Discover the wonders of Egypt and Jordan on this 16 day adventure. Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Nile felucca cruising & Red Sea relaxation. Topped off with Jordan, home to the stunning Rose City of Petra (voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World), the red desert of Wadi Rum and the buoyant Dead Sea.
Friday. Welcome to Egypt! Arrive into Cairo, included transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or those arriving early can opt to pre-book our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am today.
If you fancy extending your stay to see more of Egypt we also offer a pre tour Alexandria Day Trip.
Today we visit the Egyptian Museum for an informative guided tour. The Egyptian Museum holds a mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed in the museum, making it one of the foremost in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the solid gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. Made of solid gold and weighing 11kg, the mask was found covering the head of mummy, where it lay inside a series of 3 sarcophagi. You can also opt to see also the Royal Mummies for a small additional fee, if you wish.
The rest of the day is at leisure, you may wish to visit the splendid souk of Khan el-Khalili or simply relax by the hotel pool. Entrance fees and tip kitty will be collected today.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo - Aswan. A big day out at the pyramids and sphinx at Giza, then a visit to the ancient tomb-strewn necropolis at Saqqara. This evening we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Aswan. We arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel before heading off on a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. The use of essential and perfumed oils in Egypt dates back to 2700BC, on our return to Aswan our final stop for the day will be at a perfume oil emporium. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax.
Overnight: Aswan | Breakfast
Aswan - Nile felucca cruising. Today there is an optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night cruise downstream towards Kom Ombo. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route at local villages and at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. 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.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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 its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Today we will be exploring the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.
After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Hurghada. Departing Luxor on day 9, we drive east to Hurghada which is part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera! The remainder of today and tomorrow offer free time for you to explore or simply relax. On day 10 there's an optional day trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.
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 snorkelling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. The Red Sea resort also has plenty of restaurants and bars for evening entertainment.
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast x 2
Hurghada - Cairo - Amman - Petra. We have an early start this morning as we make our way to Hurghada airport. From here we'll fly to Amman via Cairo. Travellers need to independently book these flights at a personal cost (total flight cost approx USD$250 - $350) however, we can assist in booking these flights should you require. The flights to be booked are detailed in the tour Trip Notes. If your tour commences after 31 Dec 2019, please do not book this flight at this point in time.
Upon arrival into Amman we drive south to Petra arriving near sunset. Tonight you may wish to take a candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come on, by joining the 'Petra By Night' excursion (book locally)
Please note this flight is not included and needs to be booked separately. Please see our Trip Notes for more details.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Welcome to the Rose City! To access Petra on our guided walk we travel through the famous narrow and deep siq. The rocks then give way to reveal the most amazing sight – the beautiful Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. There is also a gigantic amphitheatre originally built to house 3000 spectators, though the Romans increased capacity to a whopping 7000.
After the guided tour, you’re free to head off and further explore or or just relax and take it all in. If you are feeling energetic, why not continue up the hillside along the ancient steps that take you to the Monastery, to take in the stunning views.haggle for a horse and chariot ride Free evening or why not test your culinary skills in the Petra Kitchen? Consider our Petra Kitchen - something good's cooking Add-on.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning we can revisit the Rose Red city entering via 'secret road' of Al Madras for further exploration. After we drive to Wadi Rum - a vast, silent landscape of pastel coloured sketches of sandy desert punctuated by amazing rock formations known as jebels. Here we'll undertake a 4x4 desert safari, before tucking into a Bedouin dinner at our desert camp. Bed tonight is under a galaxy of stars or in tents.
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Shobak – Wadi Mujib - Dead Sea. After breakfast at the campsite, we head north along the Desert Highway to visit Shobak Castle, which is perched dramatically on a hill top and was built by the Crusader king Baldwin I in 1115. After exploring the castle we descend some 1300 meters to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. More than 400 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea is the world’s original health and beauty spa. Drift out and bob in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost.
For departures between April and October we’ll head up the King’s Highway to Wadi Mujib. We’ll embark on a moderate –paced two hour trek along the Siq Trail. Measuring 500 metres in depth and spanning 4 kilometres across, the impressive Wadi Mujib is one of Jordan’s most remarkable natural features. This dramatic canyon features sheer rocky walls and sparkling waterways that range from puddle height to depths that are perfect for swimming (chest height or deeper) depending on the rainfall. When the water level is high you should be prepared for having to climb up ladders, clamber across boulders and be happy to wade through water. The canyon is just one feature of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world, home to a surprising diversity of wildlife and plant species. After our trek we make our way to the Dead Sea. For those not interested in taking the full hike, you can walk part of or wait by the Visitor Centre till the group returns. After our trek we make our way to the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
The Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and high on most travellers’ bucket lists. Lucky for us we have a whole day to spend here, whiling away the time bobbing in its mineral-rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath. Option to visit the Ma’in hot springs and the site where it is thought Jesus Christ was baptised by John (book locally).
