Nile Valley to Siwa Oasis - 15 days

Explore the best of ancient Egypt. After the legendary pyramids, Valley of the Kings, sailing on the River Nile and Mediterranean Alexandria, we get off the beaten track to discover Siwa, with its centuries old customs & traditions.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau
Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands on route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings
El Alamein – World War II, Commonwealth War Cemetery
Siwa sights - Temple of the Oracle, Amun Temple and Cleopatra Spring
Marsa Matrouh – Mediterranean seaside - beach & swim
Alexandria – sightseeing, Quat Bay Fort, Montazzah Palace, Library of Alexandria - forecourt, Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, National Museum
Necropolis of Saqqara
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Colossi of Memnon & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Siwa oasis and village walking tour
Jeep safari – Great Sand Sea, golden sand dunes, cold lake, hot springs, fossil ocean and Bir Wahed
Libyan market – Marsa Matrouh


Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor, Luxor - Cairo (1st class sleeper cabin)
4x4 jeep safari into the Great Sand Sea
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 15
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader day 9 - 15
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 3 nights 4 star Siwan style hotel, 3 nights 3 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Luxor, El Alamein, Siwa, Marsa Matrouh & Alexandria
Bike ride tour of Siwa & swimming in natural springs
Qualified Egyptologist guide days 1 - 8 and at Alexandrian sights of antiquity
Siwa - specialist local jeep drivers and local commentary

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $145-155 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: $65-80 USD


Day 1


Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. Today we visit the famous pyramids and iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Later we will have chance to have dinner before our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

Arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel. A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam – a modern feat of engineering - creating Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, there is free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Felucca Cruise

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Sail away....

Play cards, go for a swim or just relax in the sun or shade on the boat deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Kom Ombo & Luxor

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking near Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north 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 this afternoon. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, beautifully illuminated at night (book and pay locally), alternatively, spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as 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. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Egyptian Museum

Arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

El Alamein

Cairo – El Alamein – Siwa. Starting early (7:00am) we drive north-west towards the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies, under Britain’s Field Marshall Montgomery, halted the German-Italian advance towards the River Nile which was a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died. Stopping for a light lunch in Marsa Matrouh we continue onward to Siwa. This evening we take a walk and can opt to have dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Siwa bike ride

This morning we take a leisurely bike ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, which dates back to near 570BC. Alexander the Great visited Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (who the Greeks identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle on to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon at leisure or optional (book/pay locally) sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast

Day 11

4x4 Desert Safari

Today we visit the Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali was abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain literally melted the mud brick city. A labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored. This afternoon we take a 4x4 desert safari across the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean with an abundance of marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and a sunset dinner.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Marsa Matrouh

Siwa – Marsa Matrouh – Alexandria. It's an early start today as we drive along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh. The city has a large Libyan/Berber population who are distinctive in custom and dress. We stop for lunch, swim in the Mediterranean Sea and have time to explore the Libyan souq (if open) before driving onward to Alexandria.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13


Spend the morning at leisure in Alexandria, before an afternoon tour of Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk – the last monarch of the Mohamed Ali dynasty who abdicated and fled to Italy, Quat Bay Fort and the site of the Pharos – Alexandria’s great lighthouse which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, towering 440 feet above the harbour. This evening we take a tram ride into the downtown area where you can indulge in a little retail therapy before enjoying a famous Alexandrian Fateer for dinner.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Roman Catacombs

Alexandria - Cairo. Today we visit the huge underground necropolis of the Catacomb of Shouqafa, which lies beneath 200 year old houses. These second-century tombs have been extensively excavated since their rediscovery in 1900. The catacombs were originally a private crypt but later used for Roman burials. We continue on to view Pompeii’s Pillar - the tallest ancient memorial column in Egypt, the National Museum and the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we drive back to Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 15


Saturday. Our tour concludes after breakfast, with a departure transfer to the airport.

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $80
USD $10
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $100
USD $15


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.

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.

Pyramids Park Resort, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located close to the pyramids, the expansive Pyramids Park Hotel is a beautiful hotel set around a stunning outdoor pool. Rooms are modern and bright with excellent facilities. Balconies and terraces look out onto the gardens and pool area. Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is excellent poolside dining. In the evening why not relax by the pool and enjoy a few cold ones after a long days sightseeing.

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.

