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 15 Apr 2020, 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. 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.
Not to be missed! Add-on an Abu Simbel excursion.
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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, 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 Sailboat, 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.
Momo was extremely knowledgeable of his country and its history and took great care in looking after us and entertain us. Most impressive was his genuine passion for what he was doing.
Egypt its self was a dream come true. I felt very safe and at no time did I feel like I was under any threat. That said, the tour seemed just a little sanitized with virtually no exposure to anything Egyptian other than the tourist spots. Perhaps that's just a precaution.
All and all, if you have desire to go to Egypt. DO IT. Do it with ON THE GO, and request Momo if you can. ”
The tour through Egypt was awesome with our guide, Dino, who showed us so much about his country. All the information he supplied was relevant and proved how passionate he was imparting his knowledge on culture and ancient Egypt to us, making sure we where secure at all times, and of course that we had fun. Definitely recommend the Egyptian leg of the tour and Dino for being deserving of being recognised for the great tour guide that he is. A message board for each group would be a great idea for the exchanging of photos etc. ”
We had a wonderful time in Egypt, the places visited are amazing, we had the best group of friends and the best guides: Dino in Cairo, Aswan and Horghada, and Aamer in Luxor!”
Had my dream come true to actually visit Egypt. Momo was extremely knowledgeable and VERY passionate about his culture and his country which was shared with us openly and honestly. He ran the tour very professionally. He made sure we experienced everything we could and bought alive the history of the temples and tombs in an easy to understand way. Our group started as strangers and ended as "family". Thanks Momo...you are THE best guide.
Thanks for making our trip of a lifetime so awesome x”
Where do I start? This was a true trip of a lifetime that blew me away with how amazing it was. Egypt is amazing and I felt totally safe at all times. My tour guide Haytham was exceptional and went out of his way to provide for our group's desire to get off the beaten track and into the back streets for an authentic experience of Egyptian culture - he deserves every accolade and more. In Jordan Ogla was also excellent and was on hand to help us get the most out of our trip, ensuring we all had fun at every location. The narrative of the tour was stronger in Egypt and I think this was partly the subject matter but also Haytham's skill in bringing the ancient monuments to life with interesting and engaging stories. The Jordan portion of the trip was more focussed on fun experiences followed by relaxation at the dead sea. I personally think that the trip could have left out Hurgada in favour of an extra night or two in Cairo to see more of the city, spend more time at the museum and perhaps visit the famous Khan El Khalili market. Hurgada was a long way to go (both there and back) and didn't have the same culture/adventure/archaeology feel as the rest of the trip. It also felt very rushed on the day we transferred with a 6h drive back to Cairo for 2h at the museum and then 2h drive to the airport to fly to Jordan before another long drive to Wadi Musa. We were exhausted and dehydrated by the end of that day. Is there a sleeper train between Luxor and Cairo like the one we did between Cairo and Aswan?
All up the trip was amazing and I will certainly be booking with On The Go again - thank you for an amazing experience.”
Thank you on the go for the awesome trip! The tour was very well structured and we finished it feeling mind blown and at our hearts content. Our tour leader MOMO is what would make us believe ON THE GO is the way to go! The felluca was a bit too much for me , if it was just one night could be better. However, our guide made up for it with his funny company and amount of knowledge and passion about Egypt . We felt like we got more than what we paid for from day 1 as we were getting a uni lecture at each site. He even created little activities for us everyday to enjoy and remember the history of Egypt better. ”
Dino is by far the best tour guide we have ever had. His knowledge of Egypt was exceptional and was so detailed. Not only about the tour but also about in Egypt in general. I learnt so much on this trip which is a huge bonus. Dino went out of his way to make sure that we felt comfortable with everything we did and everywhere we went. He was also very thoughtful as to when to take a break (mid summer in Egypt is a big shock to tourists) and even took us to spots to eat even when he was fasting on Ramadan. Dino really made you feel like you were travelling with a mate and even though the tour was somewhat strenuous at times, he made it feel relaxed. Dino certainly deserves to win the Tour Guide of the Year award of which I'm sure my fellow tour group would agree if they have not already.
Thank you Dino for a fantastic trip that we will not forget. We will definitely recommend On The Go tours, they did a great job. Oh and a special mention to Ahmed too, he did a fantastic job getting us set up / depart for the trip. Thank you Ahmed. ”
My husband and I just came back from a 16 day tour in Egypt and Jordan. Our time in Egypt was spectacular the whole experience made unforgettable by the sights, history and Family environment carefully provided by our awesome guide Momo! All staff and reps along the way were fabulous! ”
The Egypt section was excellent. Our guide was very thoughtful of our needs and went to amazing lengths to help everyone in the group (we were 9) with individual needs. He was also careful of us in the heat.”
Had a most amazing time. The Egyptian people were courteous and welcoming.
Our Tour Guide Mahmoud is obviously passionate about Egypt and its people and history and went out of his way to make the trip special for us. He is very professional and was able to impart his knowledge in "tourist size chunks" - plenty of information but not too much all at once ! By the end of the tour we knew the gods, kings and queens of ancient Egypt and had learned several words in arabic plus were even managing to read hieroglyphics.
I would like to mention in particular that my mom, Raye, is 85 years old. Mahmoud will always have a special place in her heart because of his concern and caring for her comfort and welfare.
Mahmoud will definitely get our vote as Tour leader of the year ! ”
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Amazing tour, wonderful sights, great hotels but most importantly the best guide ever, Dino was amazing, so helpful with everything ”