Tour a land of the Pharaohs in this solo parent family adventure

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 perfectly suited to families, this authentic Egypt experience blends all the must-see highlights with plenty of off the beaten track activities. So whether you're cruising the Nile in a felucca, sitting down to dinner with a Nubian family or checking out mummified crocodiles in the Temple of Kom Ombo, this enlightening tour of Egypt is sure to fill the photo album and keep you reminiscing 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

  • Egypt is home to some of the world's most amazing ancient icons. You and your family will explore the Pyramids, Sphinx and Valley of the Kings with expert local guides

  • There are so many chances to interact with the locals and experience a slice of contemporary Egyptian life. You and your family will dine with Nubian village folk in a house in Aswan

  • Sleep under the stars, feast on hearty cuisine and be dazzled by the riverside scenery on a felucca sailing trip down the Nile

  • The overnight train from Cairo to Aswan is a fun activity for the whole family, with comfortable sleeping quarters and good food – not to mention the thrill of waking up in an exciting new destination. Whilst bedding is supplied some families opt to bring their own sleep sheets

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.

  • Cruising down the Nile on a felucca is an amazing experience, but keep in mind that facilities will be basic. You'll sleep outside under the stars on a simple mattress. There is a nice clean toilet on board.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt. Meet your group and leader at a welcome meeting at 5 pm tonight, so make sure you've insurance details for yourself and your kid(s) to pass on. Dispense with the formalities then head out on the first of many Egyptian meals as a group. For those who arrive early and have free time, there are plenty of things to see and do. Travel along the river by felucca, 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 - USD64
  • Urban Adventures - Saqqara and Memphis - USD73
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Explore the amazing Pyramids of Giza which have stood tall for 4500 years. Afterwards, make your way 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. In the evening you will board an overnight train to the southern city of Aswan (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
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive in Aswan in the morning. Here the Nile runs deep and fast between granite rocks as the desert encroaches on the river. Even to travellers in ancient times, Aswan was known as the legendary gateway to the kingdom of Nubia. Today it is still something of a frontier town, where the Arab Middle East meets Africa.
You will have the rest of the morning free to explore Aswan, have a swim in the hotel pool or simply sit back and enjoy the view of the Nile. In the early afternoon we will take a water taxi over to the Temple of Isis at Philae. The Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom), which was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt.

In the early evening you will take a trip across the river to a Nubian village and enjoy dinner at one of the local houses.
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Accommodation
  • Pyramisa Isis Corniche hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is free for you to explore Aswan, or the surrounding area, at your family’s preferred pace. If you can wrangle the troops, 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. 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. We highly recommend this activity.

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.
Accommodation
  • Pyramisa Isis Corniche hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus & entrance fee (price from per person - minimum 4 passengers) - USD100
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk (entrance only) - EGP80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you chose to visit Abu Simbel, you will return to Aswan approximately 1-1.30pm
Climb aboard a felucca (traditional wooden boat with a broad canvas sail) and spend a day on the Nile River and an evening under the stars. Watch the sun set across the river and relax, watching life along the water. While there's no cabin or enclosed section on the felucca, a canopy offers shade and protection from the elements. Conditions are basic, but there is a clean toilet on board and the crew will prepare all your meals. You will sleep outside, on a mattress on the deck. 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 5°C) so a sleeping bag will be included for you on the boat.
Accommodation
  • Overnight Felucca (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise and shine - have breakfast on the felucca before transferring by bus to Luxor (approximately 4 hours), tracing the path of the Nile to the north. Upon arrival you'll have time to relax at the hotel before we head over to the Karnak Temple in the afternoon. Karnak Temple is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun.
Accommodation
  • Nile Valley Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Sound and Light Show at Karnak (entrance only) - EGP250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Embrace another early start, cross the Nile and drive to the secluded Valley of the Kings. Spend around two hours exploring this vast burial ground with a guide and wonder at some of the exquisitely decorated tombs of ancient rulers. 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 the tour. On your way back to the river, spend about a hour at the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female ruler. Take a late afternoon flight back to Cairo. After you've settled into the hotel, why not head out for a final dinner with your fellow family travellers.
Accommodation
  • Novotel Cairo El Borg or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor- Donkey ride
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
Optional Activities
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun - EGP250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart your accommodation at any time after check-out.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Felucca, Overnight train, Private Minivan, Flight

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Felucca (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included activities

  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Aswan - Philae Temple
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor- Donkey ride
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple

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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.

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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