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Saturday. Dead Sea - Amman. Today our holiday together comes to an end. We offer a departure transfer to Amman airport at 23:00 (evening of day 15) and today at 04:00, 07:00, 09:00, 12:00 & 16:00. If you would like a departure transfer at any other time or a transfer with post tour accommodation this can be arranged at an additional cost.
Visit the incredible temples of Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert.
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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.
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.
Tolip Hotel, formerly Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There are also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan.
Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise
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
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.
Hilton Hurghada Resort, Hurghada
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.
Marriott Beach Resort, Hurghada
The Marriott Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hotel, with every room enjoying a view of the Red Sea and Hurghada city centre just a few minutes drive away. There is a choice of 8 restaurants and bars for hungry travellers, and a health club, tennis & squash courts, and fitness centre to stay in shape. During the day, soak in the heated outdoor pool or book a watersport activity. The hotel even has its own private island if you fancy a massage among the palm trees.
Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.
Old Village Resort, Petra
Located above Wadi Mousa, Old Village Resort has a wonderfully traditional feel about it with open stonework and original architecture. Rooms are full of character, some with delightful archways and all directly accessed from the outside. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner why not dine al fresco at the restaurant overlooking the mountains. Well located in forested wadis facing Petra’s mountains.
Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly every day. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. This accommodation is well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.
I didn’t know what to expect going into my trip to Egypt and Jordan. I have only done one group tour before in Peru and I can say with certainty it was nothing like this tour.
From the beginning, booking directly through On The Go, the rep was very responsive and answered all of my questions and queries. She also followed up for the travel documents in a timely manner and ensured everything was complete prior to leaving.
Once we landed in Egypt, the rep at the airport was super helpful and everything went smoothly. The tour itself, however, is what absolutely exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Momo, is hands-down the best Egyptologist in Egypt. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, passionate, hilarious, and always put our needs first. He wasn’t afraid to tell us when something was worth it and when something wasn’t worth it, instead of just seeking out commission from selling extra tours. He always went above and beyond. Momo was much more than a tour guide who simply lead us around Egypt, he treated us like we were his family and made our trip the trip of a life time.
The schedule was well-planned. It was the perfect balance between a busy itinerary, packing in everything you would want to see in Egypt, and relaxing. The long sleeper train was actually good because we were able to sleep for 12 hours and get over the jet-lag. The relaxing time on the felucca and on the red-sea were perfect balances to all the site tours. The hotels and transportation used were fabulous.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Egypt to family and friends - I never felt unsafe at any point.”
Way to go On The Go! Such a well organised tour with the hard work from our tour guides and the behind the scenes staff not going unnoticed. Being picked up inside the airport by an OTG rep who helped with our visas etc was a great way to start our stress free holiday.
Aamer was our tour guide from Cairo to Luxor. He is so passionate about his country and his job. He is a wonderful story teller with his memorable catch phrase 'can you imagine with me'. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and their needs were met. He could answer any question that was thrown at him and I loved that he treated us all as family. Aamer was awesome. ”
This tour was simply amazing. I learnt so much, saw so much and did so much! Egypt is a must see, such incredible history and sites that you can actually be inside to get the feeling of really being there thousands of years ago.
Everything was so streamlined, no real delays anytime, our Egyptologist guide Momo was just outstanding really explaining the facts and stories. Highlights for me were the feluccas on the Nile, camel ride at Giza, entering tombs at Valley of the Kings, walking among the ruins, the informative guides, Petra Treasury and the Monastery, Wadi rum, canyoning at the Jordan river and swimming in the Dead Sea. I can not express enough how amazing our trip was, the tour group was great and finally the guides just made our tour. I just want to do it all again. Thanks On the Go. See you next tour.”
My partner & I recently did the 15 day tour 'Road to Jordan'. We had an amazing time, saw some fantastic sites and stayed in some beautiful hotels. Our Egyptian tour guide Mohamed "Momo" Saiid was very informative and was great at organizing our group, as well as taking us on little extra outings. We had decided to go on the Nile cruise ship instead of the felluca and our guide there was Russel. He was also very friendly and informative.
Our Jordanian guide was Jamilla and she also was very knowledgeable in the sites of Jordan. Unfortunately we had to miss the stay in the desert section of this tour due to illness, and Jamilla organized a private driver and extra accommodation so we could go straight to our last destination at the Dead Sea and have a couple of extra days there to get better. She even went to the pharmacy for us.
We really enjoyed our tour. We felt completely safe at all times. This was the second time I've used 'On The Go Tours'. My first time was in October 2011, when I went on the 10 day 'Jewel of the Nile' tour. Even then i felt completely safe and i went by myself! When my partner and i decided to go to Egypt and Jordan I recommended to him "On The Go Tours" We thought that all our guides were very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, answered all our questions, extremely passionate about their countries and made each section of the tour interesting and fun. They also added little extras like an evening visit to a coffee shop or a local restaurant. '
We would definately consider using "On The Go Tours' again if we decided to do another tour overseas.”
