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From the moment your child learns about Egypt at school, he is mesmerized, taken in by the magic and the immensity of this Ancient Land of Kings and Gods. This land is filled to the brim with history plus a little more on the side. The side that covers the Mediterranean coastline and the side that travels along the golden sand beaches of the Red Sea coast which is exactly what your family needs as the crowning glory to a historically filled tour. Our experts have put together the perfect tour for you and your family, and know the best family-friendly hotels to guarantee a peaceful and worry-free holiday!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Karnak Temple complex, Luxor Temple, Dahab, Saint Catherine’s Monastery.
Board your international flight to Cairo airport where our representative will welcome and assist you through all formalities. we will then accompany you to your hotel where you can enjoy your first evening in Cairo. (No meals)
Get ready, get excited this morning for your first acquaintance with Egypt at the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Here, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a camel ride through the Sahara desert and the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World. From Gizah t’s onwards to the Papyrus Museum, where your little ones will get a complementary papyrus cartouche to show off to all their friends at school. We will make sure your evening will end on a splendid note with dinner on a Nile cruise boat with a belly dancing show.
Overnight at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
On the way to the Egyptian Museum this morning, we will pass by Tahrir square, where many parts of the scenes of the country’s most recent history were played upon. After the museum, your private guide will take you to the Islamic areas of Cairo, most notably the Citadel of Saladin and the magnificent Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali, a great live history lesson for the kids! . After a boosting lunch at one of the local restaurants, we head to Coptic Cairo home to one of the oldest churches in Egypt, the Muallaqa (the Hanging Church) built above the gate-house of the roman Babylon fortress. Our last stop of the day is the Saint Sergius Church said to be the resting place of the Holy Family after they fled Israel.
Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
This morning we head to Luxor where more adventure and fun awaits you. Your private vehicle will escort you and your family to board a short flight from Cairo airport.
Upon arrival, we will check you in at your chosen hotel to freshen up before your guide accompanies you to the East Bank of the old city of Thebes, now modern Luxor. Let the kids run through the giant pillars at the Karnak Temple complex, considered to be the largest complex of temples in the world. we proceed to the second temple of the day called, Luxor Temple where massive statues of kings and queens still stand tall. At the end of your sightseeing, your private driver will take you back to your hotel to enjoy your free evening.
Overnight at a Luxor hotel.
Rise and Shine to an early start this morning to avoid the noonday heat!
Today we discover the exciting Valley of the Kings, a destination that seems like your in a storybook that will definitely leave you all standing in awe. Your Egyptologist guide will take you on a tour to explore ti underground tombs, as well as the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Queens and the Colossi of Memnon. After returning to the East Bank, we put together a special experience for the children this afternoon, where they get to sail on a traditional felucca and explore the fun Banana Island.
Its time to make your trip even more worthwhile and enjoy the beautiful charm of the Red Sea at Dahab. This morning we escort you to board an early flight to Sharm el-sheik, Red sea resort on the Sinai Peninsula. One hour away from there we will reach Dahab, a resort named after its golden sandy beaches. Check-in and let the fun begin! For the rest of the day, you will bask in the sun and explore the area at your leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Dahab.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
No need to rush anywhere today, enjoy your lazy morning!
Later this morning, we will take a 4×4 jeep optional tour safari in South Sinai, a desert region running along the coastline of the Red Sea. Discover the colorful canyon, the Valley of the Wings, and the Nawames el Kon. Stroll through the sand dunes and take in the breathtaking scenery around you, a true unforgettable family moment ! do all the photography you like and if any of you are a wild one, you can surf and glide down the sand mountains. A freshly cooked lunch will be served during the tour at the oasis with local Bedouins as your hosts. at the end of the day, we will head back to Dahab to drop you off at your hotel to relax and enjoy the evening entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.
Make sure you enjoy a boosting breakfast this morning, we have a full day of snorkeling prepared for you.
