a knowledgeable and passionate employee.
Thank you. ”
"On the Go Tours" were great!....Our guide was very experienced and we felt that our experience was authentic and unique. The tour was a lot of fun and we saw many wonderful sights and it was a very fulfilling experience. The tour was able to offer flexibility and was very accommodating to our needs. ”
Fabulously well organised including one off specfics just for our party depsite being part of a group tour. Great balance of the organised activities and free time which is a trademark of On the Go - this was our second trip with On The go (Road to Jordan 2008) twhich was just as good as the first (Road to Revolution (Russia)) in 2006.”
Abu Simbel and felucca cruise were the highlights of the trip, and of course our guide - Abdul, very energetic, lots of fun and always willing to please everyone.
I also felt very safe and comfortable being a single female traveller.
Had a great time!”
It was great to spend Christmas in the sun!
Loved Dahab - such a change from the rest of Egypt, cool town, great vibe. I could easily spend a month there!
our guide, Saeed, was simply amazing. He had great knowledge of his country and a gift to share it with us.
Thank you for the memorable experience.”
I thought I would let you know that Egypt and Jordan was awesome!!! On the go were very well organised and I can not fault them at all!! Thanks for making the trip so memorable.
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Tour was great, Alam is the best :)”