Cruising the Nile - Egypt Tours - On The Go Tours
FROM: AUD $3,245 pp

Discover the very best of ancient Egypt, from the Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings on this 10 day premium tour. Enjoying the comfort of five star hotels, domestic flights and cruising the Nile in style, aboard a luxury cruise boat.

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Trip Highlights

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
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

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 economy class flights - Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
Touring and sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor and Aswan
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology (for groups of 4 or more). Note you guide will not accompany you aboard internal flights.
5 nights 5 star hotels, 4 nights aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
Felucca Sailing around the islands of Aswan
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 is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Jewel of the Nile....
If considering this holiday and you'd prefer the experience of travelling by overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo in lieu of flying, you may wish to consider our Jewel of the Nile holiday.

Day 1

Cairo

Friday. Upon arrival into Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your 5 star hotel located in downtown Cairo. 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. This evening a Welcome Meeting will be held at around 7pm.

If you would like to extend your stay and see more of Egypt, we also offer a pre or post tour Alexandria Day Trip.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Egyptian Museum

We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Note: The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2020. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum this morning.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Luxor. Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive Sphinx. We continue on to explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Later we transfer to the airport for our flight to Luxor. Please note: your tour guide will not accompany you onboard your flight.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

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 5 will be spent at leisure.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Luxor & Nile Cruising

Luxor - Nile Cruising. This morning 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.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Cruising & Kom Ombo

Nile Cruising. Relax as we sail the Nile. Later 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. Arrive Aswan, a prosperous town at the crossroads of the ancient caravan routes late evening.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

The Philae Temple

Nile cruiser - Aswan. Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island.

After lunch, we visit the High Dam and take a felucca sailing trip to Elephantine and Kitchener Island followed by a visit to a perfume oil emporium. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Nile Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Consider our optional early morning excursion to see the magnificent Temples of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel. In a multimillion dollar operation lead by UNESCO in 1972, the famous temples were re-located to a higher position on the shoreline of Lake Nasser which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road Add-on for more info. Alternatively you can spend the morning at leisure.

This afternoon offers free time. Consider a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote the novel Death on the Nile. High Tea is also offered on the terrace which affords panoramic views of the Nile set to a backdrop of rolling sand dunes.Or opt for a visit to the well-curated Nubian Museum.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cairo

Aswan - Cairo. Today we fly back to Cairo. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel, check in and rendezvous with your guide. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or or you can join our optional excursion visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book locally).
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Cairo

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

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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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.

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Well located for sightseeing and shopping, the 5 star Hilton Pyramids Golf is in cosmopolitan 6th of October City, 25 minutes from the legendary Pyramids of Giza. The bright and spacious guest rooms offer all the modern amenities required for a comfortable stay in Egypt's capital, with floor to ceiling windows, balconies and free WiFi. Rejuvenate in the on-site spa, swim in the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy cocktails at the swim-up bar. With a choice of 7 elegant bars and restaurants there's no shortage of dining options where you can sample local delicacies and international cuisine.

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.

M/S Royal Lotus, Nile Cruising

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

The luxurious Movenpick M/S Royal Lotus offers extremely spacious cabins and a good range of public areas.

M/S Premium, Nile Cruising

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

The modern and luxurious M/S Premium cruise boat boasts stylish cabins equipped with all modern amenities and large panoramic windows. Facilities on board include a fitness centre, spacious deck with swimming pool, large restaurant and cocktail bar. Grab a good book and a refreshing beverage and relax on the Sund Deck - the perfect way to spend the day. The M/S Premium sets sail on Mondays on a 4 and 7 night cruise from Luxor and on Fridays on a 3 and 7 night cruise from Aswan.

M/S Farah, Nile Cruising

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

The M/S Farah is a stylish and modern cruise boat, with large cabins that face out over the Nile. Contemporary in decor, the Farah has a large sun deck and swimming pool.

Moon Dance, Nile Cruising

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

Moondance is a five star deluxe ship designed for luxury cruising on the Nile, accommodating up to 145 passengers.The vessel has 60 cabins and 8 suites offering exquisite comfort amidst an elegant yet intimate décor.

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 4.9 out of 5 based on 10 recent reviews

Everything was amazing! I could not highly recommend On the Go Tours enough. What a superb, tour. Everything was just so well organised. We were treated to 5-star accommodation and the internal flights were excellent. We had a small group of 8 in all plus our archeologist! We all just got along so so well which made the trip even more memorable. The knowledge from our tour guide Yasser was brilliant and he looked after us so well. There was absolutely nothing that I could honestly say was negative. We were treated so respectfully and at every stage of the trip, someone was there to either walk us through security at the airport, sort our visas, organise our transport to hotels and to various sites we visited. It really was a dream come true to visit Egypt and On the Go Tours made the experience seamless. I never thought I was a tour person, however, after this experience, I would definitely use them again for those countries that can be tricky to do on your own. I also thought it was great value for money. The Nile River cruise was excellent. The food was brilliant and varied every night. One thing I would say was I am so thrilled we requested to fly to Luxor and fly from Aswan to Cairo. The others did the sleeper train and I believe it was not a great experience. Luckily we made that request! I hope this feedback is helpful.