Finally, you will get to snorkel and catch sight of the fantastic underwater world of fishes, corals and caves at the deep blue Red sea and in one of the most famous places in Dahab, namely the “Blue Hole”. (as an optional) Upon returning to your hotel sometime late afternoon, we will take you on a camel ride along the beach, around the blue lagoon and catch the beautiful sunset.
Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.
Today is totally up to you how you wish to spend it… As an Optional Day trip, early morning risers might want to go to Saint Catherine’s Monastery, one of the oldest working monasteries in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you opt not go, don’t worry, there are plenty of activities that present themselves to you in Dahab, Water activities, the town and its shops, sun-bathing. Anything. you name it and we will gladly assist you. Bear in mind that it is your last night in Dahab, so make sure to make the most of it!
Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.
Enjoy your breakfast, we will head back by car to Sharm el Sheikh to board a flight to Cairo. Once back in Cairo, the day is all yours to fill. its your last day in Egypt, have a look at our optional tours recommended by our travel specialist to make sure you make the most out of your time here.
Enjoy your breakfast, looking back at all the wonderful memories you made together as a family that we hope will bring you back again soon. Our agent will accompany you to Cairo Airport and bid you farewell.
Sound and Light Show:
Depending on your arrival time, you can attend the Sound and Light show, the show is exhibited on the Giza Pyramids Plateau itself, a great way to get a glimpse of what awaits you tomorrow. This evening watch the pyramids and Sphinx light up in multicolors as you listen to the story behind the discovery of both great wonders.
Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon ride over the ancient wonders of Luxor
Come and enjoy the splendors of the ancient historical sights of Luxor from the air. See this spectacular landscape from the unique viewpoint that only hot air ballooning can provide. Glide majestically over the temples and burial grounds of the Pharaohs and allow history to come to life before your eyes.
Egypt offers a wide variety of 3-star hotels. The prices range from $12 to $20 per person per night in a double room. I would suggest you check hotel directories for rates and locations. Backpacker services are not popular in Egypt, although a few are available.
The best time to visit Egypt is from October to May. It is the peak travel season, temperatures are milder though comparatively warmer than in the northern hemisphere. This is our High-Season with its two busiest periods: the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period, whereby hotels and cruises will put their prices up. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive, so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised. The other 4 months are the low-season so to speak. May to September are the height of Egyptian summer, with very high temperatures, especially in Upper Egypt (Luxor and the southern parts of the country). However, this is the time for you to see Egypt in virtual peace and quiet, giving you the advantage of seeing the sites without any hassle either from school children or crowds of tourists.
Even though we arrange tours… the best BUDGET way is to do it yourself.
It is easier to sit back, have someone make all arrangements for you and just zip, worry-free from place to place (and some people wouldn’t do it any other way; it is a vacation after all LOL). But if you’re willing to put in the work, are flexible, easily adaptable, easy going and you’re willing to deal with haggling etc. it is not impossible to do Egypt without an operator.
In 10 days you can definitely visit three cities. You can even add Aswan in there. For most first-time visitors, 2 days in Cairo is enough. It is an overwhelming city, especially if you’re going about on your own.
If you’re going to do this yourself, I suggest at least securing ground transportation for the day. That can be a hired private car or taxi but you don’t want to be wasting time flagging down and haggling with taxis at every turn. Having pre-arranged transport will take lots of the hassle out of doing things yourself. Having a good guide book is essential but if you can, book a guide or two to break up the monotony and really help with understanding the sites and bringing them to life. There are many good budget hotels in Luxor, Cairo and Aswan, which can be booked on sites such as hostelworld.com. You pre-pay 10% of the booking when it’s made and then pay the rest on arrival. The hostels do tours as well.
If you’re a student, be sure to bring your ISIC card for 50% discount on tickets to the sites.
If you decide you need help arranging all or part of the trip, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Spend a couple of nights in Cairo, take the sleeper-train to Aswan, spend another two nights there while visiting Abu Simbel and the Philae Temple, maybe Kom Ombo too. Then you can take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor, spend two nights visiting the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Karnak Temple Complex. Then you can return to Cairo and from there head to a Red Sea resort, either on the Sinai Peninsula or the coast, for a few nights.
