Exciting family holiday in Egypt, for all ages

Description of Exciting family holiday in Egypt, for all ages

What more wondrous and timeless place to take the children? Egypt is one of the world's most exotic, charming and exciting destinations, steeped in thousands of years of abundant history, it's the perfect place for a family holiday.

Leaving the city and approaching the desert, the first glimpse you catch of the majestic Pyramids is a moment you'll never forget. The children will be fascinated by the exquisitely painted tombs of the Pharaohs, lying under the barren desert on the west bank of the Nile, and the whole family will be bowled over at the awe-inspiring temple at Abu Simbel (painstakingly cut apart and then re-built on higher ground to avoid flooding from the Aswan High Dam). Younger children and toddlers will happily spend hours playing at being explorers among the impressive columns at Karnak Temple, and what better way to tempt them there in the first place than with a ride in a horse drawn carriage?

In addition to the spectacular ancient sites there are the modern ones. Cairo itself is a bustling cosmopolitan city with an enormous amount to offer. Lose yourself in the colourful bazaars, full of friendly stallholders who will welcome you to the country with open arms and a big smile. Explore the beautiful Coptic churches, serene and peaceful mosques and the imposing citadel.

Forget your preconceptions of what a desert is like; the scenery here is wonderfully varied and beautiful with other-worldly wind-carved rock formations, rocky gorges, tiny oases and craggy mountains.

As well as the horse drawn carriages in Luxor, the children will get excited about a whole range of other modes of transport! Most of our itineraries will include a ride on a donkey, a camel, and a Nile cruise on a felucca (traditional sailing boat). For a real adventure, children will love travelling in the desert by 4 wheel drive jeeps and sleeping out under the stars, whilst others will enjoy finishing their holiday off with a couple of days on the beach and some fantastic snorkelling in the Red Sea.

In Egypt, it is worth noting that tourism is very well established and so there are excellent facilities and a varied range of accommodation and restaurants to cater for every budget and taste.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our tours in Egypt are run in conjunction with a local partner who shares our environmental goals and commitment to operate in a responsible manner.

There are fragile eco-systems in Egypt and our guides and drivers provide advice on how to behave to ensure that any negative impact is prevented. For example, on our overnight felucca stay our guide will advise families on how to best minimise impact on the place where we stop. We also ensure that all waste is taken away with us when we leave (except in the case of toilet paper, which we advise clients to burn safely, ensuring that none remains).

Transport where possible is as low carbon as possible - from the overnight train from Cairo to Aswan, to sailing boats and even donkeys!

Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

The Impacts of this Trip

All of our tours in Egypt use local guides which is very important as it not only ensures that travellers are given a unique insight into the way of life and culture in Egypt but also ensures that tourist revenue is retained locally.

Whenever it is possible, we also try to use small locally-owned and family run hotels. These hotels not only provide a better experience for families but also tend to employ from the surrounding villages, ensuring that money is retained locally and spread throughout the area.

Where possible, hotels are selected that have been built and furnished using locally sourced materials.

As Egypt is a Muslim country it is important that correct advice is given on how to dress; our pre-tour literature covers this in detail, ensuring that travellers (particularly women) know what is appropriate. We also give advice on how to behave during Ramadan (if applicable given the time of year of travel).


2 Reviews of Exciting family holiday in Egypt, for all ages

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The children wanted a Macdonalds so I treated them to one ( I am not a fan). We were sat outside by The River Nile watching the sunset over the Sahara
Desert. Seeing the ancient sites and being able to touch them. Looking up at the pyramids.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The sleeper train was exciting journey travelling overnight. Try to get as much time as possible. I suggest two days for Cairo minimum, three days for Awsan
and three days for Luxor. Take cash with you, better exchange rate rather than travel money cards.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. However, check the prices of goods in the hotel shops, to make sure you do not pay tourist prices (eg water is only 5LE for locals but I paid 15 LE)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic. Fascinating history of Eygpt, from Ancient Egypticians, Greeks, Romans, Christianity then Islam. Don't keep postponing to later, BOOK IT NOW

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sailing on the River Nile on the feluca (only the sailing though, the night on the feluca was really uncomfortable - too cold and full of mosquitoes). Dinner with the Nubian family.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not cram too many activities on one day - this is advice to the agent rather... the last day before leaving we supposedly would have done flight from Luxor to Cairo (landing at noon) visit of saquara pyramids (which are quite a distance from the airport hotel), belly dancing and dervish dinner evening in Cairo (ready to leave at 5,30 pm) it's simply not doable on one day (especially when travelling with kids) so we cancelled the saquara pyramids trip, but then we were really disappointed on the dinner on the boat with belly dancing and dervish show, just a tourist trap, the music was so loud it was unbearable, the food mediocre, we just wanted it over! The drive from the airport hotel to the river was a nightmare at peak hour, best to avoid this activity altogether, unless one is already close to the place

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We felt it benefited local people as of course as Egypt economy is mostly based on tourism, (yet it did not reduce environmental impact or support conservation.)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable, interesting and intense

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