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Nile Family Adventure

Nile Family Adventure

Nile Family Adventure

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From: 1,109 USD
Ideal Age Range: Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 9 days

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About this program

Enjoy this compact tour of Egypt that is perfect for families and children that are looking for an active adventure. Your itinerary combines the iconic Pyramids & Sphinx, the expansive Egyptian Museum, and the ancient temples and tombs with adventures like camel rides, cruising in a felucca, and more!

Your guide is handpicked for their skills and experience guiding families and children, and the groups are small to make sure you get the most out of your experience. This experience of a lifetime begins in Cairo where you’ll discover the towering pyramids and regal Sphinx. You then have time to explore the enormous Egyptian Museum and its collection of treasures.

Other exciting experiences you and your family can look forward to are:

  • Sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan
  • Visit the Temple of Philae
  • Meet local children at a school 
  • Enjoy a delicious, traditional Nubian meal
  • Sail along the Nile River in a felucca 
  • Exploring Luxor and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Explore the Temple of Karnak
  • Collect treasures from the Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo and transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival at Cairo airport, we meet & greet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax after your journey or perhaps head out into the city.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel

EXTRAS: Extra day in Cairo - pre-tour, Single room supplement (EGFANA)

Day 2: Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour, camel ride, train to Aswan

Your day starts with a visit to the monumental Pyramids & Sphinx at Gisa, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Whilst at the Pyramids you may take a short camel ride, which is not only fun for all the family, but a perfect photo opportunity as well.

You next drive into downtown Cairo to explore the Egyptian Museum with its collection of ancient artifacts, mummies, and of course the world famous Tutankhamun exhibit, complete with the iconic golden funerary mask.

Later in the evening, you climb on board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours, private twin cabins).

OVERNIGHT: Onboard train

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS: Cairo to Aswan flight upgrade

Day 3: Aswan, Philae temple & school visit

You arrive into Aswan around mid-morning. The River Nile is wonderfully picturesque here at Aswan and you start out with a tour of the beautiful island temple of Philae by boat.

This beautiful temple was relocated to the building of Lake Nasser. During term times, you'll also stop off a local school where you can join in with a fun and informal English/Arabic language class.

There is also a chance to sample a traditional Nubian meal later in the day.

OVERNIGHT: Aswan hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Aswan, start felucca cruise (Abu Simbel option)

Very early this morning there is an option to take a tour to enjoy sunrise at the stunning temples to Ramses II at Abu Simbel. These fascinating temples were completely dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone to save them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.

If you choose not to take the optional Abu Simbel tour, the morning is free for you to enjoy Aswan's busy and exotic bazaar, or perhaps relax at the hotel before you jump aboard a traditional felucca sailboat and start sailing down the Nile.

You'll enjoy a fun night's sleep on the deck of the sailboat and are well looked after by the friendly Nubian crew.

During the voyage, clean toilets & showers are available on board our support boat which joins up with the felucca from time to time (there is also an option to upgrade to a luxury Nile cruise boat).

OVERNIGHT: On board felucca

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS: Nile cruise upgrade, Abu Simbel overland

Day 5: Felucca sailboat cruise, drive to Luxor

After breakfast, we spend some more time sailing down the Nile enjoying the picturesque scenery pass by.

We then drive on to Luxor where we check into our hotel, which is situated right by the Nile.

The rest of the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel or venture out in Luxor to explore the site and sounds of this fascinating town.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Luxor, half-day west bank tour

Early this morning there is the option to take a sunrise hot air balloon flight on the west bank of the Nile.

Our sightseeing today takes us to the West bank of the Nile, where we descend into the musty Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings and explore the unique temple to Queen Hatshepsut, where we learn about her intriguing story.

The afternoon is set aside for you to relax at your hotel, or perhaps explore Luxor town further. You might like to take another felucca trip on the Nile to Banana island or visit the weird and wonderful Mummification museum.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 7: Luxor, Karnak temple, free time

This morning we visit one of Egypt's biggest and most impressive sites, Karnak temple, with its vast temples, sleek obelisks, towering statues and many-columned halls.

The afternoon is free in Luxor before we transfer to the station to jump on board the sleeper train back to Cairo (approx. 9 hours).

There is an option to upgrade one or both train journeys to internal flights if you prefer.

OVERNIGHT: Onboard train

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8: Arrive Cairo, city tour

On arrival back in Cairo, we take a short tour to explore the city.

We take in the old mosque and museum at the Citadel, which also offers a wonderful view over the city, and wander around, and possibly do some haggling and souvenir hunting, in the mazy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

We'll stop off at a traditional Koshari shop to enjoy lunch, and later in the evening, we include a tasty farewell dinner to say goodbye to your local guide and your fellow travellers.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cairo, tour ends, transfer to the airport

Today your tour ends and you can enjoy some free time doing a little more shopping or sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

OVERNIGHT: N/A

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Extra day in Cairo - post-tour

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