Introduce your family to the rich culture of Egypt on an expedition to Cairo, Abu Simbel, Aswân, and Luxor. Ride a camel past the Pyramids, and enjoy dinner with an Egyptian family in their home. Sail a traditional felucca, and come face-to-face with mummies as you delve into the history and mythology of ancient Egypt.
- Ride a camel past the Pyramids and a donkey along the west bank of the Nile.
- Step back in time to the age of the pharaohs during a sound-and-light performance at Karnak.
- Try your hand at pottery, engraving, or woodworking at a crafts workshop.
- Encounter mummies, island temples, ancient fortresses, and colossal statues.
- Enjoy dinner with an Egyptian family in their home.
Itinerary – 9 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Cairo, Egypt
Depart for Cairo, arriving the next evening.
Conrad Cairo Hotel
Day 3 — Cairo
At the Egyptian Museum, see the treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun and face a lineup of historic pharaohs in the Royal Mummies Room. Enjoy lunch on a traditional felucca, or sailboat, on the Nile River. Explore the minarets and courtyards of Islamic Cairo’s mosques. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.
Conrad Cairo Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Gîza/Cairo
Encounter the great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Gîza. Ride a camel and see the funerary boat of King Cheops at the Solar Boat Museum. After lunch, visit a crafts workshop and try your hand at pottery, engraving, or woodworking.
Conrad Cairo Hotel (B,L)
Day 5 — Abu Simbel/Aswân/Luxor
Fly to Abu Simbel to view the towering Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to Nefertari. Continue by air to Aswân and trace the history of the Aswân High Dam. Then take a boat ride to the island of Agilika to explore the majestic Philae Temple. Drive to Luxor and settle into your hotel.
Sonesta St. George Hotel (B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7 — Luxor
Discover the incredible sights of the west bank of the Nile. Kids may take a donkey ride before descending into the tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Stop at the Luxor Museum to see its fabulous collection of pottery, jewelry, furniture, and statuary. Explore the Temple of Luxor, built during the reigns of three pharaohs. Then wander among the columns of the awe-inspiring Temple of Karnak. Meet the director of Luxor antiquities. On our second night in Luxor, ancient Egypt comes alive at an enthralling sound-and-light performance.
Sonesta St. George Hotel (B; B, D)
Days 8 & 9 — Cairo/U.S.
Return to Cairo and explore the ruins of the Fortress of Babylon. Later, venture into the lively bazaar of Khan El Khalili. Experience local hospitality at a farewell dinner in a private home. The following morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Conrad Cairo Hotel (B, D; B)