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Egypt: Feluccas and Pharaohs

Minimum age 5 years

Egypt single parent family holiday

Uncover the ancient mysteries and modern marvels of Egypt and see why this classic destination inspires millions of travellers each year to visit Egypt. With an action-packed itinerary that is purpose built for families, this authentic Egypt experience blends all the must-see highlights with plenty of adventurous, off the beaten-track activities. So whether you’re cruising the Nile in a Felucca, sitting down to dinner with a Nubian family or hopping on a camel, this relaxing, exciting and always enlightening family tour of Egypt is sure to fill the photo album and keep you reminiscing around the dinner table for years to come.

Egypt Trip Highlights:

  • Egypt is home to some of the world’s most amazing ancient icons. Explore the Pyramids, Sphinx and Valley of the Kings with expert local guides
  • There are so many chances to interact with the locals and experience their culture. Lose yourself in Cairo’s colourful Khan al-Khalili bazaar and dine with Nubian village folk in a house in Aswan
  • Sleep under the stars, feast on hearty cuisine and be dazzled by the riverside scenery on a felucca sailing trip down the Nile
  • The overnight train from Cairo to Aswan is a fun activity for the whole family, with comfortable sleeping quarters and good food – not to mention the thrill of waking up in an exciting new destination
  • An Egypt adventure wouldn’t be complete without a donkey ride, and you’ll also travel by horse and cart to Karnak – sure to be a hit with the young ones
  • Finishing in Hurghada, you have plenty of time to unwind at the end of your adventure. Snorkel the coral reefs of the Red Sea or simply relax on the beach

The single parent family holiday to Egypt departs on 28 December 2018 and there are other dates available in 2019.  We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families. You can enquire for group composition before booking.

Included activities:

  • Cairo – The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo – Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Kom Ombo – Kom Ombo Temple
  • Luxor – Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor – Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor- Donkey ride
  • Luxor – Karnak Temple (entrance only)
  • Hurghada – Snorkelling trip

Feluccas and Pharaohs

Day 1 Cairo – Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt. Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo is an intriguing mix of the modern and ancient. You will meet your group and leader at a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight. For those who arrive early and have free time, there are plenty of things to see and do. Travel along the river by felucca, head out to explore the markets, or, if the hustle and bustle of the city is too much, catch the metro into the oldest part of the city, the Coptic Christian sector. The latter is a haven of peace and quiet, with narrow cobbled streets and beautiful old churches. Accommodation: Novotel Cairo El Borg or similar (1 night)

Day 2 Cairo/ overnight train – Explore the amazing Pyramids of Giza which have stood tall for 4,500 years. Afterwards, make your way to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world’s great collections of antiquities. Wander the treasure-filled halls of the museum, and be sure to check out the Mummies Hall (optional) for a close encounter with some of the country’s most important queens and pharaohs. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the sites today (approximately 3 hours for the pyramids and 3 hours for the museum). In the evening you will board an overnight train to the southern city of Aswan (approximately 13 hours). Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Aswan – Arrive in Aswan in the morning. Here the Nile runs deep and fast between granite rocks as the desert encroaches on the river. Even to travellers in ancient times, Aswan was known as the legendary gateway to the kingdom of Nubia. Today it is still something of a frontier town, where the Arab Middle East meets black Africa. Visiting the packed bazaar is highly recommended – here you’ll find exotic spices, carpets, leather goods and countless other wares. Enjoy the sights of donkey carts and men in flowing robes and turbans. In the afternoon there may be time to take a taxi out to visit the Temple of Isis at Philae (optional). There are many other sites to be seen around Aswan and your leader should be able to organise some excursions – perhaps a camel ride or a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk. In the evening you will take a trip across the river to a Nubian village and enjoy dinner at one of the local houses. AccommodationPyramisa Isis Corniche hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Nile Felucca – Perhaps rise early to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel (minimum of 4 people). Later in the day, you and your family will board feluccas (traditional wooden boats with broad canvas sails) to spend a day out on the Nile River and then a night under the stars. Watching the sun set across the Nile is unforgettable, and this part of the trip is sure to be a highlight. Your Nubian sailing crew will prepare all meals. While there’s no cabin or enclosed section on the felucca, a canopy offers shade and protection from the elements. Conditions are basic, and you will sleep outside on the deck on a mattress. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet is recommended. There is a very clean toilet on board. During the colder months (October to March) it can get very cold at night (as low as 5°C) so a sleeping bag is highly recommended. AccommodationOvernight Felucca (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Special InformationSlight alterations to the Nile itinerary may be necessary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there’s no wind it won’t travel very far! If you chose to visit Abu Simbel, you will miss out on the mornings sailing on the felucca. Upon returning to Aswan (approximately 1-1.30pm), you will be dropped where the felucca is located at that time. Any travellers who do not visit Abu Simbel will enjoy a morning of felucca sailing.