The high-season is October to May, making June to September (the summer months and the hottest) the low-season and therefore prices are at their lowest.
It has never been a problem, however you have to put up sometimes with annoying verbal harassment and this happens to Egyptian women as well. The best thing is to ignore and go on. It can sometimes get really irritating but reacting does not work. There is nothing forbidden in Egypt. You do not need to cover up or anything of the sort, yet to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself, do please cover your shoulders and cleavage and do not wear shorts. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable and fitting in. Best footwear are sneakers as there is a lot of walking and it is dusty and sometimes the streets are in poor condition and dirty.
The ones recommended are: Yellow Fever (common to most parts of Africa), Tetanus and Hepatitis. Otherwise, just take the usual precautions when travelling to hot parts of the world. Drink bottled water, avoiding ice and unless you are in a well-known hotel and restaurant, avoid eating uncooked greens. Avoid roadside food stands. Bring a good insect repellent as the evenings might be full of mosquitoes. At all cost, avoid contact with street dogs, rabies is still a risk in Egypt. Make sure you have condoms on you, they are also available in all pharmacies. Carry a small medical kit for your needs, with painkillers and diarrhea tablets at hand at all times. We also advise you to carry a travel insurance.
On Organizing your Trip – Alone or in a couple or with friends and you wish to organize everything yourself, please let the hotel know of your plans before leaving. Should you get lost, the hotel will be able to act on your behalf. Also arm yourself with hotel address and telephone number, always, as you may need it. Be aware that you might be ripped-off. Like many tourist destinations, Egypt has its “wolves”, preying on unsuspecting, trustful travelers. Often the total cost will be more than if you had arranged it through a travel agent or your hotel and a lot less enjoyable.
On independent travel, for a first timer it is not advised. It much better to take a guide. You don’t need to book a package tour, groups can be arranged here. First and foremost, prepare yourself for a culture shock. Many seasoned travelers arrive and find it is unlike any other country they have previously visited.
On Dining Out, first time travelers are at a loss. It is best to seek out a hotel chain or a well-reviewed restaurant (ask around if you can) then you can be assured to get good, clean food. The price will be worth it. Never drink tap water! Wash and shower with it, but do not drink it.
On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.
On Transportation – Taxis are a problem as they do not have a counter and pricing can be very tricky. Best is to use Uber or Careem or else have your hotel get you a cab and negotiate the price before you go on your ride.
In general, always take a bottle of water on your expedition. The heat will get to you.
Always carry local currency as it will make your life easier, especially when paying for groceries, taxis, touristic venues, museums and souvenirs. In big shops, restaurants and hotels you may use your credit cards.
On Tips – If you feel generous enough to tip one child, then expect to be followed by a hoard of others expecting to be tipped as well. Make sure you have a lot of small bills for such ventures as tipping is sort of expected and even the smallest bill (one pound) will be welcomed.
On Photography – Taking photos inside many temples is restricted, so please follow the advice of your guide and the keeper of the sites. In some places, please be aware that the government will charge you for taking photographs. Due to new policies put in place by the Ministry of Tourism, cameras are not permitted at all in the Valley of the Kings. Please exercise caution and respect when taking photographs of anything other than tourist sites. It is forbidden to take photographs of the police, anything of a military nature or indeed bridges, airports and public works. Respect should be given to Egyptian women, use discretion. Always ask permission before taking photos of people and expect to be asked for a tip in return.
On Clothing – Upon visiting mosques, please dress conservatively, i.e. half/long sleeved shirt and no shorts. In public areas, this would also be our advice. However, in some touristic areas such as the seaside, it perfectly fine to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Please remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.
On Health – Bring a supply of your medication if you take any on a regular basis as well as a copy of your prescription. However, please be assured that your hotel or our staff will find you a specialized doctor should the need arise.
Egypt’s national airline is Egypt Air. Most major international airlines fly to Cairo.
Please check with your travel agent or your favourite travel website for more
Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.