Egypt is a fantastic destination for a family holiday: history comes to life in the spectacular pyramids and museums full of mummies in Cairo, and there are stunning beaches and world-class scuba diving and snorkelling to enjoy along the Red Sea Riviera. A holiday to this vibrant and endlessly fascinating country will fire up your kids’ imaginations and keep them happily entertained. Kids can ride a camel, go dolphin-watching or head into the desert for an dune-bug adventure – one thing’s for sure: your children won’t be bored for a second! Check out our top tips for a brilliant holiday – from what to pack to what to see and do – in our essential family guide to Egypt!
What to pack
You’ll need the usual essentials for a holiday in the sun: plenty of sun block, hats, and rash vests. You could also throw in some mosquito repellent and anti-diarrheal medicine, although you’ll find that easily in local pharmacies. When you’re out and about, make sure you’ve got loo roll and hand-sanitiser.
The Egyptians love children and will make a big fuss of yours. Keep small change to hand, as you’ll be asked for a tip (baksheesh) for pretty much everything. Outside the main resorts, dress conservatively to ward off unwanted attention. When you’re in the resorts – anything goes!
Pyramids and mummies
Most kids have learned about the pyramids in school, and the real thing doesn’t disappoint. The most famous are the pyramids at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo: the highlight of these is the Pyramid of Khufu, built in 2560 BC, the only survivor of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Children will be fascinated by the story of the boy king Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains were found in the spectacular Valley of the Kings near Luxor. The treasures from the tomb, along with scores of mummies, are displayed in all their gory glory in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. There’s also a Mummification Museum in Luxor, for the bravest or most curious children.
Beaches and water-sports
The beaches on the Red Sea Riviera are truly spectacular: endless expanses of fine sand, with every possible amenity. The Red Sea is a world-famous diving and snorkelling destination, and you’ll find lots of diving schools offering courses for children, as well as equipment hire and excursions to the best dive sites. There are scores of other water sports available in the main resorts, from paddle boarding and pedaloes to kite-surfing and water-skiing. The main resorts are Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, which are both exceptionally family-friendly, but there are numerous others to choose from along the Red Sea Riviera.
Other fun things to do
Egypt family holidays offer a wealth of unusual attractions, from sailing along the Nile in a felucca to dolphin-watching tours. You could also book an excursion into the desert to see the wildlife, go star-gazing, perhaps take a ride on a camel, or race over dunes in a buggy.