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A compact breakaway that showcases the very best of ancient Egypt. Taking in the major highlights of Cairo and Luxor. From the legendary Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Museum, to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

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Trip Highlights

Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza and explore the Necropolis of Saqqara
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
The Egyptian Museum - discover the treasures of King Tutankhamun
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

Breakfast daily
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 6
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
3 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara and Luxor
Services of an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$60-80pp, 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$40-50pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Travelling in 2020? If you like this tour and will be travelling in 2020, please head over to our Cairo to Luxor Explorer - 6 day tour with similar arrangements to this holiday.

Day 1

Cairo

Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included airport arrival 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.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara

Cairo - Luxor. Today a visit to the incredible pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. It’s estimated the largest - Khufu (Cheops) was constructed from no less than 2.5 million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. No mean feat, when you consider the pyramids were built without the use of modern equipment! Maybe opt for a camel ride. Travelling on to the necropolis of Saqqara, innumerable sand strewn temples and tombs await discovery. It’s at Saqqara where you’ll see Zhoser’s step pyramid. Rising 6 steps, it served as the prototype for ancient Egypt’s most enduring architectural legacy. This evening we travel by overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Luxor

This morning we arrive into Luxor and check into our hotel. One of the world’s greatest open-air museums, the 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes - known today as Luxor is our base for two exciting days of exploration. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, there is an optional visit to Temple of Luxor. The temple is magically illuminated by a thousand coloured lights at night fall, book and pay locally. Remainder of the evening at leisure with a chance to enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. Today we cross to the West Bank of the Nile. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we’ll see as we start our day's sightseeing. They are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Today, we visit the Valleys of the Kings and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Returning to our hotel, we enjoy free time before visiting Karnak. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks - built on a grand scale. During the height of Theban power, Karnak was the most important place of worship. Tonight, we return to Cairo by overnight sleeper train.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Egyptian Museum

Arrive to Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. See the famous King Tutankhamun solid gold death mask or opt to see the Royal Mummy room. Remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to do your own thing.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cairo

Sunday. Our tour ends after breakfast and included onward departure transfer to the 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.

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
£55
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Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
£60
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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 when necessary.

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.

Steigenberger Hotel el Tahrir, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Cairo, the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir is right by the lively Tahrir Square. Guestrooms offer peace and quiet away from the high-energy of the city, with contemporary decor and sound-proofed windows overlooking views of Cairo. The wellness facilities are state-of-the-art, including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and sauna and massage rooms. Be sure to take advantage of the poolside bar and delicious hotel restaurant, or enjoy the option of 24-hour in-room dining.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool, which is perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids.

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.81 out of 5 based on 21 recent reviews

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This trip was a childhood dream come true. My guide Ahmed Halel was amazing he was very patient with our group, exceedingly knowledgeable, eager teacher, extremely professional and overall an incredible human being. The experience could only be described as once-in-a-lifetime. I will definitely be returning to Egypt again.

• Submitted 27 May 2019
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I wanted to thank On the Go Tours for providing me the best of services I could have ever expected for my money. I had an amazing trip to Egypt and thanks to On the Go Tours for arranging and taking special care of every little detail of my trip. To begin with, there was not a time in the trip where I felt unsafe, there was always someone from On the Go Tours with me and my sister who had accompanied me on this trip.

Ahmed was our tour guide, we were honoured to have him with us, he had exceptional knowledge about Egypt culture and its rich history. Taking care of every little detail and making sure we were comfortable. He always took his time to explain us every little detail and history behind the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor temple and each site visited. He took us to the best Egyptian places to eat, our whole group including my sister, could not thank Ahmed enough for giving us the most memorable trip. Going forward I always plan to travel with On the Go Tours, and want to thank Ahmed again for this memorable trip. Please keep up the great work On the Go Tours,

• Submitted 04 Apr 2019
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This was the first time that I had taken a tour. I was hesitant in the past. But I am sure glad I did! What a wonderful experience! Not only was Egypt beyond my expectations but the group leader was so well educated and very informative. I learned so much from him.

• Submitted 05 Mar 2019
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Our guide, Waleed, was the best! He guided us every step of the way and even took extra steps to make sure we had a great experience. He was also more like a friend than someone just doing a job. I definitely got to experience the highlights of Cairo and Luxor and got up close to the history that I’ve read about!

We were also lucky enough to have great people in our tour group from all over the world. They added to the experience.

The only downside was the constant hassling from people to buy things. As a tourist, I definitely plan to do some shopping, but I actually bought less because of the hassling. But, I appreciate On The Go for a memorable vacation.

• Submitted 13 Nov 2018
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Airport arrival meeting very smooth. Also checking in at all the hotels was easy.

Introduction meeting with Yasser, our guide was informative. The tour to all the different sites was very interesting and overall the pace was about right although we felt there could have been more free time allowed to take photos and explore (Karnak temple and the Egyptian Museum in particular).

After travelling through the night on the sleeper train I think most of our group would have appreciated the opportunity to freshen up at our hotels but we do realise the logistics of doing this would probably be problematic, due to daytime temperatures etc. Overall we really enjoyed our first experience in Egypt.

• Submitted 07 Oct 2018
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This was absolutely an incredible trip. Everything was very well organized right from the beginning. All of the information that was given up front before in the planning stages, as well as booking went off without a hitch. My guide Waleed went above and beyond in everything that he did. He did an amazing job at keeping us organized, informed and safe while giving us a look into the amazing history of Egypt. I have travelled to over 50 countries and done many organized group tours and I would have to say that this was the best one yet. Thank you so much to the amazing staff at On the Go Tours.

