Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Family Egyptian Adventure tour
Abu Simbel Aswan Family Egyptian Adventure Trip
Family Friendly Trains & Rail Family Egyptian Adventure package

Family Egyptian Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cairo - A full day exploring the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum
  • Aswan - Nubian Dinner; camel trek to St. Simeon's Monastery; optional visit to the temples at Abu Simbel
  • Aswan to Kom Ombo - 2 days felucca sail trek along the Nile River
  • Luxor - Tour of Karnak with transfer by 'calesh'; Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
  • Safaga - Full day boat trip and snorkelling in the Red Sea

Short Description

On this family holiday to Egypt we sail down the River Nile by felucca (a traditional sailing boat), ride camels through the desert and swim in the warm waters of the Red Sea. Join us as we bring history to life first hand, exploring one of the ancient civilizations of the world. Witness the wonders of the Great Pyramids of Giza, discover the Valley of the Kings, home to the famous tomb of Tutankhamun and wander the treasure-filled halls of Cairo's Egyptian Museum home to numerous world famous artefacts and treasures.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Safaga

Destinations

Egypt

Cities & Attractions

Abu Simbel Aswan Cairo

Activities

Trains & Rail

Age Requirement

7

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour Cairo

Description

Arrive in Cairo and check-in at the hotel. Cairo is Africa's second largest capital city and is a vibrant, exhilarating and welcoming city. Home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sites in Egypt, there is an incredible amount to discover here. If you arrive early you may wish to catch your first glimpse of the mighty Nile River, visit the capital's medieval market at Khan el Khalili or walk down the Nile promenade. Alternatively our hotel has a lovely swimming pool so you may just like to relax after your flight.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - In Cairo; visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum; overnight train to Aswan

Description

Cairo is situated mainly on the east bank of the Nile. This morning we take a short drive to Giza, to visit one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Pyramids, among the most impressive man-made spectacles in the world. Here, you can opt to venture inside one of the main pyramids or take in the Solar Boat Museum, designed to transport the Pharaoh's soul to the afterlife. The complex includes the Sphinx, a crouching lion with a human head carved from solid rock and the splendid Granite Temple. In the afternoon, we move on to the Egyptian Museum, which amongst its 100,000 artefacts contains the extraordinary treasures of Tutankhamun, complete with his Golden Mask. The scale of the exhibit is truly incredible and it is mind boggling to comprehend they were all discovered in his tomb at the Valley of the Kings. There are also two fascinating Mummies Rooms to explore at the museum (extra charge payable).

Later this afternoon we will transfer to the station to catch the overnight sleeper train to Aswan. The individual compartments contain a bench seat which converts into bunk beds. The carriage steward sets this up and provides bed linen, blankets and pillows. Each cabin is lockable and has a night light and cupboard that houses a small sink, shelf, mirror, towel and power socket plus there is a removable table top that folds into the wall. Dinner and breakfast are provided by the carriage steward who delivers the meals directly to you. Two western style toilets are located at the end of each carriage and there are is a communal lounge carriage with a bar serving soft drinks. Some cabins have inter connecting doors so families have access to each other.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Arrive in Aswan, free afternoon and Nubian dinner

Description

We arrive early morning in Aswan, Egypt's most southerly city, traditionally regarded as the frontier post of Upper Egypt. Sited on the east bank, just below the First Cataract, it is the meeting point of Arab culture with Nubia and Black Africa. Due to our early arrival rooms may not be available immediately so we may take a walk around the town and along the Nile promenade with our Tour Leader, acquainting ourselves with the city.
Once at the hotel we have several hours free to relax and enjoy the swimming pool which lies almost directly on the banks of the Nile offering great views of boats and local life. Or you may wish to explore the vibrant local bazaar just a short walk away. Packed full of exotic spices, leather goods and richly decorated crafts it's an ideal place to spend a couple of hours. Alternatively we offer an interesting excursion to the High Dam, Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk on this day (please refer to the optional excursion section for details).

Later this afternoon we take a boat and sail to the Nubian Village. Here we meet with a family, learn about their lifestyle and enjoy a traditional dinner in their home - we at Explore have known this family for years and this is a real highlight for parents and children alike. You may like to bring some small gifts for the children in the village such as notebooks and pencils. This evening we return back to our hotel by boat along the Nile.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Optional visit to Abu Simbel, afternoon city walking tour

Description

This morning there is the option to drive through the desert to the fabulous rock-hewn temple of Abu Simbel, a major highlight for many who visit Aswan. Cut into the rock face, this enormous structure was raised 61m to save it from being flooded by the artificial lake that was created by the building of the Aswan High Dam. The 20m high statues represent Ramses II, known as the Great Builder and one of the most powerful Pharaohs of the New Kingdom. For those choosing this option we will need to leave early (around 4.30) , returning to Aswan around 13.30.

For those not heading to Abu Simbel we have a free morning. In the afternoon we head out with our Explore leader to wander through the streets of this fascinating town and explore the excellent souq, reflecting the fusion between Arab and African cultures.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Morning camel ride to St. Simon; embark on feluccas

Description

After breakfast we transfer by boat across to the West Bank where we meet our camel train, our very own 'ships of the desert' and head out to St Simeon's. One of the largest Coptic monasteries in Egypt, St Simeon's was built in the 7th century and finally abandoned in the 13th century. It now sits in splendid isolation at the end of a desert valley, an impressive sight, looking more like a desert fortress than a place of worship. The camel ride is around 45 minutes long before we reach the monastery. After the visit we remount and ride a similar distance further along the bank to our boat which has repositioned to meet us.

