Snorkelling in the Red Sea - Dahab | Egypt
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From the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza to King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, discover the wonders of ancient Egypt, sail the Nile onboard a felucca and enjoy four days of R&R by the Red Sea on this 13 day Egyptian escapade.

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Trip Highlights

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 cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping on deck, under a blanket of stars
Hurghada - spend four days at leisure by the Red Sea. Sunbathe, swim and opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters with prime coral reefs
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 a boat ride out to the romantic Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
4 days in Hurghada on the Red Sea - swim, sun and sand
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan and Kom Ombo
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
9 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 13
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
Ave group size: 16 persons

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$80-100pp, paid in local currency
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
Local Payment: GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! You will be met at Cairo airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara Step Pyramid

This morning we have a short welcome meeting before making our way to see the sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World and the world’s oldest tourist attraction - the legendary Pyramids of Giza. Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus the great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago and the largest pyramid was built from over 2.5 million limestone blocks Cheops is the largest of the great pyramids and it is thought to have taken 100,000 workers more than 20 years to construct. For a real Arabian experience consider hiring a camel to ride across the sands of Giza or take your time to marvel at the pyramids and world-famous Sphinx.

This afternoon we travel onto the Zhoser’s step pyramid located in the necropolis of Saqqara. The pyramid was constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect, in 2700 BC and became the guide for all future pyramid construction. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Luxor. Our morning begins exploring the incredible Egyptian relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask in the Egyptian Museum. We then board our coach this afternoon for the 9 hour journey south to Luxor.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Aswan. We venture to the incredible tomb strewn Valley of the Kings on Luxor's West Bank this morning where we’re greeted by the towering 18m Colossi of Memnon - an iconic pair of statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III facing the River Nile. We then make our way to explore the beautiful colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and the Valley of the Kings which is studded with beautifully decorated tombs that were carved into the desert rocks to house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life, including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Our afternoon finds us heading south to Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city where we have an evening to relax and walk along the beautiful river Nile.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Optional Abu Simbel, Philae Temple & Felucca sailing

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel today. before a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the Philae Temple – a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and the last classical Egyptian style temple.

Our afternoon finds us boarding our Nile felucca which will be our home for the next two nights as we embark on a voyage down the River Nile. Feluccas are simple sailboats based on a unique design and have plied the Nile since ancient times. Nothing beats the experience of sleeping under a blanket of stars. 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.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Felucca Sailing

Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. We continue to spend the day taking in the scenery as we sail down the Nile until we port in Kom Ombo, a sleepy agricultural town surrounded by sugar cane fields.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple

Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we leave our felucca behind to explore the temple dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek.

Upon arriving back to Luxor, the evening offers free time or your can opt to join us for a guided tour of the Luxor temple which is best seen at night when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Karnak Temple & pool time

Luxor - Hurghada. This morning we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak which was at the heart of religious life in ancient Egypt. The incredible complex of chapels, halls, sanctuaries all dedicated to the Theban gods truly is a sight to behold. After there is time to relax and enjoy a swim in the pool before driving east later this afternoon to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 4 days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast

Days 9-11

Red Sea - beach time

Our next three days are at leisure to spend however we please. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs so there’s no shortage of activities available to keep active including boarding, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkelling. For those looking to relax, sit back and soak up the sunshine at the hotel pool or explore one of the many restaurants and lively bars on offer.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 12

Red Sea to Cairo

Hurghada - Cairo. Today we bid farewell to the beautiful beach town and drive back to the hustle and bustle of Cairo. After checking into our hotel we have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Cairo

Thursday. Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward 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. 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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Local payment - GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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2019
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28 Dec - 09 Jan New Years departure, book early!
New Years departure, book early!
R13,900
R5,500
2020
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R12,900
R4,500
18 Jan - 30 Jan 15% offG
R12,900
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R4,500
R12,900
R4,500
R12,900
R4,500
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R12,900
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R4,500
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R13,900
R5,500
R11,900
R4,500
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R4,500
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R12,900
R4,500
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R12,900
R4,500
19 Dec - 31 Dec Xmas departure, book early!
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R13,900
R5,500
26 Dec - 07 Jan New Years departure, book early!
New Years departure, book early!
R13,900
R5,500

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R800
R400
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
R800
R400

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.

Oasis Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer.

Grand Pyramids Hotel , Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Not far from the mysterious Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, you’ll find the Grand Pyramids Hotel. Its guestrooms are spacious and generously sized, offering views of either the pyramids, gardens or swimming pool. Dine on either international cuisine in the buffet-style restaurant or savour some traditional Italian fare in the candlelit Lucciano. With a spa offering a sauna, steam room and revitalising massage treatments, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing.

Aracan Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the resort style pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.

Iberotel Luxor, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located in Luxor, this hotel is set on the banks of the River Nile and the perfect base for exploring this city’s ancient wonders. The spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and you can enjoy breath-taking views out to the Hills of Thebes from your private balcony. A generous daily breakfast is served featuring cereals, omelettes, fresh pastries and more. But this hotel’s most unique feature is its heated pool, which has been designed to float on top of the River Nile.

Citymax Hotel Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located right on the banks of the river Nile, the Citymax Aswan offers an outdoor pool with fantastic views across the water. Connected to a nearby shopping centre, you're also just a short walk from the beautiful Feryal Gardens. All rooms are spacious with private bathrooms and modern amenities including a television and air conditioning. Free WiFi is available in the public areas and a restaurant serves meals throughout the day.