• Submitted 23 Aug 2018
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The tour was great. It was very well organized and the extra help with booking us into the hotels early and checking out late was very much appreciated. Waleed is a great tour guide.

• Submitted 20 Aug 2018
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My trip to Egypt was amazing. The country is beautiful and more importantly the people are amazing. Especially our tour guides, they were sooo kind and knowledgeable and professional. In particular I would like to acknowledge Alam Eldein and Waleed Zayan, they were amazing tour guides and made this trip the best trip of my life. Thank you and on the go for this amazing experience!

• Submitted 20 Oct 2017
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I have to begin my feedback with comments on Haytham (Sam) Youssry. He is an exceptional guide, and made everyone in the group feel welcome and went out of his way to ensure that we had a memorable experience. He clearly enjoys his role as guide, and loves the sites and history he shared with us. I could not have asked for a better guide for this experience, and I highly recommend visiting Egypt. The sites in Egypt exceeded expectations. At each site, we were given information about the history and significance of the area, and had a sufficient amount of time to explore on our own to take photos and to just absorb our surroundings. I never felt rushed, but was also never bored. Sam's expert guidance was much appreciated and made for a memorable experience. During our visit, Sam also shared information on modern Egypt and current events, and always made sure we felt safe and comfortable in our surroundings. We were given the opportunity to try local foods, and made amble stops each day to get water and snacks. The hotels were adequate and safe.

The transportation was also adequate. Not fancy, but the AC worked and the drivers were experts at dealing with Egyptian traffic. The train was as described. Definitely not an opportunity for a good nights sleep, but it got us to and from our destination. I did the tour of the Old City on the first day, and really enjoyed that experience. My guide, Walid (not sure of spelling), was very knowledgeable and kept a good pace to the tour. I was concerned about going to this area, because of recent news stories, but I felt totally safe and I am glad I went. The churches, mosque and citadel were impressive. I did the Pyramids at night. It was commercial and touristy, but fun. A good introduction to the tour. I rode a camel at the Pyramids, and it was a lot of fun. I had not planned to do the hot air balloon, as I've done balloon rides before, but I am glad I booked it. It was a unique and beautiful view of the Valley of the Kings area, and a smooth ride on a beautiful morning. Luxor Temple at night, and the dinner that followed, were both very enjoyable. Sam accompanied us and did a great job walking us through the site. The one thing I should have skipped was the optional trip to Alexandria. It was not worth the time or the money. We were gone more than 13 hours and saw very little. We had a different guide for that day, and he did not engage with the group much at all. Only at the catacombs did he really share any information, and rushed us through the site and did not really talk about the items that were outside. The visit to the library was OK, but nothing exciting. Mostly they told us how to use the online library. We did not see the Palace that was listed in the itinerary. Not sure why. The stop at the lighthouse was also not impressive. The lunch that was included was the only food in Egypt that I did not enjoy. When we asked what it was that was served, no one could tell us. It was a fish, 2 shrimp, a pile of shells, and some rice, with 5 plates of mystery sauces. I would not recommend this optional excursion. I give a very high rating to the Pharaohs Adventure tour, and would recommend it as a great introduction to Egypt. I've travelled to the ends of the earth, and quite extensively through the middle, and Haytham was an exceptional guide and far exceeded expectations for his level of hospitality, knowledge, and passion for his homeland.

Thank you, Cindy

• Submitted 18 Oct 2017
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What an amazing tour! Just wanted to take a second to thank On The Go for such an amazing trip. I really did not know what to expect from Egypt other than the pyramids, but have been awakened to so much more. Sincerely thank you for this opportunity !

I also wanted to give some feedback for our tour guide Hytham Youssry. I can say in all honesty that Hyatham is the best tour guide that I have had on a trip yet and I have quite a few tours under my belt with some really great tour leaders. To say that Hytham was attentive would be a gross understatement and to say that Hytham was predictive and responsive when needed would be an understatement, to say that he was knowledgeable, well liked, informative, and sociable would be an understatement. This guy is the real deal!

Hytham from the very start did something that all tour leaders should do but rarely do, which is to provide information on what we should be paying for stuff and how to go about with our negotiations or deal with aggressive vendors. This information is extremely valuable and demonstrates an understanding of what skills and knowledge people will require on their trip. If anyone on this trip needed something then Hytham had a guy that could get it. His recommendations on which optional excursions to do, what to see, and where to eat were always right on and everyone in that group after 2 days had complete trust in him.

THIS is how good he is: One of the girls realized that she had lost her phone at a site that we had left in Aswan and were half way back to our hotel. Hytham jumped on the phone and started calling every tour guide he knew to see if there was anyone that was still there that could take a look. After about 20 minutes of calling friends and friends of friends he found someone that was there and miraculously found the phone half buried in the sand. The girl had already accepted that her phone was gone and she would never get it back, once it was heard that he had found it the whole bus erupted in a cheer and a legend was born! Somehow Hytham had coordinated it and had it brought back to Aswan and minutes before we sailed on the Felucca Hytham and I rode the support boat upriver to meet his friend and collect the phone. The guest got her phone back and Hytham was a hero from then on. I cannot give this guy enough credit and everyone in that group feels the same way!

Please be sure to let Hytham know that he has done an amazing job, I have no doubt in my mind that he gets this praise all the time but let him know from me that he really enhanced this trip beyond my expectations.

Thank you!

• Submitted 18 Oct 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Tuesday
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide.
Meals
Breakfast: 5
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This trip was a childhood dream come true. My guide Ahmed Halel was amazing he was very patient with our group, exceedingly knowledgeable, eager teacher, extremely professional and overall an incredible human being. The experience could only be described as once-in-a-lifetime. I will definitely be returning to Egypt again.

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