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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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
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
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
Sunday. Our tour ends after breakfast and included onward departure transfer to the airport.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Hello On the Go Tours! My friend and I just got back from our 1st Tour with On the Go and I just had to write to you all to tell you about the AMAZING time that we had in Egypt. On the Go Tours is lucky to have such incredible staff members in Egypt. We were on the Pharaoh’s Adventure Tour from October 3-9th, 2017. For the 1st day of our Tour in Cairo we were a part of a smaller 3 person tour with a really nice Tour Guide called Waleed Zayan. Waleed was very knowledgeable and personable and he did an amazing job showing us the Pyramids in Cairo. He speaks about Egypt and its history with great passion and takes his time to ensure that he thoroughly answers any and all questions. He was the perfect Tour Guide and became a good and kind friend of ours. After our Tour with Waleed we travelled to Luxor and joined another group led by a Tour Guide called Alam El Dein. Alam was the perfect tour guide, he had extensive knowledge about Egypt and provided detailed and informative information about the places we visited, but he was also extremely kind and patient and fun. He is very hardworking and goes above and beyond his duties as a Tour Guide. As you can tell from my feedback, I had an amazing time in Egypt, I have travelled to many different countries, but this was the best trip of my life. Egypt itself, it is the most incredible place on earth and its people are simply the kindest people that I have ever met and On the Go Tours and all of its amazing staff, in particular Waleed Zayan and Alam El Dein made this trip extraordinarily amazing. Also a special thanks to Mido who took care of us from the beginning to end of our tour, he was amazing and took really good care of us all. I look forward to sharing my amazing experience amongst all of my family and friends and to booking tours in the near future with your company.
Had a great time on this tour! Mahmoud was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and gave great insights into the amazing landmarks we visited. The only negative comment I had was regarding all the stops at the local shops. Personally I would have preferred more time at the sights, but I suppose there are a variety of reasons for taking the tour group shopping. Still, had a wonderful time and loved meeting the other adventurous travelers. I'd definitely recommend On The Go, this tour in particular, and Mahmoud for a tour guide.”
This was my first time to egypt. I had no idea what to expect and all my expectations were exceeded. Waleed had such an immense amount of knowledge and always put his tour people first ”
Hello. My friend and I were recently on an On The Go tour of Egypt from Sept 2016. We did the Pharaoh's Tour of Cairo and Luxor and had a wonderful time. I would like to recognize the excellence of your tour guide Waleed Zayam. He has an incredible knowledge base on Egypt and its ancient history and was able to give detailed answers to any questions we might ask him. And we asked him a lot! He is very warm, personable, and funny and really made our trip great. He is the best of the best! Also, Abdallah, our Cairo coordinator, made sure that everything ran smoothly and that we were all taken care of. I'd like to commend you on having such an excellent staff, and I would appreciate if you could forward this to the supervisors in charge of the Egypt program. I will definitely look to On The Go when planning my next vacation. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Sincerely, Diane Kody”
I had a fantastic time on this tour. I learnt so much and have taken away a better understanding of the local culture. I have wanted to see the pyramids for a long time and this far exceeded my expectations. Everything felt well planned - from the initial pickup at the airport to the overnight train journeys and the lovely hotels. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable - I will certainly be booking another tour with On the Go Tours.”
This was a great tour. From the moment I stepped foot in Egypt I felt very safe and well taken care of. The representative was just outside the gate waiting for me and assisted me with the visa process and immigration. The sites were spectacular and our guides where so knowledgeable it was impressive. ”
There are no words for how much we were taken back by the whole experience. From landing in Cairo on day 1 to being dropped off at the airport on day 6 we felt that we were taken care of the entire time. Both guides were great. So informational I wish I could retain half of the history they taught. The beauty of all the temples and pyramids were more than I imagined. In the end, we couldn't have been happier with the On The Go experience. The sights were more than we imagined. Emile, MoMo, and Walid were great and have nothing negative to say. We plan to use On The Go for our future adventures.”
Mahmoud was amazing, so thorough and kind. We consider ourselves lucky to be in his presence. The tour was the perfect amount of days to see the main sights of Egypt, if only I could have stayed longer!”
The tour through Egypt was fantastic. We enjoyed every moment of it and the hotels were wonderful. Waleed our Tour Guide has a wide knowledge of the history of Egypt and is as a Tour Guide, an asset to any Tour Agency Company. Waleed's pleasant personality together with his knowledge of the country made it one of the most unforgettable holidays we have had in a very long time. We like to thank On The Go Tours for their excellent organization of the tour but most of all their Tour Guide Waleed Zayan who introduced us to the culture, the history and the feeling of the country and the people of Egypt. Emil our representative made us feel comfortable as far as the tour arrangements were concerned and was always available to ensure that all was well. ”
Ahmed offered flexibility as to what we (The tourists) wanted to do at certain sites which I liked. He also advised us on what to do regarding dealing with street merchants which was good. "Mo-Mo" had a good sense of humour. I was glad that "Mo-Mo" explained to us all at the Egyptian museum in Cairo what areas were worth exploring. The hotel in Luxor (I can't remember the name) was very luxurious which I liked. ”
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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.”