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Egypt for Families

This family friendly tour introduces you to Egypt's most important sites & includes plenty of hands on experiences to keep the kids happy & engaged.

Indicative price guide

From $9,999 per person

Based on two adults sharing a room.

Itinerary

This sample itinerary can be tailored to you and your family’s precise requirements and interests. That is what the Egypt specialists at Pomegranate Travel excel at!

A fascinating exploration of Egypt, ancient and modern offering family friendly touring of the classic sites, monuments, temples and tombs of the ancient world, as well as plenty of meeting people and hands on activities to keep the kids happy.  Travel the Nile onboard a luxury boat, taking in river views and life, but benefit from your own private guide at each historic stop along the way.

Day 1

Welcome to Egypt!

Cairo, Egypt

Arrive Cairo airport where you will be met and assisted through airport procedures, transfer to hotel.

Depending on your flight time, this evening you might like to get your first glimpse of the mighty pyramids, which are actually walking distance from your hotel. The Great Pyramids Sound and Light Show illuminates these wonders at night with a fun audio-visual display. Through lyrics, light and sound, the show teaches about the history of Ancient Egypt, the story of the Sphinx, guardian of the Giza Necropolis for over 5000 years, and the glory of the Pharaohs. At the end of the show you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 2

Expert Briefing (for kids too!) & Pyramids

Cairo, Egypt

This morning you will enjoy an expert briefing which will help all the family to put into wider context many of the breathtaking ancient Egyptian sites you will see while on tour, and provide valuable information about the world out of which they emerged. The briefing is intended to assist adults and children understand key issues about the world of the ancient Egyptians before you visit the sites, and will be age appropriate for all the family. For example, ancient Egyptian temples were built by Pharaohs and as such we will ask key questions such as what was the role of the King and what was he supposed to do for people and society both in religious and material terms? Your expert will also help you better understand the physical context of the temples visited on a tour, their huge scale, colours and scents, and how this fitted in with the social and economic role of the Kings in Egyptian society, and she or he will show reconstructed images of how the temples once appeared. Last but not least you will talk about hieroglyphics (always a winner with our younger guests!), have a go at translating your own sentence and try writing some hieroglyphics yourself! Your briefing will be delivered by an expert academic Egyptologist, our experts are generally well published in their specialist fields and often appear on television and media channels to share their specialist knowledge.

Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, only one remains today: The Great Pyramid of Giza. If that’s not certified unmissable, we don’t know what is. Giza emerges as a sublime structure, the miraculously accurate realisation of an ideal structure inside which the kings would journey to the next world and emerge as gods. Despite their age, these structures still overwhelm and overpower visitors. You will visit all three of the pyramids at Giza, and also witness them from a panoramic view point where you can see the grandeur of all three together. Proceed to the Great Sphinx with its head of a man and body of a lion, gazing imposingly across the valley. You will complete your tour of the pyramid complex with a walk through the Valley Temple, learning more about the site’s astonishing creation and construction back in 2560–2540 BCE.  After your tour all the family will enjoy the extremely memorable experience of riding on the back of a camel at this iconic site!  Watch out for camel ascent and descent – other than that, there’s nothing to it!

Day 3

Cairo City Tour

Cairo, Egypt

The Egyptian Museum (also known as the Cairo Museum) has long been the jewel in Cairo’s crown, and one of the most famous museums in the world. Inaugurated at the turn of the twentieth century, it houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world including the iconic pure gold death mask of Tutankhamun, together with many of the other treasures found in his tomb.  The glamour and design of these riches is absolutely staggering, and provides an insight into how the Pharaohs and nobles of ancient Egypt must have lived.

