Abu Simbel Sun Festival Oct 2020 - 11 days

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Add a unique element to your Egyptian holiday by combining it with the magical Abu Simbel Sun Festival. Explore the Pyramids and Sphinx, historic temples, the Valley of the Kings and sail down the Nile on a traditional felucca, taking in village life with various stops for swimming.

Highlights
  • 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.
Destinations
  • Middle East
  • Egypt
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Festivals
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

Discover the legendary Pyramids and the Sphinx today then visit Saqqara necropolis to marvel at the ancient Pyramids of Zhoser.

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

Day 4: Aswan
( overnight in 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

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

Relax as the felucca cruises down the Nile. There is a stop at the famous double temple of Kom Ombo.

Day 7: Luxor

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 8-9: Luxor
( overnight in Luxor (1) & Sleeper Train (1))
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 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.

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck). If booking our Nile Cruise Upgrade, 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels and 3 nights Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
  • 1 overnight night bus (3.5 hrs) with 4 star hotel before hand to freshen up and rest
  • 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 and Luxor
  • Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles


NB - the following are 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$80–100pp, paid in local currency

Sophie Byrne 05-Nov-2017

Visiting Egypt had been a lifelong dream of mine and my trip with On the Go exceeded all of my expectations. The ancient sites we visited, the felucca ride and all of the other experiences along the way are things I will never forget. Our guide Alam, an Egyptologist, was extremely knowledgeable, organised and above all a great person. He went above and beyond to ensure the trip ran smoothly and everybody in our group was looked after. Alam really made our trip, he is a wonderful tour guide. Overall I felt very safe in Egypt and would encourage everybody to experience this beautiful country.

Rating: 5/5




Denise Weadick 31-Oct-2016

Wonderful trip very well organised, all the guides were there when needed, very articulate and well informed. Amal is very intelligent, kind and considerate to all the ages represented on the tour.

Rating: 5/5




Seema Singh 30-Oct-2016

To Alam, Thank you for making my visit to Egypt so wonderful and memorable. You have to be the most patient man I have ever met. Managing 19 people can be challenging but you always had a smile for us. I feel like I got lucky with our group because our group dynamics just clicked and we all got along so well, but, we were even luckier having you as our guide. You were always smiling and super accommodating. Your passion for Egypt and her history really came through. That sit-down, group round-table we had at the Mosque was both illuminating & special. I have come back from Egypt with not just a lot of knowledge about her ancient history, but also a better understanding of Egypt today and a better understanding about Islam. You are a great ambassador for Egypt. Being on a guided tour made my experience much more enriching because of the group camaraderie and because I felt I was able to see a LOT in a short time and it also made me feel extremely safe. As a single woman traveling, safety is a big factor for me so this tour was the perfect way to travel . I'm already looking forward to the next one. Thank you so much! PS. Also wanted to give a big Thank you to Mido, our Cairo rep. You made it so seamless and easy to get through the airport and hotel transfers. Totally Appreciate :)

Rating: 5/5



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