The River Nile | Egypt
FROM: AUD $2,495

Discover Egypt's ancient wonders and witness the phenomenal Sun Festival at Abu Simbel on this 13 day tour. Gaze in wonder at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and explore Valley of the Kings, go felucca sailing on the Nile and relax by the Red Sea in Hurghada.

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Trip Highlights

Hurghada - enjoy R&R at the Red Sea, swim and opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters
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 take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
Nile felucca cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars (or upgrade to a 5 star Nile Cruise)
Abu Simbel Sun Festival - at sunrise, witness the grand accomplishment and feat of precision mastered by King Rames II at the Abu Simbel Sun Festival
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 - 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, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
1 overnight train: Cairo - Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Luxor and Hurghada
Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
8 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 7 nights 4 - 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
1/2 night 4-5 star Aswan hotel prior to overnight bus journey (3.5hrs) to Abu Simbel
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
3 days Hurghada, Red Sea stay - swim, sun and sand
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

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 and crew is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Choose to travel by felucca or Nile river cruiser
On this tour you have the option of a 2 night stay onboard a traditional felucca sail boat or 3 nights onboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser. The details of both are noted in our itinerary. If choosing to travel by 5 star Nile Cruiser, please select the 'Cruise Upgrade Prices & Dates' for costs.

Day 1

Cairo

Tuesday 18 February 2020. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to pre book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today.

For those who wish to extend their stay, we also offer a pre or post tour Alexandria Day Trip.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Visit to the famous pyramids and monolithic 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!
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Egyptian Museum

Cairo – Aswan. The morning is at leisure so why not go out and visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar - This is a great place to pick up a few bargains or just sip some tea and people watch! Following hotel check out, this afternoon we embark on a guided tour of the enlightening Egyptian Museum, where you can opt to see the famed solid gold death mask of King Tutankhamun, or the Royal Mummy room.

There is time for dinner before our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Philae Temple & Abu Simbel

Aswan - Abu Simbel. Arrive Aswan, today we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Upon returning to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium. The use of essential and perfumed oils in Egypt dates back to 2700BC. There is then time to rest before departing in the early hours of the morning on our coach journey toward the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel. In readiness we await for the first rays of golden sunlight to touch the temple gate signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II.
Overnight: Overnight – hotel/ coach journey to Abu Simbel   |  Breakfast

Day 5

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL

22 February. Abu Simbel – Aswan - Nile Felucca Cruise. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut façade, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) shewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself, which sit majestically staring out across the desert. 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 only a small part of the rest of the colossal temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon Abu Simbel and starting excavating, that the full glory of the temple of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world.

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on his date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds pack in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the king) and through to the Sanctuary. As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute 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 the event, there will also be plenty of time to explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II and also the Temple of Hathor and take plenty of pictures.

After watching the incredible event unfold, we return to Aswan, to board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile.

If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise, please see the tab above for prices. For more information about Nile Cruising please click here. Our Nile cruise upgrade is offered from day 5 (prior to travelling to Abu Simbel) and ends on day 8.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. In the afternoon we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek, before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Luxor

Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we disembark and drive to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional excursion to visit the Temple of Luxor - wonderfully illuminated at night is available for those interested.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Valley of the Kings

Luxor. This morning we cross to the west side of the Nile and commencing our tour of the Valley of the Kings. One of the first sights you’ll see is the Colossi of Memnon, this huge pair of enthroned statues is all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Explore the highly decorated tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After a little R&R, we visit Karnak Temple, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Hurghada by the Red Sea

Luxor - Hurghada. Mid morning we depart Luxor heading east to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 3 days on the beach. The reminder of today, day 10 and day 11 can be spent exploring Hurghada or simply relaxing. There is the option to go snorkelling on day 10 but the rest of the time it's up to you!

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 a healthy after dark scene. For retail therapy, the town has plenty of shops selling knock-off bags and tees, snorkeling gear and suchlike. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga – a famously windy place and King Kong of windsurfer paradises.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 12

Return to Cairo, free time

Hurghada - Cairo. Morning at leisure before hotel check out and then our transfer back to Cairo departing approx 12 noon. Upon arrival and after check in, this evening remains yours to further explore this amazing city, perhaps head to Khan el-Khalili bazaar and pick up a few souvenirs.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Farewell...

Sunday 01 March 2020. Hotel check out and included transfer to airport.
Breakfast

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Ramses Sunrise
This 10 day Sun Festival tour offers accommodation in some of Egypt's smartest hotels and cruising aboard a luxury 5 star Nile cruiser, you'll see the best of legendary Egypt and witness the grand Sun Festival of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel!

