Egypt

Egypt: Cairo, Aswan & Luxor

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $5690

    Duration

    10 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

    Make lifelong memories as you and your family step back in time and discover the amazing wonders of ancient Egypt. From mysterious mummies and majestic pyramids to secret-chambered tombs and splendid temples, this chapter of history holds an unparalleled fascination for kids and adults alike that you can only experience on an Egypt family vacation.

    Recommended Age: 10+

    Learn the History of Ancient Egypt in Cairo

    Visit Cairo and its various museums to learn about Egyptian history and culture, and see relics in the Royal Mummy Room and the golden treasures left behind by King Tut.

    Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza on a Camel

    Ride a camel, the most recognizable animal in Egypt, through desert landscapes in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

    See the Aswan Dam and Philae Temple

    Spend time in Aswan on the banks of the Nile River and visit the famous Aswan Dam and the Philae Temple which was saved from destruction by an intricate international effort.

    Sail Down the Nile on a Felucca

    Climb aboard a traditional Egyptian style boat, a felucca, and sail down the Nile as people have for thousands of years.

    Explore Luxor

    Walk through the Valley of the Kings, take a carriage ride to the Temple of Luxor like ancient royalty, and discover the Temple of Karnak.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Egypt


    Days 2-3

    Cairo

    Pyramids of Giza

    Explore the ultimate Egyptian icons, the Pyramids of Giza. The 450-foot-high Great Pyramid—the only remaining “wonder” of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—was built nearly 4,000 years ago. Its 2.5 million limestone blocks, each weighing 2.6 tons, were moved across the desert and assembled to create this vast burial monument. Enter the pyramid itself, follow its narrow passageways, and make the nerve-wracking ascent into its chamber.

    Camel ride

    Riding a camel in the shadow of the pyramids is a thrill for all ages and you’ll have the chance to smile for the camera from your high vantage point—not to mention taking in what has to be one of the greatest views on the planet.

    Sphinx

    The final stop on the Giza Plateau is visiting the huge and mysterious Sphinx. This mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a man keeps a silent watch over the desert, as he has for almost 4,500 years. The giant statue, 241 feet long and 66 feet high, was built in approximately 2500 BC!

    Dinner with a local family

    A local Cairo family will open up their home to you for a traditional dinner. This highly personal experience is the perfect opportunity to learn about local customs, discover new flavors, and understand what “family” means in Cairo, Egypt.


    Days 4-6

    Aswan

    Nubian Village

    Visit a traditional Nubian Village and visit the home of a local family to learn about their way of life.

    Temple of Philae

    Built for the Goddess Isis, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. The temple is best known for the international effort in moving it entirely when it was threatened by the change in water level caused by the High Dam.

    Unfinished Obelisk

    The Unfinished Obelisk remains in its original location in a granite quarry in Aswan. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have weighed over 1,320 tons and stood some 188 feet high. Learn how the ancient Egyptians quarried stone before floating it down the Nile to its final destination.

    Nile ride in a felucca

    Cruise like an Egyptian aboard a felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boats that have plied the Nile waters for centuries. We’ll sail past ancient monuments, witness farmer working their fields, and watch the sun set over an unforgettable scene.


    Days 7-8

    Luxor

    Temple of Luxor

    Making a dramatic entrance, we’ll ride to the Temple of Luxor in a horse-drawn carriage and explore this stunning riverside complex believed to have been dedicated to Amon-Re, king of the gods. Its long avenue, lined with sphinxes and giant statues of the pharaoh Ramesses II, are the temple’s most famous feature. Obelisks, hieroglyph-covered pillars, sun disks, and papyrus columns once gilded in gold offer a dazzling peek into the former opulence of these mind-boggling constructions.

    Temple of Karnak

    Visit Karnak, Egypt’s largest temple complex, and place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years. Originally named Ipet-isut, meaning “the most sacred of places,” this phenomenal 247-acre complex was constructed by generations of builders over a 1,300-year period, with contributions from about 30 pharaohs. As you wander among the 134 massive and intricately carved columns in the Great Hall you’ll feel like you’re walking through a forest of stone.

    Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

    We’ll visit the magnificent temple of Egypt’s longest-ruling female pharaoh. The remarkably well-preserved chambers are covered with brilliant pictographs and hieroglyphs, inviting all kinds of fanciful interpretation. In an amazing discovery, the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut was unearthed nearby in June of 2007.

    Valley of the Kings

    Sprawled along the banks of the Nile, the Valley of the Kings is the site of dozens of royal tombs chiseled deep into the vertical slopes of solid rock. So far, 63 tombs have been excavated here, including King Tut’s.


    Day 9

    Cairo

    Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali

    One of the most visible landmarks on Cairo’s eastern skyline, the Citadel was built in the most magnificent medieval style – there’s even a moat! Muhammad Ali’s mosque, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, was built in 1848 and sits atop the Citadel. The interior is sometimes compared to a Faberge egg because it’s so colorful.

    Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

    No visit to Egypt would be complete without a chance to experience an authentic bazaar. Venture down the ancient and narrow passageways of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, savoring the sights and sounds of daily shoppers and vendors as they tempt you with wood carvings, blown glass, hand-woven carpets, silver and bronze jewelry and household items, traditional fabrics and hundreds of other items. Don’t be timid about bargaining for that special treasure that catches your eye!


    Day 10

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    12/21-12/30

    Adult $6990
    Teen $6990
    Child $6790
    Internal Air $400


    2019 Dates


    03/22-03/31

    Adult $5690
    Teen $5690
    Child $5490
    Internal Air $400

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults.

    Groups 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Marriott Mena House Hotel

    Mena House Hotel can be found on 40 acres of lush gardens. It is conveniently located near both the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, and is only about 20 minutes from Cairo’s city center. The hotel, built in 1869, offers over 500 comfortable, air conditioned rooms, each featuring a stunning view of the pyramids. Other highlights include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a jogging track, a fitness center, horseback or camel rides, and excellent restaurants.

    Movenpick Resort Aswan

    Located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile River, the hotel features spacious rooms with all of the amenities such as television, air conditioning, gym, and swimming pool. Relax as the feluccas sail past from your room or one of three restaurants on the property.

    Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor

    Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor is a modern, 7-story building overlooking the banks of the Nile. It offers 335 luxurious rooms and panoramic views of the Nile. The hotel is conveniently located only minutes from world-renowned historic sites.

    Conrad Cairo

    Located in downtown Cairo, the Conrad Cairo offers over 600 spacious, comfortable rooms, each with a private balcony and an amazing view of the Nile. The hotel is conveniently close to the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and more. Guest rooms offer TV, internet, and air conditioning. Other highlights of the hotel include heated outdoor swimming pools overlooking the Nile, health and fitness centers, sauna, business center, and several restaurants.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

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What Travelers are Saying

We honestly could not be happier with Thomson and our guides. The whole team was professional and sensitive in a difficult time for Egypt.  They treated our family as if we were their own and we will always be grateful. We will recommend this trip to all of our friends.

Kim Magee


Starts at

$7690

Duration

11 days

Activity Level

Moderate

Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
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