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breakfasts, lunches, 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.
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.
Explore a Traditional Nubian Village
Boat to a secluded Nubian village along the Nile River, see the lifestyle and colorful homes of the locals and eat a traditional lunch with them.
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.
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.
Fly to Cairo, Egypt
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.
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.
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!
We’ll visit the Egyptian Museum, home to the world’s greatest collection (more than 120,000 objects) of Egyptian antiquities. A highlight, of course, is the Royal Mummy Room, where you’ll behold the dazzling treasures from King Tutankhamen’s tomb.
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.
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.
Aswan High Dam
The Aswan High Dam was constructed between 1960 and 1970. It is used to create hydro-electricity for Egypt. When the dam was built it created Lake Nasser. It created much more land for people to farm on as well as a big fishing industry. However it also impacted the farmers downstream as the annual flood which fertilized the river ended.
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.
Temple of Kom Ombo
The Temple of Kom Ombo is unusual because it is a double temple, built for two sets of gods. The northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. The southern part of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility. Discovered in the vicinity were 300 crocodile mummies, several of which are displayed inside the temple.
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.
Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are two enormous stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep II. They were built 3,400 years ago, in 1350 BC. The statues are identical and stand 60 feet in height and are estimated to weigh 720 tons apiece. They were originally built to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s temple.
Medinet Habu is the name commonly given to the tomb of Ramesses III. It is a complex of temples and the Temple of Ramesses III, over 7,000 square meters, is the best preserved among all the temples of Thebes. It is second in size only to the Temple of Karnak.
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!
Dates & Prices
03/19-03/28Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6490Internal Air $400
04/09-04/18Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6490Internal Air $400
06/25-07/04Adult $6290Teen $6290Child $6090Internal Air $400
07/23-08/01Adult $6290Teen $6290Child $6090Internal Air $400
12/23-01/01Adult $8290Teen $8290Child $8090Internal Air $400
$300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults.
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
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.
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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.