Traditional felucca boat | Egypt
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Felucca Explorer - 8 Days map

A value-packed adventure through ancient Egypt. Travelling from Cairo, home of the legendary Pyramids of Giza, to Aswan with its colourful souqs and Luxor, famed for its awe-inspiring temples and incredible Valley of the Kings. Combined with two days felucca sailing along the River Nile, this is the best of Egypt in 8 days!

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Giza - Gaze in awe at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and see the iconic Sphinx on the Giza Plateau
Aswan - Take a scenic boat ride out to Agilika Island to explore the beautiful Philae Temple and shop in Aswan's colourful souks
Luxor's West Bank - Discover beautifully preserved pharaohs' tombs in the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Kom Ombo - Discover the unique double Temple of Kom Ombo, on the bank of the River Nile
Cairo - See King Tutankhamun's treasures in the Grand Egyptian Museum
Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the Luxor Temple beautifully illuminated at night
Nile felucca sailing - 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)

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
2 overnight trains from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring - Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Kom Ombo and Luxor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
3 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 2 nights aboard a felucca (open deck).
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-120pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$8 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

You will be met upon arrival at Cairo Airport and transferred to our start hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or those arriving early can opt to join our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am.

If you'd like to extend your stay in Egypt we offer a pre tour (Wednesday) or post tour Sunday Day Trip to Alexandria.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Aswan. Our tour begins with a visit to one of the world's most famous sights this morning - the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx. Built over 4500 years ago, the three great pyramids are sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.

This afternoon we take a guided tour of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which contains an incredible array of relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his spectacular gold funerary mask. Our sightseeing today also includes a visit to a government supervised Papyrus Museum. This evening we board the night train to Aswan.

Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2024, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
Overnight: Sleeper train   |  Breakfast

Day 3

Aswan & the Philae Temple

Our train pulls into Aswan early this morning and we check into our hotel. Then we take a scenic boat ride out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Isis. Travelling back to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Relax by the hotel pool, explore Aswan's colourful souks and watch a beautiful sunset over the Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Optional Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Very early this morning there's an optional excursion by road to the spectacular Temple of Abu Simbel, arguably Egypt's most awe-inspiring temple. This gigantic rock-cut temple was created to revere King Ramses II, with four colossal statues of the pharaoh guarding the entrance. In the afternoon we board a felucca for a relaxing two night journey along the River Nile, stopping at villages and islands along the way.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Felucca sailing & Kom Ombo

Spend the day relaxing onboard a felucca and enjoying the views as we sail down the River Nile. Soak up the sunshine on deck and perhaps go for a swim. In the afternoon we reach Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit this ancient temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek. Then we return to the felucca for our second night sleeping under the stars.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Luxor & Karnak Temple

Kom Ombo - Luxor. Leaving the felucca we drive to the ancient city Luxor this morning, which is often referred to as the world's greatest open-air museum. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Karnak, a magnificent religious complex, dedicated to the Theban gods and built on a gigantic scale. In evening there's an optional tour of the beautiful Temple of Luxor with dinner included (book and pay locally). This remarkable temple and the Avenue of Sphinxes which leads to it, are most spectacular at night when they're illuminated by hundreds of atmospheric lights.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. We travel to Luxor's West Bank this morning for a guided tour of the legendary Valley of the Kings, which is home to an array of beautifully decorated pharaohs' tombs, three of which you can enter. Arriving at the West Bank we will be greeted by the towering 18m-high Colossi of Memnon and after the Valley of the Kings we enjoy a tour of the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Returning to the hotel the afternoon is free to relax by the pool. This evening we board the overnight train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cairo

Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
11 May - 18 May 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
25 May - 01 Jun 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
08 Jun - 15 Jun 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
22 Jun - 29 Jun 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
06 Jul - 13 Jul 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
20 Jul - 27 Jul 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
03 Aug - 10 Aug 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
17 Aug - 24 Aug 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
31 Aug - 07 Sep 25% off
€955
€716
€1,255
€941
14 Sep - 21 Sep 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
28 Sep - 05 Oct 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
05 Oct - 12 Oct 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
12 Oct - 19 Oct 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
19 Oct - 26 Oct 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
26 Oct - 02 Nov 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
02 Nov - 09 Nov 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
16 Nov - 23 Nov 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
30 Nov - 07 Dec 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
14 Dec - 21 Dec 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
21 Dec - 28 Dec 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
28 Dec - 04 Jan 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
04 Jan - 11 Jan 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
18 Jan - 25 Jan 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
01 Feb - 08 Feb 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
15 Feb - 22 Feb 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
01 Mar - 08 Mar 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
15 Mar - 22 Mar 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
29 Mar - 05 Apr 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
05 Apr - 12 Apr 25% off
€975
€731
€1,285
€964
12 Apr - 19 Apr 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
19 Apr - 26 Apr 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
26 Apr - 03 May 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
03 May - 10 May 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
17 May - 24 May 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
31 May - 07 Jun 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
14 Jun - 21 Jun 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
28 Jun - 05 Jul 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
12 Jul - 19 Jul 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
26 Jul - 02 Aug 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
09 Aug - 16 Aug 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
23 Aug - 30 Aug 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
06 Sep - 13 Sep 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
20 Sep - 27 Sep 25% off
€1,135
€851
€1,545
€1,159
27 Sep - 04 Oct 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
04 Oct - 11 Oct 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
11 Oct - 18 Oct 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
18 Oct - 25 Oct 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
25 Oct - 01 Nov 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
01 Nov - 08 Nov 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
08 Nov - 15 Nov 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
15 Nov - 22 Nov 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
22 Nov - 29 Nov 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
29 Nov - 06 Dec 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249
13 Dec - 20 Dec 25% off
€1,205
€904
€1,665
€1,249

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
€135
€255
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
€135
€255
Abu Simbel by Road (Adult)
€175
N/A
Alexandria Day Trip (Adult)
€145
N/A
Backstreets of Cairo
€115
N/A

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.

Pyramids Resort by Jaz, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Pyramids Resort (formerly 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.

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 very basic breakfast is provided.

Citymax Hotel Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located right on the banks of the river Nile, the Citymax Aswan offers an outdoor pool with fantastic views across the water. Connected to a nearby shopping centre, you're also just a short walk from the beautiful Feryal Gardens. All rooms are spacious with private bathrooms and modern amenities including a television and air conditioning. Free WiFi is available in the public areas and a restaurant serves meals throughout the day.

Felucca Sailing, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: N/A

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas come in varying sizes and can sleep 20 persons 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. Our felucca is equipped with a flush toilet and basin for hand washing. 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 included meals which are served onboard.

Aracan Eatabe Luxor Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the resort style pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 40
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
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

Visiting Egypt was an amazing experience. The entire trip went seamless without us ever having to worry about anything. The transport and accommodation were always clean and comfortable, the food options were ok and we felt safe at all times.

The itinerary included most of the main ancient sites to visit in Egypt. I also appreciated going to selected artisan shops to learn and buy natural/traditional products manufactured in Egypt.

Many thanks to our guide Amir Essam for his positive energy and bringing our group together! I was very pleased with the service with the On The Go team in Egypt.

Genalda Silva
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