Egypt

Active Egypt

Our Active Egypt itinerary is ideal for families who want to see Egypt’s highlights but also want to head off the beaten track. You’ll visit Egypt’s most famous sites – including the Pyramids, Aswan, Valley of the Kings, and Luxor – but will also head deep into the western desert. Here you’ll visit the tiny oasis of Siwa, in the heart of the Great Sand Sea. Swim in the beautiful clear springs at Siwa, enjoy a tasty Bedouin lunch, try sandboarding down the dunes and dodge donkeys as you wander through the palm plantations.

Highlights

  Sunset camel ride at the Pyramids
  See ancient Mummies
  Bike ride around Siwa Oasis
  Jeep trip into Great Sand Sea
  Dinner with a Nubian family
  Overnight felucca sailing
  Sundowner drinks at the Nile
  Discover ancient tombs

15 days from £1,950 pp

Plus international flights from £450 per person

 

A two-week holiday in Egypt for a family of four usually costs from £7,800 for a family of four, plus flights, depending on type of accommodation.

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Active Egypt  day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Cairo
Arrive in Cairo where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 Cairo
This morning head to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the ancient wonders of the world, and a true highlight of the tour. You will have plenty of time to explore the site, see the Sphinx and enter deep into the largest of the Pyramids to the burial chamber. Also, enjoy a camel ride through the desert enjoying the stunning views.

In the afternoon, head to the magnificent Egyptian Museum. Children will love exploring the museum as it houses many of the treasures of ancient Egypt that they may have learned about in school. Particularly popular with the kids are the treasures of Tutankhamun and his famous turquoise and gold death mask.


Day 3 Cairo
After a relaxing morning, visit the Civilisation Museum to see the rather ghoulish but completely fascinating mummified remains of some of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. From here head for the Citadel for a wonderful view over the city before venturing into the Khan El Khalili bazaar. This is one of the largest in the Middle East. Hone your haggling skills as you bargain for souvenirs!


Day 4 Cairo – Siwa Oasis
A long day’s drive today as you head deep into the desert to the picture-perfect oasis of Siwa. Here donkeys pull carts laden with olives along rutted tracks. Crystal-clear springs bubble up from underground, surrounded by palm trees. Old mud brick houses cluster around ancient forts and temples. And all around are the endless rolling dunes of the Great Sand Sea.


Day 5 Siwa
A full day to explore the oasis by bike. Your guide will take you through the meandering streets of the old city, where the houses are built with salt-infused mud. Stop to climb to the top of Shali fortress for commanding views over the date palms, and stop by Amun Temple, home to the oracle of Siwa.

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Day 6 Siwa
Today you will head into the Great Sand Sea by 4WD. This is a vast area of endless sand dunes that rolls all the way into Libya, mile after mile of empty but starkly beautiful desert. You will stop along the way at beautiful clear springs where you can swim, and stop to enjoy a traditional Bedouin lunch. In the afternoon, take sandboards and try surfing down the dunes for a shot of adrenalin.


Day 7  Siwa – El Alamein – Alexandria
Leaving Siwa behind, you will travel to the coast, to see the WW2 memorials at El Alamein. This was the site of fierce fighting in 1942 and there is a large cemetery and memorial to the many soldiers who died in this campaign. You can also visit the small museum before continuing on to Alexandria.

Here, you can wander along the corniche to enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean and stop by the ancient catacombs that date back nearly 2,000 years.


Day 8 Alexandria – Aswan
After breakfast, drive back to Cairo and board a flight south to Aswan. You will arrive in the afternoon and can spend the rest of the day is free.


Day 9 Aswan
After breakfast, take a boat to visit the impressive ruins of Philae Temple, situated on a picturesque island. You can also visit the Aswan High Dam.

After time to relax in the middle of the day (perfect for some pool-time), cross the Nile to ride camels to St Simeon’s Monastery. After looking around the monastery, ride your camels to a picturesque spot to enjoy sundowner drinks as the sun sets. Then head to a nearby village by felucca to join a local Nubian family for dinner in their home.


Day 10 Aswan
This morning there is the option to visit the temples of Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive temples of Ancient Egypt. This was moved, slab by slab, after the Aswan High Dam was built and the original site was flooded.

In the afternoon you will board your felucca and start cruising up the Nile towards Luxor, accompanied by local Nubian sailors. You can try your hand at the tiller or just lie back, relax and watch the world go by! You will spend the night on board the felucca, on mattresses laid out under the stars. (If this does not appeal you can travel on a cruise boat instead).


Day 11 Felucca cruise
Rise with the sun and watch the mist as it lifts over the banks of the river Nile. You will continue sailing for the morning and will then continue by road to Luxor. Along the way, you can stop at the lovely temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu, perched on the banks of the Nile.


Day 12 Luxor – Valley of the Kings
It’s an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day….before dawn you will cross the Nile, driving through small villages and past fields of sugar cane to the Colossi of Memnon, from where you will be transported to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were buried in intricately painted tombs.

Once at the Valley of the Kings, you will have a tour around the site, taking in three different tombs. There is also the option to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun; having studied this in school, many children are keen to see the tomb but are a little surprised to see that it is tiny compared to the others that you visit….the mind boggles at how impressive the treasures of the other tombs must have been!

You will also visit the impressive Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and Deir El Madina, the village where ancient workers lived and built their own tombs when working on those of the Pharaohs. There is quite a lot of sightseeing on this day but you can do things at your own pace, stopping for refreshment and relaxation as needed.

The afternoon is free for you to relax.


Day 13 Luxor – Karnak
In the morning visit Karnak Temple, just outside Luxor. The temple itself is magnificent and very extensive; you can spend hours exploring the various sections of the temple, gazing up at the vast columns and intricate carvings.

The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool.


Day 14 Luxor
A free day to relax. If you are interested, we can arrange a hot air balloon ride this morning for fabulous views over the west bank.


Day 15 Luxor – Cairo
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Cairo.

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