FROM: AUD $3,495

Staying in deluxe hotels and cruising aboard a premium 5 star Nile cruiser, see the best of ancient Egypt and get the rare opportunity to witness the grand Sun Festival of King Ramses II at legendary Abu Simbel on this first-class holiday.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Abu Simbel - visit this awe-inspiring temple at sunrise to witness the incredible phenomenon of the Abu Simbel Sun Festival
Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and see the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
Elephantine Island and Kitchener island - visit the islands on a felucca sailing trip
5 star Nile River Cruise - spend four nights onboard a luxury cruise boat
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - visit the High Dam, take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners - (1 aboard sleeper train)
4 nights 5 star hotels - Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
Felucca sailing afternoon, boat journey to Philae Temple
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo and Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Return bus trip (3.5hrs) to Abu Simbel
1 overnight train: Cairo - Luxor (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin) and 1 economy class flight Aswan - Cairo
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 10
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
Group tip kitty included (excl. gratuities for your tour guide and Nile Cruise staff)

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Thursday 15th October 2020. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, located by the Great Pyramids of Giza. Tonight, your Welcome Meeting will be held at 7pm.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

The Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Luxor. We start the day with a visit to the legendary pyramids and iconic Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Leaving the pyramids behind, we visit a papyrus emporium where you can buy genuine papyrus at quite reasonable prices. Continuing to the necropolis of 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.

This evening we board an overnight sleeper train south to Luxor, with a light dinner served onboard.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Luxor & Valley of the Kings

Early this morning we arrive into Luxor. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our morning visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Return to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser. Lunch at leisure and time to relax until our early evening visit to the Temple of Luxor. Luxor Temple looks stunning at dusk and is beautifully illuminated at night.

Note: Dependent upon Nile Cruiser scheduling it maybe required that we also undertake our excursion to Karnak Temple this afternoon. Should this occur, day 4 will be spent at leisure.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Luxor & Nile Cruising

Luxor - Nile cruising. Today we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, Karnak is a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. Anchors away this afternoon as we set sail downstream to Esna.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Cruising & Kom Ombo

Nile cruising. Relax as we sail the Nile. Today we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. A unique riverside temple, it is unusual in that everything architecturally is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. In the evening we arrive into Aswan, a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes late evening.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Elephantine & Kitchener Island

After a leisurely morning we take a felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island. Feluccas are simple sailboats based on a unique design and have plied the mighty Nile since ancient times. Later we visit Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. We then visit Aswan High Dam and upon returning to Aswan we stop at a perfume oil emporium.

This evening watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile and enjoy your last night on board the cruise ship.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Aswan

Today offers free time in Aswan to independently explore. You might wish to visit the incredible Nubian museum, dedicated to the Nubian culture it also holds thousands of Egyptian antiquities. We have an early start tomorrow, where we'll travel by road to the Abu Simbel Sun Festival.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 8

KING RAMSES II SUN FESTIVAL – ABU SIMBEL

22 October. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple in all ancient Egypt, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was constructed between 1290 and 1224 BC to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler himself. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers.

Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an incredible self-tribute. Guarding the entrance to the temple, hewn into the side of a mountain, are four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and a small part of the rest of the temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon the temple and started excavating that the full glory of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, whilst the other two are of his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the Great Temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds assemble in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creep through the inner Hypostyle Hall and through to the Sanctuary. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness, remains in the shadows.

Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning.

After watching this incredible event unfold we return to Aswan where we will possibly have a little time on our hands as we await the earliest flight to Cairo. Arriving to our hotel in Cairo we enjoy a well earned rest.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Egyptian Museum

Enjoy a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum today. A mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed in the museum, making it one of the foremost in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the solid gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. Made of solid gold and weighing 11kg, the mask was found covering the head of the mummy, where it lay inside a series of 3 sarcophagi. You can also opt to see also the Royal Mummies, if you wish.

This afternoon offers free time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel.

Day 9 is free for you to explore Cairo on your own or alternatively take an optional day trip to Alexandria or El Alamein.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 10

Saturday 24th October 2020. Our tour concludes after breakfast and included onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Cruise schedules & hotels

Cairo Accommodation: Your tour includes a first and second stay within greater Cairo. One stay (either first or second) will commence at a hotel located in the Pyramids area and the other will be undertaken in a downtown area. The choice as to which location will be used first and second will be notated upon your tour voucher.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

Read More
Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
AUD $3,495
AUD $1,860

Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation
AUD $230
AUD $70
Post Tour Accommodation
AUD $230
AUD $70

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.

Le Meridien Pyramids, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set within beautifully manicured gardens, Le Meridien Pyramids is a stunning modern hotel affording amazing views of the Pyramids. The guest rooms have been designed with optimum taste and comfort in mind and include state of the art facilities. The outdoor swimming pool includes waterfalls and hydro jets. head to the Citrus Pool Bar in the afternoon for a refreshing beverage under the gaze of the pyramids!