One of the best way to enjoy being in Egypt is to ‘Eat like an Egyptian!’. Egyptian food is an integral part of the culture, many of the dishes are incredibly old and find their roots in ancient times, stretching back 5000 years to the times of the Pharoahs. Local Food in Egypt mostly comes from grains like beans, lentils, chickpeas and the likes, as well as vegetables, stuffed pigeons and spicy grilled meats. Famous Egyptian dishes in typical restaurants involve kebab, stuffed vegetables with mincemeat and rice, and “green molokhiya soup”. Street food has variety of different dishes like “falafel”, “koshary” and spicy liver. Salads are also an important part of Egyptian food served in restaurants and street food stations alike. The mouthwatering oriental desserts are not to be missed, and luckily can be found in every corner. All this eating will make you thirsty, and you should definitely try out the traditional Egyptian drinks like the tamarind, carob, doab, hibiscus and orchid juices.

Continue to the famous Khan El-Khalili souk which is said to be the Middle East’s largest bazaar – although open during the day it truly comes alive at night! Originally created as a watering stopover for caravanserai in the 14th century, today the bazaar has spread to vast proportions.

Day 4

Fayoum Day Tour

Fayoum, Egypt

Fayoum feels a million miles from Cairo and is a perfect family destination for a bit of outdoors adventure and learning.  It is surrounded by both deserts and lakes, yet is only an hour and a half’s drive from the city.   This desert oasis is home to a number of attractions which you’ll see today including the astonishing outdoor museum at the UNESCO world heritage site of Wadi El Hitan which shows the working of evolution through gigantic ancient whale and shark fossils.  Tunis Village is packed full of artisan potters and the opportunity to buy some beautiful items to take home, or if you would like to exercise your creative juices we can arrange for a family pottery workshop.  Turning to nature and adventure, the sparkling Lake Qarun deserves a boat ride to soak up the serenity, or take the more active option of a 4×4 out to the Magic Lake where you will sand surf down to the water’s edge.

Day 5

Fly To Aswan & Aswan Tour

Aswan, Egypt

This morning fly to Aswan. The temple of Philae is an outstanding temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis and dates to the Ptolemaic age of about 690 BCE. There are many legends associated with Isis and the temple, the most famous being the story of Isis finding the heart of Osiris after his murder by his brother Seth. As with Abu Simbel this temple was dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt on higher ground to avoid it being flooded by the damming of the Nile. The temple is reached by motorboat.

Much of what you will see here in Aswan is in some way connected with the momentous damming of the Nile at this point which occurred during the 1960s to control the annual flooding of the Nile and create Lake Nasser. The project took most of a decade and was perhaps one of the most ambitious modern engineering projects to have been undertaken in the Middle East. The scale of the engineering works is pretty impressive and standing at the top of the dam you will enjoy sweeping views of the lake and the surrounding arid desert scenery. Continue to the unfinished obelisk which was ordered by Pharaoh Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC), and had it been finished it would have been the largest obelisk around at over 40 meters. It seems that its creators started the work of carving it out of the bedrock but the stone became cracked and the project was abandoned. Today it gives fascinating insights into ancient Egyptian engineering and stone cutting techniques.

Spend this afternoon round the pool of your beautiful hotel admiring views of the Nile.

Day 6

Nubian Experience

Aswan , Egypt

INSIDER EXPERIENCE:  Aswan is also interesting for gaining an understanding into the Nubian community of Egypt. The Nubians are an ethnic group from Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt and have lived in the area of the Nile for thousands of years, and many were forcefully relocated when the damming of the Nile flooded their ancestral homeland.  To understand more about this community and culture you will visit a Nubian village and see how people here live. Unlike most tourist engagements with the Nubian community, we are taking you off the beaten track to the non-touristy side of a Nubian village (not the sanitised ‘Disney’ version most people get). Here you will meet people who live there, see their houses, learn about their infrastructure, tour the village with them, and take a little hike to see some remarkable ancient remains which are truly outliners in terms of the tourist route. You will then enjoy a generous traditional meal in a Nubian home. We recommend taking the opportunity to ask questions about Nubian life and culture, including more probing questions about how Nubian life has changed since the Nile was dammed.

In the afternoon you will board a Nile Cruise for 4 nights.

