What an amazing experience Egypt is 💕. An adventurous and diverse group of 18 set off to tackle pyramids, tombs and old stuff. It was all overwhelmingly beautiful and fascinating! Our guide Momo was so knowledgeable and entertaining which made our group bond closely and have the maximum of fun.
From the impressive pyramids in Cairo, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, swimming in the Nile, to sleeping on a felucca it was the whole experience. There were bumps on the way, such as sandstorms which held up our felucca experience but Momo sorted out alternative arrangements quickly and professionally.
I would do it all again in a heartbeat and would recommend On the Go as a superb company to tour with. I felt safe the entire time and can see that tourism is developing in a positive way throughout all of Egypt. If you are lucky enough to have Momo as your guide you will have the best of times.
Also I cannot forget Amir who was the On the Go representative that welcomed us at the hotel armed with information and his beaming smile and got us started with the tour.
Thanks Momo, Amir and On the Go Tours - making forever memories!”
This trip without a doubt well exceeded my already high expectations!
Arriving into Cairo airport as a single traveller I was a little nervous but that disappeared as soon as I was met by the On The Go rep Abdul who took me through customs and immigration and baggage claim. He delivered myself and 2 other travellers to the transfer where we were met by our local Cairo rep Mido who was just lovely. He was a friendly, smiling face who told us what to expect from our arrival and next couple of days until we met our tour guide. He was available in the lobby regularly to answer any questions we had and helped us arrange money exchange and an ATM. The other Cairo rep, Amir, was also super lovely and always willing to help whenever he was around. He saw us to the airport at the end of our stay in Egypt.
The flow of the trip was fabulous. My mind was blown at the fact that I was looking at things that were up to 4,500 years old. It was hard to believe that these sites are still in such good condition. I never felt bored at any of the sites. You would think that at some stage you might feel a bit 'oh great, another bloody temple' but nope. Everything was fabulous and each site had it's own special something that the others didn't. Please don't ask me for a favourite site because I can't choose!
OK you've twisted my arm! Abu Simbel is a MUST DO. Pay the extra money and do it because if you don't you'll just end up paying for it when you get there. It is enormous and something special. Philae temple has a calm magic about it. Valley of the Kings was unreal as you got to see how everything was actually painted. It's amazing that after all of these years you can still see the original paint. Karnak Temple Complex is another site to behold. It is by far the biggest. My last favourite was the Indiana Jones special - the lost city of Petra. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Day 1 at Petra we walked up to the Monastery through the city and that was about 12 - 15kms at least. We all had sore feet and knees at the end but ok by day 2. A few people weren't quite up to the hike to the top of the Treasury on day 2 but if you are mobile, you should absolutely do this. The view is awesome! It is a tricky hike along cliff walls and down rock canyons. A challenge for those who don't do well with heights but doable! You don't have to be a hiking pro. We all did it in a pair of runners. Ooo and floating in the Dead Sea. What a bizarre experience that was! You have to make zero effort to float which was well deserved after all of the hiking and walking we had done! Staying at the Holiday Inn at the Dead Sea and having 2 days to relax at the end was the perfect way to finish the trip. Snorkelling in the Red Sea in Egypt was also a great experience and one that never registered for me when I booked it but I do recommend seeing it because the water is crystal clear and the visibility is far.
I did not feel at all rushed as we had plenty of free time at the sites to explore and take photos. The trip was evenly paced and suitable for all age groups. Our group ranged from 21yo to early 70s. The bus rides were not too long. Maybe 6hrs at most with plenty of toilet stops and snack breaks.
In Egypt we had Momo who is a seasoned professional. His knowledge of Egypt and his love for his country was just inspiring. We all walked away in love with Egypt no doubt due to him. He is a fabulous teacher and by the end he had us picking out the Gods by name on the carvings and hyroglyphs. His catch phrases also made us laugh regularly. Get ready, get excited! We were fortunate to have him.
In Jordan we had Mahmoud or Mido who was very lovely and friendly. He was always smiling and willing to help whenever you needed it especially when we were buying some lovely souvenirs at Petra. He took us on some awesome hikes at Petra which were my favourite.
Loved every minutes of it and I'd recommend it to anyone!”