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Essential Egypt - 9 Days
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9 Days / 8 Nights Trip to Egypt

Essential Egypt - 9 Days

Get ready for a binge of fun and adventure featuring ancient pyramids, mummies and pharaohs.
Join an adventurous group of travellers on a journey that fires the imagination and draws you back in time, as you explore iconic places such as the Great Pyramid and the Valley Of The Kings, walking in the steps of legendary pharaohs and the subjects they ruled.


You’ll also shop in local bazaars, eat traditional dishes, and mingle with locals, getting a glimpse of modern Egypt along the way, and enjoying the camaraderie of your new friends throughout.


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  • 8 Reviews
    4.8/5  
  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Starting From
    $507
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Highlight #1
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
Sure, you’ve seen the photos as a child and dreamt of visiting for years – but you’ll still pinch yourself when you finally see them in real life.
Essential Egypt - 9 Days
Highlight #2
Abu Simbel : Larger than life
With colossal statues of Ramses II, massive pillars down the entrance chamber and walls covered entirely in hieroglyphics, Abu Simbel leaves you feeling tiny and awed.
Essential Egypt - 9 Days
Highlight #3
Experience Nile Cleopatra-style
By far the most romantic way to sail the Nile, sit back, relax and listen to the gentle water lapping as you ride the iconic felucca down the river.
Shop like Egyptians do
Highlight #4
Shop like Egyptians do
Stroll through bazaars studded with hundreds of shops that sell a myriad of items: colourful lamps, small marble statues, jewellery and a range of little souvenirs.
Where the who’s who of Ancient Egypt are buried
Highlight #5
Where the who’s who of Ancient Egypt are buried
Welcome to the Valley of the Kings. To explore the glorious royal tombs here really is to be in another time, another place.

Reviews

8 Reviews

DARRYL WORTH

Written on 01 Oct, 2018

5.0 out of 5
I really enjoyed the whole trip. It was well organised and informative. The tour guide had sound knowledge of all the sites visited and locations we passed through. The fact that we all were about to ask questions, and so many of them was great. All the On The Go crew were friendly, polite and willing to go the extra mile. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
JUSTIN WORTH

Written on 01 Oct, 2018

5.0 out of 5
A well conducted tour for all ages from the young to the old. Dino our guide catered for all our individual needs 24/7. I will be recommending On The Go and this particular tour to all my friends
Fiona Callisto
4.0 out of 5
Amazing tour, wonderful sights, great hotels but most importantly the best guide ever, Dino was amazing, so helpful with everything ”
Roberto Roja
5.0 out of 5
We had such a magical and awesome time travelling through Egypt. The organisation of the tour was exceptional. Highlights for us was definitely the felucca boat trip, swimming with the wild dolphins in The Red Sea, riding on camels through the desert with the Great pyramids of Giza in the background!! Memories and experiences that will forever stay with us! Our tour guide Medo was amazing! Best tour guide ever... he was always there for us and his knowledge and wisdom about the ancient Egyptian culture and mythology is on another level... such a passionate individual and caring about our ever need. ”
Brian Falou
5.0 out of 5
Explains things to us as if we can see and feel that we are actually there.Top marks of being a tour guide and with a sense of humour is great,always on time helpful to all of people on tour keep up the great job momo.😊”
Natalia Mcallansmith
4.5 out of 5
All 3 staff [driver, cook and guide] were great, friendly, and the food was wonderful. Tents and mattresses were of a good standard. The staff who ran the Serengeti excursion were also very professional.Some of the campsites were a little basic; with poorly maintained facilities - for example broken toilet seats and non-flushing toilets were unpleasant. But they all had a bar area for child drinks, which was good.We didn't appreciate beforehand the number of very early starts that would be required; perhaps this should be made more clear on trip notes.”
Jan Sawyer
5.0 out of 5
Thank you to Sarah for arranging this tour for us via your China agents. This is the first tailor made tour you have provided to Taiwan and was an experiment on both sides. Whilst the tour itinerary was not easy to understand and Lion Travel Service in Taipei City were unable to provide it in a more usual format for UK clients, the actual tour worked very well. We were picked up on time at the University Campus in Taoyuan and were provided with an exceptionally good tour by a very good english speaking guide. The only down side was the first hotel which was poor. We gave feedback to the company as it lets down their excellent reputation and we suggested that they don't use this hotel again. We were told by our hosts at Taoyuan University that Lion Travel is the biggest travel company in Taiwan and has a very good reputation there. We particularly enjoyed the National Centre for Traditional Arts near Yilan and the fish spa. We were unable to make use of the hot springs at the hotel as it was so dirty and the hotel was so poor. The following day the highlight was the drive to Hualien on a spectacular coast road, and the visit to Tarago Gorge Park where the gorge sides are all marble, as are the 'rocks' in the river bed below. Superb! We had a little time spare on the final day so had some time at the Royal Palace Museum in Taipei - an absolute 'must' for any visitors to Taiwan. It is fabulous and really needs several hours just to scratch the surface. 20% of China's best treasures are housed here and whilst China would like them back, Taiwan is not giving them up. The last hotel at the airport is very new and is excellent. Highly recommended company, guide, and tour. Thank you Sarah for arranging it.”
Leanda Howell
5.0 out of 5
I couldn’t recommend a guide more highly than Jamal. He was always watching after us and making sure that all our needs were met. He went above and beyond his duties many times. Above all he has a wonderful sense of humor, warmth and a great deal of knowledge. He made our holiday and because of him I would book with On the Go Tours again! ”
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Itinerary

Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Egypt's bustling capital.

Pyramids of Giza & Saqqara Step Pyramid

Our Egyptian adventure begins today with a guided tour of the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx on the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World the three great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago. and the largest pyramid Cheops was constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, Constructed 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. There are plenty of camels available for hire at the pyramids if you fancy a real Arabian experience. 

We travel on to the necropolis of Saqqara to see Zhoser’s step pyramid - which is the oldest large-scale stone monument still standing. Constructed by Imhotep the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, Zhoser’s step pyramid became the template for all future pyramid construction, including the famous Pyramids of Giza. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Luxor. This morning we'll discover the remarkable treasures of King Tutankhamun at the world-famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to a staggering array of Egyptian antiquities. This afternoon we board our coach for the 9 hour drive south to Luxor. Upon arrival this evening we check into our hotel by the River of Nile.

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Aswan. Luxor is known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum” and today we'll begin to discover why. After breakfast we cross to the West Bank of the Nile where we'll see the towering 18m high Colossi of Memnon statues before entering the Valley of the Kings, which is home to over 60 beautifully decorated royal tombs, some of which you can enter. The tombs were carved into the desert rocks to house the sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the pharaohs, awaiting passage into the after-life. Some of the tombs are so well preserved that the colors of the incredible pharaonic friezes are still as vibrant as when they were first painted. The best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen. 

From the Valley of the Kings we travel on to the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces. Later this afternoon we continue our journey south to Egypt's southernmost city, Aswan. 

Optional Abu Simbel & Philae Temple

Early this morning there is an optional road excursion to visit Abu Simbel which is possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its four colossal seated statues of the Ramses II staring out across Lake Nasser. 

After the optional excursion we take a short boat ride out to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple which is dedicated to the goddess Isis and dates back to 4th century BC. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool, go shopping in the colorful souks and watch a beautiful sunset over the Nile.

Elephantine Island

Today we enjoy a relaxing sailing trip on the River Nile on board a traditional Egyptian felucca sailing boat. Sit back, relax and watch life along the riverbank as we sail to Elephantine Island. The rocks on Elephantine form the shape of an elephant's back and on the island you can opt to see the ancient Nilometer which measures the depth of the Nile and wander around the colorful Nubian Village. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Kom Ombo & Luxor Temple

Aswan - Kom Ombo - Luxor. We bid farewell to Aswan this morning and travel back to Luxor, stopping en route to visit the striking riverside temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god Sobek. Arriving into Luxor, opt for an evening excursion to the spectacular Luxor Temple, which is best seen after dark when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights.

Karnak Temple & pool time

Luxor - Cairo. Enjoy a morning tour of the gigantic Karnak Temple Complex. Karnak is home to spectacular towering columns, sanctuaries, pylons, chapels and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. This afternoon you can opt a dip in the hotel pool and soak up the sunshine before later this evening boarding the overnight sleeper train bound for Cairo.

Cairo

Sunday. Arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our start hotel, where our Egyptian adventure ends. Today offers free time for you to further explore Cairo before included departure transfer to the airport. Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm. 

Should you wish to stay a few more days, post tour accommodation is available, should you require.

Inclusions

 Breakfast daily

 1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)

 Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan and Kom Ombo

 Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

 Ave group size: 16 persons

 7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels

 Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 9

 Felucca excursion to Elephantine Island

 All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

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

 Additional 5% GST

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