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Adventures in Egypt

It all started with a 'mum, can we go to Ancient Egypt?' My youngest had just started learning about the pharaohs at school and was absolutely enchanted with all the gory details, from pulling the brains out of mummies' noses to sacrificing cats. I had always wanted to see the pyramids myself, so when the chance came up to go on our Feluccas and Pharaohs trip, I knew what we would be doing in the October half term!

Our first stop was in super busy Cairo. The hotel was a little way from the airport and we were all feeling sleepy but we soon woke up when we saw the size of the pool and we weren’t too far away from what we’d all been waiting for – the pyramids! We had a brilliant time the next day exploring the pyramids and we even got to stop off at Egyptian museum to see the famous mummy of Tutankhamun. Though I'd seen it on TV, the Valley of the Kings stole the show. The site is huge and it was a great place to explore with the kids.

The great highlight for me though was the felucca journey. As we sailed along the banks of the Nile, we could see the farmers working on the fields, eat on deck and watch the star at night as we slept on deck. It felt like a proper adventure. The kids felt like the famous five gone back in time!

Eating dinner with a local Nubian family was a real treat too. We all sat on the floor cross legged and got to try new foods which even my fussy kids liked! Some of the mums and dads brought along their own beers too, which was allowed and a nice laid back way to enjoy the evening.

Aswan was a hidden gem too. I hadn't given this bit of the itinerary much thought but it shows you a different side to Egypt – more relaxed than Cairo, less touristy than the Red Sea and very tranquil and pretty.

One thing I would really recommend is giving the camel ride from Aswan a go. I was worried that the ride would be bumpy (which it is) and the camel would spit at me (i'm sure it tried to!) but the whole thing was actually really fun. We all had our own camels and walked out into the desert, where the scenery was beautiful.

Feluccas on the Nile
From £600pp exc flights
4.6
(average rating, based on 12 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Feluccas & Pharaohs - Family Holiday

Egypt | 9 days
Trip code: 
XEFG
Families only
Egypt Family Holiday, camel trekking
This Egypt family holiday is full of fun and discovery - sail on a felucca, explore ancient monuments and snorkel over coral reefs.

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