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Written by
Natalie Johnson

Published on: September 11th, 2023

Last modified: December 28th, 2023

A trip to Egypt is an experience you and your family will never forget. This is an ideal place to explore with kids and adults of all ages thanks to its fascinating history of pharaohs and ancient dynasties, as well as endless opportunities for adventure – from trekking through the Sahara to snorkelling in the Red Sea.

The Pyramids of Giza might be the country’s most famous sight, but there are plenty of other awe-inspiring places to visit in Egypt. You can delve into the ancient world at sites like Luxor and Abu Simbel, wander the storied streets of Alexandria and Cairo or glide down the Nile on a traditional felucca. We can help customise your trip to suit your family’s interests, our local experts by your side every step of the way.

Although it’s beautiful all year round, the best time to visit Egypt with kids is outside of the hotter summer months. From May to September temperatures can get pretty high, which isn’t ideal for sightseeing. We suggest planning a family adventure to Egypt from October to April for the most comfortable conditions.

1. Learn About Hieroglyphics and History in Cairo

Kick off your adventure with an age-appropriate introduction to Egyptian history led by an expert Egyptologist. You’ll learn all about hieroglyphics and even get to write them yourself. You can also discover the ancient artefacts and mummies in Cairo’s incredible Egyptian Museum and Grand Egyptian Museum, either alongside a knowledgeable guide or on your own.

2. Get Up Close to Wonders of the Ancient World

No family trip to Egypt is complete without a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx, located just outside of Cairo. We can arrange private visits to both sites to help you avoid the crowds and keep your itinerary flexible. You can even stand right between the massive paws of the Sphinx – an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

3. Embark on an Exhilarating Desert Adventure

The sprawling Sahara covers much of the country, and exploring this desert expanse is one of the most exciting things to do in Egypt with kids. Whether speeding across the endless plains on an off-road Jeep tour or sandboarding down the dunes, thrill-seekers will be in their element. The combination of adrenaline and jaw-dropping scenery is unbeatable for adventurous families.

4. Devour Local Delicacies in Cairo

Beyond its obvious allure in terms of ancient history, Cairo is also a paradise for foodies. Eat your way across the city, discovering secret spots and local specialities along the way. Many traditional dishes are very kid-friendly, from homemade bread and sweets to fresh fruits and veggies. Be sure to sample koshari, the national dish: a combination of pasta, rice, lentils and chickpeas.

5. Dive Into the Sparkling Red Sea

Egypt’s eastern coast borders the Red Sea. Its crystal-clear waters, wreck dive sites and abundance of colourful sea life make it world-famous for snorkelling and scuba diving for older children and adults. It’s also the perfect place to relax and recharge after busy days of sightseeing. The luxurious Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh is especially well suited to families, with a kids’ club and play pool.

6. Cruise the Nile River in Style

The Nile is one of Egypt’s defining features, and there’s nothing quite like sailing its waters on a felucca, or traditional wooden boat. Families with older children can also opt for an overnight journey on the luxurious Historia Nile Cruise or the exclusive Kazazian Nile Cruise. You’ll be treated to majestic sunsets, wildlife sightings and of course epic views of the historic shores, where ancient temples sit side by side with modern cities and sweeping plains.

7. Celebrate the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

The monumental temples and statues of Abu Simbel are impressive all year round, but they’re particularly magical on the 22nd February and the 22nd October. On these dates, sunlight illuminates the most sacred room of the temple. Thousands of people gather to celebrate with food and dancing – offering an experience that every family member is sure to love.

8. Enjoy the Karnak Sound & Light Show in Luxor

The city of Luxor is a window into Egypt’s illustrious past, packed with intriguing temples and tombs. The towering Karnak Temple is especially enchanting after dark, when it’s illuminated by a sound and light show that tells the story of its past. This spectacle is not only entertaining, but also educational for younger family members.

9. Immerse Yourself in Nubian Culture in Aswan

One of the best reasons to visit Egypt with family is to introduce your kids to the world’s  immense cultural diversity, both ancient and modern. Near the scenic city of Aswan, you can visit Nubian villages where traditional heritage is proudly preserved. Learn about the local way of life and customs – and maybe even spot a crocodile, which is an important cultural symbol.

10. Swim in Natural Pools in the Siwa Oasis

In the middle of the Sahara, a dreamlike refuge emerges from the dry and dusty terrain. The Siwa Oasis is a haven of palm trees, olive groves and turquoise natural pools where you can escape the searing sun (we suggest visiting in the cooler months). It’s said that Cleopatra herself bathed in these waters – and today you can still follow in her footsteps.

11. Discover Prehistoric Whale Fossils in Fayoum

Fayoum is yet another idyllic oasis nestled within the vast Sahara. It’s here that you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi El Hitan, known for its abundance of prehistoric whale skeletons. These fossils demonstrate the evolution of whales from land animals to sea creatures, making it a captivating learning experience for all ages.

12. Soar Over the Valley of the Kings in a Hot Air Balloon

The Valley of the Kings is a sprawling necropolis located across the river from Luxor. Here you can wander through ancient burial chambers and beautifully decorated tombs, including the final resting place of the legendary King Tutankhamun. For the full experience, take to the skies in a hot air balloon to get unbeatable views of this mystical landscape from above.

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