FROM: USD $1,995

Pharaohs and Beaches - 13 days

Enjoy a fun and educational family adventure in ancient Egypt. Explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings in Luxor and experience the local way of life, visiting a Nubian island and a local school in Aswan, before heading to the beach on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera. This tour welcomes children aged 5 years and over.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau
Egyptian Museum
Visit to local primary school, village/market walks
Luxor - Luxor Temple illuminated by night
Luxor - Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Citadel & Khan el-Khalili bazaar
Aswan - boating on the Nile to Sahal island and lunch with village family
Luxor - Temple of Karnak by day
Valley of the Kings
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to dive or snorkel!

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch (with village family on Sahal island) and four dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin) including meals
Aswan - boating on the Nile and visit to a Nubian island
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
3 nights Hurghada - Red Sea stay - swim, sun and sand
All relevant transfer and transportation in private vehicles
7 nights 5 star hotels and 4 nights 4 star hotels all with swimming pools
Giza - camel ride by the pyramids
Luxor - horse-drawn carriage to Luxor Temple
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology (days 1 - 8)

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Adult USD$60-80 / Child USD$30-50, paid in local currency
Gratuity for your tour guide. We suggest USD$20-30 per adult. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: Adult USD50-70 / Child USD$30-40, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Saturday - Welcome to the start of your Egyptian Adventure! Arrive Cairo airport, included onward transfer to your hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza & Camel Ride

This morning we visit the great pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Greek-listed seven wonders of the world, they were constructed from over 2.5million limestone blocks, taking more than 20 years to build. We explore this area on foot and then on camel back! Off we ride into the sands, our sturdy ships of the desert beneath us.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum

Cairo – Aswan. Today we see the treasures of King Tutankhamun, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum. In the afternoon we explore the Citadel and the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar before taking the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan including dinner.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Aswan

This morning we arrive into Aswan and explore the Nubian city on a guided walk of the local market and souq. Scenically located on the Nile, a walk along the riverside corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. Free afternoon.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Abu Simbel

Free morning or opt for an early morning excursion by road to the spectacular temple of Abu Simbel. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure; maybe relax by the pool, take a stroll along the Nile corniche or explore the ever lively market place.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Boating on the Nile

Aswan - Luxor. This morning we take a motor boat to cruise around and between the islands located on the Nile, before stopping at Sahal island where we visit a local village and school (if open); sometimes there is even a local football game in action. Lunch will be served in the home of an Egyptian family followed by the train north to Luxor, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. The 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes, known today as Luxor, is our base for the next three days.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Karnak & Luxor Temple

This morning we visit Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Valley of the Kings

Today, we visit Luxor’s West Bank. The subject of countless documentaries, our destination this morning is the site made famous by the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb - the Valley of the Kings. Other exciting highlights of ancient Egypt include the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the gigantic Colossi of Memnon.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Luxor & The Red Sea

Luxor - Hurghada. Bidding farewell to Luxor, we travel by road north-west to Hurghada, a coastal resort town on Egypt’s famous Red Sea coast. This evening, enjoy dinner at your 4 star hotel located by the beach.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11

Red Sea R&R

Why not pack your bathing suits, sun lotions and sun glasses and opt for a boat excursion on the Red Sea. Dropping the anchor at a location renowned for its safe snorkelling and swimming possibilities, you can opt to don mask, snorkel and fins for a great view of the colourful shoals of fish in the aquatic wonderland that is the Red Sea. After a day of swimming, snorkelling, sun tanning or relaxing, you’ll have no doubt worked up a healthy appetite - dinner is served up at the hotel.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 12

Cairo

Hurghada - Cairo. Bidding farewell to the beach we journey by road back to Cairo. Spend the evening at leisure in the capital.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo

Thursday. Tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Visit the incredible temples of Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel Add-on Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert. Not to be missed!

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 adult persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. On all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and kids rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent.

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USD $70
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Child Reduction (under 12 years old)
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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.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

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.

Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

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.

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.

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.

Marriott Beach Resort*, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

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

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

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This was the trip of a lifetime. The tour was a excellent mix of all the ancient sites in Egypt we have always wanted to visit; a view into modern day life; time for relaxation in the great hotels and the amazing snorkeling in the Red Sea, and was well paced for our family with 3 children. Our guide, Ahmed Helal was endlessly knowledgeable and caring - our children just told me to describe him as "#best tour guide ever". We were so well looked after by On the Go from the moment we landed in Cairo until passport control as we left, with all arrangements seamlessly completed. This is a great time to visit Egypt to see the wonders of the ancient world as well as life today in this amazing country.

• Submitted 10 Oct 2015
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Tour was amazing, Helal was so unbelievably helpful, friendly, safe to be around, trustworthy.

• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
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Dear Sarah

I just wanted to write and thank you for organising our unforgettable trip to Egypt. We had the most amazing time and will treasure our memories of it.

The representative of On The Go were wonderful - they looked after our every need and often went beyond the call of duty to make sure we had the best experience. Our guide Ahmed Helal was excellent. His thorough knowledge of Egyptology was evident and he managed to convey information in a very skilful way, introducing a subject and later picking it up so that our knowledge deepened and the things that we saw made more sense as we put it all into context. He also ensured that we had the best experience of our tour, seeing temples and picking out details that we would never have seen otherwise.