On returning to Aswan we board our feluccas straight from the hotel and set sail downstream, travelling through the timeless landscape of the Nile Valley, in the time honoured fashion of the ancient Egyptians themselves. As we sail we see the intensive cultivation of the Nile Valley and at intermittent points there are small villages that depend upon the river for their livelihood. As the golden colours of the late afternoon cast their glow over the land of the Pharaohs we will dock and set up camp beside the river bank. Sleeping on the deck of the feluccas, beneath a blanket of stars, we are rocked to sleep by the gentle waters of the Nile lapping against our boats.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Sail towards Kom Ombo; drive on to Luxor

Description

This morning we continue our journey down river, following the fertile green ribbon of the Nile Valley, as it winds through parched desert lands. We disembark after breakfast and transfer by road to the magnificent ruins of the Ptolemaic temple at Kom Ombo. The temple is unique in that it is dedicated to not one, but two gods: Horus, the falcon headed god and Sobek the crocodile god, a useful deity to have on your side given that this stretch of the river was inundated with crocodiles until the early years of the last century! We can use the facilities here before driving on to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. The drive is approximately 4 hours and we should arrive around mid afternoon in time to enjoy our hotel pool for a few hours before dinner.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Visit to Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of the Kings; afternoon free

Description

This morning, we cross the Nile and travel by bus to the extraordinary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's only female Pharaoh, who usurped the throne from her son, the future Tuthmoses III. The scale of the temple and its magnificent setting are breathtaking, but perhaps even more remarkable are the details; look out for the fine carving of the 'Expedition to the Land of Punt'. We then take a short bus ride to the Valley of the Kings' to explore this incredible ancient site made famous by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter. The tomb entrances are surprisingly large and light, the hieroglyphics an absolute wonder and still so colourful and vivid. We visit three tombs here before returning back across the Nile to our hotel. The afternoon is then free for you to enjoy your time by the pool, enjoy an (optional) donkey trek or wander through Luxor's bazaar.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Drive to Safaga, visting Karnak Temple en route

Description

We check out of our hotel and take an early morning excursion to the stunning Temple of Karnak by horse drawn calesh. Dating from around 2000 BC, the scale and grandeur of Karnak is amazing. It covers an area the size of 10 European cathedrals and the 134 pillars of its Hypostyle Hall are a wonder to behold. After our visit here we depart the Nile Valley and head east to the shores of the Red Sea. Crossing the barren mountains of the Eastern Desert we drive to the small town of Safaga, where we will enjoy the delights of a marine wonderland in stark contrast to the desert scenery that surrounds it. There is time to relax and enjoy the dazzling waters immediately outside our hotel. The journey time today is approximately four hours.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 9 - Full day boat trip on the Red Sea

Description

With over 400 varieties of corals and 1500 species of fish, the Red Sea is a hard act for anyone to follow. There are reef fish of every shade and hue, living amongst the corals, and turtles, rays and small sharks abound in these rich waters. We include a full day's boat trip to the coral reefs around Safaga - it's just like swimming in a tropical fish tank! With a light lunch taken on-board, we will enjoy some leisurely hours swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing, before returning to our hotel for the evening.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Tour ends Safaga

Description

Tour ends in Safaga after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Cairo: For those opting to join the tour earlier and extend your stay in Cairo there are two excursions to consider, Saqqara and Unas Pyramids US$48 per person and a half Day Islamic Cairo tour US$35 per person. There isn't time to fit these in during the tour itself. Aswan: Day 3: Afternoon excursion by bus and boat to the Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk and Aswan High Dam with local guide US$45 per person Day 4: Excursion from Aswan to Abu Simbel by air with local guide US$320 per person or by bus US$95 per person Day 4: Aswan Museum US$5 per person Luxor: Day 7: Entry to Tutankhamun's Tomb at Valley of the Kings US$15 per person Day 7: Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple US$12 per person Day 7: Afternoon guided visit to Habu Temple and Deir al-Medina US$55 per person alternatively a non-guided visit to Valley of the Queens US$40 per person (there isn't enough time to do both excursions) Day 7: Extended calesh ride into the countryside including a visit to a local bazar (approx 1.5 hours) US$22 per person; or a donkey ride on the west bank of the Nile US$19 per person Day 7: Luxor Museum US$4 per person Day 7: Luxor Mummification Museum US$7 per person Please note that all optionals prices are in US Dollars, though local currency or US Dollars will be accepted. There may be a minimum requirement of passengers on certain optional excursions; your Explore leader will be able to advise.

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Accommodation Notes

Cairo: Located on the outskirts of the hectic city of Cairo, the four star Pyramid Park resort hotel is located just ten minutes away from the Great Pyramids of Giza and within walking distance of the new Egyptian Museum opening in late 2018. The hotel features a large reception area with a choice of bars and four restaurants, a modern gym and extensive gardens and terrace area. There is a lovely pool with the hotel rooms located around it. Free Wi fi is available for hotel guests. Luxor: The Isis Cornich hotel is located right on the banks of the Nile River, on the main promenade running through Aswan. This hotel has an excellent swimming pool, ideal for cooling off and relaxing after the train journey from Cairo. All bungalow style rooms overlook the hotel gardens and have air conditioning and cable TV. There is a riverside terrace to have breakfast enjoy a coffee and look out onto the bustling river traffic on the Nile. Complimentary wi-fi is available in the lobby. Aswan: Situated on the East bank of the Nile, the four star Eatabe Luxor Hotel is ideal for families, located in the heart of Luxor with easy access to all the main sights. The hotel has a fantastic swimming pool as well as extensive facilities including an ATM, tennis courts, free wi-fi and large terrace area overlooking the Nile promenade and river beyond. Red Sea, Abu Souma Bay in Safaga. The Lotus Bay resort lies along a sandy beach on the Red Sea and has extensive gardens and a vast swimming pool to relax and soak the sunshine. The hotel boasts a host of water sport activities, snorkelling and extensive health club.

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced Tour Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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