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.

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18 Feb - 01 Mar On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at FULL PRICE. Single rooms are not offered complimentary with any tour discount or 2-4-1 offer.
On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost, when purchasing the tour at FULL PRICE. Single rooms are not offered complimentary with any tour discount or 2-4-1 offer.
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AUD $2,495
AUD $960

Extra Prices

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $110
AUD $60
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $120
AUD $60

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.

Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Nile and offering distant views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, this Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for your stay in Cairo. Each guestroom features a balcony and is well-equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi. Evenings can be spent enjoying international or Egyptian cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s bars. Thanks to the friendly hotel staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop lounge and pool, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.

Sleeper Train, Cairo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a simple breakfast is provided.

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.

Felucca Sailboat, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: N/A

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 10 - 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. The support boat is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet (or hire for a nominal cost) 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.

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.

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 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

I'm happy to say, I've finally been able to cross this one off my bucket list! I've been wanting so long to see Egypt but never felt it was safe. I decided to try it with 3 other friends and I am so glad I did. I never felt unsafe and the sites we visited were incredible. Alam made the trip delightful and he was so knowledgeable, it was amazing and we didn't want it to end. We were in a group of 21 and Alam looked out for all of us. We weren't quite sure what to expect on the Felucca but it was probably one of the highlights, this part of the trip we all bonded on. We could not have asked for a better guide, thanks ALAM, 5+

• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
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We had a great great time in Egypt on the Sunchaser tour with our Egyptologist and guide, Alam Mido.

This was a long-time dream for me to see Egypt with its Pyramids; Sphinx and to experience their Egyptian history, culture and customs.

Alam and the rest of the group (who became very good friends) made it come true for me! with Alam's extensive knowledge of Egypt's history and his passion for his country. His history lessons never bored me, but the time just passed to quickly and with sadness the tour had to come to an end.

Friends & family were worried when I told them I was going to Egypt but I felt totally safe throughout the entire tour. The expected hassling from the hawkers in the tourist areas did not even let me feel one bit unsafe as they just want to sell their merchandise to you. Walking in the various cities at night to experience their Nubian and Egyptian food, shopping or nightlife to drinking local drinks, such as Hibiscus tea or a hot mango juice at local restaurants or cafes did not pose any problems for us. We normally went out in a group and guided by Alam. If you are hesitating to pick Egypt as your next holiday destination, don't hesitate to book your tour. I felt perfectly safe and will recommend this to anyone.

One of the highlights were Abu Simbel despite the crowds. Not to mention the pyramids, Sphinx, valley of the kings with their impressive burial chambers. Luxor temple by night was the most spectacular sight.

On the Go you can be proud to have such amazing employees who represents your company in a very professional way.

• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
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Had a great great time in Egypt with our guide, Alam! This was long-time dream for me and Alam (and the rest of the group) made it come true for me! Friends & family were worried when I told them I was going to Egypt but I felt safe throughout the tour, except for the expected hassling from the hawkers. My favourite highlights were Abu Simbel (despite the crowds), sailing on the Nile in a felluca (ahh the peace and quiet) and Alexandria - it wasn't part of the tour but our guide allowed us time to go into the new Library and do a bit of reading which was soo awesome!

If you are hesitating to pick Egypt as your next holiday destination, don't - it's perfectly safe and it's a dream come true to hear the stories of pyramids and pharaohs come to life!

Thank you, On The Go!

• Submitted 07 Mar 2017
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Brilliant tour, very well organized.

Hannah Dover • Submitted 19 Feb 2013

Prices & Dates

This tour is available with a 5 star Nile Cruise Upgrade. The departure dates and prices below relate to the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour. For details of the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates.

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AUD $3,395
AUD $1,540

Extra Prices

Price /
Person
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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $110
AUD $60
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $120
AUD $60

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
18 February 2020
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Click to play videoA felucca sailboat gliding across the water
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
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Feluccas have plied the Nile since ancient times
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30th October 2019

I'm happy to say, I've finally been able to cross this one off my bucket list! I've been wanting so long to see Egypt but never felt it was safe. I decided to try it with 3 other friends and I am so glad I did. I never felt unsafe and the sites we visited were incredible. Alam made the trip delightful and he was so knowledgeable, it was amazing and we didn't want it to end. We were in a group of 21 and Alam looked out for all of us. We weren't quite sure what to expect on the Felucca but it was probably one of the highlights, this part of the trip we all bonded on. We could not have asked for a better guide, thanks ALAM, 5+

Karen Mapplebeck
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