This trip without a doubt well exceeded my already high expectations!
Arriving into Cairo airport as a single traveller I was a little nervous but that disappeared as soon as I was met by the On The Go rep Abdul who took me through customs and immigration and baggage claim. He delivered myself and 2 other travellers to the transfer where we were met by our local Cairo rep Mido who was just lovely. He was a friendly, smiling face who told us what to expect from our arrival and next couple of days until we met our tour guide. He was available in the lobby regularly to answer any questions we had and helped us arrange money exchange and an ATM. The other Cairo rep, Amir, was also super lovely and always willing to help whenever he was around. He saw us to the airport at the end of our stay in Egypt.
The flow of the trip was fabulous. My mind was blown at the fact that I was looking at things that were up to 4,500 years old. It was hard to believe that these sites are still in such good condition. I never felt bored at any of the sites. You would think that at some stage you might feel a bit 'oh great, another bloody temple' but nope. Everything was fabulous and each site had it's own special something that the others didn't. Please don't ask me for a favourite site because I can't choose!
OK you've twisted my arm! Abu Simbel is a MUST DO. Pay the extra money and do it because if you don't you'll just end up paying for it when you get there. It is enormous and something special. Philae temple has a calm magic about it. Valley of the Kings was unreal as you got to see how everything was actually painted. It's amazing that after all of these years you can still see the original paint. Karnak Temple Complex is another site to behold. It is by far the biggest. My last favourite was the Indiana Jones special - the lost city of Petra. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Day 1 at Petra we walked up to the Monastery through the city and that was about 12 - 15kms at least. We all had sore feet and knees at the end but ok by day 2. A few people weren't quite up to the hike to the top of the Treasury on day 2 but if you are mobile, you should absolutely do this. The view is awesome! It is a tricky hike along cliff walls and down rock canyons. A challenge for those who don't do well with heights but doable! You don't have to be a hiking pro. We all did it in a pair of runners. Ooo and floating in the Dead Sea. What a bizarre experience that was! You have to make zero effort to float which was well deserved after all of the hiking and walking we had done! Staying at the Holiday Inn at the Dead Sea and having 2 days to relax at the end was the perfect way to finish the trip. Snorkelling in the Red Sea in Egypt was also a great experience and one that never registered for me when I booked it but I do recommend seeing it because the water is crystal clear and the visibility is far.
I did not feel at all rushed as we had plenty of free time at the sites to explore and take photos. The trip was evenly paced and suitable for all age groups. Our group ranged from 21yo to early 70s. The bus rides were not too long. Maybe 6hrs at most with plenty of toilet stops and snack breaks.
In Egypt we had Momo who is a seasoned professional. His knowledge of Egypt and his love for his country was just inspiring. We all walked away in love with Egypt no doubt due to him. He is a fabulous teacher and by the end he had us picking out the Gods by name on the carvings and hyroglyphs. His catch phrases also made us laugh regularly. Get ready, get excited! We were fortunate to have him.
In Jordan we had Mahmoud or Mido who was very lovely and friendly. He was always smiling and willing to help whenever you needed it especially when we were buying some lovely souvenirs at Petra. He took us on some awesome hikes at Petra which were my favourite.
Loved every minutes of it and I'd recommend it to anyone!”
Momo was brilliant! He shared a passion for Egypt, its culture and history that inspired the group and made this tour one not to forget with just the right amount of sights, activities and down time. Egypt is a beautiful country and I am so pleased we had MoMo to share this experience with. ”
We had a brilliant, comprehensive, interesting trip with a wonderful itinerary and a very well organised guide in ALAM. We saw so much of Egypt and had a lot of new experiences, learned a lot, met new people and had fun. The hotels were very good and safe with clean comfy beds and spacious rooms - most with tea/coffee making facilities.
The communication aspect in Jordan between guests/guide and guides of other groups should be improved but again we enjoyed very much the various activities and excursions we participated in.
We wouldn´t hesitate in recommending On The Go Tours. ”
Egypt has been all dreams fulfilled! Alam is a wonderful, very experienced, interesting and knowledgable guide!! He kept us well informed at all times and the organization was excellent so that we could see a máximum of sights.
Egyptian people were so friendly and at no point is there any concern for safety. Definitely a tour and destination recommended.”
Mohamed, our tour guide, was simply excellent. He had a wonderful knowledge of Egyptology, a passion for Egypt and was very accommodating. He had a wonderful sense of humour which we all loved. I’ll definitely recommend this tour to my friends.”
Although the entire tour (Egypt and Jordan) was spectacular, the Jordan portion was especially exceptional, thanks largely to our tour guide Mohammed. He was knowledgeable, organized, caring, and attentive to our needs. ”
Prices & Dates
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We loved this tour and visiting all the sites in Egypt and Jordan. We made many new friends and the pace was great. Our tour guides were very passionate and made the tour great, we loved the trip and will use On the Go again.”