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Festive King Ramses - 13 days

Escape to sunny Egypt this festive season - explore pyramids and temples, sail down the Nile, discover the Valley of the Kings, plus spend 4 day relaxing at a Red Sea retreat. Choose between Xmas day at the pyramids or on the Nile and ring in the New Year by the Red Sea in Hurghada!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to the festive season in sunny Egypt! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Start the day with a visit to Al Jizah, the famous Giza Plateau to see the iconic pyramids and the iconic Sphinx. Next explore the sand-strewn tombs and temples of the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, home to the Zhoser’s step pyramid. Tonight we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

After arrival and check-in in Aswan we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples 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

Days 4-5

Felucca sailing & Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Early birds can go on an optional excursion by road to the majestic Temple of Abu Simbel. 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, navigate the River Nile on board a 5 star Nile Cruiser with private cabin and ensuite bathroom. See our Nile Cruise Upgrade. for more info.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Kom Ombo & Edfu

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Daraw, a short drive takes us to Kom Ombo where we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC. We then 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

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before exploring 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

Day 8

Red Sea Riviera

Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor we head east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 4 days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Sun, Sea & Sand

The next 3 days are free to explore Hurghada or simply relax. On day 9 there's an optional day trip to Girtan 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

Day 12

Egyptian Museum

Hurghada - Cairo. This morning we depart Hurghada and head back to Cairo. We take a guided tour of the enlightening Egyptian Museum, where you can see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamun and opt to visit the Royal Mummy room.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo

After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward 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.

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.

Prices & Dates

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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USD $629
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USD $1,699
USD $629
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USD $1,699
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Festive/Easter Post-Accomm
USD $99
USD $30
Festive/Easter Pre-Accommodation
USD $99
USD $30

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.

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. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

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. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

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.

Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor

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

The Steigenburger Nile Palace is a grand hotel and stylishly furnished. The hotel has a health club with massage rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness room and there is a tennis court on the roof. The hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile, with the train station is 1.5 kilometres away and the airport 10 kilometres away.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor

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

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring 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.

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 seaview and the hotel even has its own private island. There is a choice of 9 restaurants and bars.

Movenpick Resort, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

A delightful beach front resort boasting fantastic rooms and excellent facilities. Watersports are in abundance here with swimming pools, scuba diving and snorkelling al readily available. You can also wine and dine at one of the many great restaurants and bars.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Radisson Blu offers a rooftop pool with panoramic Cairo views. Providing spacious, well appointed guest rooms, the hotel is the perfect oasis for guests visiting the city.

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.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Aswan - Philae Temple and the River Nile
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Aswan - Philae Temple, River Nile
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Hurghada - Red Sea coast - swim, relax, opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters

Included

Breakfast daily
10 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (1st class sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
All meals aboard felucca cruise
4 days Hurghada - Red Sea stay - swim, sun and sand
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 13
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD 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$50-60, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews

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By far this has been my favourite overseas holiday! We arrived a day early and did a tour with MoMo to Alexandria, which I think is a must-do as it gives you better understanding of the Greek and Roman influence on Egypt. I chose this tour as it fits in all the highlights of Egypt. I couldn't pick just one highlight of the tour - standing in the middle of a pyramid, watching the sunrise as we did hot air ballooning over Luxor, the temples and seeing the beautiful paintings in the tombs. If you are going over New Years the cruise is a must. The weather is quite cold outside so I have no regrets in this instance for not doing the felucca ride (which would be perfect for the warmer months!) The party onboard was a lot of fun and the staff onboard were wonderful and gave us quite a feast for New Years.

While other tours let you go straight back to Cairo after being in Luxor, I highly recommend heading to Hurghada. After having incredibly busy days it is nice to unwind and enjoy a beautiful resort. Even in Winter the Red Sea is warm and great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Hurghada was a must-go place for me as I had arranged my own private tours there to scuba dive (so if you are a scuba diver, this tour is a good one to choose as you have a lot of free time for water sports) and do a few other adventure activities. Our tour guide Mo Mo was great and went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible. He is an excellent ambassador for his country and would invite us out to share meals with him at local venues in his free time - and these were some of the best meals of the trip. He created a sense of unity for the tour group and assisted us in facilitating great relationships with one another. We also had another tour guide Adham on the cruise as Mo Mo was on the felucca with others. Adham was great as well and I cannot fault him. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wanted to visit Egypt. It far exceeded my expectations and gave me a bit of a taste of each place in a short period of time. It has made me want to return and further explore a few places like Aswan and enjoy more leisure time in Hurghada.

• Submitted 20 Jan 2017
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First of all I would like to let all the readers know that Egypt is a beautiful, safe and spectacular country that will go way beyond your expectations...You wiill leave wanting more! The King Ramses tour is a perfect way to see the culture and history of Egypt. It really takes you throughout the country by train and bus and explore different aspects of Egypt. Loved how the tour ended with a few days in Hurghada so we could rest and relax before heading home.

From the moment we arrived in Cairo On the Go had a rep waiting and welcoming us at the airport. I don't think I can express it enough how professional and warm hearted your tour guides are. We had Momo for most of our tour and Adham on our Nile Cruise. Both very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Momo is right in his element with what he does...His knowledge and passion for his country is evident in his energy and storytelling with every site we visited and through his detailed answers. He was always so patient with the questions and always had a very detailed answer...some of which he may have had to repeat over and over again...But always with a smile. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Each day was filled with laughter and adventure and memories that will be with us for a lifetime. No matter the situation Momo always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and okay from day 1 right until we said our goodbyes at the end of the tour. I have done several tours now over the years and Momo has set the bar so high with characteristics of what a tour guide should be. All three of us who traveled together agree that without MOMO our Egypt experience just would have not been the same...He called our group "family" and he definitely treated us all that way... Actually felt like all 32 people on the tour were family...It was hard to say good-bye. Keep up the wonderful work Momo and know you have truly left us wanting to come back to your beautiful country and we hope you can guide us again one day on a future tour.😀

• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
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Great trip, talented tour guide. Very knowledgeable and professional.

