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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. Cairo is an intriguing mix of the modern and ancient. You will meet your group and leader at a welcome meeting at 5 pm tonight, so please make sure you have your next of kin and insurance details handy. Head out for a meal with your new crew and get to know each other over some local fare. 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 4500 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. 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 Africa.
You will have the rest of the morning free to explore Aswan, have a swim in the hotel pool or simply sit back and enjoy the view of the Nile. In the early afternoon we will take a water taxi over to the Temple of Isis at Philae. The Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom), which was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island. It’s a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt’s finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. In the early 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 Aswan – Today is free for you to explore Aswan, or the surrounding area, at your family’s preferred pace. If you can wrangle the troops, you might want to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, located near the Sudan border. These two temples – one for Ramses II and another he dedicated to his wife Queen Nefertari – were cut into the cliff face in the 13th century and remain impressive in their scope and detail. Ask your leader for details on how to arrange a visit, but be aware you need a minimum of four people to participate in this optional activity. We highly recommend this activity.

If you would prefer to stay in Aswan and get a taste of contemporary Egypt there is plenty to do. The relaxed atmosphere makes Aswan a great city to wander and watch the boats cruise the Nile, plus there’s always the hotel pool nearby where you and the kids can cool off. AccommodationPyramisa Isis Corniche hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Felucca Sailing – Climb aboard a felucca (traditional wooden boat with a broad canvas sail) with your family and spend a day on the Nile River and an evening under the stars. Watch the sun set across the river and relax, watching life along the water. While there’s no cabin or enclosed section on the felucca, a canopy offers shade and protection from the elements. Conditions are basic, but there is a clean toilet on board and the crew will prepare all your meals. and you will sleep outside, on a mattress on the deck. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) it can get very cold at night (as low as 5°C) so a sleeping bag will be included for you on the boat. AccommodationOvernight Felucca (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 6 Luxor – Rise and shine – have breakfast on the felucca before transferring by bus to Luxor (approximately 4 hours), tracing the path of the Nile to the north. Upon arrival you’ll have time to relax at the hotel before we head over to the Karnak Temple in the afternoon.  Karnak Temple is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs’ monumental works. One of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. AccommodationNile Valley Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast

Day 7 Cairo – 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. AccommodationNovotel Cairo El Borg or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 8 Cairo – You family adventure through Egypt comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart your accommodation at any time after check-out. Meals Included: Breakfast


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.


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:

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


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
 Sun 29 March -Sun 5 April 2020

Sat 11 – Sat 18 April 2020

 7  £1050  £945  Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices – available for one and two parent families. 3 spaces remaining on departure 29 March.
 Sat 4 April- Sat 11 April  7  £975  £875  Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.


Sat 23 May – Sat 30 May  2020 7 £975 £875 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Available for one and two parent families

 Sat 4 July – Sat 11 July 2020  7  £975  £875  Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices


 Sat 18 July – Sat 25 July 2020

Sat 26 Dec – Sat 2 Jan 2021

 7  £975






 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.


Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. There is a local payment in local currency payable on this trip of EGP 100. 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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