El Alamein | Battlefield Tours | Egypt
FROM: R26,900

Join this 12 day tour taking in all the key highlights of Egypt from Luxor's tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, felucca sailing on the Nile and the legendary Pyramids of Giza, as well as touring Mediterranean Alexandria and the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein.

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Trip Highlights

Alexandria - take in the highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean port city, including the Roman Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, the Library of Alexandria and Quaitbay Fort, site of the great Lighthouse of Alexandria
Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple 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)
El Alamien - tour the WWII battlefields, pay your respects at the Commonwealth War Graves and visit the El Alamein military museum
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Included

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 12
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
Touring of Alexandria and the El Alamein Battlefields and museum

Not Included

International visas
International Flights
Tipping Kitty: 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
Entrance Fees: USD$90-110pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Travelling in 2020? If you like this tour and will be travelling in 2020, please head over to our Alexandria & Ancient Egypt 2020 - 13 day tour.

Choose to travel by felucca or Nile river cruiser
On this tour you have the option of a 2 night stay onboard a traditional felucca sail boat or 3 nights onboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser. The details of both are noted in our itinerary. If choosing to travel by 5 star Nile Cruiser, please select the 'Cruise Upgrade Prices & Dates' for costs.

Day 1

Cairo

Wednesday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. Arrive Cairo Airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time for you relax and maybe have a dip in the hotel swimming pool.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Exploring Alexandria

Bright and early this morning we drive to the port side city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Coast. Arriving at the windswept city known for its broad beaches and seafront corniche dotted with sun loungers, amusements and cafes we embark on a guided tour of the Roman catacombs. Heading underground we view the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, complete with burial chambers, labyrinth alleyways and entertaining rooms for families coming to visit the dead.

From the catacombs we visit Pompey's Pillar, a modest 25m tower, which is all that remains of an ancient column, from the ruined Temple of Serapis. Our next stop is the impressive Library of Alexandria, where free time will be offered for photos of the exterior (and if we are fortunate and it is open to the public during our stop here, those who are interested can go inside). Lastly today, we take a leisurely stroll along the corniche to the Citadel of Quaitbey. We explore this attractive fortress, which was built on the site of the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by a powerful earthquake 1323AD.

After hotel check in and time to freshen up we'll head out for a drive along the corniche followed by dinner (included).
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

El Alamein

Today we visit the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein. It is here where two extended battles were fought during World War II. The first began on the 1st July 1942 and lasted for 27 days, it ended as a stalemate. After 3 months of holding back the enemy, the Allies launched a second attack which lasted for 13 days. This saw the Allied forces (including British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers) push back the Axis powers for ultimate defeat in Tunisia. Some 13,000 Allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded in the battle.

Later, we tour the compact El Alamein military museum that acts as a memorial for the battle and houses lots of original war vehicles, weapons, uniforms and records. Displays in the museum detail the complete history of World War II in North Africa from all sides and stands on the site where the actual battle took place. This afternoon we return to Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Free Time

Enjoy a free day in Cairo before the rest of your Egyptian adventure. Relax by the pool or explore the capital on our Backstreets of Cairo add-on which takes in Downtown Cairo, El Moez Street in Islamic Cairo, the Khan el Khalili Market and the famous Cave Church in Garbage City.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. Visit the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC! Later there is a chance to have dinner before boarding the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Aswan & the Philae Temple

Arrive and check into our hotel. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Upon returning to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Optional Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, ]the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. 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 Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

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 Kom Ombo Temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek, before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruising  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Luxor

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 is available to the Temple of Luxor, alternatively enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. Today we will tour the West Bank of the Nile. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a historic backdrop, the Valleys of the Kings with its beautifully decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life and the awesome colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Egyptian Museum

This morning we arrive into Cairo and visit the famous Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask. There is also the option to see the Royal Mummies for an additional fee, if you wish. This afternoon is free for you to independently explore or opt to visit the Khan el Khalili Market to pick up some souvenirs.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Cairo

Sunday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to 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. 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.

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Extra Prices

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R1100
R400
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R1200
R500

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.

Paradise Inn Le Metropole, Alexandria

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Le Metropole is one of the oldest in Alexandria and is a superb example of 18th century architecture. The rooms are are cozy and well appointed.

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.

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.

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.

Tolip Hotel, Aswan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

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.

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.78 out of 5 based on 18 recent reviews

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This was an awesome Egypt trip! But hands down the best part of the trip was our tour guide Mohamed aka (MOMO).

He was full of information and brought it to life time after time. He also was very attentive to all of our needs. I felt very safe in Egypt and I highly recommend this destination.. I’m a huge traveler and this trip met all my expectations.. Momo thanks again for all the good times and history you shared. It was a very memorable trip for Frank and I. Much happiness, love and success your way. Christina

• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
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Momo our tour guide from On the go tours was amazingly insightful and knew what he was talking about, almost everyone I know said PLEASE don't have your honeymoon in Egypt it isn't safe, I'm glade we didn't listen.