• Submitted 09 Jan 2016
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The tour was fantastic and especially the tour leader Momo. He wad considerate and really made sure I was not hassled by sellers in Egypt. The tour is fun packed and I met a group of really nice people.

• Submitted 18 Oct 2015
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Hi Sarah,

Just thought I would pop you a quick email to let you know how amazing the tour was – all aspects of it were even better than I imagined and I have pretty high expectations from what I have heard and know about On the Go!

First of all I would like you to pass on how beyond amazing Haytham was! He is by far the best tour guide myself and my family have ever had on all levels. He went above and beyond for all of us everyday to make sure we had an awesome time, got the best deals and the most out of our time in Egypt. His knowledge and experience in the Egyptian tourism industry and its history was mind blowing!

I would also like you to pass on how amazing Aamer was when we were on our Nile cruise – again nothing was to much for him, he made sure we all had a great time and that we were looked after. Aamer was an amazing guide around the temples we visited whilst on the cruise as well.

Everything from being collected inside the airport, the transfers and transportation, the itinerary, the spectacular 5* cruise, the add on’s and spectacular sites visited, places we were taken to eat, the amazing tour guides was outstanding! We all had the best time and couldn't recommend On the Go highly enough.

We will all be doing On the Go tours again in other countries in the future!

Thanks so much for all your help with this as well :)

Nicole, Adrian, Gareth and Rachel • Submitted 15 Jan 2015

Great guide. Mostly great tour. An extra day on the felluca would have been good and i donlt think quite so many early starts were needed.

• Submitted 14 Jan 2015
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Great guide. Mostly great tour. An extra day on the felluca would have been good and i donlt think quite so many early starts were needed.

• Submitted 14 Jan 2015
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When my sister and I decided to embark on the Festive King Ramses trip to Egypt to celebrate her 30th birthday, I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I would have a great experience, considering it was one of the top five places I had always dreamed of traveling to. It was also the first tour group I had been part of and I was excited and anxious to be in a different country over Christmas and the new year.

On the first day, our tour guide, Haytham briefed us on the plan for the next two weeks. He was very thoughtful to give us all Santa hats to wear to help with being away from home for the holidays. He also mentioned On The Go's policy that if there was anything he could do to make our stay more enjoyable, he would do it if it was possible. Throughout the entire trip, he more than lived up to this promise.

Over the next few days, we toured dozens of iconic pyramids and temples. At each site, Haytham did an exceptional job of telling us detailed stories and facts about the history behind everything. He has a true gift in the way he shares information to convey all of the glory and splendor that the pyramids and temples hold. Listening to his explanations, I felt in awe of the accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians and often found myself imagining/wishing I was there when all the structures were being built.

One of the highlights of the trip was sailing down the Nile on a Felucca over Christmas. I really appreciated that Haytham made an extra effort to order a Turkey for a delicious Christmas Eve feast and stay up to wish everyone aboard a Merry Christmas at midnight. Also, supplying wi-fi, arranging transport for extra activities, celebrating birthdays, and being available 24/7 to socialize or answer any questions we had was much appreciated and helped to make the trip special.

Overall, I had a great experience with On The Go Tours and the trip was better than anything I could've ever imagined. Thanks to Haytham and the organization of the tour, I never once felt unsafe or felt like I wanted more out of the trip. Haytham's passion and constant high energy really shined through and contributed to the trip of a lifetime. By the end of the trip, I was sad to go home wishing I could have spent more time in Egypt.

Upon returning home, I have been recommending On The Go Tours and traveling to Egypt to my friends and sharing my positive experience. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to Egypt and to have had such an awesome tour guide! I hope Egypt has a return to higher levels of tourism in the near future so more people can experience all the awe inspiring sites and rich culture that Egypt has to offer. And now if I can just get over this never ending jet-lag...

Rebecca Bryant • Submitted 12 Jan 2015

Dear On the Go,

I on the 17th May 2013 had the great pleasure of taking part in your 14 day King Ramses tour of Egypt with Alam Otg as our tour guide. I personally want to thank Alam and all the other wonderful On The Go tours staff. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Cairo every need and want you could imagine was met, nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile. Alam's passion, enthusiasm and love for his country made in my opinion not just me but our whole tour group fall in love with Egypt. I felt safe and welcomed by everyone we met. Again I would like to thank Alam and On the Go for a magical unforgettable experience. I will highly recommend On the Go to all my friends and family and I look forward to exploring more of what this great planet has to offer with On the Go.

Yours Truly

Leah Mayne

Leah Mayne • Submitted 29 Jul 2013

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that I went on the festive king ramses tour departing on the 23rd dec 2012 and I thought it was amazing! I loved every part of it! I also wanted to give a special mention to our guide Alam - he was very informative and extremely accommodating so if you could let his bosses in Egypt know it would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Lawrow • Submitted 22 Jan 2013
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In Brief

Range
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
16, 21, 23 & 27 Dec 2017
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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Great trip, talented tour guide. Very knowledgeable and professional.

Rebecca Bryant