Ahmed was not only a wonderful and incredibly knowledgable guide but he was also excellent at getting things done. He sorted out all practical details pf our stay, making sure that we had adjoining rooms etc in such a way that we had a very comfortable and wonderful experience. He made sure that we always knew where he was so that we could contact him if we needed to, so we had no concerns of any kind throughout the trip.

In Cairo we were excellently looked after by Abdul, who took us to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar on our last night, which gave us a truly memorable end to our stay. Abdul (Midou) was so much fun and very charming and we all really enjoyed his company.

The tour itself was incredible and the variety of location and what they had to offer meant that each day brought a fresh marvel! The Pyramids and Sphinx were phenomenal - to actually be was amazing. The camel rides were great fun too! Visiting Aswan and sailing on the Nile to visit the Nubian village was an unexpected hi-light for me. The Nile is such a beautiful river! Luxor blew us all away - it is just such an incredible place. The Valley of the Kings has such an eerie desolation about it, and we were lucky enough tho find Tutankamun's tomb open so fulfilled a lifelong wish to visit that. That night we visited Luxor Temple in the evening, which was magical. We had a hot air balloon ride the next morning and then visited Karnak. Each day enriched the others and it gave us a very full and many layered experience.

The journey to Hurghad was another unexpected high point - discovering the country and the change from lucy Nile valley to arid but beautully colourful desert was eye opening. Then the last few day spent in Hurghada was a wonderful way to digest and relax, and very popular with our teenage children. The snorkelling was out of this world!

All the hotel we stayed in were amazing in different ways, but Hurghada was so much fun, and the staff were very friendly. The food was great throughout and the rooms luxurious and comfortable.

Thank you once again for a truly wonderful experience. We would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone and will be telling our friends all about it!

With very best regards

Jeannie Donald-McKim • Submitted 05 Jan 2015

Great Staff! Great organisation! Great Tour! Thank you.

Anthi Campbell King • Submitted 16 Sep 2014

Hi Charlie,

Just a note to say thanks for an excellently organised trip. We had a fantastic time.

In particular I would like to complement your staff in Egypt. All the reps were superb, the organisation was impeccable and they all went out of their way to make sure everything went according to plan. The two guides we had were equally brilliant with amazing knowledge and real enthusiasm about their subjects. The kids were fascinated throughout.

We had a problem with our return flights. Swiss Air did not have us on the passenger list. Not your problem of course but despite this your airport guy spent a very stressful and increasingly frantic 3 hours fixing the problem and dealing with a myriad of airport staff who really couldn't care less. He managed to get us onto the flight with 10 minutes to spare! The guy is a hero. If it weren't for his efforts there is no way we would have been able to sort it out so big thanks there.

Cairo, Aswan and Luxor were wonderful and exciting with great hotels and brilliant tours.

All in all a great trip, well done. I wont hesitate to recommend this trip and to recommend On The Go.

Jez Campbell • Submitted 03 Sep 2014

The whole tour was amazing. The standard of accommodation was much better than I had expected. Our tour guide Yasser - incredible. His knowledge was extensive & his patience lasts a long time. Yasser was the reason that our tour was so good.

Sharon Causer • Submitted 22 May 2012

Well paced, perfectly balanced between leisure and activities, no pressure, fantastic info from very knowledgable guide.

Anthony Moulsdale • Submitted 28 Dec 2010

Hi John,

Myself and my son Nathaniel booked with yourself the 'Pharaohs and Beaches - 13 days' tour to Egypt with On the Go.

I would just like to take this opportunity to say what a fantastic time we both had. Egypt is a lively and fascinating country not only in history but in it's people. I felt the tour covered all the main sights that Egypt had to offer it's visitors.

Also, may I take this opportunity to thank Alam our On the Go Guide who lead our group starting in Cairo and on to Aswan and Luxor. Alam was extremely knowledgable and informative in his country's history and for all the places we visisted. He made the group feel comfortable by being very friendly and easily approachable throughout and was incredibly kind and patient to all the children on the tour especially with my very lively 6 year old son. He is an asset to your company.

I would be more than happy to recommend On the Go to friends who are interested in travelling.

Deborah Shipton • Submitted 23 Apr 2010

Sam was a wonderful guide - lots of information on all the sites, he made our trip to Egypt very memorable.

Zoe and Mark loved him!

Samantha Watkins • Submitted 06 Sep 2009

I would definitely do it all again, it was excellent!

my daughter was very happy and well taken care of.

Amazing tour.

James Kerr • Submitted 27 Aug 2009
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Visiting
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This was the trip of a lifetime. The tour was a excellent mix of all the ancient sites in Egypt we have always wanted to visit; a view into modern day life; time for relaxation in the great hotels and the amazing snorkeling in the Red Sea, and was well paced for our family with 3 children. Our guide, Ahmed Helal was endlessly knowledgeable and caring - our children just told me to describe him as "#best tour guide ever". We were so well looked after by On the Go from the moment we landed in Cairo until passport control as we left, with all arrangements seamlessly completed. This is a great time to visit Egypt to see the wonders of the ancient world as well as life today in this amazing country.

Jake Mcgrane/McClean Family
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