Day 7

Temple of Kom Ombo

Aswan, Egypt

This morning you will begin cruising up the Nile towards Luxor. The temple of Kom Ombo sits on the shores of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. It dates to the Ptolemaic dynasty between 180 and 47 BCE and was dedicated to two gods: Horus the Elder, and Sobek in such a way that it exhibits a ‘double design’ where everything is duplicated to ensure each god was given due reverence. Horus is the falcon god (also worshipped at Edfu), and Sobek was the crocodile god who granted fertility and protection against the perils of the Nile. Unfortunately much of the temple has been damaged by earthquakes, builders from subsequent ages who reused its stones, and Copts who defaced some of its religious inscriptions. However, just next to the temple you will find the small but fascinating crocodile museum where the mummified remains of a large number of crocodiles can be viewed! Scholars believe the crocodiles were sacrificed to Sobek at the temple.

This afternoon relax around the boat’s pool.

 

Day 8

Temple of Edfu

Nile, Egypt

The temple of Edfu (also known as the temple of Horus) lies on the west bank of the river Nile between Luxor and Aswan.  It dates from a later period than many of Egypt’s key monuments, to the Ptolemaic time about 200 BCE.  It is exceptionally well preserved with the entire structure of the sanctuary – walls, floor and ceiling – intact.  It is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, who according to Egyptian mythology defeated the god Seth at this site, and the temple walls are full of inscriptions about the battle, as well as about life in Egypt during this time.

This afternoon relax around the boat’s pool.  Later in the day you will cross the Esna Lock.

Day 9

Valley of the Kings and Luxor

Luxor, Egypt

The West Bank of Luxor was the necropolis of Thebes – a city of the dead – symbolically located where the evening sun sets. Just as the sun set every night and rose every morning, it was believed that man died and was born again, and the mode of burial was crucial in enabling that journey. A huge array of tombs are here to be explored. Some of the burial chambers such as those of Queen Nefertari were miraculously protected from both man and the elements, and the colours of the paints have to be seen to be believed, it is as if they were decades not millennia old. Others, such as the temple tomb of Queen Hatshepsut have been painstakingly restored to their former glory which provide an excellent insight into how the tombs must have looked in their day. Perhaps the most famous of the tombs is that discovered in 1922 by the British explorer and archeologist Howard Carter – the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun, which was discovered complete with thousands of gold and jewelled objects, military equipment, clothes and food, all to enable him to pass to the next life.

Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes, seat of the spiritual life of ancient Egypt. It is therefore hardly surprising that the area of and surrounding Luxor is amongst the most densely populated with temples, tombs and monuments. Karnak was the earthly dwelling of the sun god Amun-Re, the most important spiritual site in all of ancient Egypt and consisted of shrines, obelisks and temples. Huge does not even begin to describe the scale of Karnak. This site took hundreds of years to build and refine from the time of the Middle Kingdom (about 2000 BCE) into the Ptolemaic Kingdom (about 300 BCE), with around thirty Pharaohs contributing to the build. Because of the period of time over which it was built, the variety and diversity of archeological remains at Karnak is quite simply unparalleled. One of the highlights of a visit is the Great Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, the hall is 5000 squ m in size and contains 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows.

Return to the boat for some downtime around the pool.

Early this evening head out again to the temple of Luxor which is beautifully and atmospherically lit at night.  It dates to 1400 BCE and is smaller than that at Karnak and was intended for priests rather than the general public. This is also the site where kings were crowned (Alexander the Great claimed to have been crowned at Luxor, but in fact it is unlikely he travelled this far South). The temple is flanked by two seated statues and a pinkish coloured granite obelisk.

Day 10

Luxor to Hurghada

Hurghada, Egypt

Today you will leave your cruise and be driven from Luxor to Hurghada. You will check in to your hotel an the rest of the day will spent at leisure.

Day 11

Day at Leisure

Hurghada, Egypt

Spend your day at leisure perhaps taking a dive in the beautiful waters.

Day 12

Day at Leisure

Hurghada, Egypt

Today is your final day to relax before you head home.

Day 13

Transfer to airport

Hurghada, Egypt

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight whether direct home or connecting through Cairo.  We trust you will be leaving with many special memories!

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