Highlights of Egypt
Although there is an incredible amount to see in Egypt, it is possible to tick off the highlights in a short trip of just over a week. This tour is a walk through the history books, and the children will love coming face to face with the figures that they have learned about in school. On one day the tomb of Tutankhamun, and on another the temple of the most famous pharaoh, Ramses II… As ever the itinerary can be tweaked depending on your dates or the particular interests of your children.
Sunset camel ride at the Pyramids
See Tutankhamun’s treasures
Visit Abu Simbel Temple
Overnight felucca sailing
Ride donkeys to ancient tombs
9 days from £950 pp
Plus international flights from £350 per person
A 9-day holiday in Egypt for a family of four usually costs from £3,800 plus flights.
Egypt is one of our less expensive destinations and it is possible to arrange a very competitively priced tour here. However, there is an enormous variation in price depending on where you stay.
Our standard Egypt holidays will start from around £3,800 for a 9-day trip for a family of four based on simple hotels (some with pools). This excludes international flights. These hotels will be adequate but no more; fine if you just need a place to rest your head at the end of the night, but unsuitable if you like to have somewhere a bit more comfortable in the evening.
If you upgrade to nicer 4-star (ish) hotels, the price will start from around £5,000 for a 9-day trip, again excluding international flights.
There are also a number of beautiful heritage hotels. If you would prefer to stay in these, the price will start from around £7,000 (for a 9-day holiday for a family of four).
If you would like to combine Egypt with Jordan, this works really well as the two destinations complement each other. However, this can be more expensive that you might expect. A two week trip would start from £8,500 for a family of four, based on simple hotels and excluding international flights.
One thing to consider for a tour in Egypt is whether you would like to be accompanied by one of our specialist tour leaders. Although we do not include a tour leader in most countries, in Egypt we find that they are invaluable in helping to make arrangements and ensuring the smooth running of the tour. They are always brilliant with children and add a great deal to your experience. However, if you are travelling on a budget we can avoid this and use the services of local reps as needed throughout the tour to keep the price down.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £350 per person if you fly indirect. Direct flights with British Airways or EgyptAir usually start from £450. We will be very happy to provide a flight quote for you from your nearest airport. Please ask us for details.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
We don’t impose any age limits on our tours and can accommodate even the youngest children on a trip to Egypt. We will tailor the itinerary to ensure that it is suitable for the ages of your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Highlights of Egypt day-by-day itinerary
Arrive in Cairo where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Cairo
A morning tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. 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 the ‘Mummy Room’. Here they can see the rather ghoulish but completely fascinating mummified remains of some of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs.
After lunch at a local restaurant you will head to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the ancient wonders of the world, and a true highlight of the tour. You will take a camel ride around the site as the sun starts to set over the desert.
Day 3 Cairo – Aswan
After breakfast head for the Citadel for a wonderful view over the city. Then follow the backstreets of Old Cairo into the Khan El Khalili bazaar, one of the largest in the Middle East. Hone your haggling skills as you bargain for souvenirs!
In the afternoon you will visit Coptic Cairo, a beautiful and surprisingly quiet area of the city that is home to much of Cairo’s Coptic Christian community, as well as a number of lovely churches.
In the evening you will board the overnight train south for Aswan. You will travel first class, in two person cabins with comfortable fold-down beds.
Day 4 Aswan
Arrive in Aswan, a beautiful laid-back town spread along the banks of the Nile. After time to freshen up you will take a boat to visit the impressive ruins of Philae Temple, situated on a picturesque island. The afternoon is free for you to explore the bazaar or perhaps enjoy the pool.
In the evening join a local Nubian family for dinner in their home.
Day 5 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. You can either fly to the site or you can drive (which takes around 3 hours each way). Please let us know if you would like further details.
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).
Read More Day 6 Felucca Cruise Day 7 Luxor 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 8 Luxor The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool. Day 9 Luxor – Cairo
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.
It’s an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day….before dawn cross the Nile by boat to meet the trusty donkeys that will be your transport for the morning. You will ride through small villages and past fields of sugar cane to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were buried in intricately painted tombs.
In the morning ride in a horse drawn carriage to 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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Cairo.
Day 6 Felucca Cruise
Day 7 Luxor
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 8 Luxor
The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool.
Day 9 Luxor – Cairo
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
Egypt in pictures
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