Day 5 Luxor – This morning you will visit the temple at Kom Ombo. The temple is dedicated to two gods: Haroeris (Horus the elder) and the crocodile-headed Sobek, the Egyptian god of the Nile. Check out the many mummified crocodiles on display. On the east bank around Kom Ombo, reclaimed land is fed by canals to keep the desert at bay. It supports not only crops of sugar cane but also a large Nubian community displaced from their homeland by the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Transfer by bus to Luxor (approximately 4 hours), tracing the path of the Nile northward. Upon arrival you’ll have time to look around the town’s monuments and museum, and it may be possible to visit Karnak temple to witness the memorable sound and light show (optional), which relates its history in dramatic fashion. AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (1 night)Meals IncludedBreakfast

Day 6 Valley of the Kings/Luxor – Visit the ancient tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Rising early, cross the Nile and drive to the secluded valley where 63 pharaohs were buried as part of their journey to the afterlife. In the company of a local guide you will explore (for approximately 2 hours) some of the exquisitely decorated tombs of these rulers of long ago. It is here that the burial site of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, can be found. This visit to the Valley of the Kings brings to life much of what you saw in the Egyptian Museum. If you’d like to organise a visit to King Tut’s tomb today, this can be arranged with advance notice – ask your leader for details. On your way back to the river you can see the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler, and you’ll spend about an hour here. This afternoon you are free to explore Luxor or perhaps just relax by the hotel pool. AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast

Day 7 Hurghada – Early this morning, take a horse-drawn carriage to the historic temple of Karnak (approximately 1 hour), which you will explore with a local guide. Explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs’ monumental works. In the afternoon, bid farewell to the Nile and drive east to Hurghada (approximately 5 hours). The green Nile valley is soon left behind as you head out into the barren Eastern Desert. Passing through rocky hills, the glittering waters of the Red Sea soon come into view and the rugged bulk of the Sinai Peninsula looms through the haze on the opposite shore. A vibrant beach resort, Hurghada is by no means a typical ‘adventure destination’, and snorkelling here is a great way to round off the trip. AccommodationGolden 5 Resort or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Hurghada – Take to the waves this morning, heading to some offshore reefs where you can swim and snorkel to see the abundance of vividly coloured marine life that inhabit these waters. You’ll have around four hours to explore this underwater world. The young ones will love this part of the trip. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to relax. If you’ve had enough of the sea and sand, you might like to take this opportunity to explore town. In the northern part of town you’ll find the proper Egyptian part of the city – this is where the souq is. It’s a good place to mingle with the locals and get a sense of everyday life. AccommodationGolden 5 Resort or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Hurghada – You adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart your accommodation at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast

Vaccinations

You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

In addition to UK and EU nationals, citizens of the following countries can obtain visa upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine and USA.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport:
Felucca, Horse-drawn carriage, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Van
Accommodation:
Hotel (6 nights), Felucca (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities

Day 1 Optional Activities

  • Cairo – Islamic Cairo in Depth Tour – USD64
  • Cairo – Saqqara and Memphis – USD73
  • Cairo – Treasures and Tut Tour – USD65

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Cairo – The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo – Pyramids and Sphinx

Optional Activities

  • Cairo -The Royal Mummy Room – EGP150

Day 3 Optional Activities

  • Aswan – Philae Temple (entrance only) – EGP100

Day 4 Optional Activities

  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus & entrance fee (price from per person – minimum 4 passengers) – USD90

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Kom Ombo – Kom Ombo Temple

Optional Activities

  • Luxor – Sound and Light Show at Karnak (entrance only) – EGP200

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Luxor – Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor – Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Luxor- Donkey ride

Optional Activities

  • Luxor – Tomb of Tutankhamun – EGP200

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Luxor – Karnak Temple (entrance only)

Day 8 Included Activities

  • Hurghada – Snorkelling trip

Useful Information:

  • There is a fair amount of walking involved in exploring the pyramids, and it can get very hot in the summer. Be sure your family has appropriate clothing, sun protection and plenty of water to drink.
  • Evenings can get quite cool, so it’s best to bring warm clothes too. Wearing layers is the best way to deal with the disparity in day and night temperatures.
  • Cruising down the Nile on a felucca is an amazing experience, but keep in mind that facilities will be basic. You’ll sleep outside under the stars on a simple mattress. There is a nice clean toilet on board.

Feluccas and Pharaohs Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 29 Sep – Sun 7 Oct 2018 8 £780 £705 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 13 Oct – Sun 21 Oct 2018 8 £780 £705 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 15 Dec – Sun 23 Dec 2018 8     FULLY BOOKED
Sat 22 Dec – Sun 29 Dec 2018 8  £780  £695 2 spaces available
Fri 28 Dec 2018 – Sat 5 Jan 2019 8 £770 £695 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Sun 31 Mar – Mon 8 Apr 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 6 Apr – Sun 14 Apr 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 7 Apr – Mon 15 Apr 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Sat 13 Apr – Sun 21 Apr 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 14 Apr – Mon 22 Apr 2019 8 £770 £695 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Sat 29 June – Sun 7 July 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 30 June – Mon 8 July 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Sat 13 July – Sun 21 July 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 3 Aug – Sun 11 Aug 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 17 Aug – Sun 25 Aug 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 18 Aug – Mon 26 Aug 2019 8 £950 £855 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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