Take the family on an adventure holiday with this combination of history and some fun at the beach. Learn together the fascinating stories of Egypt's ancient past, then cap it off with a couple of days relaxing by the Red Sea.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Our Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family and operated by our sister company The Family Adventure Company. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.
Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most.
Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.
Why we love it
- Be wowed by the splendid architecture of Karnak
- Cruise down the Nile on a Felucca
- Enjoy a hearty meal with a Nubian family
- Gaze across the legendary Pyramids of Giza
- Meet a mummy at the Egyptian Museum
- Search for tombs in the Valley of the Kings
- Snorkel above coral reefs in the Red Sea
- Stare into the eyes of the Great Sphinx
Day 1-2 - Cairo - overnight train
- Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt.
- Today is the joining day of the tour and is free for you to settle in. The group flight will be arriving in the evening and you will be meeting the group and leader the next morning at approximately 8am. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned.
- Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo is a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.
- There are plenty of things to see and do with free time in Cairo. Travel along the river by felucca, head out to explore the markets or If the crowds and the noise of the city are too much, catch the metro into the oldest part of the city, the Coptic Christian sector - with its narrow cobbled streets and ancient churches, it's a haven of peace and quiet.
- Our hotel is close to the pyramids, so while it is a fair way from the airport, it means there is less distance to cover the next day.
- The next morning meet your leader and the rest of the group and set out on a full-day sightseeing tour of two of the city's most famous sights - the pyramids of Giza, and the Egyptian Museum.
- In the evening we board an overnight train to the southern city of Aswan.
- An airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
Grand Pyramids or similar
Day 3 - Aswan
- We arrive into Aswan in the morning, where the Nile runs deep and fast between granite rocks as the desert encroaches on the river.
- Even to travellers in ancient times, Aswan was legendary as the entrance to the kingdom of Nubia. Today it is still something of a frontier town, where the Arab Middle East meets black Africa. With its mixed population of Egyptians and Nubians, Aswan is quite unlike any other town in the country. By virtue of its position on the old caravan route, it has always been a trading centre, and we thoroughly recommend a visit to the packed bazaar where merchants display a wealth of exotic spices, carpets, leather goods and countless other wares. Enjoy the sights of donkey carts and men in flowing robes and turbans.
- In the afternoon there may be time to take a taxi out to visit the temple of Isis at Philae.
- A visit to Philae Temple is highly recommended. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, the temple was painstakingly moved and reassembled after the construction of Aswan High Dam flooded its original island location.
- There are many other sites to be seen around Aswan and your leader should be able to organise some excursions, for example to the Unfinished Obelisk or a camel ride.
- In the evening we take a trip across the river to a Nubian village where we can enjoy dinner at one of the local houses.
Day 4 - Nile Felucca
- A very early start to the day usually allows for an optional excursion to Abu Simbel.
- There's an option to travel to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. Built by Ramses II, it was the gateway to Egypt for Southern Africans and its imposing facade clearly delineated the line between what was the Pharaoh's land and what was not.
- Alternatively, there is an optional camel ride to St Simeon's Monastery - a real desert experience.
- Board feluccas to spend a day out on the river and then a night under the stars. Our Nubian sailing crew provides all the meals, which are hearty and delicious.
- A felucca is a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails. The boat has a canopy that offers shade and protection from the elements, however there is no cabin or enclosed section. Please note that conditions are basic during our felucca trip but if you are prepared to rough it a bit you are sure to have the adventure of a lifetime.
- Sleep outside on the deck of the felucca on mattresses. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) it can get very cold at night (as low as 5C) so a sleeping bag is highly recommended for this period.
- There are no toilets on board our Nile felucca, but while sailing we'll stop at your request on the riverbank for toilet stops with nature. At the completion of the day's sailing we'll assemble a western-style toilet and tent close by on the riverbank. Any assistance from the group in building the toilet tent is always much appreciated.
- Please note that we may need to make slight alterations to our Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind - we won't travel very far.
- Nonetheless, watching the sun setting across the Nile in the evening is a sight you'll remember. This is the absolute highlight of the trip for many of our travellers.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-6 - Luxor
- This morning we will visit the temple at Kom Ombo. The temple is dedicated to two gods: Haroeris (Horus the elder) and the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of the Nile. There are many mummified crocs on display.
- On the east bank around Kom Ombo, reclaimed land is fed by canals to keep the desert at bay. It supports not only crops of sugar cane but also a large Nubian community displaced from their homeland by the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
- Travelling as part of a convoy, we will transfer by bus to Luxor (approx 4 hours), tracing the path of the Nile northwards.
- From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs.
- Upon arrival there will be time to look around the town's monuments and museum, and it may be possible to visit Karnak temple to witness the memorable sound and light show (optional) which relates its history in dramatic fashion.
- The following morning we will visit the ancient tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
- Rising early, we will cross the Nile and drive to the secluded valley where 63 Pharaohs were buried as part of their journey to the after-life. In the company of a local guide we will explore some of the exquisitely decorated tombs of these rulers of long ago. It is here that the burial site of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, can be found. This visit to the Valley of the Kings brings to life much of what we saw in the Egyptian Museum.
- Please note that a visit to King Tutankhamen's tomb is not included in our visit, but can be arranged as an option with advance notice. Ask your leader for details if you're interested.
- On our way back to the river we can see the imposing funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female ruler.
- This afternoon you are free to explore Luxor, or perhaps just relax by the hotel swimming pool.
Day 7-8 - Hurghada
- Early this morning we will take horse-drawn carriages to the historic temple of Karnak, which we will explore with a local guide.
- Explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works.
- In the afternoon we farewell the Nile and drive east to Hurghada (approx 5 hours).
- The green Nile valley is soon left behind as we head out into the barren Eastern Desert. Passing through rocky hills, the glittering waters of the Red Sea soon come into view and the rugged bulk of the Sinai Peninsula looms through the haze on the opposite shore. A vibrant beach resort, Hurghada is by no means a typical 'adventure destination', and enjoying the superb snorkelling on offer here is a great way to round off the trip.
- The next morning we will take to the waves and head out to the offshore reefs where you can swim and snorkel to see the abundance of vividly coloured marine life that inhabit the warm water.
Day 9 - Hurghada
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart our accommodation at any time.