The pyramids of Giza at early evening, Egypt

Nile, Pyramids, and Red Sea Revelry

A family holiday to Egypt…

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Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

$7,089pp (ex. flights)

This Egypt holiday takes in the iconic highlights of the country while ensuring a balance between culture, fun and relaxation, to suit all the family.

Begin in Cairo, moving between the bustle of bazaars and museums and the contrasting desert setting of the pyramids. Board your private dahabiya in Aswan and explore the Nile from your traditional Egyptian boat – your tailored family itinerary and expert crew will ensure an elevated Nile experience with the flexibility to dock in quiet bays for a picnic lunch and visits to riverside temples at quiet times. Finally, journey overland from Luxor to the shores of the Red Sea.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Exterior of new Egyptian Museum, Cairo 1

No Ordinary Museum

Come face to face with mummies and unravel the lives of pharaohs via interactive exhibits and grand displays.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – A Dahabiya, Egypt 2

The Mighty Nile

Join, or charter a dahabiya and explore the Nile at a slower pace, with a tailored family itinerary.

Interior of Rameses Tomb, Valley of the Kings, Egypt 3

Tomb Explorations

Descend into tombs to encounter frescoes and hieroglyphics, evoking Indiana Jones-like adventures.

Boy cave snorkelling, Red Sea, Egypt 4

Red Sea Riches

Relax in five-star coastal comfort and spend days exploring some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Cairo

  • Days 2-3

    Cairo

  • Day 4

    Cairo - Aswan

  • Days 5-7

    Nile River Cruise

  • Day 8

    Luxor - Hurghada

  • Days 9-10

    Hurghada

  • Day 11

    Depart Hurghada

Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Arrive into Cairo and transfer to your hotel with view to the pyramids of Giza.

Days 2-3

Cairo

Spend two days exploring the history and culture across the city. From the iconic pyramids of Giza to the step pyramid, the incredible collection of antiquities at the Egyptian Museum.

Day 4

Cairo - Aswan

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Aswan and board your floating accommodation.

Days 5-7

Nile River Cruise

Spend the next three days cruising the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, stopping to picnic on the banks of the Nile and explore some of the many temples.

Day 8

Luxor - Hurghada

Arrive into Luxor and transfer overland around four hours to the Red Sea coast and your chosen hotel.

Days 9-10

Hurghada

Spend two days at leisure.

Day 11

Depart Hurghada

Transfer to the airport for your flights home.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More Details

Nile Life, River Nile, Egypt
River Nile, Egypt

Time Together

Cruising between Luxor and Aswan taking in temples and ancient sites enroute really is the perfect way to get the most out of Egypt. As well as the temples and historical sites, of which there are many, the Nile is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Charter a Dahabiya, a traditional Egyptian boat and take time to soak up the rural scenery, daily life and birdlife that frequent the river. Dock in quiet bays for a picnic lunch en famille and visit riverside temples at quiet times.

Horus Temple, Edfu, Egypt
Temple of Edfu

Travel: A Classroom without Walls

The iconic silhouette of the Great Pyramids of Giza stand as a testament to human ingenuity, widely believed to be the largest structures ever constructed. On the shores of the Nile the unremarkable exteriors of the many burial chambers in the Valley of the Kings belie their incredibly preserved interiors. Descend into these tombs to encounter colourful frescoes and hieroglyphics while above ground, explore huge temple complexes, built to worship the gods, lined with pillars and adorned with statues. Enriching your experience. your Egyptologist will breathe life into these sites, narrating tales of pharaohs, the mysteries of mummification, and historical intrigue.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Marriott Mena House £££££

  • Egypt
  • City

With a superb location adjacent to the Pyramids of Giza, The Mena House was originally a royal hunting lodge used by the King of Egypt. In 1869 it was sold and converted into a hotel and today, the comfortable rooms are surrounded by 40 acres of grounds. The decor within the Palace Wing is elegant with many antiques remaining as well as evidence of the rich history and famous guests it has hosted such as Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.

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Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – A Dahabiya £££££

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a traditional dahabiya, a river-going sailboat which was common in Egypt in the 1920s-40s when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers loved to cruise the Nile in style. With only four cabins and two suites, it can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests. Perfect for celebrations and family gatherings. Chartering a dahabiya offers the unique opportunity to tailor an Egypt cruise and each day’s sightseeing by offering an “a la carte” style touring itinerary.

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Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh £££££

  • Egypt
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is a luxury resort on the Red Sea Coast. The architecture of the resort is inspired by the classic Arabic designs of the region, creating an elegant and authentic feel with domed ceilings, sweeping archways and Arabic lighting throughout. Built on one level with spacious courtyards, the light and airy guestrooms and suites are spread across 48 acres. Eighteen suites have their own private swimming pools, most of which are heated in the cooler months.

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Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling, the cruise boat chosen and cruise duration.

Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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From $4,444 Per person
High Season
From $7,263 Per person

When to travel

Egypt in January

January is an optimum time to visit Egypt, as generally, it is the coldest month of the year, but still warm with an average daytime temperature of 22°C. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in February

Temperatures in February are generally warm by day, with an average daytime maximum temperature of 22°C, while on average the temperature falls to 14°C at night. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in March

The weather in March is typically warm, but not uncomfortable, with the average daytime temperature of 25°C, making it a pleasant time to visit. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in April

April is the first of the generally hot months in Egypt, although the heat is not as intense than the later summer months.

Egypt in May

In May, temperatures can reach 32°C, and you can expect around 11 hours of sunshine a day, along with warm sea water temperatures, making a dip very inviting.

Egypt in June

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40 degrees and higher.

Egypt in July

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40 degrees and higher.

Egypt in August

Low season is from June to August. This is due to the weather being rather unbearable with daytime temperatures in the south soaring to 40°C and higher.

Egypt in September

In September the temperature begins to cool, but it still remains very humid and averages around 30°C with zero rainfall.

Egypt in October

The most popular time to visit Egypt is during the winter months, from October to March. The temperature begins to cool in October, but it still remains exceedingly hot with an average of 30°C. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in November

November is relatively warm and dry, with an average of 3 mm of rain during this month. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

Egypt in December

Daytime temperatures rise to an average of 23°C, and with generally low humidity, December a perfect time of year to visit. Note that in the western desert during the winter months (Oct-March) the mosquitos and flies are at their worst.

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