We felt safe 100% of the time in Egypt. The people are beautiful, all of them, cheeky, full of smiles, fun and kind.

What can I say about sight seeing, well I've ticked off most of my childhood dreams with the trust and guidance of "On The Go Tours" cant wait to come back and do a solo trip and get all the good vibes again

• Submitted 25 Oct 2019
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The tour was true to its name 'On The Go'. Lots to see and do and plenty of R&R in between. Wonderful sights and great company too.Made some amazing friends. Our tour guide was the best,so knowledgeable, considerate and very passionate about his country.One in a million in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone one who loves adventure steeped in history. This is a tour that shows you insight into the Egypt way of life, past and present. Thank you to all the team at 'On The Go' for making this trip so amazing. I will be back.

• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
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Where do I start! The 12 day trip was just amazing. I had Medo as our guide and he just made the whole trip absolutely fantastic. The group I was in were so wonderful and Medo made the whole experience exciting with his knowledge and love for his country. I would of never thought I would be sailing down the Nile in a felucca - that was an experience. Every place we went to had a story and Medo spoke with compassion and respect. Thank you Medo for making this trip a wonderful and unforgettable trip.

• Submitted 30 Aug 2019
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The tour was everything we expected and more thanks to our fantastic guide Aamer. He is not only a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he is a caring, loving human being. He made us feel like we were part of his family and I give him the highest rating.

Secondly I'd like to say how impressed I was with the security during our tour. At no time did I feel unsafe.

The only part of the tour I wasn't impressed with was the sleeper train and that is the only reason why I give 4 stars for the tour.

• Submitted 30 Apr 2019
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Our guide Aamer was incredible. His knowledge was amazing and he made all of us feel so cared for. He went above and beyond what he was required to do.

The tour sights were incredible. Going inside the second pyramid was the most amazing thing I've ever done!

• Submitted 30 Apr 2019
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Our tour guide MoMo was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We were learning a lot without it being too much and had great laughs along the way. This was the first time I have travelled with On the Go tours and they were brilliant, we got to see so much, they were always on top of everything for us, getting late checkouts when needed and transport on time. The hotels were great and just had a lot of fun.

I will and have recommended this tour and group to family and friends. Thank you I had a brilliant time and will definitely be booking with you again.

• Submitted 04 Apr 2019
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Excellent tour, I would highly recommend this tour to anybody that wants to visit Egypt. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about Egypt’s rich history, I learned so much on this tour. On the Go Tours and our guide really went the extra mile to make sure that all of our needs were met and that we were having a great time. I couldn’t ask for a better holiday.

• Submitted 11 Jan 2019
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I chose the On the Go Tours Alexandria & Ancient Egypt tour package with the Abu Simbel bolt-on and cannot recommend On the Go Tours for Egypt strongly enough. I strongly recommend the bolt-on to Abu Simbel to see the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Small Temple of Nefertari. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip and well worth the early wakeup. I would also recommend the felucca over the cruise.

Walid was my guide for the two-day Alexandria and El Alamein portion of the tour, and Momo was my guide for Ancient Egypt. Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable and personable, and I would highly recommend both. Momo was exceptional in turning a group 15 strangers on the first day to a family by the end of the week.

10/10 would recommend to anyone wishing to travel to Egypt.

• Submitted 01 Oct 2018
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The tour was excellent and Momo was a fantastic guide. Through humour and role play he taught us the basics about the ancient Gods. After that it was easy to follow. Momo is very passionate about his country and his people and that was very evident every day. The whole tour ran smoothly and I never felt unsafe at any time. I highly recommend On The Go Tours. Thank you Momo. You made it a memorable trip.

• Submitted 20 Aug 2018
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Prices & Dates

This tour is available with a 5 star Nile Cruise Upgrade. The departure dates and prices below relate to the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour. For details of the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates.

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17 Dec - 28 Dec Xmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
R36,900
R13,900
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Xmas departure, book early!
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R36,900
R13,900

Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R1100
R400
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R1200
R500

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Wednesdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
The white fortress of Qaitbay in Alexandria
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor

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This was an awesome Egypt trip! But hands down the best part of the trip was our tour guide Mohamed aka (MOMO).

He was full of information and brought it to life time after time. He also was very attentive to all of our needs. I felt very safe in Egypt and I highly recommend this destination.. I’m a huge traveler and this trip met all my expectations.. Momo thanks again for all the good times and history you shared. It was a very memorable trip for Frank and I. Much happiness, love and success your way. Christina

Christina De Bruzos
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