How to Plan a Family Trip to Egypt in 2024/2025

By Vicky Leng | Updated Jun. 29, 2023

As one of the four ancient countries of the world, Egypt is becoming a popular destination for a bucket list trip, annual getaway, or birthday gift. Egypt offers many unique and memorable experiences that you should not miss with your family. For example, visiting the world-famous Giza pyramid complex and the Sphinx, taking a Nile cruise, riding a camel in front of the pyramids, relaxing on a beach in Hurghada, and taking a desert safari to a Bedouin village.

In this article, we'll help you to plan a memorable family trip to Egypt by giving you information about the top things to do, when to travel, sample itineraries, the cost of an Egypt trip, and more.

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Egypt?

the Sphinx in CairoThe Sphinx in Cairo

Most countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia, require a visa to visit Egypt, allowing a stay in the country for up to 30 days. Travelers can apply for an Egyptian e-Visa online to save time. Click the official website for applying for a visa to Egypt.

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Egypt's Top 5 Things to Do for Families with Teenagers

Egypt is a culturally rich country with a lot of unique experiences that are suitable for families with teenagers. Below, we have recommended the top things to do in Egypt that you should not miss.

1) Visit the Spectacular Giza Pyramids and Ride a Camel

Taking a camel ride to appreciate the pyramidsTaking a camel ride to appreciate the pyramids

The most well-known attraction in Egypt is the magnificent Giza pyramid complex adjoining Cairo, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Standing in front of the breathtaking pyramids as well as the Sphinx, you would be able to appreciate the wisdom of the ancients. Another popular way to appreciate the incredible pyramids is by taking a camel ride.

2) Take a Nile Cruise to Enjoy Ancient Highlights from Aswan to Luxor

One of the most attractive and family-friendly experiences in Egypt is taking a Nile cruise. During the cruise, you can enjoy a leisurely vibe on the deck, appreciate the charming scenery along the Nile River, and visit ancient attractions along its valley as you pass, such as Abu Simbel, the Temple of Philae, the Valley of the Kings, and the Karnak temple complex. The entire cruise journey would offer you many more Egypt insights and make your trip more complete.

We suggest you experience our traditional houseboat with your family to create unforgettable memories, especially if celebrating Christmas or New Year on the Nile.

You can just tell us your preferences and requirements, and we will customize a tour for you.

3) Go Snorkeling to See Beautiful Marine Life in Hurghada

diving in HurghadaDiving in Hurghada

Hurghada is a coastal city on the Red Sea known for its colorful coral reef and varied marine life, which attracts many travelers seeking relaxation. You can sunbathe on the beaches, go diving, snorkeling, or surfing to experience the charm of the Red Sea, and have fun with your children at its water park.

4) Enjoy a Desert Safari to a Bedouin Village

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The Bedouin are a nomadic people group who live in the desert. Driving jeeps through the mountains to discover the Bedouin lifestyle and traditions is an eye-opening way to explore Egypt with your teenage kids. You can ride a camel to enjoy amazing desert sunsets and have a barbecue dinner to complete the experience.

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5) Visit the Ancient Mummies in the Egyptian Museum

Immerse yourself in the strong cultural flavor of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which houses hundreds of thousands of ancient Egyptian collections. It is a great place to help you get a deeper understanding of Egypt's history. There, you can see many amazing cultural relics, such as mummies, splendid statues of the great kings Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, the mask of Tutankhamun, and more.

How Much Does a Family Trip to Egypt Cost?

Egypt is an affordable country to visit in the Middle East. The cost of a private tour in Egypt is from US$200 per day per person, which includes 4-star hotels, full-day itineraries, tickets for attractions, a private car, and a private guide.

To save on costs, you can invite a larger family group to reduce the cost per person. For family trips during Christmas and the New Year, departing before December 20th is beneficial for obtaining cheaper international flight tickets.

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Egypt?

For your first trip to Egypt, we recommend that you take at least 10 days to see the highlights of the major cities, including 3 days in Cairo, a 4-day Nile cruise that covers Aswan and Luxor, and 3 days in Hurghada.

Many of our family clients visit Israel or Jordan at the same time, and we suggest taking 2 weeks for your trip.

Below, we have provided three hand-picked itineraries, which are perfect for families, especially those with teenagers. Each provides memorable experiences for you.

Just contact us if you are thinking of taking a trip to Egypt. We'd like to create a wonderful family trip based on your needs and interests. We could also include some free days for you to rest and relax or do some exploring on your own.

