Are you thinking about planning a trip to Egypt with your kids? Read to know the eight things you shouldn’t miss when traveling to Egypt with kids.
Traveling is more fun when you can share the experience with your loved ones, especially your kids. Although traveling with children can be difficult, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Not to mention the greatest memories your kids will have.
With so much history buried in it, Egypt is a fun learning experience for your children! Visiting the pyramids and looking at mummies in the Egyptian museum in Cairo are a couple of the top activities.
Let’s dive in and find out what are the top eight things to do in Egypt when you’re traveling with them.
1. The Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids of Giza are something you can’t miss. You can easily accommodate it in your 10-day Egypt itinerary. Your children will cherish this memory as these pyramids are one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Tickets are sold on site, so no need to worry about acquiring them beforehand. But seeing the pyramids isn’t the only thing that you’ll be doing here.
You will be able to ride horses and camels here. With an extra ticket, you can go inside the pyramid. Your kids will be ecstatic about this possibility.
But be careful: There are a lot of scammers around these tourist sites. So to be safe, it is a smart decision to keep a tour guide with you. And be sure to keep at least half a day for visiting the pyramids.
2. A Hot Air Balloon Ride in Luxor
A hot air balloon ride is not something that you will find everywhere. But it is very popular in Egypt. Float in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
You can tour the valley any day, but seeing it from above is just something else. You’ll also have a great view of the vast desert and the distant mountains.
Another feature is watching the mesmerising sunrise. You’ll see a lot of sunrises in your life, but nothing will come close to this.
The balloon ride is about 45 minutes. Most will carry from 15 to 20 individuals. It is advised for kids to be above the age of six to go.
3. The Valley of the Kings
Walking through the Valley of the Kings in Luxor is almost as magnificent as seeing it from above. The gold and rust landscape is a treat for your eyes. Your kids will enjoy the view of the ancient ruins no less.
There are 63 tombs, but not all of them can be visited. With the tickets you buy at the entrance, you will only be able to go inside three. You’ll need an extra ticket to visit King Tut’s tomb but you may get disappointed as it’s not the most magnificent.
To get the most out of your trip, you should hire a guide! But don’t accept all their advice blindly. Do some research before you visit.
4. Nile Cruise
Cruising on the Dahabiya, rest assured you will not regret it. The ship is big enough for your children to walk around in case they get bored. They can see the beautiful Nile river from many angles.
The boat has 5-6 cabins, so it is a good size to book for a family. But make sure you choose the best cabin to have an awesome experience. Dahabiya cruises between Aswan and Esna, a trip that lasts between three to four days.
You will be eating your meals on the sundeck of the boat. Who doesn’t love having food under the bright sunny sky?
However, there are also shorter cruises available. You can take one of these cruises at night and enjoy the breeze and the shimmering city lights reflecting on the shore.
5. The Egyptian Museum
When are museums not fun? Not only is it fun, but it is also packed with artefacts that speak so much about the way Egyptians led their lives in the past. And every traveller loves to learn new things—otherwise, why bother travelling?
Children are visual learners, and the museum in Cairo has lots of statues, pictures, relics, etc. The museum’s first floor highlights the Old Kingdom by displaying numerous artefacts. The children can educate themselves about lower and upper Egypt on this floor.
The floor just above it is filled with information about Tutankhamun’s tomb. But the most exciting part of the museum is the mummy room.
The room can be a little scary for little kids. But pre-teens or teens will enjoy it. Kids always watch mummies on television, so we are sure your child will love it!
It’s open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entrance fee is free for children under six. It will take you about 2.5-3 hours to cover the whole museum.
So make sure you have loads of time in your hands when you’re visiting. And don’t worry about lunch. There’s a cafe inside the museum.
6. Cairo Food Tour
Kids love food even though they can be picky about it. But you can definitely keep your kids busy with a Cairo food tour.
The tour is something that you can do alone but a guide will make it much easier. Food is something that is known the best by the locals. A guide will take you and your children through the city from restaurants to juice bars.
Don’t forget to taste the national dish of Egypt – koshery. It’s a unique experience for your tastebuds. This dish has the right balance of savory, tanginess, softness, and crunch from the brown onions, layers of pasta, chickpeas, rice, noodles, olive oil, and tomato sauce.
Your family will cherish this memory for the rest of their lives.
The Great Sphinx
It is another classic tourist place that you have to visit. The place usually has light and sound shows depicting the story of Egypt. As these shows are held in the evening, they add a different allure to this spot.
This story is from the point of view of the Sphinx. And what better way to entertain your children than a show? Your kids will be mesmerized!
You don’t need to buy extra tickets to visit the Sphinx as the fee is already included in the tickets to the Giza pyramids.
8. Cairo Zoo
Take a break from all the historical places and take your kids to the zoo! You’ll be able to see over three thousand animals.
Kids of all ages love the zoo and they’d be super excited to see the endless types of mammals and birds here. Plus, it would make an overall unforgettable family holiday for everyone.
Egypt is the hotbed of civilization and has so much to offer in terms of flora, fauna, history, culture, and architecture.
Do yourself a favor and take your kids to visit Egypt and don’t miss out on these eight amazing things to do while you’re there.
You’re sure to come back home with a bagful of memories that both you and your children will always look back on and smile.