Felucca Sailing, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: N/A

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas come in varying sizes and can sleep 20 persons 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. Our felucca is equipped with a flush toilet and basin for hand washing. 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 included meals which are served onboard.

Grand Seas Hostmark , Hurghada

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set on a natural bay between the Egyptian desert and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, this resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Each guestroom has either a balcony or terrace and, as the hotel is designed in a U-shape, they take in views of the gardens, swimming pool or the Red Sea. In the Marhaba Restaurant, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, with nightly themes based on cuisine from around the world. And from the outdoor pool, you need only take a few footsteps before arriving on the bay’s pristine white sandy beach.

Sphinx Aqua Park, Hurghada

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Overlooking its own sandy beach, this resort offers elegantly furnished rooms with marble ensuite bathrooms. Each one also includes a balcony with views over the gardens, lagoon pool or Red Sea. In the Sunset Bar guests can sip on their favourite cocktail or, up on the rooftop, unwind at the sea-view spa in the steamy sauna and hot tub. To top it all off, guests have free access to the Aqua Park, where you’ll find heated pools and fun water slides that aren't just for kids.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.86 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews

Medo was a great tour and has vast knowledge about egyptology.

He became one crucial member of the crew we created and helped us all enjoy a wonderful holiday. Best part: playing cards in the Felucca!

• Submitted 10 Nov 2019
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Egypt, its people, food and sights are amazing! I cannot recommend this country and On The Go enough. The tour organised was perfect. All of the sights including Cairo, The Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Sakkara, Hurghada and more are all well looked after and truly inspiring pieces of history which were introduced to us by our excellent tour leader. The experience of sailing down the Nile on a felucca and stopping to go swimming was awesome and snorkelling in the Red Sea was simply awe-inspiring.

All of the accommodation used was clean, comfortable and so much more than I had expected on a budget tour and the transportation was excellent with comfy seats, air conditioning and on-board wifi.

I think it is also really important to note that NOT ONCE did I feel unsafe! I had been somewhat unsure when I first arrived as you are when you enter any new country, but within 24 hours of meeting my amazing tour leader and setting off on our adventure any doubts were wiped from my mind and I was able to enjoy the endless welcoming nature of the Egyptian people and culture.

Amir, our tour leader was definitely one of the highlights of this tour He made the whole experience seamless from entering sights to check in to hotels and tipping, everything was easy and organised thanks to him. He was incredibly engaging and knowledgeable, he taught me so much about the country and its history and went above an beyond to ensure our experiences were magical. The relationships he built with every single person on the tour are amazing, we came in expecting to see Egypt and then leave, but in reality left as one big family with plans to visit each other all over the world!

I can guarantee that after this experience that not only will I be back to Egypt (and requesting Amir) but On The Go will be my first stop for tours exploring every corner of this amazing world!

• Submitted 13 Oct 2019
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Wow, Wow, and Wow! I have just completed the On the Go tour in Egypt and I just have to say that going to Egypt has been a dream of mine and I have wanted to go there for many years however; many said it was not safe. I want to let everyone know that I have travelled to a lot of countries over the years and I have never felt as safe as in Egypt. We were met at the airport by Emile our On The Go rep and Saiid also took us quickly and efficiently through customs.

Our Tour guide, Momo is a very knowledgeable expert and he provided interesting historical information before and during our excursions which made walking around the ancient sites even more rewarding as you could understand more of their histories. He is a very passionate man who clearly loves his heritage. Momo meticulously arranged each day for us by providing wake up calls, times for check outs and transportation. He had a large group of us but made sure all our needs were met each day. He was very kind, patient, and made sure we all had a good time.

The Egyptian people were very friendly and I loved every minute of our adventure. Momo made us all feel very safe and well looked after. Thanks MoMo. So if there is anyone , like me, who dreams of Egypt, my advice is to go and go now, you won’t be disappointed.

• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
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Great guy and great guide. Shared a wealth of knowledge with us and answered every question he could, when he could not answer it was refreshing that he said he didn't know and came back with an answer later. Wonderful holiday!

• Submitted 10 Dec 2018
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Our guide really completed the trip. So lovely and so knowledgeable. Always went above and beyond, even cake on my birthday - many thanks. Egypt was absolutely amazing and this tour brought it to life.

• Submitted 11 Oct 2018
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We've got great memories and loads of amazing photos to take home. Many thanks, especially to Mahmoud our guide, who co-ordinated all activities, site visits & cruise evenings with enthusiasm, style and professionalism. Extremely high value. Thank you once more.

• Submitted 16 Sep 2018
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My wife and I just got back from our Felucca Explorer & Red Sea tour and had a fantastic time. On the go was very well organised, efficient and helpful, but the star was our guide Mahmoud. He is a born teacher and managed to inspire in the group something of his passion for Egypt and its history. I was also impressed with the standard of accommodation and think the whole tour represented outstanding value. Well done!

• Submitted 10 Sep 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Click to play videoA felucca sailboat gliding across the water
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
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Medo was a great tour and has vast knowledge about egyptology.

He became one crucial member of the crew we created and helped us all enjoy a wonderful holiday. Best part: playing cards in the Felucca!

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