InterContinental Semiramis, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Situated on the banks of the River Nile in the heart of the capital, the luxury InterContinental Semiramis is conveniently located next to the Egyptian Museum and the bustling bazaars of Old Cairo. The tastefully appointed guest rooms have been designed with comfort in mind, with all modern amenities and balconies offering Nile or city views. The hotel's large rooftop pool is perfect for a refreshing dip and with 12 restaurants offering cuisine from across the world there's certainly no shortage of dining options. At the end of the day, head to the Nile Terrace to watch a spectacular sunset over the Nile, with a cool drink in hand.

Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Cairo

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

The recently renovated Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino is a stylish, contemporary hotel with fantastic views over the Nile. The rooms are particularly spacious with large bright windows, complimentary WiFi and all of the modern amenities required to ensure a comfortable stay. If you're feeling lucky head to the casino, or relax in the spa tub and soak up the sun by the large outdoor pool. The hotel has a choice of three restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy a tasty meal and refreshing drinks after taking in the ancient wonders of Egypt's capital city.

Deluxe Cruise, Nile Cruising

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 star cruise boat

The deluxe cruise boats are elegant, luxurious boats with spacious cabins and an excellent range of facilities.

Movenpick Hotel, Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Situated on Elephantine Island, the Movenpick is a luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Nile River. There is a range of spacious and luxurious rooms with stylish furnishings, private balconies or terraces and a great selection of amenities including WiFi, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The Movenpick offers three restaurants as well as the Lounge Bar and Panorama Bar. Guests can also make use of the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.71 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews

We had a very good time and our tour guide Sal was very informative on the history of Egypt. Our highlights where Pyramids of Giza and Valley of kings. The cruise along Nile was pleasant.

• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
Tour
Guide
Country

I really enjoyed the Sun Festival tour. I have never travelled with a tour before and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like being on a tour, but I had a great time. And it was nice to have someone else do all the planning. The itinerary was excellent, we hit a lot of the high points but also some of the lesser known gems and a nice mix of various activities.

Our tour guide (Alam Mido) did a superb job of organizing the tour. Everything ran like clockwork. He clearly worked very hard to make everything run so smoothly. I also really enjoyed the side trips Alam organized. They were all interesting and fun and Alam had clearly put a lot of thought into them. Additionally, Alam was very nice, interesting and funny and amazingly gracious and helpful, frequently going well out of his way to help anyone on the tour. It was a pleasure to travel around with him for 10 days

• Submitted 02 Mar 2018
Tour
Guide
Country

The guide was excellent and attentive. I got sick and he was very helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour, would have liked more time to see Cairo. Sal was informative, both historically and concerning our questions on contemporary Egypt. There were some timing issues that sadly, were beyond his control.

• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
Tour
Guide
Country

The guide was fantastic and had a wealth of knowledge. He was incredibly helpful and very understanding. Could not recommend him enough!

• Submitted 10 Feb 2017
Tour
Guide
Country

We had an excellent time and had a great tour guide with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Couldn't fault anything, would recommend it to anyone and hope to do it again.

Having saleeb as our tour guide made the trip as he gave information about the sites we wouldn't get from others and he picked the best times to see the sites before the crowds got there. Very impressed with your company thank you.

• Submitted 03 Nov 2016
Tour
Guide
Country

I had a wonderful experience with OTG. I have already recommended to friends and family as value for money. A wonderful tour group. My guide had excellent knowledge in terms of history and was very accommodating to everyone's needs in the group.

The tour exceeded my expectations. I will definitely use OTG again.

• Submitted 03 Nov 2016
Tour
Guide
Country

Sal was the best guide you ever imagine having.

I had a wonderful time and will highly recommended it.

• Submitted 28 Oct 2014
Tour
Guide
Country

Jane,

Thank you for booking us a remarkable trip. My mom and I have never been on a better vacation. The accomodations were fantastic and our tour guide Hani was the best ever. He went above and beyond for us even arranging a dinner in the Nubia village for us. I couldn't even tell you the highlight of our trip because all the sights were phenomonal. I would definitely choose on the go again. It was so easy with all of our entrance fees included and there was no hassle what so ever. I can't wait to head back to Egypt as soon as possible. Thank you for all your help with my questions. I will never forget this trip.

Gina Isabelli • Submitted 16 Oct 2008

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Thurs 15 Oct 2020
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5
Visiting
Countries

Tour Add-ons

Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and add-ons

Extra Tour Info

Abu Simbel Sun Festival FAQ
All you need to know about the bi-annual event
Updated
27th February 2018

We had a very good time and our tour guide Sal was very informative on the history of Egypt. Our highlights where Pyramids of Giza and Valley of kings. The cruise along Nile was pleasant.

Elaine Finn
OTG000468Jewel of the Nile Sun Festival - 10 daysMiddle East & North AfricaSignature3495 AUDfalse0Egypthttps://www.onthegotours.com/au/Egypt/Jewel-of-the-Nile-Sun-Festival-10-dayshttps://drwyjmricaxm7.cloudfront.net/repository/JeweloftheNileSunFestivalItineraryMainExclusiveAdventuresEgypt-62311247036223_crop_flip_300_300_f2f2f2_center-center.jpgFestival_Tours3495AUD