Siwa Safari Paradise, Siwa Oasis

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Siwa Paradise hotel is rustic, with a combination of bungalows and hotel rooms. Each bungalow is equipped with its own verandah, while the spacious hotel rooms enjoy bright colour schemes and comfy furniture. Indoor and al fresco dining are both available at the hotel and guests can feast on European and Oriental meals as they enjoy the dwindling remnants of the Egyptian sunshine. The Siwa Paradise is situated in a central location in the oasis.

Siwa Shali Resort, Siwa Oasis

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set within the incomparable scenery of the Sahara desert, a rare combination of wilderness and comfort, the resort is arranged as an archipelago of small one-storey constructions delicately placed within the dunes. Guest rooms sit in groups of three and everything is built using local construction techniques and materials, the mud rendering of the walls makes the structures similar to the old houses of Siwa whilst still keeping the the external temperature out. The Resort is blessed with an outstanding 200m sinuous swimming pool unravelling through the length of the village.

Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel, Alexandria

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The historic Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel dates back to the early 20th century with high ceilings, grand columns and fine paintings reminiscent of a by-gone era. Situated directly on Alexandria's waterfront, the hotel's rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast with sweeping views of the Corniche. Each of the elegant guestrooms has its own balcony and free WiFi. Decorated with antiques and frescos, the Queen Elizabeth Hall offers fine dining and wine.


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

We had a fantastic time in Egypt.

The tour was really amazing and for both off us it was a big bucket list item we can now cross off our list. We were really amazed at how organized OnTheGo is in Egypt, right from the airport pickup to the airport drop off. OnTheGo had reps everywhere and we always felt very well looked after. This really made a big difference as we were a little concerned before the trip with safety and security in Egypt.

On the topic of safety and security, we want to underscore that we never felt threatened or unsafe in Egypt. OnTheGo really made us feel safe and the people of Egypt were very friendly and welcoming. We really feel for them as they are unfairly suffering because of lack of tourism due to, in our opinion, excessively negative media reports about safety in Egypt.

We had Dino as our tour guide during our first week and then Mahmood during our second week in Siwa and Alexandria. Both Dino and Mahmood were great guides. Both very friendly, attentive, and helpful. We really enjoyed having them both.

Overall a great trip. Great organization by OnTheGo in Egypt and great tour leaders.

We really enjoyed Egypt and we hope more tourists start to visit as the place was safe for us and the people are very friendly, warm, and welcoming, and really need tourism to pick up.

• Submitted 03 May 2015

Mahmoud was our tour guide on the Siwa Oasis leg of the tour. He's very knowledgeable of Egypt and it's history. Very friendly and very approachable. He showed us Egypt's people, culture and religion including local food and restaurants and more. We enjoyed the Siwa Oasis tour very much. Every activity on the tour is a highlight of the trip. We highly recommend this tour.

• Submitted 28 Apr 2015

The itinerary gave a very good impression of Egypt helped by an informative and personable tour guide.We were very fortunate with the make up of the group which with one exception gelled really well and helped to make the holiday so memorable.

• Submitted 05 Apr 2015

Momo was inspiring - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all things Egypt. The tour was great, I enjoyed the variety of places we visited, the pace of things, the food and the accommodation.

• Submitted 28 Nov 2014

Great trip well organized, Great value.

Mo Mo (our main tour Guide )was more than Excellent, funny, articulate, accomedating, full if information, nothing was too much for him to do for any of us.


Carol & Graham STOODLEY

• Submitted 27 Oct 2014

The Pyramids were amazing as was the Valley of the Kings! Our Felucca cruise did not cruise very far but was a relaxing time and the whole tour group of 8 bonded. The Abu Simbel trip was well worth the money with the rock face being spectacular. Hot Air Ballooning in Luxor was a real blast and such a highlight for the trip. The second half of the tour to El Alamein, Siwa and Alexandria was at a much slower pace and there was only myself and my wife on the tour but the tour guide and 4x4 driver catered well for this and extended our itinerary so we saw more than expected.

Overall we had a great experience in the place where we had always wanted to go. We would have no hesitation in recommending this tour to fellow travellers.

Owen Connolly • Submitted 29 Sep 2014

I had a fantastic time. Thanks to all OTG group for looking after us so well.

Maureen Schurmann • Submitted 20 Feb 2013

In Brief

Trip Type
Selected dates
Hotel Rating
3-5 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4

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Mahmoud was our tour guide on the Siwa Oasis leg of the tour. He's very knowledgeable of Egypt and it's history. Very friendly and very approachable. He showed us Egypt's people, culture and religion including local food and restaurants and more. We enjoyed the Siwa Oasis tour very much. Every activity on the tour is a highlight of the trip. We highly recommend this tour.

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