Abu Simbel Sun Festival Feb 2020 - 11 Days

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Witness the extraordinary Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, explore exquisitely decorated tombs at Luxor's Valley of the Kings and marvel at the iconic Sphinx and legendary Pyramids of Giza, on this 11 day tour which offers the best of ancient Egypt.

  • Abu Simbel - visit this awe-inspiring temple at sunrise to witness the incredible phenomenon of the Abu Simbel Sun Festival
  • Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian 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
  • Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
  • Aswan - take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs
  • Nile felucca cruising - 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
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. An alternative for those aged 16+ would be to take the Nile Cruise upgrade, if offered for this section of the trip.
  • Middle East
  • Egypt
Tour Types
  • Small Group
Day 1: Cairo

Arrival Cairo and included transfer to hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure. The Welcome Meeting will be held this evening at 7pm.

Day 2: Pyramids of Giza

Visit the legendary Pyramids of Giza and iconic Sphinx today, before continuing to Saqqara to see Zhoser’s step pyramid.

Day 3: Cairo
( overnight in Sleeper Train)
Take a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Giza today. Spend the afternoon at leisure before we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Day 4: Aswan
( overnight in Overnight – hotel/coach journey to Abu Simbel )
Explore the beautiful Philae Temple in Aswan, reached by a boat ride on the mighty Nile. The rest of the day is at leisure until we leave for Abu Simbel by coach in the early hours of the morning of day 5.

Day 5: Abu Simbel
( overnight in Felucca)
Enjoy the incredible Abu Simbel Sun Festival, which takes place just twice a year. Watch as the rising sun illuminates the inner sanctum of the temple. After the festival we return to Aswan and board our felucca. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to the 5 star version of this tour.

Day 6: Felucca Cruise
( overnight in Felucca)
Relax as the felucca cruises down the Nile. There is a stop at the famous double temple of Kom Ombo.

Day 7: Felucca Cruise

Disembark the felucca and travel to ancient Luxor today for an afternoon at leisure. This evening you may opt to join our tour of Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated after dark (book locally).

Day 8: Luxor

Explore inside some of the tombs at the famous Valley of the Kings and see the Temple of Hatshepsut. Continue to the giant colossi of Memnon and lastly today, we visit Karnak Temple.

Day 9: Luxor
( overnight in Sleeper Train)
Today is at leisure, tonight we return by overnight train to Cairo.

Day 10: Cairo

Arrival and hotel check in. Spend the remainder of today exploring Cairo your way or opt to join our excursion to Khan el Khalili Bazaar (book locally).

Day 11: Cairo

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

  • Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee, Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 11
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 5 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruiser Upgrade, 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • 1/2 night 4-5 star Aswan hotel prior to overnight bus journey (3.5 hrs) to Abu Simbel
  • 2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 11
  • Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo and Luxor
  • Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

NB - the following are not included:

-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
-International flights and visa
-Entrance Fees: USD$80–100pp, paid in local currency

Kaz Kez 25-Feb-2019

Cannot say enough wonderful things about our tour guide Alam with On The Go Tours. Entire holiday went smoothly with no hiccups. Alam was so informative with so much information and was always making sure our On The Go Tour family was having a great time and felt safe.

Rating: 5/5

Glenna 25-Feb-2019

On the Go Tours was amazing! Loved it! Better than we imagined! Our guide Alam went above and beyond!! We enjoyed our group (family) too! Thanks Alam. Keep up the good work. And keep on smiling.

Rating: 5/5

Robert Joyce 22-May-2018

The tour over all your was fantastic with all involved. What I’m wondering is, we want to plan another trip but are wondering if we can spend more time on the Felucca Boat. The Captain we had Mohamed Badry was absolutely amazing. We had such fun the 2 days on board. We are wondering if we can spend more time and go further down the nile perhaps skipping the train ride for more time on the boats with Mr. Badry and his crew? The personal touch and pleasant demeanour of him and his crew drew all 17 of us together like a big family. It was truly wonderful. I’ve been telling all our friends and family about relaxing on the nile, no stress, no problems.

Rating: 5/5

Kandy KEMP 07-Feb-2015

Not enough space here. Dino was a fantastic guide.Answered all of my questions, (yes lots of them) satisfactorily. His humor is an added bonus. Fun. Very well spoken. Picked up on our Aussie lingo easily and actually understood it. Very entertaining and informative. The tour was well organised. I got to live a dream.

Rating: 5/5


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