Magnificent monuments, surrounded by the golden sands of the desert, contrast with the lush delta and the mighty River Nile. Egypt family holidays are tomb-exploring and river-cruising, beach-bathing and Red-Sea-diving - there’s a little something for everyone. With many lovely resorts ready to welcome you with open arms, there are daily boat trips for those keen to practise their snorkelling, while the others can just soak up the sunshine and relax on the beach. Take the little ones to the legendary pyramids of Giza, and the awe-inspiring temples at Luxor, for one of the best history lessons they will ever have.
Float serenely down the Nile, on a cruise to discover a different view of Egypt - it’s the best way to see the spectacular desert, irrigated along its verdant banks, and the stunning paintings in underground tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Add Coptic churches and mosques, and fragrant, bustling souqs, and this is one holiday they’re never going to forget.
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As American bookseller George Whitman decreed, ‘all the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher’, and if travel can be considered an education, then a holiday to Egypt is possibly the best history lesson you could hope for. This is just one of the reasons why it’s a great destination for a family holiday, as children can trade the classroom for the legendary pyramids, awe-inspiring temples and hidden tombs of this ancient nation. You’ll also be able to trade a traditional hotel for an authentic steamboat, in the form of the iconic Steam Ship Sudan. Our Egypt family holidays go even further than the country’s historical splendours and can include a culinary education in the shape of an authentic cookery class, as well as time spent diving in the Red Sea or sunset sailing.
Follow in the footsteps of avid adventurers, notable nobles and acclaimed authors, by stepping aboard the Steam Ship Sudan for your journey along the River Nile from Aswan to Luxor. This is where your history lesson begins; the boat was built at the dawn of the 20th century, during the Golden Age of travel, and is now the oldest paddle steamer still in operation. Each cabin exudes a Belle Époque feel and is named after a historical figure related to Egypt or the ship (including Agatha Christie, who’s stay onboard inspired her timeless novel ‘Death on the Nile’). There are endless discoveries to make around Cairo, including the pyramids of pharaohs, such as Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure. Their monumental size and impressive construction are guaranteed to spark children’s curiosity, although they’re equally intriguing to every age group. The Egyptian Museum is another unmissable addition to your itinerary, with its treasure trove of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
While passing through Esna Lock on the way to Luxor, you’ll have the chance to take a hieroglyphic writing lesson. Mastering this ancient art is an additional skill the whole family will be able to take home, along with a wealth of knowledge about Egypt. Other stops along the Nile include Kom Ombo, Edfu and Dendara, where you’ll explore spectacular temple complexes, built in dedication to fascinating ancient gods and goddesses. For an underwater adventure, our Egypt family holidays can include a stay in Hurghada for fantastic diving and snorkelling. The calm, clear waters boast exceptional marine life and a number of shipwreck sites (so your history lesson can continue beneath the waves). Borrow one of our GoPros for the duration of your trip to capture all of the memories and family moments; this will ensure your Egyptian education lasts a lifetime.