Festive King Ramses - 13 days

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

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Festive King Ramses - 13 days

13 Days Starting and ending in Cairo

Visiting: Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Umbu, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Hurghada

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

131/XKR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult. Where a tour includes an overnight felucca the minimum age to travel by felucca is 18 yrs. We accept aged 16+ on the Nile Cruisers.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TOUR: Escape to sunny Egypt this festive season - explore pyramids and temples, sail down the Nile, discover the Valley of the Kings, plus spend three days relaxing at a Red Sea retreat. Choose between Xmas day at the pyramids or on the Nile and ring in the New Year by the Red Sea in Hurghada!

Highlights

  • Hurghada - Relax at the Red Sea, swim and opt to snorkel or scuba dive in the clear coastal waters

  • Cairo - Marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Grand Egyptian Museum

  • Luxor West Bank - Discover exquisite tombs at the Valley of the Kings, see the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

  • Luxor - Roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night

  • Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs

  • 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)

  • Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt's bustling capital. You will be met at Cairo Airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, or those arriving early may wish to book our Backstreets of Cairo tour which visits lesser known highlights of the capital including Tahrir Square, the hub of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.



You may also extend your stay in Cairo with our pre or post tour accommodation or [[tour add-ons|121802]] like our [[Alexandria Day Trip|122837]].

Day 2 : Pyramids Of Giza
Location: Pyramids of Giza
Meals Included: Breakfast

Get ready for a memorable day! Today we explore the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! A stop will be made at a government supervised papyrus emporium, and then we travel on to explore the sand-strewn tombs and temples of the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, home to the Zhoser’s Step Pyramid.

Day 3 : Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Cairo - Aswan. This morning we’ll travel to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition containing the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Many pieces on show are being displayed for the first time and artefacts have been brought together from across Egypt and the world to this one location. The museum also makes use of new technology including virtual reality.



After our guided tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum we head over to National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. Then there's time to relax back at the hotel before we board the night train to Aswan this evening.



Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in summer 2022, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.

Day 4 : Aswan
Location: Aswan
Meals Included: Breakfast

After arrival to Aswan and hotel check-in, we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we’ll discover the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. On return to Aswan we’ll make a stop 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.

Day 5 : Abu Simbel
Location: Abu Simbel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aswan - Nile felucca sailing. Optional early morning excursion to the magnificent rock-cut Temples of Abu Simbel, built by mighty King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. Relax and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route for swimming and visiting local villages.



If sailing by [[felucca|122461]] is not your style, consider upgrading to a [[5 star luxury Nile Cruise|130530]], please see 'Cruise Upgrade Prices & Dates' tab above for details.

Day 6 : Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo
Location: Kom Umbu
Meals Included: 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 before returning to the felucca for the night.

Day 7 : Luxor
Location: Luxor
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 and then tonight, we have the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards. Luxor Temple was built by Amenhotep III and looks stunning at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights (book/pay locally), alternatively simply enjoy the facilities of our hotel.

Day 8 : Valley Of The Kings
Location: Valley of the Kings
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we discover the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings and some its many tombs. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the Temple of Amenophis III, before exploring 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.

Day 9 : Hurghada
Location: Hurghada
Meals Included: Breakfast

Luxor - Hurghada. Today we drive to the coastal town of Hurghada, which will be our base for the next few days. 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.

Day 10 : Hurghada
Location: Hurghada
Meals Included: Breakfast

The next 2 days are free to explore Hurghada or simply relax. There's is an optional day trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkelling, which can be booked locally.



Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has plenty of restaurants and late night bars for evening entertainment. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyrites and Port Safaga – a famously windy place which is ideal for windsurfing.

Day 11 : Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Hurghada - Cairo. This morning we drive to Cairo where the remainder of today is free for you to relax or explore Egypt’s capital at leisure. Or you can opt to join us on a excursion to Khan el Khalili Bazaar, the ideal place for some last minute souvenir shopping.

Day 12 : Cairo
Location: Cairo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our holiday comes to an end and we bid farewell to our guide and fellow travellers. Included airport departure transfer.



For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 - 5 star

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

  • 9 nights 4-5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 8 nights 4-5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)

  • 3 days in coastal Hurghada, Red Sea stay - Swim, sun and sand

  • 1 overnight train from Cairo to Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13

  • Touring - Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada

  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology

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

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • 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$100-120pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult. Where a tour includes an overnight felucca the minimum age to travel by felucca is 18 yrs. We accept aged 16+ on the Nile Cruisers.

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Pam Stacey Hvenegaard  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

12-Jan-2018

This was an amazing tour! I was travelling in a family group of 3 adults and 3 teens and we all loved it. There were so many experiences - tombs, temples, sailing down the Nile, markets, delicious food, driving though the desert, along the Nile, through villages and crazy Cairo traffic. Highlights were the felucca cruise (if you like camping, go for it!), Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, and Queen Nefartari's tomb (expensive but worth it!), camel ride at the pyramids, snorkelling in Hurghada, the Egyptian Museum, and the temples at Luxor. So much history and so many adventures! New Year's Eve on the felucca with the Nubian crew playing drums and everyone dancing was magical. I recommend staying in Hurghada for 4 nights instead of 2 if at all possible. It was a wonderful place to relax after the busy days of touring. Great snorkelling! We were so well taken care of by OTG and our guide Alam. Alam was incredibly knowledgeable and organized. He explained everything very well, called us his family and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible experience, that all our questions were answered and that we all felt safe and secure. In fact at no time did I feel unsafe, even at night in the streets or market or train platform. The Egyptian people were very friendly and welcoming, if not a little too eager to sell us their wares, but all part of the cultural experience! I highly recommend this tour!

