Take in the highlights of Egypt with your family on this 8 day tour including the legendary pyramids, Valley of the Kings, a camel ride to the medieval Monastery of St Simeon and a relaxing overnight cruise aboard a traditional Nile felucca. Suited to families with teens aged 12 and over.
Sunday. Welcome to Cairo! Upon arrival at Cairo airport you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of today relaxing or exploring Egypt’s vibrant capital city with your family.
Our day begins with a guided tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his solid gold funerary mask. Then we head over to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the Royal Mummies' Hall, where you can see the mummies of powerful pharaohs including Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut. There are 20 mummies on display in total and some are so well preserved that they still have hair on their heads! Following the tour, we’ll return to the hotel the rest of the day is free for you to relax with your family by the pool. <br/><br/> Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open late 2021. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
Location: Pyramids of Giza
Cairo - Aswan. Today we discover the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx. Gaze in awe at the spectacular tombs, experts still can’t agree how the ancient Egyptians managed to build these giant structures. The largest of the pyramids, Cheops, was the tallest man-made building on Earth for 3,800 years. Explore inside the pyramids if you’re feeling adventurous. This afternoon offers free time before we say goodbye to Cairo and board the night train to Aswan.
We arrive in Aswan and visit the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. The whole temple had to be relocated to nearby Agilkia Island in the 1960s due to flooding from Lake Nasser. We will briefly stop at a perfume oil emporium and after hotel check in and time to freshen up we take a motorboat ride across the mighty Nile to Elephantine Island. On our guided walk we'll discover the island’s fascinating archaeological sites and visit a local school (if open). Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and then visit Aswan market. Barter for souvenirs and enjoy the traditional smells of herbs and spices in the air.
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Enjoy a ride on local transport this morning as we travel over the rolling sand dunes to St Simeon's Monastery on the back of a camel. This afternoon we leave Aswan and board a felucca - a traditional Egyptian sail boat. Sit on comfortable cushions to enjoy dinner and some quality family time onboard, before we settle down to sleep on deck, under the Egyptian night sky. <br/><br/> Please note: All minors (and adults who cannot swim) are required to wear a life jacket when the boat is sailing. Life jackets can be taken off when the boat is docked at shore.
Nile felucca cruise - Kom Ombo - Luxor. Disembarking our felucca we drive north toward Luxor, stopping to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. After our guided tour we drive on to the 4,000-year-old city of Luxor, ancient Egypt at its very best. Tonight we offer an optional excursion (book and pay locally) to visit the Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated in the night by hundreds of lights.
This morning we visit the famous Valley of the Kings - where pharaohs including the legendary Tutankhamun were buried. Explore some of the opulently decorated tombs before we continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut. We'll also stop to photograph the Colossi of Memnon - two gigantic stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The rest of today is free to enjoy at leisure.
Today your Egyptian adventure comes to an end. There’s time this morning for a visit to the magnificent Karnak Temple. See the Avenue of Sphinxes and feel the power of the pharaohs as you discover the ancient columns of this temple, which took 1,500 years to complete. We’ll then return to the hotel before you’re transferred to Luxor airport for your onward flight. Flights can be booked to depart after 1:30pm.
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