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
- 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.
Day 1-2 - Cairo - overnight train
- On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.
- Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
- In the morning of Day 2, you will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions and venture to the Egyptian Museum. This is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
- You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost). From here you will drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
- Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
- Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and 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
- You will arrive in Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population.
- The Nubian Bazaar is a must, it is bright and bustling, with an abundance of spices, carpets and leather goods. This is especially fun for kids, the donkey carts and men in flowing robes and turbans make it quite a spectacle! Many also recommend the excellent Nubian Museum.
- In the afternoon, if time permits, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island.
- It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day will be free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it.
- The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
- Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Your guide can arrange any number of excursions for you.
- You will travel across the river to a Nubian village in the evening, to enjoy dinner at a local house.
Day 4 - Nile Felucca
- For those interested, there will be an optional early morning excursion to Abu Simbel today. This optional trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights.
- Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon - an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions.
- You will board a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca this afternoon, and spend the night under the stars on the water. While conditions are basic, the Nubian crew will prepare hearty meals and the fun of the adventure makes it well worth the trip.
- You’ll sleep on the deck of the felucca on a mattress. Blankets will be provided, but we recommend taking a sheet. Between October and March, we also recommend that you bring a sleeping bag, as it can get very cold over night.
- There are no toilets on board but the boat can stop upon request for toilet breaks.
- Before the sun sets, a western style toilet will be set up on the bank nearby in a tent.
- This component of the trip is dependent upon weather and wind, so slight alterations to the itinerary will need to be made accordingly.
- Watching the sun set across the Nile is a highlight of the trip.
Day 5 - Luxor
- Visit the temple at Kom Ombo in the morning. A temple dedicated to the gods Haroeris and the crocodile-headed Sobek that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge providing an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. There are a number of mummified crocodiles on display here. On the east bank near Kom Ombo, there is some reclaimed land that is irrigated by the canals to keep the desert from encroaching. It helps to support a Nubian community displaced from their homes as a result of rising water. Crops of sugar cane are also grown here.
- You will take a bus north to Luxor next (approximately 4 hours) - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
- You will have some free time here to explore the museum and monuments. You may have the opportunity to visit Karnak (optional) to see the sound and light show, which is especially spectacular.
- You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings.
- It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it.
- Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
- As you wind your way back t the river, you will have the chance to see the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, it is an imposing funerary temple commemorating Egypt’s first female ruler.
- The afternoon will be free - you can choose to continue exploring or simply relax by the pool.
Day 7-8 - Hurghada
- You will take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak early in the morning - one of the worlds most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections.
- You will depart the Nile and drive on to Hurghada in the afternoon (approximately 5 hours). You will notice the landscape changing from the lush greenery of the Nile Valley to the sparse expanse of the Eastern Desert. Soon you will spy the glittering water of the Dead Sea.
- Hurghada is a beautiful resort by the sea, and the snorkelling is exceptional.
- You will spend the following day out on one of the offshore reefs, the marine life is abundant and the water is warm.
Day 9 - Hurghada
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart our accommodation at any time.