Visit the incredible Pyramids of Giza, relax on a felucca as you cruise down the Nile and discover the ancient wonders of Aswan and Luxor, before spending a few days by the beautiful Red Sea in Hurghada. This is Egypt at its best in 13 wonderful days.
When are you travelling?: In 2019 this tour departs on a Saturday. In 2020 this holiday will depart on a Friday and arrangements will be slightly different. In 2020 an additional night will be spent in Cairo at the beginning on the tour in lieu of a night in Hurghada. The change will ensure there is ample time to explore the new Grand Egyptian Museum set to open fully in 2020. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to join our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am.
If you'd like to extend your stay in Egypt we also offer a pre or post tour Day Trip to Alexandria.
Cairo - Aswan. Start the day with a visit to Al Jizah, the famous Giza Plateau to see the iconic pyramids and Sphinx. Next we explore the sand-strewn tombs and temples of the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, home to the Zhoser’s step pyramid. This evening we travel by overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Aswan. After arrival into Aswan and hotel check-in we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and then we visit a perfume oil emporium back in Aswan. 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. Early birds can go on an optional excursion to the majestic Temple of Abu Simbel. The gargantuan rock-cut temple at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the four colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically, staring out across the desert. 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, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise, please see the tab above for prices. For more information about Nile Cruising please click here.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spend a relaxing day sailing the Nile. Admire the views, go for a swim and 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, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek, before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we disembark and continue 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
Valley of the Kings
Luxor. This morning 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
The next 3 days are free to explore Hurghada 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 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
Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Combine Egypt and Jordan!
Explore Egypt and visit the neighbouring Kingdom of Jordan, renowned for the mineral rich and incredibly buoyant Dead Sea, its stunning red desertscapes at Wadi Rum and the jewel in its archaeological crown, the Rose City of Petra.
Our Road to Jordan tour, combines the King Ramses itinerary with five memorable days in Jordan. Discover the stunning Treasury and Monastery at Petra, 4x4 in Wadi Rum and camp out under the stars and Add-on an excursion to the Dead Sea.
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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
Overlooking the Nile and offering distant views of 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. Evenings can be spent enjoying international or Egyptian cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s bars. Thanks to the friendly hotel staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop lounge and pool, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.
Le Meridien Heliopolis, Cairo
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.
Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool, which is perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids.
Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, Cairo
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.
Tolip Hotel, formerly 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 10 - 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. The support boat is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet (or hire for a nominal cost) 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.
Continental Hotel, Hurghada
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.
I will recommend this tour to anyone looking to travel to Egypt. it was the funniest, most informative and rewarding trip I have ever done! And I've been on a lot of tours and seen a lot of the world.
Thank you on the go”
I throughoutly enjoyed ancient Egypt stories told by very knowledgeable guide, also the chance to have experienced this beautiful country with such a great group of people. ”
I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know I just did my first 'On The Go' Tour - King Ramses 13 days.
The tour was FANTASTIC! I could not fault anything about it, the tour guide 'Waleed' definitely helped make the trip special. We had a great group of people ranging from a 20 year old to 82! and we all got along!
They were organised from the time we landed in Cairo - met us at the airport before customs. From there on we felt very comfortable with the company and did not let us down!Definitely my favourite country so far in my travels. I will have no trouble recommending on the go to my clients! And it wont be my last tour with you, I am sure!
Very enjoyable experience.
Sherif was a great guide and provides plenty of entertainment as well as a whole lot of Egyptian history and culture.
One of the main highlights for me was Dahab. Extremely friendly and relaxing atmosphere, plenty of great bars and restaurants with amazing seafood!”
Just letting you know my King Ramses tour was absolutely fantastic - I loved the whole tour, it was very well organised and the tour leaders over there are brilliant. I only wish I got to stay longer in Dahab, I could have easily spent another week there. We spent way too much money being taken in by those adorable Bedouin girls - guess they can spot a soft target from a mile away!
Again, thanks so much for your help and for recommending the tour. I look forward to my next On-The-Go experience.
This was a great tour! Alll ran smoothly, the sights included were amazing and there were also lots of optional activities to choose from.
I have done some group touring before, and this was definitely the best one, and despite my prefference to be anindependent traveller, I would consider using on the go again. ”
How many different ways are there to use the word AmAzing?! Because we would use ALL of them to express our experience we had with On the Go Tours, during our tour to Egypt in December 2009!
It was a surprise birthday gift for my friend’s son who turned 16 while we were in Egypt! It has always been his dream to go to Egypt and we decided to surprise him.
We were met by Shady at Cairo Airport and he assisted us with all the nitty-gritty, getting us through the airport without any hassles!!! On the way to our hotel he gave us all the ins-and-outs about the tour! He was extremely friendly and when we met up with him again at the end of our tour, he recognized us and it was like meeting an old friend again!!! The group dynamics were great and with 7 other South Africans on the tour we stood tall amongst all the Aussies!
Sherif was our tour guide and he was AmAzing! He assisted us with everything we needed and was always available. He gave the best advise regarding shopping, prices, how to handle all the guys at the market and suggested some great places to eat! His knowledge of Egypt was incredible. He was also sooooooo funny! He had us in stitches most of the time! On my friend’s son’s birthday, Sharreef had arranged a cake for him when we were at the Karnak Temple and that really meant so much!!
We had a couple days in Dahab and had to say a sad goodbye to Sharreef. Big Mo looked after us in Dahab and was also great! He kept us relaxed and fed the entire time.
It was an awesome experience being with tradition Bedouin people at the Oasis and experiencing the desert to its fullest at night!
As a whole this entire trip was AweSome! AmAzing! And we will recommend this to anyone, in a heartbeat! Even the over-night traveling with the train and busses, although tiring, forms part of the whole experience. The organization of On the Go tours in the chaos, that is Egypt, is AmAzing!
Once again Thank You! ”
I just got back from my holiday in Egypt. I did the King Ramses tour. I had the most wonderful time. A holiday I will find very hard to beat. Everything was organised so well and ran really smoothly. I really would like to thank your whole team for making everything perfect. I would also like to say an extra special thank you to Waleed the guide. He pulled the group together so well that I'm sure we will be friends forever! His knowledge was unsurpassable and he had a very fun and unique way to part with it. He is a very special man. thanks again I look forward to the next installment xx”
Thank you, Jane the tour was really awesome and I would like to thank yourself and everyone with On the Go for the exceptional effort that was made on our part.
I did enjoy Egypt, and quite a few Egyptians, Sal who’s knowledge was inexhaustible, Caleed who introduced us to the Red Sea and the Bedouin, Abdul who stayed with me on the Mt Sinai climb (being last but I made the effort) and finally Mohamed who took me to El Alamein and Alex, not to mention all the others who were involved with the tour.
From our part, everything went without a hitch.
They all made the holiday most memorable. ”
Once again on the go NEVER seems to disappoint. Thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me to go on the King Ramses and it really was an unforgettable experience!!
The tour guides in Egypt are amazing, they truly make the trips fun and informative and just amazing. They are willing to help with anything and believe me we had a few issues that Sheriff was more than willing and able to to help with. BIG mention also to Big Mo, who was our guide in Dahab, my what and amazing guy. I had the time of my life with him as our guide.
Thanks again!!! YOU GUYS ROCK! ”
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The tour was very comprehensive and took us to alot of Egypt's historical sights as promised.
It would have enhanced the experience to see some authentic modern Egypt, markets, homes etc.
Aamer was very knowledgeable and organised, and went out of his way.
Overall, a very pleasurable experience, very well run. ”