12 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Egypt
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.
Our Team's Favourite Trips to Egypt
Where to Stay in Egypt
Al Moudira LuxorThe Al Moudira is a glamorous hotel surrounded by acres of swaying palms and verdant tropical gardens - a peaceful haven on the west bank of the Nile. The hotel is made up of an intriguing maze of countrywards, outdoor hallways, pavilions and terraces with striking, yet tranquil interiors.
Four Seasons Sharm El SheikhNestled beside the Red Sea with year-round sun, Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh welcomes you into its own slice of paradise. Within the resort’s grounds you’ll find panoramic views featuring limestone cliffs that enclose a wide stretch of private beachfront, all framed by crystal-clear waters. There is also access to a protected marine reserve. The beauty about Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh doesn’t end at its idyllic location. There is a wide variety of guest rooms, suites, chalets, and signature suites to choose from, all of which feature Egyptian-inspired architecture, surroundings of lush greenery, and spacious layouts. Bask in the sun on the terrace of a Superior Palm-View Room, relax in the waters of the 18 square metre private heated pool of an Imperial Suite, or pamper yourself in your own spa treatment room at The Palace. Once you eventually decide to leave the luxuries of your abode, you’ll find a plethora of restaurants within the resort. If it’s Mediterranean seafood you’re craving, restaurant Bullona is a sought-after favourite with its crudo station and lagoon-side seating. Middle-Eastern specialties are served at Arabesque buffet-style, whilst a meal at Il Frantoio would allow you to dine under the stars as you indulge on hand-cut ravioli or homemade squid ink pasta. If you’re wanting a light snack or a refreshing drink, there are multiple outdoor restaurants and bars to choose from only a few steps from the resort’s five pools. For facilities, if waters deeper than pools are more your style, Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh has an on-site Dive Centre and jetties, where you can explore abundant reefs and historic shipwrecks. There are also 76 dive sites, many of which are only a few minutes from the resort by boat. If there’s a special occasion to celebrate, the resort allows guests to charter one of the two yachts available.