Below are three of out top itineraries covering Egypt:

1) 10-Day Egypt Family Trip: Visit the Major Highlights and Relax on the Beach in Hurghada

The Great Sphinx and pyramid of Giza, EgyptThe Great Sphinx and Khufu pyramid of Giza, Egypt
  • Cairo–AswanLuxor–Hurghada

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–3: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, Cairo Citadel, and the Khan el-Khalili market)
  • Day 4 in Aswan (the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, and sunset felucca ride)
  • Days 5–6: Luxor (Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and the Karnak temple complex)
  • Days 7–9: Hurghada (snorkeling and diving, relax on the beach)
  • Day 10: Departure from Cairo

Immerse yourself in Egyptian culture and end your journey with a relaxing getaway on the beautiful beaches of Hurghada. In Cairo, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giza pyramid complex, explore the vibrant atmosphere of the Khan el-Khalili market, and marvel at the impressive Egyptian collections at the museum.

In Aswan, you and your teenagers would take a traditional Felucca to discover the serene Nile River together. If the weather permits, capture a timeless family photo against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset.

In Luxor, see the Valley of the Kings and the imposing Colossi of Memnon, and appreciate the magnificent Luxor Temple in the evening with its scattered lights. Finally, unwind in Hurghada, where you can snorkel or dive to witness the beautiful coral reefs and marine life, relax on the sunny beaches, and have fun with your kids at a water park.

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2) 14-Day Egypt and Jordan Route

Aswan in EgyptAswan in Egypt
  • Cairo – Aswan – Luxor – Amman – the Dead Sea – Petra – Wadi Rum

Here is the recommended itinerary:

  • Days 1–3: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, the Egyptian Museum, and the Khan el-Khalili market)
  • Days 4–7: A Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor (Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Aswan Dam)
  • Days 8–10: The Dead Sea and Amman (the Citadel and Roman Theatre)
  • Days 11–13: Petra (the Treasury, AI-Siq, and Wadi Rum)

A trip to Egypt and Jordan is a popular Middle East tour. In these two countries, don't miss the following experiences: visit the ancient and impressive Giza pyramid complex, take a wonderful Nile cruise to enjoy the attractions in Luxor and Aswan, explore the Citadel and Roman Theatre in Amman, experience floating effortlessly in the Dead Sea, see the unbelievable sandstone city in Petra, and ride a camel in the majestic desert of Wadi Rum.

Contact us and we will create a trip based on your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements.

3) 15-Day Egypt, Israel, and Jordan Family Trip

Giza pyramids in CairoGiza pyramids in Cairo
  • Jerusalem – Petra – the Dead Sea – Cairo – Nile cruise – Hurghada

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem (the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Mount of Olives)
  • Days 4–6: Petra (the Siq, the Treasury, and the Monastery)
  • Day 7: the Dead Sea
  • Days 8–9: Cairo (the Giza pyramid complex, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum)
  • Days 10–12: Nile cruise (the Temple of Philae, the Temple of Horus, and Aswan Dam)
  • Days 13–15: Hurghada (relax on the beach)

It's a great idea for a family with teenagers to travel to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan in one trip. Immerse yourself in the holy city of Jerusalem, see the incredible Treasury in Petra, float effortlessly in the Dead Sea to capture a classic photo moment, visit the outstanding pyramids in Cairo, take a Nile cruise to complete your sightseeing, and finally relax on a beach in Hurghada.

For more itinerary options, check our handpicked itineraries for various durations: 5 days, 7 days, 8 days, 10 days, 12 days, and 14 days...

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Best Times to Visit Egypt

Alexandria in EgyptAlexandria in Egypt

Egypt has only two seasons — a warm winter from October to April and a hot summer from May to September.

The best time to visit Egypt is from October to April when you can enjoy mild and pleasant temperatures ranging from 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) in the daytime, making it ideal for exploring sightseeing spots, such as the pyramids, and engaging in outdoor sports, such as camel riding. Christmas and New Year is the peak tourist time in Egypt, and hotels and cruises are easily booked up, so we suggest planning a festive-season trip and making reservations 3-6 months in advance.

June to August is the hottest time in Egypt, with temperatures exceeding 38°C (100°F). To avoid the scorching heat, we recommend visiting attractions either in the early morning or late afternoon.

May and September offer a more tolerable climate, with less intense heat, fewer crowds, and lower prices. Both months are an ideal time to visit Egypt if you want to avoid peak-season crowds.

Is It Safe to Travel to Egypt?

Egypt is a relatively safe country to travel to as long as you stay in the main tourism destinations, such as Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, and Aswan.

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