History comes alive in this family adventure through Egypt

Uncover the ancient mysteries and modern marvels of Egypt and see why this classic destination inspires millions of travellers each year. With an action-packed itinerary that is purpose built for families, this authentic Egypt experience blends all the must-see highlights with off-the-beaten-track activities and time to relax by the pool. So whether you're cruising the Nile in a felucca, sitting down to dinner with a Nubian family or playing ‘guess who got the Sphinx’s nose’, this enlightening family tour of Egypt is sure to fill the photo album and keep you reminiscing around the dinner table for years to come.


Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Destination
Egypt
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer, Family
Code
XEFGS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore ancient icons like the Pyramids, Sphinx and Valley of the Kings with you family, getting the behind the scenes info from expert local guides.

  • This tour offers so many chances to interact with the locals and experience a slice of contemporary Egyptian life, including dinner with a Nubian family in an Aswan village.

  • See the light of the sunrise on the dunes of the Sahara during a breakfast cruise down the Nile on a traditional felucca.

  • Check out epic monuments like the Temple of Isis during the day, then relax by the pool in the afternoon – this trip has scheduled sightseeing and time to relax.

  • Egypt can be overwhelming, especially if you’re travelling with kids, but the guidance of your local leader and a well-planned, balanced itinerary make for an anxiety-free adventure.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There is a fair amount of walking involved in exploring the pyramids and it can get very hot in the summer. Be sure your family has appropriate clothing, sun protection and plenty of water to drink.

  • Evenings can get quite cool, so it's best to bring warm clothes too. Wearing layers is the best way to deal with the disparity in day and night temperatures.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Cairo, an intriguing mix of the modern and ancient. Your family adventure begins at a welcome meeting at 5 pm tonight at your hotel. With the formalities out of the way, head out for a meal with your leader and fellow travellers and get to know each other over some local fare. For those who arrive early and have free time there are plenty of things to see and do. You can head out to explore the markets or, if the hustle and bustle of the city is too much, catch the metro into the oldest part of the city, the Coptic Christian sector. The latter is a haven of peace and quiet, with narrow cobbled streets and beautiful old churches.
Accommodation
  • Novotel Cairo El Borg or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour - USD45
  • Urban Adventures - Saqqara and Memphis - USD73
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Explore the amazing Pyramids of Giza which have stood tall for 4500 years, including the enigmatic Great Sphinx. Afterwards, head to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum and be sure to check out the Mummies Hall (optional) for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. You'll have plenty of time to explore the sites today (approximately 3 hours for the pyramids and 3 hours for the museum). In the evening you will transfer to Giza Railway Station and board an overnight train to the southern city of Luxor (approximately 13 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
Optional Activities
  • Cairo -The Royal Mummy Room - EGP180
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entry fee) - EGP300
  • Cairo - The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre (entry fee) - EGP60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Each cabin sleeps two people in single bunk beds. The lower bunk can also be converted into two seats. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided, but some families opt to bring their own sleep sheets. There is a compartment next to the upper bed for luggage storage and a small sink. Toilets are located at the end of the carriage. During the journey dinner and breakfast are provided, however the meals are very basic, and you may wish to bring along your own fresh fruit, snacks and water to supplement these.
Upon arrival you'll have time to have some breakfast at our Luxor hotel before we head over to the Karnak Temple Complex, the largest religious building in the world. Building began over 4000 years ago, and construction continued gradually until around BC 30. Enjoy a guided tour of this vast system of pylons, obelisks and chapels including the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. History truly comes alive here, especially with a local guide who is passionate about the stories and legends that shaped it. After a few hours exploring this site, you’ll likely be ready for an afternoon of relaxation at the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Nile Valley Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak (Entry) - EGP250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Embrace another early morning, cross the Nile and drive to the secluded Valley of the Kings. Sixty-three pharaohs were buried here as part of their journey to the afterlife. In the company of a local guide you will spend a few hours exploring some of the exquisitely decorated tombs. It is here that the burial site of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, was re-discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. If you'd like to organise a visit to King Tut's tomb today, this can be arranged with advance notice – ask your leader for details at the beginning of your trip. After some lunch in Luxor we hit the road to Aswan (4 hours).
Accommodation
  • Basma Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Donkey ride (Sep - Apr Only) - EGP40
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun (Entry) - EGP250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free for you to explore Aswan, or the surrounding area, at your family’s preferred pace. You might want to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, located near the Sudan border. These two temples – one for Ramses II and another he dedicated to his wife Queen Nefertari – were cut into the cliff face in the 13th century and remain impressive in their scope and detail.

If you would prefer to stay in Aswan and get a taste of contemporary Egypt there is plenty to do. The relaxed atmosphere makes Aswan a great city to wander and watch the boats cruise the Nile, plus there’s always the hotel pool nearby where you and the kids can cool off. This evening we head to the bazaar to wander around before a group dinner.

Accommodation
  • Basma Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus & entrance fee (price from per person - minimum 4 passengers) - USD110
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk (entrance only) - EGP80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
ABU SIMBEL OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:
By flight: 40minutes each way
By bus: 3hours each way

FLIGHTS: should be booked in advance online through EgyptAir: http://www.egyptair.com/English. Prices vary throughout the season, depending on the day of the week you fly and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay between US$250-300 pp. It's recommended to book the early morning flight and visit Abu Simbel at sunrise to avoid the heat. The airport is 25mins from the hotel in Aswan.

BY BUS: this can be organised locally via your leader (US$110 pp). It is an early start (between 5-6am) and you will return to Aswan in the early afternoon (1-2pm). Ask your leader for details on how to arrange a visit, but be aware you need a minimum of four people to participate in this optional activity.
This morning travel by water taxi to the Temple of Isis from Philae. Dedicated to the multifaceted Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom, this structure was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile in the 1960s and relocated to its current location on Agilkia Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings which one of the real gems of upper Egypt. Your afternoon is free, so why not cool off with a swim in the pool. In the early evening, travel across the river to a Nubian village, where you will enjoy dinner with a local family. This is a great way to immerse your family in a different culture and learn about another way of life.
Accommodation
  • Basma Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Rise and shine for a sunrise Felucca ride along the Nile. Any residual grumpiness from being up so early is bound to fade away when you see the sunlight reflecting off the Saharan sand dunes. Enjoy breakfast on board, then return to your hotel for some free time. The flight for Cairo leaves in the mid-afternoon and you should arrive before night falls. After you’ve settled into your hotel, perhaps head out or an optional dinner with your fellow family travellers.
Accommodation
  • Novotel Cairo El Borg or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aswan - Felucca Sail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Check out at the hotel in Aswan will be at noon but bags will be stored in the lobby and accessible.
You family adventure through Egypt comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Overnight Train, Private minivan, Flight

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)

Included activities

  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Luxor - Temple of Karnak
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner
  • Aswan - Felucca Sail

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 4 (Felucca).

Internal Flight: please note the standard check in luggage allowance is 23 kg for EgyptAir.

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page – intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

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