Dipti P  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

16-Jan-2017

First of all I would like to let all the readers know that Egypt is a beautiful, safe and spectacular country that will go way beyond your expectations...You wiill leave wanting more! The King Ramses tour is a perfect way to see the culture and history of Egypt. It really takes you throughout the country by train and bus and explore different aspects of Egypt. Loved how the tour ended with a few days in Hurghada so we could rest and relax before heading home. From the moment we arrived in Cairo On the Go had a rep waiting and welcoming us at the airport. I don't think I can express it enough how professional and warm hearted your tour guides are. We had Momo for most of our tour and Adham on our Nile Cruise. Both very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Momo is right in his element with what he does...His knowledge and passion for his country is evident in his energy and storytelling with every site we visited and through his detailed answers. He was always so patient with the questions and always had a very detailed answer...some of which he may have had to repeat over and over again...But always with a smile. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Each day was filled with laughter and adventure and memories that will be with us for a lifetime. No matter the situation Momo always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and okay from day 1 right until we said our goodbyes at the end of the tour. I have done several tours now over the years and Momo has set the bar so high with characteristics of what a tour guide should be. All three of us who traveled together agree that without MOMO our Egypt experience just would have not been the same...He called our group "family" and he definitely treated us all that way... Actually felt like all 32 people on the tour were family...It was hard to say good-bye. Keep up the wonderful work Momo and know you have truly left us wanting to come back to your beautiful country and we hope you can guide us again one day on a future tour.😀

Rebecca Bryant  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

09-Jan-2016

Great trip, talented tour guide. Very knowledgeable and professional.

Lauren Nowland  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

20-Jan-2017

By far this has been my favourite overseas holiday! We arrived a day early and did a tour with MoMo to Alexandria, which I think is a must-do as it gives you better understanding of the Greek and Roman influence on Egypt. I chose this tour as it fits in all the highlights of Egypt. I couldn't pick just one highlight of the tour - standing in the middle of a pyramid, watching the sunrise as we did hot air ballooning over Luxor, the temples and seeing the beautiful paintings in the tombs. If you are going over New Years the cruise is a must. The weather is quite cold outside so I have no regrets in this instance for not doing the felucca ride (which would be perfect for the warmer months!) The party onboard was a lot of fun and the staff onboard were wonderful and gave us quite a feast for New Years. While other tours let you go straight back to Cairo after being in Luxor, I highly recommend heading to Hurghada. After having incredibly busy days it is nice to unwind and enjoy a beautiful resort. Even in Winter the Red Sea is warm and great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Hurghada was a must-go place for me as I had arranged my own private tours there to scuba dive (so if you are a scuba diver, this tour is a good one to choose as you have a lot of free time for water sports) and do a few other adventure activities. Our tour guide Mo Mo was great and went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible. He is an excellent ambassador for his country and would invite us out to share meals with him at local venues in his free time - and these were some of the best meals of the trip. He created a sense of unity for the tour group and assisted us in facilitating great relationships with one another. We also had another tour guide Adham on the cruise as Mo Mo was on the felucca with others. Adham was great as well and I cannot fault him. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wanted to visit Egypt. It far exceeded my expectations and gave me a bit of a taste of each place in a short period of time. It has made me want to return and further explore a few places like Aswan and enjoy more leisure time in Hurghada.

Angela Otimi  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

24-Feb-2018

This has been a trip of a life time and On the Go Tours had made it possible with this tour. Our tour guide, Momo, is so passionate about his country and his knowledge made our experience extra special. The tour was just perfect and with the 4 days of relaxation in Hurghada was a welcome relief after touring Egypt. The sites were amazing and so majestic I cried tears of happiness at a few of the sites. To have a guide like Momo, we couldn’t have asked for better. Not only did he care about us, reassuring, organising us so that we would get the best out of our tour. He helped complete strangers from different ends of the world come together and form great friendships that will continue hereafter. We cannot thank you enough, On the Go Tours and Momo for the best adventure of mine and my mother in laws life. We will forever be grateful.

Leigh-Ann Lottering  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

02-Jan-2018

Good day All. I just wanted to type a note of appreciation. Thank you for making my first solo trip to Egypt so remarkable. As a single lady embarking on this tour I did not for a second feel unsafe or uncomfortable. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet amazing people and that is inclusive of all your tour members. A special note of thanks to Mohamed Alam, his key notes on each monument was insightful, informative and his advice had made each experience enjoyable. I also believe his quirky sense of humour had put us all at ease. I will forever treasure the memories of this trip, have already informed my family and friends and wish you all the best! Take care and God bless

Kimberly Seaward  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

05-Jan-2018

Hands down the best 13 days EVER! Largely due to our amazing guide Dino :) Dino wasn't just a guide, he was very much part of the group joining us for evening drinks, meals, additional excursions and generally just hanging out with us socially. It didn't feel like we were just being chaperoned around and educated on the key sites (although he did a fantastic job of that as well), Dino was more like a new friend proudly showing us his country, history and culture. He is a fantastic ambassador for On The Go Tours and Egypt in general and I 100% back him for a Leadership Award! Good Luck Dino and enormous thanks again for an amazing trip!

Rosie Ryleigh  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

14-Jan-2015

Great guide. Mostly great tour. An extra day on the felluca would have been good and i donlt think quite so many early starts were needed.

Stephanie Olson  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

14-Jan-2018

Amazing tour with a lovely and spectacular guide Alam, he went above and beyond so that my family and myself felt safe, comfortable, and overall had a wonderful experience!

Rosie Ryleigh  

Festive King Ramses - 13 days

14-Jan-2015

Great guide. Mostly great tour. An extra day on the felluca would have been good and i donlt think quite so many early starts were needed.

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