Egypt Family Adventure – Ancient Treasures

12 Day Itinerary

Global Drift Family Adventures are designed for families travelling together (i.e. each party booking requires at least one parent or legal guardian accompanying any children). Child friendly adults may join this trip. We have a minimum age for children of 7 years old

Please see footnote at the bottom of the page re Family tour group size

Day 1 - arrive Cairo
Cairo is a city with a wondrous history and a heaving mass of humanity. As today is arrival day there are no activities planned but we will meet this evening and enjoy dinner in one of our local favourites
Day 2 - Cairo
We are headed this morning to one of the words most famous historical sites. The awe inspiring Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus as well as the stunning Sphinx in Giza. A camel is the best way to approach and we have our friendly 'ships of the desert' all saddled up ready to go. The pyramids were built for the Pharaohs comfort in the afterlife. They are the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We also visit the 'step' Pyramid of Sakkara. Today will leave you breathless yet we have only just begun our ‘Hunt for Ancient Treasures’ journey
Day 3 - Cairo to Aswan
This morning we visit the Egyptian Museum home to the famous Tutankhamen Gallery and The Royal Mummies. Here we get close to many of the treasures of the past including the astonishing Death Mask of Tutankhamen. Later we visit some of Cairo’s other sights such the Hanging Church, the Saladin Citadel, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the old Cairo bazaar (Khan El Khalili). A refreshment in El Fishawey’s coffee shop is a must. This evening we board our sleeper train up the Nile valley to Aswan. The cabins have a sink and 2 bunk beds and toilet facilities are on board
Day 4 - Aswan
On arrival into Aswan we transfer to our hotel for some free time planned to explore or relax. In the afternoon we tour to the famous High Dam of Aswan. The creation of the dam in 1971 made it necessary to relocate several famous monuments. We will also visit the romantic Temple of Philae dedicated to Isis and the Unfinished Obelisk. In the evening we will enjoy a sunset felucca cruise on the Nile River in our traditional boat. The river here is at its most beautiful running through the golden desert and sweeping past green islands covered in palms
Day 5 - Nile Cruise & Kom Ombo & Edfu (Optional Abu Simbel)
For those that have chosen the Abu Simbel visit (optional) you will have a very early start. The temples at Abu Simbel are among the most magnificent monuments in the world and their removal and reconstruction is also a historic event in itself. When the temples (280 km from Aswan) were threatened by submersion due to the construction of the Aswan Dam, UNESCO stepped in. During the subsequent relocation the temples were dismantled and raised over 60 metres up sandstone cliffs where they had been built more than 3,000 years before. For those not wishing to take the optional trip to Abu Simbel, there is free time in the morning. After lunch we all board our Nile Cruise ship. Breathtaking scenery awaits while cruising down the mighty river. We stop for a visit to the Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples then pass through the Esna lock and continue on to Luxor
Day 6 - Nile Cruise Ship – Luxor
We arrive in Luxor in the early morning. After breakfast we tour the East Bank of Luxor including a horse drawn carriage to the Luxor temples. We visit both the massive Karnak and historic Luxor temples. Karnak is a gigantic temple complex which is over 3500 years old and dedicated to the powerful Ram Headed god Amun. In the evening we enjoy a sound and light show at the Karnak temple before returning to our cruise boat
Day 7 - Luxor
This morning we tour the West Bank of Luxor and take donkeys for the ride to the Valley’s of the Kings and Queens. The tour starts with the world famous Valley of the Kings where we can choose to enter some of the incredible tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs such as King Tutankhamen (optional). We visit the Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir al-Bahri), the temple of the only Pharonic Queen of Egypt with very unusual architecture. We finish with the great Colossi of Memnon, the last remains of Amenophis III's temple. This evening is free to explore Luxor and perhaps enjoy the night markets and a local meal
Day 8 - Hurghada
We take an early morning bus convoy to the coastal resort of Hurghada, our base on the Red Sea. The afternoon is free to enjoy the beach or some of the many optional activities. Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century and until a few years ago remained a small fishing village. Today it has become the foremost resort of the Red Sea and an international centre for aquatic sports
Day 9 - Hurghada
We have a boat trip planned in the Red Sea and enjoy some fantastic snorkelling on the coral reefs. The rest of the day is free to your own pursuits. In the evening we can enjoy the local food delights in one of the many nearby restaurants
Day 10 - Hurghada
Today is free to relax and enjoy the Red Sea beach lifestyle. There is snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving and great food on offer
Day 11 - Hurghada to Cairo
We depart for Cairo and travel by private vehicle back to Cairo. We have several stops along the way to break up the journey and arrive in time to enjoy our last night in the capital
Day 12 - depart Cairo
You are free to depart at your leisure today

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Family tour group size can be higher than 16 depending on adult/child ratios. For this tour we may take as many as 20 travellers

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