• Submitted 25 Feb 2020
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The tour was great had a wonderful time in Egypt many thanks to Medo his knowledge and love for Egypt was excellent throughout the tour.On The Go Tours should be thankful to have such a person as a tour guide. Iwould not hesitate in returning to Egypt knowing if Medo was the leader to explore more historic sites of Egypt.

• Submitted 25 Aug 2019
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Loved this tour, very professionally run and everything went according to plan.

I will definitely book with On the Go Tours again.

Our tour guide Saleeb Mikaeel and he was awesome and made everything so interesting and fascinating, I couldn't imagine doing this tour without his wonderful storytelling and incredible knowledge on every level.

We had a great group not too big and we all got on really well and had a fantastic time, one of the best holidays I've had!

Thank you very much OTG tours.

• Submitted 18 May 2019
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The tour was well organized and well facilitated by the tour guide and all of the On The Go representatives. There were some issues with some of the hotel room's facilities (bathroom, etc) throughout the tour but the hotel staff were helpful and accommodating.

I recommend having the hourly itinerary available prior to the trip so that it can be reviewed and exact activities anticipated. I understand that changes may occur, but it would be good to have the hourly breakout available prior to arriving in country.

• Submitted 15 May 2019
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Our tour was FANTASTIC, the guide Yasser was even better. His knowledge was astounding, his English was first rate and his patience with all of us was really appreciated. This was a trip of a lifetime for me and all his efforts made this a dream come true. He was relaxed and made us feel comfortable right from the start. He gave us useful and necessary information not only on our trips, but at any time we wanted to go exploring on our own.

I personally appreciated the one on one time he willingly gave me to answer any and all of my many questions. Since our return, we have bragged to all our friends and family about On The Go Tours. We would not hesitate to use your services again on any future trips.

Thank you, Mike and Cheryl Sweet.

• Submitted 07 Mar 2019
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Thank you On The Go tours, our holiday was an incredible experience. My Son and I enjoyed every minute except the overnight train journey from Cairo to Luxor, which we were told would be changing to a flight. Our guide Yasser has exceptional knowledge in Egyptology. He went above and beyond his duties to make our tour a memorable adventure. Our friendly group all agreed that we were so lucky to get the best guide ever. Thank you to the staff on the Nile cruiser that have such an artistic flare and turned our bath towels into such lovely animals. The Hotels, food, coaches, in fact everything was amazing and we shall definitely be back. On our last day we visited the souk's and at no time did we feel unsafe. Thank you Egypt your people are wonderful. Norma

• Submitted 05 Mar 2019
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Hi Georgie

Just to say that we had a fabulous holiday and really enjoyed every bit of it.

We'd certainly consider using "On the Go Tours" again. We had upgraded rooms and on the boat we had a suite and not a cabin. If it was an upgraded package then it was well worth it and if it was you pulling strings then we're really grateful.

Best wishes

• Submitted 28 Feb 2019
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Our tour guide was outstanding: knowledgeable, interesting, fun, and great English language capacity so easy to understand and effective. He really developed our understanding of Egyptian history as we started with the pyramids (oldest) to Aswan Dam (newest). He revealed information always at the right time and place, so you had the sense you were in an unfolding time period and historical development, rather than just facts. We were so amazed at what we learned, and had so much fun doing it.

• Submitted 25 Feb 2019
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My husband and I went on the Treasures of the Nile tour in Egypt. It was so amazing. We're not tour people and generally like to travel independently, but On the Go blew me away. Every single person who works for or with them was so professional and friendly and helpful in every way possible. All the accommodations (hotels, boats, transportation) were also fantastic. Medo (Ahmed Esmat) was the most perfect tour guide/Egyptologist we could have. He's so passionate and excited about ancient and current Egypt, which made learning/being with him even more fun. He taught us so much about everything Egypt and graciously answered my millions of questions about history, culture, and more. I recommend this tour (and Medo!) to anyone who wants to go to Egypt (I seriously don't think we could have done the trip in any other way), and we'll definitely use On the Go for future trips.

• Submitted 16 Feb 2019
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We had a wonderful trip in Egypt with Yasser El Sayed who was a fantastic tour guide. We saw so many historical sites in Cairo (Giza), Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. Yasser explained everything so well and nothing was too much trouble. He was extremely knowledgeable and competent and a lot of fun. Also our Operations Manager, Ahmed S AboulAzm was awesome, super friendly and lovely ...always contactable and made sure our trip ran smoothly, which is no small feat in Egypt! We will miss Youssef and Ahmed so much, they are like family to us now! Also a big thank you to Abdul Salem our tour guide for our day tour to Alexandria who explained everything so well and ensured we had a great time, and our fantastic driver Khalid who safely drove us through the crazy streets of Cairo and Alexandria and is a super nice guy. We had a superb holiday all thanks to the perfect On The Go team in Egypt.

• Submitted 01 Jan 2019
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
5 Star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4
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Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Cruise ship on the River Nile
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan

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The tour was great had a wonderful time in Egypt many thanks to Medo his knowledge and love for Egypt was excellent throughout the tour.On The Go Tours should be thankful to have such a person as a tour guide. Iwould not hesitate in returning to Egypt knowing if Medo was the leader to explore more historic sites of Egypt.

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